transfer credit

How to Maximize Your Transfer Credit Potential

At Champlain College Online we're passionate about getting our students to completion faster and more affordably than they believed possible. In fact, we have a whole team of transfer credit evaluators tasked with the job of making sure you get every credit you deserve - whether it's earned at another college or from military training documented on your Joint Services Transcript (JST), police academy training, professional development on the job, a recognized industry credential and more. If it's something you've done to develop yourself academically or professionally, we want to see it!

With our generous transfer credit policy, you are eligible to transfer in up to 90 credits toward your bachelor's degree,  and up to 45 credits toward your associate degree.

Champlain College Transfer Credit Policy

A course taken at another institution may substitute for a required Champlain College Online course if the two courses are substantially similar, even though the course titles may differ. A student who transfers from another college may receive up to 45 of the required credit hours for an associate degree or up to 90 credits toward a bachelor's degree, provided that the credit is transferred from an accredited institution, similar or elective courses are offered at Champlain College Online and the student has received a grade of  "C" or better in that course.


DegreeMaximum Transfer Credit AllowanceTotal Credits to Earn Degree
Bachelor's90 credits120 credits
Associate45 credits60 credits
Master'sUp to 6 credits on a per case basis*

*Note: Students in a graduate-level program may, on a case-by-case basis, transfer in graduate-level credits from another regionally accredited institution. Transfer credit is accepted at the sole discretion of Champlain College Online.

Transfer Credit Opportunities

Once you apply, we will work with you to determine your eligibility to receive:

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If you have attended another higher education institution, be sure to send in your transcripts from your coursework completed there so we can assess eligibility of transfer credit. To ensure we can award you the maximum transfer credits possible, we recommend you do the following:

  • Send in all of your academic, JST and CCAF transcripts- even if they are more than 10 years old or are in a discipline other than the one you are applying to. We may not be able to accept all your transcript credits, but rest assured that if there is a way for us to give you credit and ensure that you complete your program with all the skills and competencies required, we will.
  • Make sure the transcripts you send in are "official." Often this means they are sent in a sealed envelope, bear an official seal of the institution and/or are sent directly from the institution to Champlain.
  • If you remember attending an institution after you apply and/or after your transfer credit review is completed, send it in. We will continue to review transfer credits for you until the time you graduate.
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As an adult, you bring a lot to the table, including work experiences that could be applied toward your Champlain degree. Students are often surprised at the range of training and professional development activities for which they are eligible for transfer credit. To ensure the best possible outcome, it is best that students send us more - rather than less - evidence of the completion of college-level learning. Below we have included some of the items we would like to see, if possible, when evaluating training and professional development activities for transfer credit equivalence. We expect you may not have all the items, but the more you're able to provide, the better.

  • Start and end date
  • Number of contact hours
  • Accrediting body
  • Required exam/score
  • CEUs awarded
  • Course/training description

Champlain College Online accepts all American Council of Education (ACE) credits.

Another option to receive college credit for non-collegiate professional development and/or training is to have your credentials evaluated by the National College Credit Recommendation Service (CCRS).

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National Test-Based Evaluation Tool

One option for earning credit for knowledge you already have is to take the CLEP (or other regionally accepted exams) CLEP is offered through The College Board and are accepted nationally and internationally and are recommended by the American Council on Education. CLEP is probably the best test-based option to earn college credits, other than our own.

New, Fall 2019: Champlain Knowledge Evaluation Tool

Champlain College Online's Test-Out option has been replaced by Champlain Knowledge Evaluation Tool (C-KET).

What Is the Champlain Knowledge Evaluation Tool (C-KET)?

C-KET offers students the opportunity to reduce the number of courses they are required to take for an undergraduate degree program by successfully demonstrating they already have the competencies (that is, achieved the learning outcomes) associated with select courses. Students may enroll in a C-KET course after they have completed at least one term at Champlain College Online.

Are All Courses Available For C-KET Credit?

There is a select list of courses available for C-KET credit. Please speak to your advisor to determine if there are courses available for your program.

How Does C-KET work?

Students will work with their advisor to identify courses for which they believe they already have mastery of the material. They will then discuss the potential benefits and drawbacks of using C-KET vs. taking a course. If the student decides to proceed with C-KET, the academic advisor will register the student, the student will pay a non-refundable $250 fee per C-KET, and the student will have up to 7 weeks to access the timed assessments. Once the assessments are submitted, a Champlain College Online evaluator will review the student’s work, and determine a pass/no pass result. If the work receives a Pass (grade of C or higher), the student will receive credit for that course, and it will appear on the official Champlain College transcript as a Non-Course Equivalent with a grade of “P.” An unsuccessful C-KET attempt will also appear on the official transcript with a grade of “NP” for no pass, but will not affect the student's GPA.

Will The Student Be Given The Course Material to Study Prior to the Assessment?

Because C-KET is designed to evaluate prior learning—and is not a self-paced course—the student will not be provided with any course materials.

Is There a Limit to the Number of Courses a Student Can Use C-KET to take?

Yes, the maximum number of potential credits a student can earn through C-KET is 60 for a bachelor’s degree and 30 for an associate degree. Since C-KET is considered as non-institutional credit at Champlain College, a student may not exceed a total of 90 credits for a bachelor’s degree and 45 credits for an associate degree of credits earned through a combination of C-KET and other awarded transfer credits.

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Champlain College Online currently has an agreement to accept specific courses from for transfer credit. Visit our page on their site for a complete list of course equivalencies. Always speak with a Champlain College Online advisor prior to enrolling to ensure transferability to your program. 

 Champlain College Online may accept transfer credits from other alternative course providers as well. If you are considering taking courses from an alternative provider, please discuss with your advisor which course you are considering and from what provider, your advisor will work with our Program Directors to determine whether it will qualify for transfer credit.   

If you have already completed a course(s) from an alternative source(s), please talk with your admission or academic advisor to determine if they are eligible for transfer credit in the program you are interested in, or already enrolled in.  

Please note that not all courses will be eligible for transfer credit, so it is important to speak with your advisor prior to enrolling in anything other than Champlain College Online courses.

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The training you received during your time in the Armed Forces can transfer to Champlain College Online. Follow one of the links below to learn more about receiving your official transcript. Also, be sure to designate that your official transcripts are to be sent to Champlain College.

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Frequently Asked Transfer Credit Questions

You may still have questions about transfer credit and how it works at Champlain College. Below we have provided answers to some of the questions we are asked the most:

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At Champlain College Online we are passionate about helping our students complete their degrees, and we work diligently to be certain you are provided with your maximum transfer credits possible. To get a full picture of your prior education, professional experience, and any certifications or trainings we might convert to transfer credits, we require that you first complete the application. There is no cost to apply, and our application is designed to ensure that every potential transfer credit opportunity is taken into account.

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Decisions regarding transfer credits are based on criteria provided by Champlain faculty in the related academic area and comparing that criteria to the description of the course received from the college at which you completed the course. See the transfer credit policy at the top of this page for more detail.

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Credit hours for your transferred course are given full value, but your grades are not transferred to your permanent record at Champlain College and do not become part of your cumulative quality point average (CQPA)

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That depends. Due to the quickly changing nature of IT, technical courses you took many years ago may have to be repeated because of substantial changes in the field or emerging technologies.

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