Completing a postsecondary degree can be expensive and . Having to repeat courses because they don't transfer to a new institution can be frustrating. According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population the average military family relocates approximately seven times more frequently than civilian families, or every two to three years. This means you'll need to maximize your transfer credit possibilities to avoid repeating courses. Here's what you should know:
On a traditional semester schedule, an associate degree typically requires 60 credits, a bachelor's degree typically requires 120 credits and a master's degree typically requires an additional 30 or more credits. If your institution operates on a trimester or quarter system, the credits required for graduation may vary. You will want to check with your institution to verify program completion requirements.
Because you'll likely move when you're in school and may need to switch institutions, you can take steps to ensure the maximum number of credits transfer to your new institution so that you won't have to repeat classes unnecessarily. Here are some tips to help ensure your credits transfer.
Take your core classes at the beginning of your studies. Most postsecondary programs require you to take basic core classes, such as English, math and social sciences, to graduate. If you need to transfer, these core classes are likely to carry over to your new institution.
Pay attention to accreditation. If you are currently enrolled in a non-SOC, or Servicemembers Opportunity College, you will want to ensure that your school is accredited. Credits from a school with a regional or national certification have a higher likelihood of transferring to another institution. The institution search feature of the My Career Advancement Account may provide information about of participating schools.
Whether attending a traditional four-year institution, community college or a distance learning environment, making sure that your credits transfer with you when you move can help ensure that you complete your program of study on time.
Visit the College Scorecard to find a program that fits your needs or use MilitaryINSTALLATIONS to contact your installation's Adult Education Center. Your local counselor can help you search for the school that's right for you. Select 'Adult Education Centers' under the 'Select a program or service' drop-down menu and your installation or postal code to find a point of contact near you. If you need additional information related to SOC schools or finding the right school, you can visit the College Exploration section of the Education, Training Licensing lifecycle stage of MySECO or speak with a career coach at 800-342-9647.