Transfer Credits to CTU Aurora
At CTU Aurora, we value your prior experience and skills. When you pursue a degree online or on-campus with our university, you may be able to earn transfer credits for your prior qualifying work or college experience. You might have pursued a degree a few years ago and are reenrolling later in life, or maybe you’re attending college for the first time. Regardless of your situation, our admissions and Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) department are ready to help you through the admissions process and evaluate qualifying experience toward your CTU degree requirements.
Transfer Your Qualifying Credits
There are two benefits to applying transfer credits towards your degree:
- Transfer credits can save you time. By transferring applicable credits, it’s possible to shorten the time investment required to earn your degree.
- Transfer credits can save you money. When you apply transfer credits towards your degree, there may be fewer credit hours you need to earn. This, in turn, may be able to reduce your tuition costs.
At CTU, you can transfer in up to 75% of the required program credits toward your degree, and we try to make the process as smooth as possible. The first step is to request your prior college transcripts from any higher education institutions you’ve attended in the past and contact a CTU Admissions Advisor. A transcript will tell us which credit hours you have earned to date, and with this information, we can carefully assess how your past academic work may align with your CTU degree requirements.
Once we’ve obtained your transcript, your advisor will consult with our PLA department to begin an official review of your academic history. College credits will be awarded on a course-by-course basis, and criteria for evaluation include how well the course aligns with your CTU degree requirements and the grade you received in the course. Only college level and post-secondary degree applicable courses will be considered for transfer credit.
Work Experience for Credits
At CTU Aurora, credits aren’t limited to your higher education experiences. We realize the knowledge you’ve gained outside of the classroom may be relevant to your degree program. Therefore, our PLA Advisors can also review experiential learning gained through employment or other appropriate qualifying experiences to determine whether you may be eligible to receive “experiential credit.” The maximum amount of life experience credit accepted toward graduation is 16 quarter credit hours for an associate degree, 32 quarter credit hours for a bachelor’s degree, and 8 quarter credit hours for a master’s degree.
Use Your Prior Knowledge
Another way to potentially earn credit toward your degree is through CTU Fast TrackTM. You may be able to decrease the time it takes to earn your degree by receiving credit for successfully completing Fast Track exams using information you already know. Through Fast Track, you take a series of exams that will test your knowledge of key course objectives in your specific degree program. Many of CTU’s undergraduate degree programs offer multiple Fast Track exams, all available at no extra cost. For each exam you pass, credit is applied to your degree program thereby enabling you to reduce the number of courses required and potentially complete your degree program faster. In fact, by passing CTU Fast TrackTM exams, you can save up to 30%** in time and money.
Anyone who has earned a certification or Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in a professional training program knows how much time, and sometimes money, has been invested in the effort. Fortunately, CTU evaluates industry-standard certifications and professional courses for college credit. Certifications or coursework recognized by the American Council on Education (ACE), can be reviewed by your PLA Advisor to determine whether they may be eligible for credit towards your degree. Depending on the type of certification or CEU you have earned, you may be required to submit a learning narrative as part of the evaluation process.
Military Training and College Credit
Whether you are an active duty, reserve or veteran servicemember, your military training and service experience may be eligible for college credit. At CTU Aurora, we’ll evaluate the training you’ve received from the military.
We use the American Council on Education (ACE) Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services to determine credit eligibility for all newly enrolled military students. To get started, members of the Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps can order a Joint Service Transcript (JST), and the Air Force issues its own transcript through the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF). Once enrolled at CTU Aurora, a PLA Advisor will review your transcript and determine if any transfer credits can be applied toward your degree requirements.
Additionally, we offer the CTU MOS Commitment. Through this initiative, we provide a comprehensive evaluation in which you may be able to earn college credit for all MOS codes held during your service time in the military.
Transfer to CTU Aurora
Whether you are currently enrolled at another institution or several years have elapsed since you last attended college, CTU Aurora is ready for you. Request more information more about our degree programs, how transfer credits work, and when classes begin. Depending on your academic history and professional experience, you may discover you’re closer to earning your degree than you think.
*Not all credits are eligible to transfer. See the university's catalog regarding CTU's transfer credit policies.
**The ability to reduce time in school and/or reduce tuition depends on the number of Fast Track exams successfully passed. Fast Track program credits are unlikely to transfer. Not all programs are eligible for possible 30% reduction in time and money.