If you’ve spent anywhere from one semester to three years in school and you now want to go back to college to complete a degree, it’s important to get the greatest number of transfer credits possible. Failing to do so can mean that you’ll have to needlessly re-take courses – an unfortunate waste of time and money. But the process of transferring credits is not standardized. To be successful at it, you need to be an educated consumer. Here are several articles on how to make sure the school you are entering gives you the most credits possible for the courses you took in the past.
Keys to Transferring Credits Successfully
Most students transfer credits toward a bachelor’s program, but in some cases old credits can be put toward an associate’s degree as well. The process, however, is not necessarily cut and dried. You need to know how to argue for the most credit you can get without getting into a real fight with your school. Getting every credit you deserve can really pay off by helping you save a good deal of money and study time.
Online Colleges and Universities That Accept Lots of Credit Transfers
Online schools are particularly friendly to adults going back to college, and many of them will try to make it as easy as possible for you to transfer in the maximum possible number of credits from your previous school. We spent time researching which online schools accept the most credits. Get an overview of what we found.
Will Transferring Colleges Force Me To Lose My Old Course Credits?
Students who are starting over tend to fear they won’t be able to use their old course credits toward a new degree program at a new school. But they’re often able to use more credits than they expect.
How “Articulation Agreements” Can Help You Get a Degree Finished Faster
Many four year colleges have deals set up with two year schools that allow students to transfer from one to the other with virtually 100% credit transfer guaranteed. These “articulation agreements” used to be only between four year schools and community colleges, but they have expanded today to all sorts of schools. If you are interested in finishing your bachelor’s degree at a particular school, it makes sense to find out if that institution has an articulation agreement with your previous school. If not, you may get far fewer credits transferred toward your new degree than you could with an articulation agreement in place.
Pitfalls to Avoid When Trying to Transfer Credits From One School to Another
There are many opportunities to save time and money by transferring credits into a completion degree program. But there are also limitations. Among the things you need to know: the number of credit hours accepted for a class you once took can vary from school to school, old classes must relate to a class in your major in order to transfer, poor grades in your old school can hurt your ability to tranfer credits and some campus schools don’t like to accept credits from online schools.
Should Adult Students Transfer Credits Or Just Start Over?
It may seem like a pain to have to go through all the work of finding out which old credits will transfer, getting your transcripts and closing out the transfer approvals with your new school. But it’s worth it. Using your old credits can save you a huge amount of time and study effort in finishing your degree.
Accreditation Issues That Can Affect Your Ability to Transfer Credits
A big obstacle can present itself if you try to transfer credits from a school with weak or non-existent accreditation into a higher-level college with good accreditation. Here are some pitfalls to watch out for.
Can You Transfer Community College Credits to an Out-of-State University?
Traditionally, most schools only accepted transfer credits from student who went to a community college, only if the community college was in the same state. But that’s changing, and it’s partly because the reputation of community colleges has grown considerably in recent years.
Exactly Which Courses Can You Transfer for Credit?
This can be a tricky issue. At many colleges, the rules on transfer are different for core, elective and general courses in each major. Here’s what you’ll want to know as you start the process of requesting credit transfer.
Do College Credits Expire?
You may be very surprised to find how many credits you earned in school long ago may be transferred into a new degree program, even if they seem to be outside the major you’re going to study in. On the other hand, some types of credits, particularly in technical subject areas, do expire after a number of years.