The JCTC transfer discount creates a clear path for transfer students to earn a bachelor’s degree

There are many reasons why a student may choose to begin their college career at a community college. So when they are ready to complete a bachelor’s degree, Spalding University wants them to have no doubts about the individualized support system they will have in our community and the financial savings they will access.

As part of the partnership, This tuition discount saves over $12,000 per year for full-time students. Spalding has designed these tuition rates to be among the lowest in the area.

  • Full Time Students – $6,900 / semester
  • Part Time Students – $460 / credit hour

The JCTC transfer discount is a continued investment and partnership designed to support community college students who begin their journey at a two-year school and eventually transfer to Spalding, providing options to finish in as little as two years with a bachelors for specific programs. Transfer students will get many of the perks of being Spalding students — access to facilities, the option for on-campus housing, the option to buy a meal plan and parking pass — all while attending JCTC.

Within one block of each other in downtown Louisville, Spalding University is proud to partner with Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTCS) to create an affordable college transfer opportunity. This program allows students from the JCTC campus to easily transfer their credits with no application fee.

This long standing agreement between Spalding and JCTC summarizes the cooperative efforts to establish a partnership for students who desire to transfer upon successful completion of their associate’s degrees.

“Spalding has been a part of this community since the Sisters of Nazareth started the University in 1920,” SU President Tori Murden-McClure said. “As we refocus on our community, connecting with our neighbors increasingly becomes important. We want to encourage students to be lifelong learners: What better place to build community and encourage learning than at JCTC. We are committed to creating affordable pathways for students to continue their education career.”

The program’s goal is to increase the number of degrees completed by students in the region, and reinforce each institution’s commitment to serve the evolving and diverse workforce demands while expanding educational opportunities.

Transfer students will rest easy in the knowledge that we’ll help them find the right classes to transfer, allowing them to cost-effectively navigate between schools without lost credits. They will get to know SU’s admissions staff. When the time comes to officially join the Spalding family, the path will already have been carved out for them.

Through this transfer pathway Spalding and JCTC will cooperate to promote a successful undergraduate experience for students who wish to attend both institutions. This partnership will result in better service to students and will increase the potential for future collaboration.

“Speaking as someone who completed their degree as a transfer student, this pathway is simple and streamlined,” SU Director of Admissions Jill Gaines said. “Our goal is to empower our JCTC neighbors with two important things, how long and how much. Your time is valuable and we are here to make sure we don’t waste a second of it. We encourage any JCTC student to make an appointment or just stop by. Bring your transcripts, we are ready!”

Spalding wants all students to succeed. SU’s 6-week block scheduling creates huge flexibility for working students and parents looking to return to school. Our small class sizes ensure students get more attention and assistance than larger schools can offer.

Ultimately, this is part of Spalding University and JCTC’s ongoing work to eliminate barriers for students in achieving their educational goals. This includes total coverage of transferable credits, reverse transfer back to JCTC, and access to the numerous benefits Spalding students obtain.

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For much of my sophomore year of college, I was very unhappy. There were many reasons for this, one of them being that I was feeling unsatisfied by my college experience.

At the time, I was attending a different school. Even though I was involved in many campus activities — choir, voice lessons, German club, film club, the literary magazine and the school newspaper — I still felt like I didn’t belong there anymore. Plus, I wasn’t working, and I was constantly aware of the fact that I had very little money. I questioned whether it was worth all the debt I was accumulating.

Over the summer, my parents gave me an ultimatum: Get a job to help pay for school or transfer somewhere less expensive. I was having trouble finding a job due to the chronic pain that I had in my hands, wrists, and arms that made doing certain kinds of work much harder, so this put a lot of stress on me. Even though I was going to be paying for college mostly by myself, I knew they were right. I wasn’t in a position to go to a school as expensive as the one where I was, especially with my lack of satisfaction.

Because my family lived in Louisville, my parents suggested Spalding University, which had a creative writing program that interested me and where I had applied and been admitted out of high school.  I was reluctant at first because I had many friends at my first college whom I didn’t want to leave, but my parents and I ended up going to speak to Spalding’s admissions staff.

The people at Spalding helped put my mind at ease and made the process of transferring so much easier than I had anticipated. I also liked the idea of Spalding’s six-week sessions, in which you focus on one or two classes at a time; that was very different than anything I had done before.

My ideal college was a small one with a good creative writing program, and Spalding met those requirements. I also was interested in studying abroad, and Spalding had a study-abroad program to Ireland— where I had wanted to go for a very long time. It was too good to be true.

I spoke with the director of the creative writing program, Dr. Merle Bachman, who made me feel comfortable about the classes I would be taking. I also liked that I’d be required to do an internship. I had always wanted to do one, and I thought it would be a good transition to the real world.

I also would be living on campus in the Spalding Suites, which were much nicer than the dorms I was used to.

In the end, I said yes to Spalding.

One year later, I have gone on the study-abroad trip to Ireland for two weeks, started an internship at Louisville Literary Arts, and I live closer to my family and my fiancé.

I am very happy with the decision I made, and I’m excited for the rest of my senior year.

Allison Campbell is a Spalding University senior majoring in creative writing. 

To kick off National Transfer Student Week on Monday morning, students at Jefferson Community and Technical College got a chance to grab a donut, meet a couple college presidents and learn more about an option to pursue their bachelor’s degree just a block away from their current campus.

Spalding University President Tori Murden McClure and Jefferson President Ty Handy passed out breakfast to several dozen students at Jefferson’s Health Sciences Hall and helped spread the word about Spalding’s Jefferson transfer program called 2SU, which was officially formed one year ago this week.

“We really want students to finish their degrees (at Jefferson), then think of transferring somewhere,” McClure said. “It doesn’t have to be Spalding; just give Spalding a look.

“We’ve been great partners for a long time, and we finally formalized the pathway to move seamlessly from Jefferson to Spalding.”

Tori Murden McClure and Ty Handy smile and hold a box of donuts they're distributing to students
McClure and Handy passed out donuts to Jefferson students in celebration of National Transfer Student Week.

Through 2SU, Jefferson students who declare their intention of eventually attending Spalding will be placed on a coursework plan that leads to the completion of their Jefferson associate’s degree while focusing on earning the right credits to be admitted into Spalding’s bachelor’s programs.

“It’s nice for a student to come here as a first-semester freshman and know exactly what they need and what route they can take to get to Spalding,” Handy said.

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Spalding will continue with JCTC-related Transfer Week activities in the coming days. On Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., representatives from Spalding will be passing out pizza on the Jefferson campus. Then, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  on Wednesday, Spalding will welcome Jefferson students to visit Spalding’s campus and attend its majors fair in the library.

“We have about 12,000 students here (at Jefferson), and about 6,000 of them intend to transfer somewhere,” Handy said. “We’re pleased to have such a great relationship with Spalding. Every year we send lots of students over to Spalding, and we appreciate the relationship they’ve built with us and the support they given us, and our students always say what a great experience they have at Spalding.”

Spalding School of Social Work master’s student Chauncey Burnett is a proud alumnus of both Jefferson Community and Technical College and Spalding, and he said he would encourage other students to follow the same Jefferson-to-Spalding path that he did.

“I have been telling a lot of people about it because it worked for me,” said Burnett, a 50-year-old father of five who in June won Spalding’s Meagher Award as one of the university’s top 2018 graduates. “I’m happy with where I’m at, education-wise and in life, and I’m like, ‘Man, you can do it, too.'”

For more information on 2SU, contact Spalding Director of Transfer Student Success Nikki Shedletsky at [email protected] More information on Jefferson Community and Technical College is available at