National College Credit Recommendation Service
Limited to Improbable Transfer
High school students often need to hold their college credit for several years before sending it to a college, and that’s hard to do if a company goes out of business. This is a challenge when using companies who opted to get evaluated through NCCRS (instead of ACE). There is no “master” database where your NCCRS credit is held, and there is no transcription service (like Acclaim/Credly/ACE) so your credits are literally just housed on the business’ computer until you request an official transcript for your target college to review. (unofficial copies won’t work, so you can’t avoid this problem by holding copies yourself, you have to have the company send it to the college on your teen’s behalf)
The upside? If your teen is a senior or already graduated from high school, and you know their target college accepts NCCRS credit, you can stockpile huge amounts of credit for cheap or free. The 3 companies on our list of “30 Ways to Earn College Credit” are all incredibly inexpensive!
The downside? Very few colleges accept or advertise acceptance of NCCRS credit.
If you visit the NCCRS website, you’ll see a list of colleges that are “willing to consider” transcripts from NCCRS, the majority of them in New York.
Pro Tip: NCCRS is accepted by fewer colleges than other products like CLEP, DSST, or ACE. You can save some time by reviewing a colleges policy for CLEP, DSST, and ACE first. If it is generous, you have a good shot of at least asking for an evaluation. If their policy is restrictive, there is little to zero chance they’ll accept NCCRS.
Several of the businesses that offer NCCRS classes also have partnership agreements with specific colleges that will guarantee transfer credit. If you pick one of the partner colleges, you have nothing to worry about!