By Sarah Hendrix | Staff Writer
Going into the fall 2017 semester I realized that I was finishing up my second year of college and needed to make a decision. I chose to continue with my degree and transfer to UH Mānoa for Spring 2018. In the process of transferring from KCC to UH Mānoa I ran into a few obstacles, but altogether had a smooth transition. Through my own experiences, I’ve been able to come up with a few tips that I wish I had known before I began my transfer to a four-year university.
Pay Attention to Dates
Dates can easily sneak up on students when there is a semester already underway. Application deadlines, financial aid deadlines, scheduling appointments with advisors can all add up pretty quickly. When I decided that I was going to continue with my degree I knew it would be important to look at all of the transfer deadlines ahead of time. When I went through the various dates, I wrote them down on my phone so that I would not miss any important dates. By organizing my schedule the process of transferring was much less stressful than it could have been. Applications for transferring to UH Mānoa for fall 2018 are due on Mar. 1.
For more information on deadlines for future transfer students visit
Speak with an Advisor
Jennifer Brown is one of KCC’s Kaʻieʻie transfer specialists for students who are planning to continue their education at a four-year college. She can be found in the Maida Kamber Center, which is located in ʻIlima 104, and provides one-on-one help for students. When I met with Brown back in December 2017 she eased many of my concerns and provided helpful insight to my unanswered questions. When I told her my plan to major in Communications she took the time to map out a graduation pathway that I was satisfied with and connected me with the Communications department at UH Mānoa.
Financial aid is an important part of the transferring process that I did not realize until I spoke with an advisor. To save students an unnecessary amount of stress, it’s important to make sure their FAFSA is updated with the correct school that will be attended for that aid year. I had made the incorrect assumption that my financial aid would automatically transfer to UH Mānoa because it had already been processed and accepted at KCC. That was not the case and I found myself scrambling at the last minute to get my FAFSA approved by UH Mānoa. To receive financial aid for the 2018/2019 school year the priority deadline is Mar. 1.
For Financial Aid assistance from UH Mānoa contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Secrets of Success (SOS) Kaʻieʻie Workshop
For students who decide not to schedule a one-on-one meeting with an advisor, the SOS Kaʻieʻie Workshop is available in the Lama Library. The workshop is designed to answer many of the questions that might be asked during a one-on-one meeting, and provide information about the application process. I chose not to go to one of the workshops because the meeting times kept conflicting with my schedule. Kaʻieʻie workshops are done in a group setting that can be a less intimidating option for some students. The next workshop is Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 12:15 p.m.
Attend a New Student Orientation (NSO)
A great way for students to familiarize themselves with the campus they are transferring to is to attend an NSO. While attending an NSO students will get a tour around their future campus, advice from current students, and have access to the available resources on campus. This Friday, Jan. 5 from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. UH Mānoa will have an NSO for new students and transfer students. I plan to attend so that I can meet new people and acquaint myself with the campus.
For more information on a NSO go to http://www.hawaii.edu/nso/.
It is important to ask clarifying questions throughout the transferring process. There will be a lot of information and if students do not understand, it will be easy to fall behind. Whether students choose to meet with an advisor, attend a Kaʻieʻie Workshop or NSO, it will be the most beneficial for them if they ask questions along the way.