Brad BarnettBrad received his Bachelor of Science degree from Southern Arkansas University, with a major in Psychology and a minor in Business. He furthered his education by graduating from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University with a Master of Science degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, specializing in Mental Health. He has been involved in the financial aid and/or rehabilitation professions for the past 15 years. Brad, a Past President of the Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (VASFAA), currently serves as the Senior Associate Director of Financial Aid & Scholarships for James Madison University. Immediately prior to JMU, he served as an Assistant Director of the Financial Aid Office at Virginia Commonwealth University. Brad has presented numerous sessions at state, regional, and national conferences, and has served on a variety of association committees. In addition to speaking at professional conferences, Brad has conducted an abundance of workshops and presentations in non-conference environments, including teaching a credit based financial literacy course at JMU entitled “Dollars and Sense.” Many of the topics Brad’s speaks on include communication, leadership, values, financial aid policies and procedures, financial literacy, and saving for college. He has also facilitated strategic planning and value development retreats.
Host: Is it a difficult to transfer from a community college to a 4 year university? Brad Barnett: The transfer process between Community Colleges and 4-years colleges, I believe it is getting easier all the time because we were seeing more and more students going 2 years and then moving to a 4 year after that, saves them lot money. The best place to get the answer to that question is going to be at the 4 year college you want to attend. Find out, do they have any feeder school? Any feeder Community Colleges, where they have, maybe guaranteed admission agreements. So, if you go to this college for a couple of years, with certain requirements will they guarantee you admission into their school? If they don t have those, make sure you understand what the transfer process is like so, that you take the right classes, you fill out the right forms by the appropriate deadlines but by and large, if you pay attention to that, ask the right questions, you should able to transfer pretty seamlessly.