What is Transfer Credit?

What is Transfer Credit?

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A Transfer Credit is a college credit earned at one institution of higher education that is later transferred to and accepted by another institution. A Transfer Credit can also be earned by completing online courses or passing competency exams that demonstrate mastery in a specific subject area. An earned college credit is considered a transfer credit once it is accepted by the “receiving” institution of higher learning. Receiving institutions decide which transfer credits it will accept, typically through the admissions or registrar’s office. Students who have transfer credits accepted are given advanced standing at the new institution. A Transfer Credit can be earned by:

  • AP Credit (Advanced Placement)
  • Credits for community college coursework
  • College-to-college course transfer
  • Military training
  • Work and on-the-job training
  • Credit-by-Exam through ACE (American Council on Education) or CLEP (College Level Examination Program)
  • Credit for life experience as demonstrated via a PLA (Prior Learning Assessment)

How can I earn transfer credit with online courses?

Watch the video below to learn how you can transfer your StraighterLine courses for credit at your school.

How can online courses help me save on college?

StraighterLine offers convenient and extremely affordable online college courses. Complete your gen-ed classes online and make serious progress on your degree. At StraighterLine, we make it easy for you reduce your cost of college. 

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