College credit transfer
Homeschooling for college credit is a popular choice with those who want to achieve dual credit or get a head start on their degree. If it is planned out carefully, earning transferable credit in advance can allow your homeschooler to earn their degree months or even years before their peers.
However, there are some important considerations you should take into account before starting any classes. After all, you don't want to waste time and money studying courses only to find out later that your college credit transfer request won't be considered by your chosen school.
Will my college credits transfer?
The number and types of credits that schools will accept for transfer varies widely from school to school. As such, homeschool families should be aware of the following issues around college credit transfer before selecting classes. If you are unsure of your chosen school's policies on credit transfer, be sure to check the guidelines on their website or with their admissions office.
Which schools accept credit transfer?
Over 1500 schools across the U.S. will consider college credit for transfer. Study.com partners with several colleges that have generous credit transfer limits and are guaranteed to accept transfer credit, providing the credit granting course meets the specific requirements of the degree being sought.
Colleges are not required to accept transfer
Be sure to check with the college(s) you plan to attend about their credit transfer policies. No college is required to accept transfer credits unless there is an articulation agreement or state policy in place.
Will my chosen courses transfer?
Not all courses are created equal when it comes to credit transfer. For example, some schools have different rules around whether they will accept general education classes or major classes. The admissions department of your chosen colleges will be able to provide more information about which courses are more likely to be considered for transfer, and how they will be counted.
Most schools will impose a limit on the grades required to transfer. Expect to need a C or higher to have your credit transfer request be considered.
Transfer credit limits
Most colleges limit the number of credits that will be considered for transfer. Different programs within schools will also have different guidelines. Some schools may accept 60 credits of a 120 credit degree, while others may accept as many as 117 credits, simply requiring the student to complete a capstone course to graduate.
Time limits on credit transfer
Some schools and programs place time limits on when the credit was earned to ensure academic integrity. For example, it is common for schools to stipulate that credit being considered for transfer was earned within the last ten years.
Age limits on students who want to transfer credit
Some homeschoolers completing dual credit may already have earned 60 credits by the age of 16. Some schools will accept students under the age of 18 to transfer credit while others will not. If you do plan on fast-tracking your child's college education, be sure to check with the admissions departments of your chosen school about the student age-limit.
Regional vs national accreditation
Colleges seek out accreditation from accrediting organizations, both regional and national. Regional is the highest standard outside of program-specific accreditation.
Colleges that are regionally accredited are unlikely to accept credits from colleges that are nationally accredited. Nationally accredited schools are more likely to accept transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.
Study.com does not have regional or national accreditation, but over 200 ACE and NCCRS courses are recommended for credit transfer that will be considered by over 1500 colleges.
How to transfer college credits
Assuming your credit courses are eligible for transfer, you will need to apply for admission to a school for your transfer credit to be evaluated. Once you've submitted your transcripts, you simply need to wait for the results of your transfer assessment. See the following page for more on how to transfer college credit earned on Study.com.