Transfer Options

<p>Hi All,</p>

<p>I am currently a freshman undergraduate student at SUNY Binghamton. I've only been here for a month but it is very apparent to me that I want to transfer out for various reasons. Binghamton was the last school on my list when I was applying to schools and I am only attending because it was the only school money would allow. </p>

<p>I have always had a strong desire to go to Boston and was hoping to attend Boston College this Fall but, unfortunately, even with scholarships the total cost of attendance was slightly more than $30,000 which is out my family's range ($25,000 or lower). I was planning on applying to transfer to Boston University and Northeastern with the hopes that I would receive significant scholarships - I don't know if this is realistic - or, as a backup, Stony Brook, which is local for me. </p>

<p>Stony Brook is not my ideal college, but I would very much be local than where I am currently. However, if I did transfer to Stony Brook for the Spring 2013 semester, I would like to try and transfer somewhere further from home for the Fall 2013 semester.</p>

<p>My questions would be:
- Is it a possibility that I would receive the amount of financial aid that I require applying as a transfer student to the private schools I mentioned for the Spring 2013 semester? for the Fall 2013 semester?
- If I do not receive the amount of aid I need from the private schools for the Spring 2013 semester and attend Stony Brook, is it reasonable to try and apply again for the Fall 2013 semester and expect a different result? am I even able to apply again?</p>

<p>Any feedback would be greatly appreciated because I am completely unfamiliar with the transfer process. </p>

<p>Thank you!</p>

<p>Haha, I'm transferring out of SUNY Bing too after this fall.
But from my experience, schools don't give ANY money to transfers via merit-scholarships. So don't count on getting the amount of scholarship money you got as a freshman applicant. Granted, my only experience is from transferring from a private to Bing (and now to another SUNY) so I can't speak for the private school merit-based scholarship process...but the SUNY I'm transferring to gave me a great scholarship initially as a freshman applicant, it's gone now unfortunately as they don't offer scholarships to transfers. Best of luck to you though, transferring is definitely a stressful process (not so much the paperwork, but the realization of unhappiness for sure)</p>

<p>It's funny that we happen to be transferring out of the same place. I've certainly realized a significant amount of disappoint and unhappiness from my initial application process as a freshman. I know transferring is going to be tough, I've certainly heard transfer students barely get any money if at all. I think it's really important to my mental health to transfer as soon as possible haha but I don't want to put myself in a position where I won't be able to get to a place where I am happy. I appreciate the response. Best of luck to you as well!</p>

<p>If anyone has any information at all that could help me it would be greatly appreciated.</p>