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Welcome American Red Cross students!

Advance your education. Increase your capacity.

Thomas Edison State University has partnered with the American Red Cross New Jersey Region to provide you with high-quality, flexible and affordable programs to advance your education and increase your capacity to help prevent and alleviate human suffering the face of emergencies.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Select a degree program.
    You receive a 5% tuition discount on most programs.
  2. Think about transfer credit and any professional training you have completed. 
    This includes professional licenses and certifications you may possess.
  3. Apply + Submit transcripts.
    Include previously earned college credits, CLEP® and DSST® exam scores and training (including military training) that has been evaluated for credit by the American Council on Education or National College Credit Recommendation Service.

Learn more about getting started »

Frequently Asked Questions about American Red Cross’s partnership with TESU top of page

Any volunteer or staff member of the American Red Cross New Jersey Region is eligible for this program. TESU and the American Red Cross New Jersey Region have an exclusive partnership that makes transferring credit, taking courses and earning a degree or certificate as seamless as possible.


Yes. Volunteers and staff members of the American Red Cross New Jersey Region can save on TESU tuition in the following ways:

  • In-state pricing for Per-Credit (undergraduate)
  • 5% tuition reduction on Per Credit
  • 5% tuition reduction on Graduate Tuition

Learn more about Costs and Tuition »


All of the University’s undergraduate, graduate and noncredit academic programs are included in this partnership. This means volunteers and staff members of the American Red Cross – New Jersey Region may enroll in any academic program offered by the University. Find your program »


Thomas Edison State University delivers courses directly to our students, wherever they live or work. As a student, you are not required to visit our campus in Trenton, N.J. (but we would love to see you if you would like to stop by!)  All of our programs are delivered online and structured around your busy life.  You do not have to log in to a course at a specific time, which enables you to complete your work when it is convenient for you.  In addition to online and independent study courses, you can take credit-by-exam programs and earn credit through portfolio assessment.  Our Online Student Services system and online learning platform provides you access to all services and support, from technical assistance and contacting your academic advisor to connecting with your classmates and course mentors.


Many of our students tell us our online courses were actually more enriching than classroom-based courses they had taken earlier in life because of the diverse interaction that takes place in the course space. Undergraduate online courses are 12 weeks long and include a detailed schedule that guides students through course assignments, online class discussions and exams. Graduate online courses are between 8 and 12 weeks long, depending on the course.  Test drive an online course »


Yes, that is definitely possible at Thomas Edison State University. We are a national leader in the assessment of adult learning. Our Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program includes portfolio assessment, our TECEP® exam program and the ability to earn credit for professional licenses, certification and training (including military training). Many students also apply credit toward their TESU degree programs that was earned via external credit-by-exam programs, including CLEP® and DSST®. Students can also earn credit for professional and military training that has been evaluated by the University, the American Council on Education or the National College Credit Recommendation Service. Learn more »


As a first step, we suggest thinking about your goals. Once you know why you want to advance your education, the next step is determining what type of credential aligns with those goals. To help you with this process, we encourage you to contact a student success coach in our Office of Admissions and Enrollment Services, who can help you find a program that best supports your goals, estimate your transfer credits, learn more about earning credit for what you already know and walk you through the application and enrollment process. Contact the Office of Admissions and Enrollment Services at or by calling (609) 777-5680, and select option 2.