Military Transfer Guide

  • Posted on: September 25, 2014

Whether you are an active duty, reserve, or veteran service member, your military training and service experience may take you closer to a two- or four-year degree at Colorado Technical University. Read on to learn how the courses required for your program of study can be reduced – enabling you to save tuition costs and graduate sooner.

View our Military Transfer Guide to learn more about applying your military service as transfer credit at CTU.

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How Does Transfer Credit Work?1

CTU uses the American Council on Education (ACE) guidelines to determine transfer eligibility for all newly enrolled military students. Typically, transfer credit includes credit granted by a university for previous courses or programs completed. Along with standard transfer credit, students in the armed forces are eligible to use a Joint Service Transcript (JST) to apply past military training and experience to their CTU classes.

How Do Universities Decide Whether Or Not To Accept Transfer College Credits?

Each university makes their own transfer credit decisions by determining whether the learning you received from the military, or other institution, is equivalent to the requirements for the courses they offer. CTU uses the American Council on Education (ACE) guidelines to make these decisions. ACE provides credit recommendations that help determine the direct alignment of your JST to specific subjects offered at CTU.

Below are some examples of commonly seen ACE credit recommendations found on military transcripts that have transferred to CTU in the past. Military transcripts are viewed on an individual basis and credit is awarded at CTU’s sole discretion.

Military Training Or Course Potential Ctu Transfer Credit
Military Science Social Science elective
Leadership Social Science elective
Human Relations Social Science elective
Nutrition OR Health & Wellness Science elective
Chemistry OR Anatomy & Physiology OR Oceanography Science elective
Communications Humanities elective
Oral Communications OR Public Speaking OR Principles of Speech Humanities elective OR ENGL203 Professional Speech Communications
Supervision OR Principles of Supervision OR Management Practicum MGM255 Management Fundamentals
Personnel Supervision OR Human Resource Management HRMT215 Management of Human Resources
Technical Mathematics Mathematics elective
English Composition ENGL101 Composition and Critical Thinking
Introduction to Computers (completed within the past 5 years) IT101 Computers and Information Technology Literacy OR IT254 Spreadsheet Applications

Credit is not limited to the courses shown here – these are just a few of the most common examples of CTU credit you may be eligible to receive. Be sure to speak with a member of the Prior Learning Assessment team who will carefully review your transcript to determine your individual transfer credit eligibility.

Other Forms Of Credit For Transfer

In addition to credit earned based on your JST, you may be eligible to receive other forms of transfer credit. These credits may be earned by providing evidence of job experience, taking a proficiency exam or providing certified results of previous testing. CTU offers four ways to earn academic credit:

  1. CTU Fast TrackTM
    CTU Fast TrackTM2 challenge exams give you the opportunity to earn college credit for what you already know. By passing multiple Fast Track exams, you can graduate up to 30% faster and save up to 30% on tuition.
  2. Experiential Learning
    In some cases, you may receive course credit for experiential learning gained through non-collegiate school-based learning, employment or other appropriate learning experiences. To earn this credit, you must show a direct alignment with courses in your academic program and demonstrate the results of your skills that can be documented.

  3. Professional Training/Certification
    You may have earned formal training from a non-accredited institution or company that offers professional training. Typically this is in the form of Continuing Education Units (CEUs), but other documented clock hours may be eligible. You may be required to submit a learning narrative as part of the evaluation process.

  4. Standardized Assessment
    You can demonstrate knowledge competency by having taken an Advanced Placement (AP) exam, College level Examination Program (CLEP) exam, or a DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST) exam.

One final note, CTU does not imply or guarantee that credits completed at the university will be accepted or transferable to any other college, university, or institution. Each institution has its own policies governing the acceptance of credit. Students seeking to transfer credits earned at CTU elsewhere should contact the institution to which they seek admission.

Ready To Get Started?

When you’re ready to transfer credit to any university, the first step is to learn more about the university’s policies so you can make the most of your past training and experience. Universities look for evidence that learning objectives have been achieved through your past military training and experience. On average, military students at CTU earn about 20 credits, which is equivalent to four to five courses. Of course, there are many variables that go into determining transfer credit eligibility, so your situation may earn you more or less transfer credits.

Please note, all credit must be worth at least 2 semester hours and must be college level (vocational credit is not acceptable).

Next, request your military transcript. For active and veteran members of the Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps, you will order a JST. The Air Force issues its own transcript through the Community College of the Air Force.

Get Started: Connect With Us

If you’re interested in learning more about your personal military transfer credit, CTU’s experienced Prior Learning Assessment team is available to help you navigate the transfer credit process and determine your individual eligibility.

If you have questions along the way, we’re here to help. Call or visit us online to learn more.
Call: 855.230.0555

CTU cannot guarantee employment or salary. Find employment rates, financial obligations and other disclosures at Military tuition rate subject to conditions, which are posted in the tuition schedule. Not all credits eligible to transfer. See the university’s catalog regarding CTU’s transfer credit policies. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

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1. Not all credits eligible to transfer. See the university catalog for transfer credit policies. CTU cannot guarantee employment or salary. Find employment rates, financial obligations and other disclosures at 852-0735409 0752762 07/14

2. The ability to reduce time in school and/or reduce tuition depends on the number of Fast Track™ tests successfully passed. Fast Track™ program credits are unlikely to transfer. Not all programs are eligible for possible 30% reduction in time and money.

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