Maximize Your Military Experience to Get the Most College CreditPart of Grantham University’s mission for nearly 70 years has been to help military service members, veterans and their spouses earn their degrees. But we know that valuable learning also happens outside the classroom.

As a veteran-founded university, we recognize the educational importance of military training. Grantham awards credit for this type of on-the-job (plus corporate) training and experience you may have that has been evaluated and approved by the American Council on Education (ACE).

Prior national exams and certifications, experiential learning … it all matters, and the idea is to get a head start on your degree program requirements through transfer credit, so you can save time, money and perhaps graduate sooner than you first expected (in some cases up to 75% faster).

Previous College Coursework

If you attended one or more colleges or universities before your decision to enroll at Grantham, you may have transferable credits. To determine eligibility, you‘ll be asked to submit your transcripts to Grantham prior to the start of your first term. If eligible, transfer credit will be awarded when your official transcripts from the registrar of the issuing educational institution are received by Grantham’s registrar.

You will be required to repeat courses in which competencies have not been mastered. As part of the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process, at least 25 percent of the required credit hours in your enrolled associate or bachelor’s degree program must be completed at Grantham.

 ACE-Evaluated Training

As a service member or veteran, on-the-job learning you've already experienced can turn into college credit. Grantham awards credit for corporate and military training evaluated by ACE. This council reviews workforce and military training, and other sources of learning beyond college coursework, including national exams and certifications. An ACE review is conducted by a team of faculty evaluators, who determine if the learning experience has similar outcomes to a college course.

Depending on your rank and MOS, transfer credit could include experience in management, communications, social sciences, electronics, networking, humanities and criminal justice. Grantham also awards blocks of transfer credit for MOS79R (Recruiters).

As you continue your military journey, work with your education office to ensure your courses and training are documented in your military transcript. You can order your transcript through one of these applicable service links (see bottom of page). When you’re ready, Grantham can help you determine what may qualify as credit at this university.

Equivalency Exams

Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)/DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) equivalency exams are accepted for evaluation, as long as the ACE-recommended test score is achieved and the test was taken less than 20 years prior to matriculation.

CLEP and DSST are comparable to final undergraduate college course exams. Taking and passing these exams enables service members to gain college credit that can be applied to meet degree requirements. While they cover similar subject areas, the exams vary. You should consider both CLEP and DSST options to maximize your credit-earning potential.

Because the exams are funded by DANTES, you could save quite a bit of money toward your degree. DANTES provides upfront funding of CLEP and DSST test fees for the first attempt on all exam titles, plus test prep and study materials, for eligible military members.

 Experiential/Prior Learning

A lot of learning can occur outside a university classroom. Often worthy of college credit, this prior learning is categorized as either sponsored (e.g., corporate training, professional certifications, continuing education) or unsponsored (e.g., internships, volunteer work) learning.

Through Grantham’s Prior Learning Assessment program, you can submit evidence of professional and experiential learning for evaluation for potential college credit.

Start the Enrollment Process Today

Grantham understands your time is precious. That’s why the university evaluates different types of learning — in and outside the classroom — to help you gain credit for the time you’ve already invested in your education. We strive to make your path to a degree as efficient as possible.

There are no SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT or standardized test requirements for admission, and your Grantham admissions representative can walk you through enrollment. Before you know it, you’ll be in your first course and on a journey to create the future you want! Contact us today using the form on this page to get started.

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