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Transfer Credit Policy FAQs

Thomas Edison State University has revised and clarified our policy regarding the acceptance of American Council on Education (ACE) and the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS) ACE/NCCRS course recommendations. Effective January 1, 2021, the University will accept a maximum of 90 undergraduate credits for a baccalaureate degree and 45 semester hours for an associate’s degree from non-collegiate providers regardless of the source of the credit. Credit recommendations from providers such as the ACE and NCCRS fall into this category.

This 45/90 credit total maximum includes all ACE and NCCRS recommendations and credit resulting from corporate training, military training, College Board examinations reviewed by ACE, including College Level Examination Program (CLEP), the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support Exams (DSST), Advanced Placement Exams, as well as credits earned from other TESU approved educational providers. This policy applies to all applicants and enrolled students. It also applies to enrolled students who have become inactive within the last 3 years (or 5 years due to active duty military service).

We believe that baccalaureate graduates of an accredited academic institution should have at least 30 credits and associate graduates should have at least 15 credits from an accredited academic institution. TESU requires that students take Critical Information Literacy (SOS-110) and their Capstone course from TESU. We encourage students to take more courses at TESU and to meet our institutional 16 credit residency (12 credits for an associate degree and 24 credits for a bachelor’s degree for military students). As an alternative, students may take courses from other accredited higher education institutions.

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Yes, you can. Please have the transcript(s) sent to TESU immediately. We will review any transfer credit and apply the 45/90 credits per single-source interpretation provided we receive the transcript before March 1, 2021. If we receive your transcript(s) after March 1, 2021, we will review the transfer credit from ACE/NCCRS and apply it to your degree requirements in accordance with the policy clarification of up 45/90 credits total from both sources. If your record already has more than 45/90 credits from any single source, we will allow that to remain on your record as long as you maintain enrollment.

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Yes, you can. Please have the transcript(s) sent to TESU immediately. We will review any transfer credit and apply the 45/90 credits per single-source interpretation provided we receive the transcript before March 1, 2021. If we receive your transcript(s) after March 1, 2021, we will review your transfer credit from ACE/NCCRS and apply it to your degree requirements in accordance with the policy clarification of up 45/90 credits total from both sources. We will not remove the credits applied to your program already as long as you remain enrolled.

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Yes, please have the transcript(s) sent to TESU immediately. We will review any transfer credit and apply the 45/90 credits per single-source interpretation provided we receive the transcript before March 1, 2021 and you enroll at TESU by taking at least one course during the January, February or March 2021 term. If you do not enroll in course at TESU until after the March 2021 term or we receive your transcript(s) after March 1, 2021, we will review the new transfer credit from ACE/NCCRS and apply it to your degree requirements in accordance with the policy clarification of up to 45/90 credits total from ACE/NCCRS sources combined.

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Yes, you can. Please have the transcript(s) sent to TESU immediately. We will review any transfer credit and apply the 45/90 credits per single-source interpretation provided we receive the transcript before March 1, 2021 and you enroll in a course in the January, February or March 2021 term. If we receive your transcript(s) after March 1, 2021, we will review your transfer credit from ACE/NCCRS and apply it to your degree requirements in accordance with the policy clarification of up 45/90 credits total from both sources as well as within other academic policies.

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No. The policy clarification is that TESU will accept and apply up to 45/90 credits total from all ACE/NCCRS sources combined.

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Yes, a person who reapplies to TESU will be reviewed in accordance with the policy clarification of accepting a total of 45/90 credits from all ACE/NCCRS sources combined.

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Please schedule an appointment with your academic advisor to discuss your specific situation. The University’s online appointment scheduling system provides newly admitted students and enrolled students with the capability to make appointments with Academic and Nursing Advisors. Appointments are available over the phone, in person or via video advising.

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*An inactive student as defined in the FAQs above is a student who took their last TESU course more than 12 months ago, but less than three years ago (less than five years ago if active duty military).