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.