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What are the benefits of completing the Associate in Arts (AA) degree or the Associate in Science (AS) degree?
If you complete an AA or AS degree you will have the benefit of compact and/or course equivalency agreements which have been negotiated with four-year colleges and universities that allow you to transfer as a junior.
AA degree completion also fulfills the lower division general education courses of most transfer schools.
The AS degree contains additional math and science requirements. In most cases, students transferring to an Illinois 4-year college or university will complete the lower division general education courses after transfer (one additional course in Humanities or Fine Arts and one additional course in Social and Behavioral Sciences).
Beginning with the fall 2016 semester, there are differences between the Associate in Arts (AA) and the Associate in Science (AS) degrees. The AS degree has additional math and science requirements for graduation. However, students have the option to graduate under the requirements in effect at their first enrollment, unless enrollment has been interrupted for two or more years.
Check with a Black Hawk advisor or the admission representative at your transfer school to determine if the AA or AS best meets your transfer goals.
The Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) is a statewide agreement of core general education courses that are transferable among about 100 participating colleges and universities in Illinois.
AA degree: If you complete the Associate in Arts degree at Black Hawk College, you will also complete the Illinois Articulation Initiative General Education Core Curriculum. The IAI General Education Core Curriculum is embedded within the AA degree.
AS degree: If you complete the Associate in Science degree at Black Hawk College, you will substantially complete the Illinois Articulation Initiative General Education Core Curriculum. In most cases, you will take one additional course in Humanities or Fine Arts and one additional course in Social and Behavioral Sciences to complete the Illinois Articulation Initiative General Education Core Curriculum after transfer.
I know what my transfer major will be, but haven’t decided where to transfer. Which courses should I take?
Most colleges and universities will allow you to transfer at least 60-64 college credit semester hours from community college; others have no limit. All transfer schools have a “residency” requirement which means a minimum must be earned at their institution (most require 30 hours, but some need 60 or more hours). Also, of the total hours required for most bachelor degrees, usually at least one-third have to be taken at the 300- or 400-level. Discuss your transfer school ideas with your BHC advisor to decide when it’s best to transfer.
Apply up to one year in advance of the term you plan to transfer. Most colleges and universities have application deadlines by which the admission application and all supporting documents (transcripts, essay, etc.) must be submitted. The deadline is often two to five months prior to the start of the term of entry, but some colleges and universities allow students to apply as late as two to four weeks before the start of the term (waiting is not recommended though – apply early!). Also check when your transfer school needs your financial aid application – apply early for best chance of receiving all aid available to you.
Your high school transcript is usually required; however, most colleges and universities will determine your eligibility for admission based on your college record once you have earned a specified number of college credit hours (usually 12-30 hours).
After you apply to your transfer school you should pay the application fee and send any supporting documents required such as your high school transcript and all college transcripts. You should also complete financial aid and scholarship applications, as well as make arrangements for housing if you will be living away from home. Also Find out when you are expected to attend orientation, register and pay for classes, and move to the campus.
Complete the FAFSA and the school-specific scholarship applications by the deadline. Earning excellent grades will also improve your chances of earning a merit scholarship which are automatically awarded based on your grade point average; the higher your GPA, the more money you are eligible to receive. Students who join the Phi Theta Kappa honor society while at BHC may be eligible for additional scholarships. (Phi Theta Kappa is open to students who have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher.)
Look closely at the general financial aid webpage for your transfer school, as well as their admissions page and the department pages for your major. Different scholarship opportunities may be shown in all these places. Also ask the admission staff about other sources of funds the college may offer transfer students i.e. campus visit awards, early FAFSA filer, out-of-state-student award, etc.