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NW-SCC, UNA partner to simplify student transfer process

Northwest-Shoals Community College students will now have a more seamless and affordable path to the University of North Alabama through a newly-formed partnership – a program that will benefit many Franklin County students looking to begin their higher education at the local community college before continuing at the nearby university.

NW-SCC sends close to 200 students to UNA annually and is the largest community college transfer institution for UNA. Starting this fall, UNA and NW-SCC will have a signed agreement to offer joint admissions and financial aid services to students, a 20 percent tuition scholarship to NW-SCC students transferring to UNA and a Bridge Transfer Program that qualifies students to start at NW-SCC and transition to UNA after successfully completing 24 credit hours.

NW-SCC President Glenda Colagross and UNA President Ken Kitts met March 15 to sign the partnership agreement.

“Our institutions are so much stronger together, and I hope this agreement shows how dedicated we are to working together for the success of our students,” said Colagross in a press release announcing the partnership.

For more detailed information on the partnership, contact NW-SCC assistant dean of student success, Dr. Crystal Reed, at or UNA chief enrollment officer and assistant to the president for diversity, Ron Patterson, at