30 Ways to Earn College Credit

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Type 1: Excellent Transferability

Excellent transferability means that nearly all regionally accredited
colleges in the country will accept these sources of credit when transfer credit is allowed. Pursue credit in this category with confidence.


Type 2: Good Transferability

Good transferability means at least half of all regionally accredited colleges accept this credit regularly and are familiar with this resource. You can generally find a specific college’s acceptance policy for credit in this category on their website or catalog. Credit in
this category can be pursued with confidence, though limits usually apply.


Type 3: Limited Transferability: ACE CREDIT  

Limited transferability means fewer than 200 regionally accredited
colleges accept this credit regularly. Pursue credit in this category when the company has a partnership with your target college, or if college credit-earning isn’t the only priority ex. taking for high school credit or personal interest.

Learn more about ACE credit

The “Real” List of ACE Partner Colleges


Type 4: Limited to Improbable Transferability: NCCRS Credit

Improbable transfer means it is unlikely that a regionally accredited
college without a partnership agreement will award college credit. Credit in this category should not be assumed. Award high school credit instead.

Learn more about NCCRS credit


Type 5: Transferability Varies / Special Transfer

Special transfer means that the business formally entered an agreement
with one or more colleges to guarantee transfer credit. The special
transfer is unique because inside of a special transfer agreement, pursue
credit in this type of agreement with confidence. That same credit, outside
of a special transfer agreement is not guaranteed and will almost
always default into the limited or improbable transfer category.

Currently not recommended

These programs /companies/products were once on the “recommended” list but are currently NOT recommended by HS4CC to high school families for any one of many specific reasons, including but not limited to: credit recommendation expiration, misrepresentation of credit transfer, misrepresentation of college partnerships, loss of college partnerships, misrepresentation of fees or services, or closure of the business.

  • College Plus
  • Gateway Education
  • InstantCert Courses
  • Lumerit
  • National Fire Academy
  • Pearson Accelerated Pathways
  • Shmoop
  • TEL Learning
  • Texas Engineering Extension Service
  • TOR Academy
  • Unbound / Be Unbound
  • Verity College Education