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Award of Credit and Transferability

Awards of Credit

Transcripts for completed StraighterLine courses can be sent to any college; however the college has full control over what courses are accepted. Please be sure to verify that your credits will transfer prior to starting your course. Credits are guaranteed transfer to partner colleges; be sure to check which courses are transferrable to each StraighterLine partner college. Additionally transcripts can be sent via the ACE transcript service.

A student wanting to take a course for credit at a partner college will work with a Student Advisor to determine which partner college is best for his/her individual needs and academic goals. Upon successful completion of coursework, a Student Advisor will work with the student to submit a StraighterLine transcript, and ensure the credits are awarded as applicable. For more information about transferring credits please visit StraighterLine's Credit Transfer page.


StraighterLine scores assessments based upon a percentage of 100%. Your StraighterLine transcript will reflect the percentage score and corresponding grade as set forth below:

90-100 A
80-89 B
70*-79 C
60-69 D
Below 60 F

*A grade of at least 70% is required for ACE CREDIT recommendation or credit recognition at most StraighterLine partner colleges. ACE transcripts reflect P/F (Pass/Fail) only.

Certain partner colleges will post the StraighterLine grade on your transcript when you enroll there. Others will reflect a P/F only. You should review our partner college page for specific policies related to those institutions. If you plan to request credit from another institution via ACE, you should check with that institution regarding grade posting policies.

Transferability of Credit

StraighterLine does not award academic credit itself. All credits awarded are transferable according to the awarding partner college’s articulation agreements with other institutions. Students wishing to confirm transferability of course credit should contact the institution that will receive the transferred credit; they should confirm that the chosen institution will accept credit from the StraighterLine partner college for the course(s) they intend to complete. StraighterLine, along with colleges and universities, cannot guarantee the transferability of credit between regionally accredited institutions.

American Council on Education (ACE)

The American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT) has reviewed all of StraighterLine's courses. Thousands of colleges award credit for ACE approved courses. To be sure that your future or current institution will award credit for our courses, check the website or call the college in which you wish to enroll and ask if they accept ACE recommended coursework. To use the ACE process:

  1. Be sure the college in which you want to enroll will accept ACE recommended courses. If not, consider one of StraighterLine's partner colleges.
  2. Successfully complete a StraighterLine course.
  3. Sign up for the ACE Transcript Service found here. There will be a $40 fee to sign up which includes the submission of one transcript. (
  4. Have the transcript sent to the college in which you want to enroll.

For more information about our credits, please visit and click the “Earn College Credit” link.

CLEP, AP, and other standardized tests for credit

Many individuals have successfully earned college credit by taking a standardized test, which is accepted for credit at many regionally accredited universities. These tests usually require additional fees and are usually administered at a testing center. Although StraighterLine does not offer these tests, courses taken through StraighterLine will prepare students seeking a test-for-credit option. As with transferability, StraighterLine cannot guarantee individual scores or credit acceptance. For more information about these tests, please visit: