Holbert Bill Will Ease Transfers, Lower Costs for College Students
Denver — Under existing law, students at participating community colleges can enroll in specific degree programs that, upon satisfactory completion, allow them to transfer to a participating four-year institution as a third-year student. However, after transferring to a four-year institution, some students have been confronted with additional course requirements. Such unexpected challenges drive up costs and delay degree completion.
Senate Bill 18-069 seeks to address such circumstances by requiring the four-year institution to offer such extra courses at no cost to qualified transfer students. With passage of the bill through the Senate, some four-year institutions have already begun to streamline and clarify their agreements with participating community colleges to better ensure that participating students can transfer without such unexpected challenges.
Senate Majority Leader Chris Holbert (R-Parker) and Democrat Senator Rachel Zenzinger (D-Arvada) are co-sponsoring the bill, which will help lower costs and reduce time to graduation for participating students.
“Students can select from approved degree pathways and start a four-year degree effort at a two-year community college and then transfer as a third-year student to a four-year institution that participates in an articulation agreement between those two institutions,” Holbert explained. “Transferability can also work for students who do not complete a degree at a participating four-year institution and who subsequently transfer to a participating two-year institution.
“Whether an associate’s degree, a bachelor’s degree, or a certificate, achieving some type of credential provides value to that student in his or her career. We want to make sure that all college students in Colorado receive the best possible return on their investment of time and money.”
SB-69 now moves to the House for debate.