You’ll need to create an ACE account anytime your teen takes a course taught by a business “for college credit.”
Even when the company tells you they can forward your credit directly to the college of your choice, that doesn’t create a permanent record. You are wise to put the credit on an ACE transcript where it will be held for 20 years and can be sent to any college at any time now or later.
Taking courses from these providers?
Set up an ACE account!
- Saylor Academy
- Sophia Learning
- Alternative Credit Project
- Lumerit / Unbound / College Plus
- Excelsior College Exams (Uexcel / ECE)
- Penn Foster College
- PADI (scuba)
- Pearson Learning
- Year Up
Link to set up your teen’s ACE account ACE-Net
If you set up an account more than 5 years ago, it was probably free. Now, they say they are charging a fee ($20) to establish your account, but then you’ll get a $20 “credit” when you request your first ACE transcript. I’ve had many parents email me telling me that they were still able to set up the account for free…. so I’m not sure what to tell you other than you *may* be charged $20 to do this. Either way, you’re going to pay $20 either during set up or when your teen goes to college and needs a transcript.
Setting an account up is tricky and took me forever to figure out. I’ve created a click by click video to help you.