You’ll need to create an ACE account anytime your teen takes a course NOT taught by a college, but is “for college credit.” This includes curriculum or exams you purchase for your homeschool, as well as on the job training or certificates that may result in 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 / 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
I thought I was the only one that couldn’t figure out how to set up an ACE account, but slowly parents kept asking about how to do it, and I realized, it’s just a tricky website!! If you get stuck, you may want to watch my click by click tutorial.
If you set up an account more than 5 years ago, it was probably free. Now, they charge a fee $20 to establish your account, but then you’ll get a $20 “credit” when you request your first ACE transcript. If you’re sitting on an older free account, you’ll see a $20 charge when you request a transcript.