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Questions about community college, transfering, etc.

kmbm92kmbm92 9 replies8 threads New Member
edited May 2010 in University of Washington
Thanks for reading my post! I have had so much stress and concern over attending University of Washington. With the financial aid I received, (to put it short) I received all loans with about 20,000 on a parent loan. I know it's subjected to approval, and I am waiting for it, but I'm trying to see all my options. I really REALLY don't think my parents will be approved for that loan and without it I won't be able to attend.

I was curious if there have been any people here who were not approved for that loan or could not attend for financial reasons and went to community college or have done something else?

Would it be bad to go to community college first in Washington (I am out of state), prove that I am a resident, then transfer to University of Washington. Does the University even accept credits from community college? Would it also be horrible for my GPA to be working full time (if I can even find a job let alone one that would go along with my classes) with community college? Are there also any good community colleges in Washington where all the credits would transfer to the University?

I know I would be placed at a huge disadvantage and it is risky, but I don't see any other options I have. Thanks!!
edited May 2010
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  • lastchancexilastchancexi 401 replies3 threads Member
    Does the University even accept credits from community college?
    Yes. So much. In fact, there is a transfer agreement the university is bound by. UW Advising - The Transfer Associate Degree Agreement They take a huge amount of people from community colleges.
    Would it also be horrible for my GPA to be working full time (if I can even find a job let alone one that would go along with my classes) with community college?
    Dependent on you.
    Are there also any good community colleges in Washington where all the credits would transfer to the University?
    Every college in that list above should work. I think Bellevue is pretty good, North Seattle, Seattle Central...

    Also, if you do well (have a good GPA), it's pretty easy to get into the UW from community college. The college has a policy to accept a certain amount of transfers from community college, so they will take a lot of people in from community college with an associates.
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  • MathewlrMathewlr 140 replies6 threads Junior Member
    When you say you are not sure that your parents will be accepted/approved for the loan is it because their income is too high or too low? The reason why I ask is that my parents were approved for that loan even though they make over $300K... So don't worry yet.

    By the way, I believe Bellevue Community College is one of the best =]
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  • aylagatoraylagator 71 replies2 threads Junior Member
    I just got accepted as a transfer student from Skagit Valley Community College (which is absolutely the most amazing college by the way!). Going to a community college is a great way to get a bunch of credits under your belt and prove to the UW that you can handle a college workload. I wouldn't work full time if you are planning on maintaining a good GPA. I've found working around 15 hours a week is best for me when I'm taking a full course load. If you have any questions for me go ahead and ask! I've been through (almost) the whole process- so I have a bunch of information to share. :) good luck in whatever you chose to do!
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  • kmbm92kmbm92 9 replies8 threads New Member
    Thanks everyone for the responses!!!

    The reason I'm worried we won't be accepted for the Parent Loan is because of my parent's horrible credit, and they make over 120k. With my GPA, I managed to maintain a 3.9 unweighted and 4.7 weighted GPA in high school, so I am not worried about trying to maintain a great GPA in community college if that's what I choose. I also would plan to just transfer after a year by just taking as many GE classes as possible along with holding a job.

    I am however worried about trying to prove my residency. I know I need my driver's license, work 40 hours, live independently, etc. It would just be incredibly difficult without a car, trying to commute by walking or bus, and handle community college. Does anyone know the list of things you need to do to prove residency since I would try to do this for a year to lower the tuition for UW? And can anyone share with loads of details about this?

    Thanks again everyone!! You're making me feel a lot better!!
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  • diniefofiniediniefofinie 48 replies0 threads Junior Member
    as for recommending community colleges, shoreline community college is very prestigious particularly in science, i wouldn't recommend north seattle community college because a lot of people that went there said that transitioning from nscc to the UW was difficult because the level of difficulty of north seattle classes isn't as high as at some other community colleges.

    and i think going to a community college first is a better idea than going to university right away, i had to make that decision last year, i talked to advisors that worked at a community college and the UW and they said that it wasn't more prestigious to start at UW first or start at a community college first if you wanted to transfer to a four year program later.

    i appreciate the smaller class sizes and individual attention that we get at community colleges (not to mention MUCH cheaper tuition for the same classes, same number of credits).

    good luck!
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