How to Earn College Credits with StraighterLine's Transferable Online Courses

Moving into a dorm on a college campus isn’t the only way to take your first step toward earning your college degree. With StraighterLine’s transferable online courses, you can start earning credit that you can put toward your degree on your own time, at your own pace. We’ll show you how.

How Does Earning College Credits with StraighterLine Work?


Earning online college transfer credits with StraighterLine is simple — really, it’s just a few easy steps, and you’re well on your way.

1. Sign Up with StraighterLine

Ready to get started? The first step is to create an account and sign up for a membership. Our membership gives you access to all of our courses, online tutoring, live support, and more.

2. Choose Your Courses

Once you’ve established your membership, you can browse through and choose your courses. We have over 70 courses that our students can choose from, and every course saves you money, time, and can count for credit towards your degree.

3. Support Your Education with Our Resources

Taking self-paced, online courses doesn’t mean you’re on your own. Your membership gives you access to our online tutoring and live student support services. With these resources, you can get the technical, membership, or course support you need to thrive in StraighterLine’s transferable online courses and start building your future.

4. Complete Your Courses to Earn Credit

All of our courses are self-paced — you can take as much or as little time as you need to work through them. In order to be eligible for credit, courses must be completed. This means the student has submitted all required exams and assignments.

Our transferable online courses are recommended for credit by the American Council of Education (ACE). ACE is one of the nation’s leading authorities on issues of higher education, and they evaluate nontraditional forms of learning such as military training courses, government training courses, corporate training courses, and other online courses, to offer recommendations for transfer credit. Over 1,000 college and university faculty across the country have reviewed over 36,000 courses on behalf of ACE. Did we mention that they have recommended all of StraighterLine’s credit bearing courses? It’s true!

What is an ACE recommendation? ACE recommendations outline credits and course equivalencies for courses students may have taken elsewhere (like with StraighterLine) and are trying to transfer to a certain college or university. Once you have successfully completed a StraighterLine course, you are eligible to receive an ACE Transcript for credit transfer purposes.

5. Transfer & Complete Your Degree

Once you’ve completed your courses with StraighterLine, you can request a transcript at no extra cost. This transcript will show which courses you’ve taken and the credits you’ve earned. You can then submit this transcript to your college of choice, and they can evaluate your transfer credits and course equivalencies to award you credit toward your degree.

All of StraighterLine’s partner colleges, plus an additional several thousand schools, accept ACE credit recommendations. No matter which college you choose to continue pursuing your degree, it’s important to reach out to a student advisor or a registrar to see if your credit will transfer.

Starting with StraighterLine can help you reach your goals. Based on a case study with Strayer University, 41% more students who went through StraighterLine before entering college and transferring their credit were successful completing their degree than those who didn’t.

How Do My StraighterLine Courses Become College Credits?


The credits you earn through StraighterLine courses become college credits through a transfer process. This process involves submitting a transcript detailing your StraighterLine courses to the college or university where you plan to complete your degree. Your student advisor or the school registrar will evaluate which credits can be transferred.

We’re confident in the transferability of our courses due to ACE Credit recommendations and our relationship with our partner colleges.

ACE Credit Recommendations

The American Council on Education (ACE) recommends courses for credit and equivalencies. They evaluate a number of different nontraditional learning opportunities including courses, exams, and other learning experiences occurring outside the traditional classroom, including the military.

ACE provides an official ACE Transcript that includes credit recommendations for students who have earned experience through these nontraditional learning opportunities. Aside from a small set of college prep and certification training courses, all transferable StraighterLine courses have been recommended for credit by ACE, and students who complete them are eligible to receive an ACE Transcript.

Several thousand schools accept ACE Credit.

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.

Learn more about credit transfer

Why Earn College Credits With StraighterLine?


Here at StraighterLine, we want to help you accomplish your goals and build the future you’ve been dreaming of. Over the years, we’ve helped 300,000+ satisfied StraighterLine students. Of those students, 91% would recommend us to a friend.

When it comes to your education, we want to put our best foot forward. That’s why we put our transferable online courses through a rigorous review process with the American College of Education (ACE) and work with accredited colleges and universities. You can be confident that your investment is worthwhile.

Get Started On Your Degree With StraighterLine Today

StraighterLine has over 70 courses that are affordable, self-paced, and entirely online. We can help you save time and money on your degree. Explore our courses and get started today.

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