Alternative Credit Project™ Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1) I am a current student at a participating institution; can I transfer ACP courses to my institution?

  • Some institutions will allow current students to transfer in credits using the Alternative Credit Project. Please contact your institution’s admissions or registrar’s office to see if they allow current students to transfer in ACP credits. The contact information can be found by clicking on the “I know which college or university I want my degree from” tab and then selecting your school from the drop down menu.

2) How do I request an ACE transcript?

  • To request an American Council on Education (ACE) transcript please go to the ACE Transcript Registry website:
  • You’ll need to create an account and secure log-in. Once you have an account, request your transcript and search for your course under the organization title “Alternative Credit Project Ecosystem” to request a transcript for your ACPE course(s). Requesting the ACPE course designation will help guarantee that your course will be accepted by the participating institution.

3) I have taken a course with one of the providers previously; can I transfer in that course to one of these institutions?

  • If a course from the ecosystem was taken after April 1, 2015 and prior to March 31, 2018, it will be accepted for transfer credit, as stated by the participating institutions.
  • Courses taken with a provider prior to April 1, 2015 were not reviewed as part of the Alternative Credit Project and we cannot guarantee acceptance by institutions in the ecosystem, but you may consult the ACE National Guide to see if the course you took has an existing credit recommendation from ACE.

4) How much do these courses cost?

  • Provider cost varies, but no provider charges more than $300 per course; this includes texts and other materials (except lab kits). Visit a provider’s website to see what their courses cost.

5) Can I receive financial aid?

  • Financial aid is not available for courses taken through providers in this ecosystem; this is why we have selected low-cost providers to participate in the ecosystem. All participating institutions in the ecosystem are regionally accredited, so you can apply for financial aid when you apply for admission to any of the participating institutions. Please contact the financial aid office at a specific institution about applying for financial aid and completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).    

6) How many ACP credits can I transfer into an institution?

  • The number of credits you can transfer in from the Alternative Credit Project varies by institution. When an institution shows up in the matching institution section of the online portal, the maximum number of ACP credits the institution accepts is displayed. Click on an institution to visit their ACP landing page to learn more about their transfer policies.

7) How do I know these are quality courses?

  • Courses in the Alternative Credit Project Ecosystem (ACPE) went through a rigorous review process in order to receive a credit recommendation from ACE. ACE has been reviewing learning that takes place in a nontraditional setting and making credit recommendations for decades. ACE utilizes faculty reviewers who are subject matter experts from regionally accredited institutions in the U.S. ACP courses were also measured against a rubric to assess the quality of the course.

8) What programs are available to transfer ACP credits into at the participating institutions?

  • Institutions in the ecosystem offer a wide range of programs; some are completely online, some are hybrid degrees, and some are campus-based or face-to-face programs. To see the full offerings, visit the webpage of the participating institution by selecting them from the list of institutions.

9) What is the difference between self-paced, course-mentored, and instructor-led courses?

  • Self-paced: Courses are taught online and on your own schedule. All materials are available to the students at any time. Students may be given a time frame to check in with the course but are not bound by deadlines.
  • Course-mentored: Courses are self-paced but a mentor is available to guide students through material in the course.
  • Instructor-led: Courses are taught online but have a specified meeting time where the instructor and/or students meet at the same time.    

10) Which of the institutions have online programs?

  • All of the participating institutions have at least some degree programs that are offered online, and some institutions are fully online. All of the providers in this ecosystem offer at least some of their courses online. Please visit the website for any of the participating institutions to learn about their online programs.

11) How much does it cost to order a transcript?

  • The cost to request an ACPE transcript is $15 for each transcript. You must first create an account with ACE’s Registry and Transcript System and pay a one-time $20 account registration fee (which includes one free transcript).

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