(Seguin) -- The transfer from an area community college to Texas Lutheran University just got easier and more convenient. That's according to Sarah Story, interim VP for enrollment services and VP for marketing. Story says TLU and the Austin Community College District (ACC) have announced a new partnership agreement. She says starting immediately, eligible ACC students will benefit from a seamless transition to TLU after fulfilling their first two years.
"We recently signed an articulation agreement with Austin Community College which means we're really trying to target transfer students in the area and make TLU a more transfer friendly option for them. Transfer students are really looking for three things. They want cost, they want the credit hours that they've earned to transfer and they want convenience. I think we provide all of those three things for students. Our cost for transfer students, they can earn up to $15,000 a year in scholarship money. If they're Phi Theta Kappa or honor students, they can earn an additional $3,000. There are a lot of things that really benefit students from transferring from a community college to TLU," said Story.
According to ACC President and CEO, Dr. Richard Rhodes, says half of students enrolled at ACC have the intention of earning credits that will transfer. Story says TLU believes ACC is the first of many universities to also come on board.
"We are looking to do a similar partnership with some other community colleges. Like I said, we welcome transfer students. We want more transfer students. So we're doing everything we can to make it easy for them to make that transition," said Story.
Story says the location of Seguin makes this agreement picture perfect for that student looking to move from beyond those basic education requirements.
"For people who live in this area, they know this is great access for people that are coming in from Austin or coming in from San Antonio. There are some of us that drive and commute to Seguin and we're going against the traffic. Seguin is a great place for people to come and attend school here. Like I said, easy to get to, it's a great community and I think more and more people are going to realize that," said Story.
TLU officials say they are excited to help students continue on their college path, particularly in the liberal arts, sciences and professional studies area.