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Transfer and Other Credits

At Grantham, we realize that as an adult learner, your time is precious. That's why we evaluate different types of learning -- in and outside the classroom -- to help you get credit for the time you've already invested in your education.
Let's look at the types of learning and training that could be evaluated for potential credit at Grantham. 

Potential Sources of Credit

Transfer Credit

We'll gladly evaluate prior college coursework, equivalency exams and training (military and civilian) that has been appropriately evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE) for potential credit transferability. See the links below for details:

Prior Learning 

A great deal of learning occurs outside a university classroom. Often worthy of college credit, this "prior learning" (also called experiential learning) comes in various forms and is categorized as sponsored (e.g., corporate training, professional certifications, continuing education, etc.) or unsponsored (e.g., internships, volunteer work, etc.) learning. 
Through Grantham's Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program, you can submit evidence of professional and experiential learning for evaluation for potential college credit. For details, see the PLA Handbook.

Additional Prior Learning Information

Prior Learning Credit Limits

Undergraduate students may use PLA credits for up to 25% of their degree program. However, PLA and transfer credits combined cannot be more than 75% of the degree program.
Graduate students may use PLA credits for up to 25% of their degree program. However, PLA and transfer credits combined cannot be more than 25% of the degree program.
Note: Not all Grantham University courses are eligible for Prior Learning Assement, see the PLA Handbook for details.
Questions?
To initiate the PLA process. Please contact your admissions representative at (888) 947-2684. If you are a current Grantham student, please speak with your student advisor.

ACE-evaluated Training

Grantham awards credit for corporate and military training previously evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE). 
ACE reviews workforce training, military training, and other sources of learning beyond college coursework, including national exams and certifications. An ACE review is conducted by a team of faculty evaluators, who determine if the learning experience has similar outcomes to a college course. To learn more about ACE credit recommendations, go to www.acenet.edu.

Military Experience/Training

ACE-approved military experience

Grantham welcomes all ACE (American Council on Education)-approved military experience and training to be submitted for credit transferability. As determined by ACE, this experience is typically listed on the:

Non-ACE-approved military experience

Non-ACE-approved military experience will be evaluated under the PLA assessment. Click here for more information.

Equivalency tests

Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)/DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) equivalency tests will be accepted for evaluation, as long as the ACE-recommended test score is achieved and the test was taken less than 20 years prior to matriculation.
Grantham will also evaluate non-ACE-approved military training for prior learning credit. See our prior learning section for details.

Equivalency Exams

Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)/DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) equivalency tests will be accepted for evaluation, as long as the ACE-recommended test score is achieved and the test was taken less than 20 years prior to matriculation.

Transfer Credit Policy

Obtaining transcripts

You may send copies of transcripts or documents during the initial admission stages. However, official transfer credit will not be awarded until official transcripts are received by the Registrar’s office. If you grant permission, Grantham will make every attempt to assist you in obtaining the needed official transcript. You may fill out a Request for Transcript form to allow Grantham to request official transcripts on your behalf. However, there are cases when official transcripts can only be obtained directly by you.
To apply for and receive transfer credit for previous college/university work, American Council on Education (ACE)-evaluated work experience or credit by exam programs, you must submit:
  • An official copy of college transcripts from institutions previously attended
  • Employer course certificates with description of course content and class hours
  • Joint Services Transcript (JST), Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES/DSST) transcript, College Level Examination Program (CLEP) score, and/or Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) transcript 
In order to officially award transfer of credits, the official college transcripts must be received by Grantham University no later than one (1) enrollment period (eight (8) weeks) of starting. Students unable to produce official college transcripts for all transferred courses within the designated period will not have credits applied to their degree program. If, at a later date, you are able to secure official college transcripts, you may request a re-evaluation of college credits to be applied toward your selected degree program.
After the evaluation is complete, an evaluations representative will prepare a custom curriculum of the remaining courses the evaluator anticipates as necessary for graduation based on official/unofficial documents received at the time of evaluation, known as the Degree Plan.
It is your responsibility to provide transcripts prior to enrollment/registration to ensure you are not enrolled/registered in courses at Grantham for which you will receive transfer credit. A student who enrolls/registers in a course that may be awarded later as transfer credit will not be issued a refund for that course in which he/she was enrolled prior to receiving transcripts if the course proves to be unnecessary.

Course equivalency

Transfer credit is awarded on a course-by-course basis for courses with equivalent content and value as the corresponding Grantham course(s). Grantham is guided by the credit recommendations of the American Council on Education (www.acenet.edu) in its evaluations of military training and testing-service examinations.

Amount of credit accepted

The amount of transfer credit accepted is dependent upon the declared program of study and Grantham’s residency requirement. 

Transfer credit policy: undergraduate program

Generally, undergraduate college-level courses completed at institutions accredited by accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, or foreign equivalent, will transfer, provided that grades of at least “C” are earned, and the course is similar in content and scope to work offered at Grantham University. Developmental courses will not be considered for transfer.
  • You must complete at least 25% of the required credit hours with courses from Grantham to earn the associate degree.
  • You must complete at least 25% of the required credit hours with courses from Grantham to earn the bachelor degree.
  • Nursing courses are not transferable into the nursing programs at Grantham University.
  • The maximum transfer and PLA combined credit limit is 75% for an undergraduate degree program. PLA credit is limited to 25% for an undergraduate degree program.

Transfer credit policy: graduate program

Grades of “B” or better will be accepted for graduate-level courses completed at institutions accredited by accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, or foreign equivalent, as long as they were completed within the last 10 years, including credits earned at Grantham.
  • You must successfully complete at least 75% of courses in the enrolled degree program at Grantham to earn a master’s degree.
  • Nursing courses are not transferable into the nursing programs at Grantham University.
  • No more than three courses from one completed Grantham master's program may be applied to completing a second or subsequent master's program. Completed capstone courses may not be applied to second or subsequent master's degree programs.
  • The maximum transfer and PLA combined credit limit is 25% for a graduate degree program.

Foreign transcript evaluation

If you have completed secondary/university-level courses in a foreign country that are comparable to course credits in the American education system, you must have your courses evaluated and official copies of the evaluations sent to Grantham. Foreign transcript evaluations are accepted from any agency that is a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services or the Association of International Credential Evaluators.

Re-admitted students

If you have been withdrawn from Grantham for the reason(s) below, you will be categorized as a “re-admittance” upon seeking to return to the University. You must submit a new application for admission. Unless the provisions of the Military Deployment Policy were met, if you are termed as a “re-admittance," you will be subject to the policies, procedures and degree program requirements of the Catalog in effect at the time you are re-admitted:
  • Voluntarily withdraws from the University
  • Does not register for a new term within 365 days of completing a term
  • Fails to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
  • Violates Code of Conduct
  • Is administratively cancelled or withdrawn from the University
Please refer to the withdrawal policy in the University Catalog for more information regarding withdrawals.

Prior Learning Assessment Fees

Grantham's fees for prior learning assessment (PLA) are as follows:
  • Sponsored prior learning (per submission): $125.00
  • Unsponsored prior learning (per submission): $250.00
  • Combination of sponsored and unsponsored prior learning (per submission): $250.00

Prior Learning Credit Limits

Undergraduate students may use PLA credits for up to 25% of their degree program. However, PLA and transfer credits combined cannot be more than 75% of the degree program.
Graduate students may use PLA credits for up to 25% of their degree program. However, PLA and transfer credits combined cannot be more than 25% of the degree program.

Prior Learning Assessment Process

Before course registration, take the necessary steps to have your past training and experience evaluated for potential credit at Grantham. Our prior learning assessment (PLA) process is as follows:

Step 1: Ask about credit for prior learning!

Current students should contact their student advisor to learn more about prior learning. Prospective students interested in learning more should contact Grantham at (888) 947-2684. Your student advisor or admissions representative will be happy to address:  
  • Types of prior learning that may be assessed
  • Submission procedures
  • Submission fees
  • Questions

Step 2: Submit required documentation

Gather documentation

Collect your certificates, professional training, military certificates, licenses, corporate training or transcripts from nonaccredited institutions. You will need to submit to Grantham copies of these documents, along with your Description of Experience essay.

Develop your Description of Experience

Follow these guidelines when building your essay for prior learning:
  • Write your essay in a clear and organized manner.
  • Provide the evaluator with a thorough narrative of your learning experience and content covered. Make sure you describe and reflect, thinking critically about the experience and knowledge obtained and your level of competence.
  • Review the Grantham catalog program outcomes and course descriptions, then explain how your experience and knowledge relate to college-level learning.
  • Check spelling and grammar, and cite any references.
In your essay, also be sure to include the following information:

  • Name
  • Date submitted
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • List (and provide copies of) certificates, professional training, military certificates, licenses, certifications, corporate training, transcripts from a nonaccredited institution, or any other documentation that provides evidence of your learning experience and knowledge.
Depending on which type of prior learning credit you are requesting, complete the form below to describe your qualifying experience:

Submit all documentation, including your completed Description of Experience, to your Grantham student advisor or admissions representative.

Step 3: Make payment

To make a payment login to GLife and click on the Make a Payment link in the Quick Link section.

Step 4: Evaluation

Grantham's evaluation of potential credit begins after payment has been made and the evaluation team determines all required information has been received.

Step 5: Credit determination

You will be notified of the credit award decision following the two-week evaluation period. 

Step 6: Request for appeal (if necessary)

If you are dissatisfied with the evaluation results, you have the right to appeal. Please note the guidelines below:
  • You must submit a request for an appeal to the PLA Committee at pla@grantham.edu in writing within four weeks of the date of the credit award letter or notification. Appeals received after this date will not be considered.
  • You will be required to describe the grounds for appeal, and must provide documentation to support the claims. If you are denied credit due to insufficient documentation, this is not a valid reason to appeal. In this case, you must obtain additional documentation and resubmit in the PLA process outlined above. Resubmitting following the loss of an appeal will not incur additional fees.
  • There is a limit of one appeal per PLA submission. All credit decisions in an appeal are final. A credit appeal review may result in more or the same credits being awarded.

Questions?

To initiate the PLA process, please contact your admissions representative at (888) 947-2684. If you are a current Grantham student, please speak with your student advisor.


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