How Does The Course Credit Assessment Process Work?

Many circumstances impact the way course credit assessment processes work. The most common factors that influence or apply to course credit assessment are transfer credits, military study, and work experience.

How does course credit assessment work for transfer credits?

Transfer credits typically occur when a student transfers from a community college or university to another 4-year college or university. For credits to transfer, students must earn at least a “C” grade.

The course will then be recorded as a “PASS” in the student’s new school transcript. There is no grade to count towards your GPA. Schools have their own grade point systems which is why your GPA “starts over” when you transfer to a new school. So, if you struggled at your last school this might be a good opportunity for you to start over fresh and improve your GPA.

When transferring credits, it’s also important to note that there are transfer limits. If you plan to go to a 4-year institution, they will usually require at least 30-60 credits to earn your degree.

Most students usually transfer with 30-60 credits from their previous school, but this does mean that some schools will allow a transfer with up to 90 credits if all requirements have been satisfied per their agreements and program curriculum.

How does course credit assessment work for military and work-study?

Many colleges and universities will award credit for courses completed if you took any courses through a regionally accredited institution. You will need to check with the school you’re transferring to, to ensure the credits transfer.

If you have completed any internships, externships, or co-op work, your experience could count as credit for related course credit. Check with your school to see if any work experience counts.

If you run into any issues in transferring military study or work-study, you can also look into taking a department exam through the CLEP (College-Level Examination Program). A CLEP exam will essentially allow you to test out of certain courses and give you credit if you score a passing grade.

It will save you time earning your degree, but it can also save you money as you will not have to pay for the course. You only pay an exam fee, which is significantly less than the cost of the course.

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