If you ever attended a university or a community college, even for just a semester, you likely have credits that can be used toward your degree. Maybe you’ve accumulated credits for multiple universities, which can easily happen if you relocate often for work or family obligations. At University of Phoenix, we want to make sure that you get all of the credits you deserve and don’t have to spend time and money on classes that you have already completed.
What are transfer credits?
A transfer credit is a college credit that you earned from one school that you want to use toward your degree at a new or future school. For example, if you took an Algebra 101 course at School A, you are not going to want to take it again (and pay for it again) at School B. By having the credits you earned at School A count toward your degree at School B, you can earn your degree more quickly and for less money.
Credits for completed general education courses, those taken in your first or second year in college. The credits that students ask to transfer most often. Devin Andrews, vice president of admissions and evaluations at the University of Phoenix, said. It is most common for students to transfer general education coursework in social sciences, science, and technology or English composition and communication arts. This makes sense because courses in these areas tend to be common within the first year or two of programs at community colleges and universities.”
How do college transfer credits work?
In a perfect world, all similar degree programs would have the same course requirements. However, course requirements vary from university to university. For example, School A may require you to take a specific speech class for your business degree. While School B may let you take any communications course. That’s where it gets a little tricky. If you took a writing course for the communications requirement, School B will accept it. However, School A needs you to take a speech course. So is unlikely to approve the transfer credit for your writing course.
Because programs differ between schools, you can’t expect all of your credits to transfer to your new school. A good place to start is to look at the degree program at your new school and compare whether you have taken any of the same classes already. While this is no guarantee that your past class credits will transfer, it increases the probability.
When you are ready to transfer, you’ll probably need to request transcripts from your previous colleges and universities to prove your coursework. After you submit these to your new school. It’s a good idea to keep in touch periodically to see how the transfer process is proceeding.
Credit Transfer Best Practices
There is no universal policy when it comes to credit transfers. However, the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) offers best practices related to credit transfers. The organization co-wrote the Joint Statement on Transfer and Award of Credits along with the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the American Council for Education (ACE). This is a document use by many institutions to provide guidance regarding credit transfers.
Said Andrews, “Increasingly, the transfer and award of credit are seen as an equity issue. Organizations like AACRAO and ACE call for inclusive policies that give students credit for their prior learning. In and out of the classroom – and help students complete credentials without unnecessary duplication of coursework.”
About University of Phoenix
Founded in 1976, the University of Phoenix offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The University has campuses across the U.S. for in-person learning and is available online to students worldwide. More than one million students have earned degrees from the University of Phoenix. The University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The University has an open enrollment policy, accepting students who have earned a high school diploma, GED, or equivalent. Follow the University of Phoenix on Medium and Facebook