How to Determine If Your College Credits Will Transfer
If you've earned college credits in the past, you may be able to complete your degree that much faster. Don't just assume that you have to retake a course that you've already passed, just because you're at a new school. Some, if not all, of your college credits may transfer to your new school, saving you valuable time, money, and effort along the way. The more credits that you transfer, the fewer courses you'll have to take to finish earning your degree.
The Tough Part
Finding out whether or not your college credits will transfer depends, essentially, on the college you're planning to transfer to. Does your new school accept transfer credits at all? Do they have an articulation agreement with the school you're transferring from? Do they have an "expiration date" on earned credits? Will your credits transfer as electives, or be credited toward your major itself?
Really, it all depends on the school. Do your research on each school you're considering transferring to in order to understand their:
• Transfer acceptance rate
• General transfer admission requirements
• Credit expiration policies
• Minimum grade requirements
• And other typical requirements
Generally, you won't get confirmation about which college credits you've already earned will transfer until after you've been accepted into your new school. Although this fact adds a level of uncertainty when it comes to determining whether and which of your college credits will transfer, if you've done your research and chosen a school with a generous transfer policy, you could be in a good position to graduate sooner.
The Good News
In addition to doing your own research, it may be in your best interest to meet with a school advisor to ensure that you haven't missed any pertinent details. The sooner you do this, the better. You'll get guidance around which prior credits you can apply toward your new college degree and how much time it will realistically take you to earn it. A counselor may not be able to guarantee how many and which credits will transfer until you're officially accepted to the new school either, but gathering as much information as you can early on never hurts.
It's also worth exploring whether the school you plan to attend accepts non-traditional credits. These credits can come from both work and life experience, military training, or even national testing and certification programs. With both traditional and non-traditional transfer credits under your belt, you'll likely earn your degree in less time so you can put what you've learned to use in the workforce even faster.
Determining if your earned college credits will transfer to your new school can be time consuming and a little bit tricky. However, doing as much research as you can and speaking to advisors at your school of choice can work out for you in the long run. You won't be wasting precious time and hard-earned money on classes that you can do without, since you already have the credits and the knowledge you need. Find out if your school will accept any, if not all, of your college credits by going to their website or speaking to their advisors today.
Written by Ashford University staff.