using previously earned credits to help with completing your college degree

Using Previously Earned Credits To Help With Completing Your College DegreeStudied a degree in the past but didn’t get a chance to complete it? If so then you may have encountered the issue of transferring previously earned credits to the new course of study.

If you are looking for the right institution to finish a Bachelor Degree or Master’s Degree that you started years earlier using previously earned credits, but didn’t have the opportunity to complete, then you may be finding some difficulty. Let us take a look at some common situations that many people are facing and then how to tackle those problems with possible real solutions.


1. The credits earned all those years back may not be accepted easily, except in a few, mostly unknown colleges.

2. DETC guidelines specify that transferring credit can account for up to half of a 36 credit master’s degree program, yet most programs can accept a maximum of approximately 6 credits.

3. Sometimes previously earned credits from degree programs don’t exactly match current programs you want to enroll on and few, if any, electives are allowed.

4. The first choice school you want to enroll at accepts transfer credits, but the rest of the degree will cost more than $600 per credit.

If you really want to finish your degree then an ideal program would be one that would:

1. Accept transfer credit.

2. Allow study options that you are comfortable with, i.e. an online degree, thesis and/or independent study.

3. Offer reasonable tuition fees.

If you have many years of work experience and countless hours of professional training to add to your previous degree studies then doesn’t it seem unfair that you are in a position where it seems no one is willing to offer you the chance to do what you dream of – to finish your degree program?

Previously Earned Credits – Top 3 Possible solutions

1. Think about where you started your degree. Do you know if the school you started with has any online degree/distance learning programs?

2. Complete some transition courses in the interim. Sometimes a college will accept your credits if you study a short introductory course with them. Sure, you’ll have to pay, but in the whole you will make the saving because of the credit transfer allowance.

3. Re-opening a candidacy at the school where you began your degree may work. However, you will most likely be asked to validate your previous coursework by taking a comprehensive exam in your chosen field. After that, study the modules and earn the credits required, or take a thesis only masters program.

In conclusion, finding a university that will allow you to transfer old credits is going to be a challenge anywhere.

Following the above tips is possibly your best course of action, though new allowances and opportunities do surface, especially when traditional universities open their doors to online degree applicants, occasionally requiring more lenient entry requirements. Some colleges are willing to listen to candidates on an individual basis so that previously earned credits become a genuine asset to your current educational aspirations.


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