What are the "value added" benefits of using a transfer credit agreement (articulation
- Assures junior standing
- Guarantees that courses transfer
- Increases the probability of admission
- Increases the probability of degree attainment
- Satisfies lower division academic requirements
- Reduces educational expenses with lower tuition
- Eliminates the possibly of unnecessary and repeating coursework
- Assist with course planning to ensure appropriate classes are taken
- They allow student to finish their degrees as efficiently as possible - saving time
Additional "value added" benefits that may be associated with using a transfer credit
agreement (articulation agreement).
- Tuition discount
- Course waiver(s)
- Course substitution(s)
- Waived application fee
- Waived admission essay
- Reserved program space
- Streamline the application process
- Advanced standing &/or entry into a specific program
- Additional credit hours beyond the 60 credit hours norm
- Potentially satisfy more than one-half of a bachelor degree with transfer credits
When should a student decide to use an transfer credit agreement (articulation agreement)?
Deciding to use a transfer credit agreement (articulation agreement) early on in a
student's college career will provide OCC counselors with the best opportunity to
assist students on course selection and planning.
How does a student know what 4-year institutions have agreements with OCC?
OCC has transfer credit agreements (articulation agreements) with public and private
institutions located throughout Michigan and beyond. View the current agreements by
using the "Transfer Credit Agreement Guides" (articulation agreements) link in the
Related Links menu on the right.
Can a student change their mind about using a particular transfer credit agreement
Yes, but meeting with an OCC counselor is strongly advised so that students can make
an alternate college plan.
Why is completing an associate’s degree important?
Many students leave OCC before they earn an associate’s degree and studies have shown
that students who transfer to a four-year institution with an associate’s degree complete
their bachelor’s degree faster than those who transfer without.
An associate degree demonstrates a level of proficiency and persistence recognized
An associate degree provides additional employment credentials.
An associate degree often reflects the half-way point of a student obtaining their
baccalaureate degree and provides a sense of accomplishment and inspiration for the
students to continue their studies.
Would you like assistance with transfer credit agreements (articulation agreements)
or transfer oriented questions?
The Counseling Office at each campus assists students with up-to-date information on transfer credit agreements
(articulation agreements), course transferability, the applicability and utilization
of transfer credits and much more.
Do you have suggestions for improving this webpage or transfer credit agreements (articulation
agreements) to better serve you?
Contact the Director of Academic Partnerships.