How to Earn ACE CREDIT with StraighterLine

How to Earn ACE CREDIT with StraighterLine
Beth Dumbauld

Are you looking to enroll in an online college course, but have questions around credit transfer? Learn how you can transfer StraighterLine courses for credit at your school using the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT®).

Please note, if you are enrolled, or plan on enrolling in a StraighterLine partner college, you can transfer your courses directly without an ACE TRANSCRIPT. Use the course equivalency guide on your school’s partner page  to learn which courses are guaranteed to transfer to your school.

What is ACE CREDIT?

ACE CREDIT®, helps students gain academic credit for courses and examinations taken outside traditional degree programs, including the military and online college course providers like StraighterLine.

Before you start taking courses, you’ll want to understand more about credit transfer of your online courses and how the process works. More than 60 StraighterLine courses have been evaluated and recommended for college credit by ACE CREDIT® which means once you have completed a StraighterLine course, you are eligible to receive an ACE Transcript for credit transfer purposes. Hundreds of schools consider ACE Transcripts for credit transfer, but you’ll need to work with your school’s registrar to verify if your course will transfer.

ACE CREDIT® Transfer of Your StraighterLine Courses

Once you have completed a StraighterLine course, you are eligible to receive an ACE Transcript for credit transfer purposes. Whatever college you choose as your next step towards your degree, the process of transferring credits is easy. Use our ACE CREDIT Transfer Checklist to start the conversation with your student advisor or registrar.

Here’s a step-by-step overview:

1) Determine if your college is part of the ACE CREDIT® COLLEGE & UNIVERSITY NETWORK. (If you do not see your school listed, that’s okay! Some schools choose not to be listed, but do accept ACE CREDIT® recommended college courses for credit.)

2) Contact your school’s registrar or college advisor. Let them know you are planning to take a StraighterLine course and would like to transfer your courses for credits to their institution.

  • Your college advisor or registrar at the school where you plan on earning your degree will need to verify whether or not your StraighterLine online college course(s) will transfer for credit.
  • Your college advisor or school registrar will use StraighterLine’s ACE CREDIT® recommendations to determine whether or not your StraighterLine college course is similar to classes offered at their school.

3) Prepare a course transfer eligibility email for your school’s registrar or college advisor. Alternatively, if you are on campus, you can print out the following documentation and bring it to your school’s registrar or college advisor.

  • “I want to take [Insert StraighterLine Course Name] and it has been evaluated by ACE CREDIT.”
  • “I can get an ACE Transcript.” (Your StraighterLine Advisor can show you how to get your ACE Transcript.)
  • Copy and paste the link to the ACE CREDIT® recommendation for the StraighterLine course you intend to take into the body of the email. This is the link to include.
  • Copy and paste the link to the StraighterLine course syllabus for the StraighterLine course you intend to take into the body of the email. To find a link to a StraighterLine course syllabus, choose your StraighterLine course and click on that course’s Course Syllabus link.
  • Ask to receive a confirmation that your course will be accepted for transfer once completed.

4) Once you’ve received your confirmation, enroll in your StraighterLine online college course.

5) Complete your StraighterLine online college course with a passing grade.

6) Submit your official ACE Transcript to your college advisor or registrar to REQUEST college credit for your course. It is up to individual colleges & universities whether to accept credit.

At StraighterLine, we are here to help you lower your cost of college and help answer any questions you might have about the credit transfer process. If you'd like to give one of our online courses a try, sign up for a free trial today.

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