Credit Transfer Process & Policies

StraighterLine is just one stop on your educational journey. We want to make sure you’re set up for success, wherever you go next. Our credit transfer policies make it easy for you to be recognized for all your hard work and build a strong foundation for your future.

How StraighterLine Credits Transfer


Once you’ve completed a StraighterLine course, you’re eligible to receive that credit and request a transcript to illustrate the credit you’ve earned. That transcript can be submitted to a college, university, or another administrative body that needs to recognize your credit. You’re eligible to receive credit by completing our courses due to credit recommendations from the American Council on Education (ACE).

ACE Credit Recommendations

ACE recommendations outline credits and course equivalencies for courses students may have taken elsewhere and are trying to transfer to a certain college or university.

ACE has evaluated and recommended all of StraighterLine courses for credit, excepting a small set of college prep and certification training courses like Developmental Writing, Introductory Algebra, and Net+ (CompTIA). Thousands of colleges and universities consider ACE Credit recommendations in determining the applicability to their schools course and degree programs.

Whatever college you choose as your next step towards your degree, ACE Credit recommendations make the process easier. Bring your ACE Transcript to your student advisor or your registrar to start the conversation and the transfer process.

Partner Colleges

StraighterLine has a partnership with 150+ accredited colleges and universities. These institutions are familiar with StraighterLine’s courses, which can make your transfer process easier. Some of them even offer important scholarship opportunities.

The Credit Transfer Process


When working with StraighterLine, the transfer process is straightforward. No matter which courses you take, these steps will be the same. Some colleges and universities, however, might have different policies or processes. Once you’re in contact with the right administrative office at your college or university of choice, make sure to understand their specific steps to ensure you receive the credit you deserve.

1. Determine Which Classes Are Eligible

The first step in the process of transferring credit is to have a complete understanding of which of your courses are eligible for transfer — or which ones you’ve earned credit for. For a course to eligible, the course will be marked as “Complete” in our systems with a final grade greater than a 70% and be free from academic holds.

2. Request a Transcript

Once you’ve determined that your courses meet all of the eligibility requirements, you can request a transcript. Transcripts are what will enable you to demonstrate the credits you’ve earned to another college or university. These are important documents to complete the credit transfer process.

3. Submit Transcript to College or University

When you have your transcript, you can submit them to the requisite office or administrator to review at your college or university of choice. Who you need to submit your transcript to may depend on the specific college or university. You may submit it directly to a student advisor, or you may submit it to the academic registrar. Make sure to check who or which office handles transfer credits at your particular school.

Whether your school chooses to accept and acknowledge your credit will depend on a number of factors and their specific policies. In most cases, they’ll judge whether the courses you’ve taken with StraighterLine are equivalent to the courses they offer (as recommended by ACE). Research these course equivalencies ahead of time to ensure the smoothest possible process.

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