If you have attended a college or university in the past and decide that you want to enter into an online education course at a later date, you may find that you are entitled to transfer your previously earned credits to your newly appointed course. This gives the student the chance to complete the work load of their chosen course in a much shorter time period. Each online education institute will have varying rules and regulation in regards to which credits are relevant and transferable.
If both schools are accredited then the transfer process should be easier and quicker, but try to keep in mind that some parts of the course work you have completed in the past may have to be redone due to changes in the curriculum or other advances within the chosen field. Computing is a good example of this, as information technology is constantly evolving and courses will have to keep up to date with these advances.
Another point to consider is that some online educational institutes will have a limit to how many credits a student can transfer. Others will have a specific time limit in which students have to transfer credits. So be sure to properly research each online school before deciding which one is right for you.
This transference of credits means that students are able to gain a qualification over a period of time and separate the learning segments into parts which suit a changing lifestyle.
Here are a few of the common regulations needed when transferring credits to an online school:
- The credits you wish to transfer must have been earned from a course directly relevant to the subject you wish to start online.
- Most online schools will allow students to transfer about 30% to 50% of their previous credits earned.
- Many of the online schools available will only transfer credits earned within the last six to eight years. Any earned before that will not be counted.