LSC Advisors, counselors, and faculty advisors will assist students in the planning process to select courses to meet specific degree plans. Currently enrolled students desiring to pursue a baccalaureate degree are strongly encouraged to check with the institution to which he or she expects to transfer regarding transferability of courses and university transfer polices. The following transfer policies may be applicable to students transferring to the university:
Excess Credit Hours
Students who enroll in classes in excess of 30 hours beyond the baccalaureate degree plan may be required to pay out-of-state tuition rates for additional credits. Most baccalaureate degree plans are 120 hours, but students should check their intended degree at their transfer institution. Not all universities have the same policy for excess hours – students are encouraged to talk with their transfer institution if concerned about excess hours.
Transfer of Credit-Limit
Universities are not required to accept more than sixty-six (66) semester credit hours of lower-division academic credit. However, universities may choose to accept additional credit hours. Students are encouraged to check the policy of their transfer university while planning courses and transfer. Lone Star has partnerships with many universities that help to clarify transfer credit.
Six Course Drop Rule
An institution of higher education may not permit an undergraduate student to drop a total of more than six (6) courses. After the student has reached the six course drop limit, he/she will not be allowed to drop the course and will receive a grade for the course. This rule applies to students who first enrolled in Texas public university or college credit courses during or after fall 2007.
GPA and Grade Requirements
Colleges and universities have varying policies regarding grade-point average requirements and the transferability of a course for which the student received a “D” letter grade. Many universities also establish minimum grade requirements for courses that are program specific. Students should carefully review all minimum grade requirements at their selected transfer institution.
Applying for Admission
Admission Applications to colleges and universities may be required three to six months prior to the start of the first semester for the student. Researching and planning for the application process is a critical step to a seamless transfer to a university.
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
Each college and university has a satisfactory academic progress policy for financial aid purposes. Your college grade-point average, the percentage of successful completion of courses, and other criteria outlined by the college or university to determine you are progressing to degree completion in a timely manner may affect your eligibility for federal student aid.
Our campus transfer centers offer assistance in sorting through all the details involved in your transition to a four-year university or directly into the workforce. Each campus offers various services to assist you on your path to success.
If your plan is to complete your associates degree or certificate and then move directly into the workforce, you can visit our Career Services Web page to get assistance in exploring your career path. Campus transfer centers are also available to help you transition into the workforce.