Grand Rapids Community College and Central Michigan University have agreed to create transparent curricular paths to help GRCC students transfer to CMU.
The institutional agreement is a first step toward program-specific agreements, which will map out what classes the community college students need to take to transfer to CMU programs.
The program agreements will appear as academic programs in the GRCC catalog and will be eligible for financial aid, according to GRCC.
"It saves students time and money because they only take the classes here that will apply to that bachelor's degree," said Patti Trepkowski, Associate Provost of GRCC.
Trepkowski said GRCC wants its students to go on with their educations and to transfer to four-year institutions.
GRCC students will still need to apply and meet CMU's standards for transfer admission and financial aid.
GRCC signed a similar institutional agreement with Western Michigan University on September 2.
Other community colleges and public universities in Michigan have similar agreements to encourage transfers.