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.
|Degree||Maximum Transfer Credit Allowance||Total Credits to Earn Degree|
|Bachelor's||90 credits||120 credits|
|Associate||45 credits||60 credits|
|Master's||Up 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:
Credit for Prior College Experience
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.
Credit for Professional Development Training
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
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).
Credit for Course Test-Out
If your life and work experiences have allowed you to develop competency and skills in particular subject areas, you may choose to demonstrate this competency through a course test-out. Test-out means you will be granted access to a Champlain College Online course and have the opportunity to demonstrate your competency by completing the final assessment for the course, without fully enrolling in it. Depending on the nature of the class the assessment could be a final exam, paper, project or several homework assignments. Test-out allows you to receive credit for a course if you pass the final assessment with a grade of C or better.
How It Works: Test-out students have an entire semester to complete the test-out course. (If your test-out course falls within the semester you plan to graduate, your deadline will be 2 weeks prior to the end of the semester.) If used wisely, integrating test-out courses with regular semester courses can significantly speed up program completion! There is no restriction on when you can start a test-out, only that it needs to be completed by the end of the semester. Also, you may take as many test-out courses as you wish, provided you do not exceed your allowable transfer credit limit. Speak with your academic advisor to learn more about the allowable transfer credit limits for your program. You will gain access to your test-out course after you have spoken with your advisor about testing out, and paid for your course. The test-out course will be available on your Canvas course drop-down menu. You will have access to the course material, and you may review and work through the material until you feel prepared to complete the course assessment. Additionally, upon submission of all requirements, you must notify the Test Out Coordinator by completing the Test Out Completion Notification form which is found at the bottom of the Modules page and it is also listed under the Course Overview module.
Paying for Test-Out: The cost for test-out is $150 nonrefundable fee per test-out course. (Note: Test-out fees are not eligible for financial aid.) Once you have decided on a test-out course with your advisor, you will be sent a link through which you will pay your $150 fee. You will gain access to the course after making your payment.
Earning Credits: Once you have gained access to your test-out course, you are only allowed one attempt to successfully test-out of any given course. If you do not pass, or do not complete your assessment within the allotted time frame, you will not earn credit, and you will not be refunded your $150 fee. You would, however, be allowed to enroll in the regular semester class, but there would be no record of your test-out attempt, and no impact on your GPA. If you earn a passing grade of C or better, your credit is then entered into your program evaluation and counted toward completion of your degree program. Test-out grades will not affect your GPA.
Another 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 credit, other than our own credit by exam (test-out) option.
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:
Can I find out whether credits I earned at another college will transfer before I apply?
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.
How does Champlain determine if a course is eligible for transfer credits?
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 recieved from the college at which you completed the course. See the transfer credit policy at the top of this page for more detail.
Do my grades transfer as well as my credits earned at another institution?
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)
Will my credits for IT courses transfer?
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.