I'm currently a freshman at SMU majoring Computer Science. As of late I have felt that not only is SMU's environment not for me, but their program is not for me either, integrating their creative computing program with the CS program. As a result I've started to look into transferring to other schools and the one I'm currently looking at is UTD. I'm from Plano so I know the campus pretty well and my girlfriend is there as well and I've visited pretty often.
The few questions I have are about scholarships and overall advice. At SMU I'm paying ~17k a year and I know at UTD even with just the Comet Transfer Scholarship I'd be paying ~20k, but are there any other notable ones I would be considered for such as the AES? Is getting in as a transfer pretty hard? Since I wouldn't have completed a semester by the time my application is processed will they be looking at my high school records to make a decision more than my college records? Lastly, if I'm receiving financial aid from SMU will UTD attempt or even consider giving me similar aid to assist with the costs or is it strictly going to be up to scholarships that I apply for?