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Transferring SC4 credits

The middle college allows students to earn free college credits through St. Clair County Community College (SC4). These credits will transfer to four-year universities, saving students and their families a great deal of time and money. 

Graduates of the Blue Water Middle College report all or almost all of their 62 credit hours transferring to four-year universities, saving them two years of tuition and housing costs (up to $50,000).

Planning for successful credit transfer is essential for any student attending a community college. BWMC and SC4 staff are ready to help students maximize what transfers to their next college or university. Students who take advantage of that help see the greatest transfer results.

How Credits Transfer to a Four-Year University 

This document shows how three Blue Water Middle College students transferred credits to Western Michigan University, Central Michigan University, and Michigan State University.

Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA)

Middle college students can graduate with “MTA satisfied” printed on their college transcript, a simple notation worth thousands of dollars.

The MTA was designed to facilitate the transfer of general education requirements from one institution to another. Students may complete the MTA as part of an associate degree or as a stand-alone package at a Michigan community college.  

MTA requirements are part of SC4's Associate in Arts and Associate in Science transfer degrees.

Michigan Transfer Agreement website

Improving the success of credit transfer

Students who have a good idea of what college or university they will likely attend in the future and what degree they will pursue increase the number of credits that will successfully transfer.  It is never too early to research future colleges and academic programs.  SC4 academic advisors are excellent resources for this.

Grades are important.  Students must earn a C grade or higher for courses to transfer to most colleges and universities successfully.  Getting help early when a class is challenging and working hard until the end of the semester can make the difference between a final grade of C and C-, which will determine whether or not the course will transfer