Will Your Online College Credits Be Accepted by Degree-Granting Colleges?

Jaime Dalbke

Are you thinking of taking college courses online? If so, you already
know that online study is a time-efficient, cost-effective way to earn
college credits. But how can you be sure that the credits you earn will
be accepted if you decide to continue your studies in a degree-granting

Here are some steps to help assure that the credit from your Internet
studies will be accepted by your new school.

  • Start out by picking the right provider of online courses.
    They are not all the same. Some have invested extra effort to have
    their courses reviewed and recommended by governing bodies like the American
    Council of Education
    . Others have not. If you ask questions first,
    you will have taken an important first step toward assuring your success
    in transferring credits.
  • Ask whether the course-provider is affiliated with existing
    Such arrangements can smooth the transition to a
    degree-earning institution. For example, StraighterLine.com
    has established ties with six accredited colleges. The
    result? Students can experience a seamless transition into a
    college degree-granting institution.
  • Talk with the colleges where you plan to apply.  A
    representative from admissions, or from the registrar’s office, should
    be able to explain the institution’s policies for accepting college credits for
    coursework that was done elsewhere.  Remember, some colleges can make it
    difficult to transfer credits – they only accept credits for courses
    that are similar to their own offerings, or only accept a limited number
    of credits toward one of their degrees.
  • Before you go into meetings with college representatives,
    get your documentation in order.
    To avoid frustrating repeat
    meetings, come prepared with information about the courses you have
    taken – or plan to take. How many credits hours do the courses carry,
    for example? Have they been approved by the American
    Council of Education
    or another agency?

To Learn More . . .

For more information on transferring online college course credits visit
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