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Allegations Of College Transfer Mix-Ups Made At CSRA Schools

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Whether it's from a technical college or a four-year institution, transferring can be a tough trip to navigate.

Dennis Willingham, a transferring student, says "it's not like when you go buy a car, you can get a Carfax on the vehicle before you actually purchase it. Well it's not like that when you go to the campus. They're not going to give you something that says here's what you can transfer from this school to the majority of other schools."

Willingham started out at Augusta Tech close to two years ago with ambitions of earning his associates and moving on to his bachelors degree. As he inched closer to the first goal, he learned a tough lesson, he says, many students are learning the hard way.

He adds "I found out that the credits that are transferable from Augusta Tech, all of them wouldn't be acceptable at another university. I don't know if I should use names."

The big issue here may be the fact that once you enroll at a college, that college wants you  to stay there.

Nick Kelch, the Assistant Director of Student Affairs for East Georgia State College's Augusta campus explains "when a college gets together to set up a college curriculum for a specific degree, they're not saying ok will this transfer to another college. They're saying this is what needs to be taught in order for a student to earn a degree from our college."

Kelch says if students want to avoid transfer detours, there are a couple things they should do.

"Don't assume anything. Make the appropriate phone calls you need to make. And understand that transferring is an institution by institution deal. You have to know what one institution will take from another institution," Kelch adds.

Willingham says while he's grateful for his Augusta Tech education, had he known the information Kelch talks about, he may have taken a different road to success -- avoiding transferring entirely.

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