How to Make Sure Your Online Credits Will Be Accepted at Your Regular College
If you’re taking college courses online, can you be sure that the credits you earn will be accepted if you continue your studies in a regular institution?
Getting all your credits transferred can be tricky, especially if you are trying to move them to a college that has not had much experience with online learning. But it can be done, if you follow this advice . . .
- Check out the advice and information at StraighterLine’s Credit Transfer Center. There’s plenty of information to help ease the credit-transfer process.
- Select the right online school. Some have had their courses approved by governing bodies like the American Council on Education Credit. Others haven’t.
- Find out whether your online school is affiliated with existing colleges. For example, the online course provider Straighterline.com has established ties with 25 excellent colleges that not only accept credits, but accept students who have successfully completed coursework at StraighterLine. So if you start out as a student at StraighterLine, you can enjoy a seamless transition to a number of excellent degree-granting institutions.
- Discuss your plans with the colleges where you will apply. A representative from admissions, or from the registrar’s office, can explain the institution’s policies regarding credit transfers. Be aware that some colleges only accept credits for courses that are similar to their own, or only accept a limited number of credits toward one of their degrees. So find out ahead of time and be sure your plans are based on knowledge, not hazy assumptions.
- Get your papers in order before meeting with the registrar at your college. Come prepared with documentation of the courses you have taken, or will take, online.