How Earning ACE College Credits Can Help You Earn Your College Degree Faster, and For Less Money Part 2


ACE Credit and Your College Credit Transfer Options

There are over 35,000 courses that have been reviewed by ACE1, as well as over 1800 colleges and universities that will consider accepting and reviewing ACE Credit recommendations.

During the college admissions transfer process, the institution you plan on applying to and attending (called the receiving institution) will require you to send your ACE Transcript over for review. Keep in mind, it is up to the receiving institution (the college or university where you ultimately want to earn your degree) which ACE Recommended college courses (if any) they will accept and for how many college credits. College courses that are ACE recommended are just that: recommended, not required to be accepted for transfer by a college or university. 

A Better Way to Use ACE Recommended College Courses With or Without an ACE Transcript 

ACE Credit is great. It offers an enormous amount of flexibility in terms of where you want to transfer your earned ACE credit-bearing college courses. However, there is a cost to creating and maintaining an ACE Transcript, and having that transcript sent to receiving institutions. You should expect to pay a one-time $40 registration fee to use the ACE Credit Transfer service. This fee includes one transcript, which will be sent to the college of your choice. Additional transcripts cost $15 each. For more information on exact costs, contact ACE at 1-866-205-6267.

An alternative to creating (and paying for) an ACE Transcript is to complete your degree-mapped ACE evaluated and recommended college courses through StraighterLine and then transfer your credits to a StraighterLine partner college. StraighterLine will do all the transfer work for you when you apply to one of their partner colleges. It’s a great deal. College courses completed at StraighterLine are guaranteed to transfer to a StraighterLine partner college, based on the college credit transfer agreements that StraighterLine has with those colleges. As a student, there’s no guesswork. You can count on courses you take online through StraighterLine to transfer automatically on enrollment. If you plan on earning a degree, this is critical.

What’s more, StraighterLine has streamlined the college transfer process. Instead of first having to aggregate your completed college courses on an ACE Transcript (and paying for this service), StraighterLine will send your information to the partner schools of your choice once you’ve submitted a Transcript Request Form. It’s that easy. If you prefer to apply to a college that is not a StraighterLine partner college, you can still aggregate your StraighterLine college courses on an ACE Transcript and apply using the traditional transfer process. It’s not as streamlined, or as low cost, but it is easy. Over 350 non-partner schools have accepted StraighterLine courses for credit through ACE.

What Is the Difference Between a For-Credit College Course and a Not-for-Credit College Course?

Seems like this should be a simple concept, but many students unknowingly spend time taking college courses that aren’t capable of leading to a college degree required for a career. It’s important to understand that a no-credit (or not-for-credit) college course is just that – a college course that will earn you exactly zero college credits no matter how much you learned. If a college course is not ACE recommended, there is probably very little chance that you will ever be able to transfer that course into a college for credit. When you complete a non-credit bearing college course that is not ACE recommended, even if it is a MOOC from one of the world’s most well known colleges and universities, you will not be able to transfer that course to any college or university for college credit. It’s worth repeating – no credit college courses, including most MOOCs, do not and cannot place you on a pathway to earning a college degree. 

If you are an adult learner intent on earning your college degree, spend your time and energy taking college courses that can be transferred for credit at the institution where you plan on earning your degree. Don’t make assumptions and do your credit transfer homework at your intended school. In other words, if you want to become a nurse, you will want to complete college courses that accelerate your degree pathway and will be accepted to transfer at a nursing school. Likewise if you plan on earning a business, engineering, liberal arts, or a teaching degree, you will want to match up your ACE recommended college courses with institutions that accept those courses as transfer credit. Or simply take StraighterLine college courses (which are ACE recommended) and be confident in your ability to transfer to them to ACE participating colleges and universities, or to StraighterLine’s partner colleges through their guaranteed-to-transfer partner agreements.  

ACE Is For College Credit

The American Council on Education (ACE) developed its ACE Credit recommendation program in order to present adult learners with an alternative pathway to degree completion. Colleges and universities within the ACE Network trust and accept ACE recommended courses for college-level transfer credit. It’s a win-win situation. Students can earn college credit for educational programs outside the traditional college environment, and colleges and universities are able to transfer in high caliber adult learners who are motivated to earn their degree, and proven capable in college-level work. With ACE Credit, you can use your educational experiences wisely to make your college degree a reality.

1 American Council on Education, College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT), p.1