Nothing about higher education is the same as it was before the COVID-19 pandemic began. This includes transfers, which have seen a dramatic rise in interest since March.

Students are faced with difficult choices, from evaluating on-campus safety to whether it is worth the price of tuition for online-only classes. Many are considering attending a local school and transferring those credits back when the health crisis is more controlled.

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While there is no right answer, transfer has undeniably become a key pivot point in enabling many students to continue their degree and credential pursuits during COVID-19.

Here, eCampus News sits down with John Panzica of CollegeSource to shed some light on one of the latest higher-ed developments to arise from COVID-19.

How are student transfer decisions different – and possibly more complex – given COVID-19?

One of the most significant outcomes of the upheaval caused by the pandemic is an expected increase in transfers and a change in the way students use their local community colleges as an interim measure. In response, four-year institutions need to become more flexible, efficient and consistent with the way they process transfer requests.

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