Can I Transfer Remedial Credits to My College?


Many new college students will find themselves needing to enroll in remedial/developmental studies. This is very common for individuals entering their first year of college. While these classes will not apply towards your degree, they are an opportunity to prepare for success in transferable courses that will count towards completion of a degree program.

Transferring Remedial Credits

College is a huge endeavor for anyone. Many of us have found ourselves in the position of having to take remedial or developmental courses when enrolling at a community college. However, most of these remedial credits will not transfer to another school. These remedial courses are generally designed to prep a student for the upcoming college course load.

Nearly 70 percent of students enrolling at a community college sign up for remedial classes. So if this is you, you are not alone. This is a chance to prepare you for the upcoming challenges that will be a part of your college level load. While they may not apply towards your degree or transfer to another school, they will be very beneficial to your future as a college student. Remedial study is generally recommended for students who did not receive a sufficient score on entrance and/or placement exams. These classes will provide you with the necessary knowledge to succeed in the rest of your time as an undergraduate student.

With remedial credit transfers, you may be closer to a degree than you think.

Course Numbers

One great way to determine if a class will be able to transfer as a part of your transcript is to look at the number associated with the course. A college level class will be accompanied with a course number of 100 or greater. Remedial course numbers are generally below 100 and start with a zero. Any course number that starts with a zero will not be able to be transferred and applied as credits towards a degree.

The Benefits

Students can generally take remedial courses alongside college level courses. While the remedial courses will not count towards a degree, they may or may not count towards overall GPA. This is something that each student should research within their institution. Remedial courses do, however, count towards full time status. This can greatly help individuals who are using financial aid and need a full time load. Most often, schools will require six credit hours to be college level (100 level or higher), but many will allow only three in the first semester or the first year. The remaining remedial coursework will count towards full time status. However, you should always check with your institution to verify that you are in full time standing.

Get a jump start on your college education with remedial credits.

Prepare for Success

While these credits will not transfer to another college and apply towards a degree, they can be very beneficial to a student who is required to take them. These courses will prep you for the upcoming challenge of college courses that fall at and above the 100 level. The preparation that students receive in their remedial courses will also be an indicator of success in the remainder of college work. While these credits won't transfer, students should take remedial work very seriously if they want to be successful in college. Often times, low scores on SATs and other entrance/placement exams will determine if a student will need to enroll in remedial coursework. If this is you, take these classes as opportunities to gain more knowledge and to prepare for success in the upcoming challenge of obtaining a degree.

Online Remedial Courses

In this day and age, remedial courses can generally be taken online. This can help students to save money and time when taking a prep course that will not count towards their degree. Just as with normal college courses, these courses must be completed with an official grade to count towards full time or part time status. So it is important that students take these courses seriously and make an effort to complete the course in good standing. A withdrawal can result in the loss of full time status like any other class. For this reason, many students will not choose the online route as it can be difficult for some to keep up or find the motivation to complete the coursework on time. However, if you feel comfortable with the online format, then this can be a great option for you when it comes to completing remedial study.

There are a lot of opportunities out there for those that want it.

A Cautionary Tale

College readiness is a national concern, and it is estimated that about half of all students entering college at a community college or university are enrolling in remedial courses. For any students that take developmental courses, the average number they take is 2.6. So, if you find yourself needing remedial work and if you need more than one class, you are not alone. Take this opportunity to ready yourself for success as a student.

The Community College Research Center at Columbia University points out, however, that many students are being misplaced into remedial courses. Efforts are being made to improve the accuracy of remedial placement. Be sure to discuss your degree program with an academic adviser to avoid enrolling in coursework that may not be necessary.

By Kyle Aken
November 2016
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