Ways to Earn Credit



Ways to Earn Credit

There are numerous ways to earn and transfer college credit. TransferIN can help you understand your options for Indiana colleges and universities.

In Indiana, there are many ways to earn college credits. But each transfer institution may have its own requirements for transferrable credits. Check out our resources, including databases – before you enroll – to see what you may have already earned. This can save you time and money.

Core Transfer Library (CTL)

Make the most of your hard-earned credits. The CTL consists of 87 courses that are pre-approved for transfer between all Indiana public college and university campuses, in addition to six independent colleges and universities.

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Indiana College Core (Formerly the STGEC)

With the Indiana College Core, you can earn a block of 30 hours of competency-based general education credit that can transfer to any public college or university in Indiana.

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Transfer Single Articulation Pathways (TSAPs) let you turn your associate degree into a bachelor’s degree.

Turn your associate degree into a bachelor’s degree. With TSAPs, students from Ivy Tech Community College and Vincennes University can transfer credits from select A.A. and A.S. degrees towards a corresponding bachelor’s degree. Find out how.

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Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

AP enables students to pursue college-level studies while still in high school. By achieving sufficient scores on AP exams, students earn credits that allow them to enroll in upper-level classes upon transfer to colleges and universities. This saves tuition on lower-level classes that can be bypassed.

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Cambridge International AS & A Levels and Cambridge AICE Diploma

New: Indiana high school students can now take over 55 college-level Cambridge International AS & A Level courses and exams, or attain the Cambridge AICE Diploma, to earn college credit or advanced placement from participating Indiana colleges and universities.

  • AS Level: 1-year HS course, equivalent to one semester at college or university
  • A Level: 2-year HS course, equivalent to two semesters at college or university
  • AICE Diploma: An internationally recognized diploma comprising AS & A Level courses in four areas: math and science, languages, arts and humanities, and interdisciplinary subjects

Cambridge International AS & A Level courses meet Indiana high school graduation requirements. Cambridge International is a department of the University of Cambridge.

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Dual Credit

Dual credit is the term given to courses in which high school students have the opportunity to earn both high school and college credits simultaneously. Dual credit courses are taught by high school faculty, adjunct college faculty, or college faculty at the high school. Dual credit is offered by both state and independent (private, regionally accredited) colleges and universities. Dual Credit courses can impact college GPAs and financial aid eligibility – so be prepared.

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Early College High School

Early College means an academic program consisting of a series of dual credit courses or concurrent enrollment courses, or both, which allow a high school student to earn both a high school diploma and one or more of the following:

  • An associate degree that has been approved by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE)
  • Up to two years of academic credit toward a bachelor’s degree
  • The Indiana College Core

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Military Students

Your service may be rewarded with credits toward a civilian degree. Find out how active-duty military members and veterans can transfer experience and service training into college credits.

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Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)

Many students gain college-level skills and knowledge outside the classroom, which can be evaluated for college credit. Credit for Prior Learning/CPL (sometimes called Prior Learning Assessment – PLA) determines how much credit you can receive, which ultimately saves you time and money. Examples of CPL include, but are not limited to, Advanced Placement (AP), College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Departmental Challenge Exams, and Portfolios.

Find out what types of CPL your institution recognizes and if you might be eligible.

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Academic Program Inventory (API)

Our Academic Program Inventory can help you figure out which programs are offered at the colleges and universities in Indiana. Browse the database for more information.

Note: The API is updated on a quarterly basis therefore programmatic information may not reflect recent changes. The last update occurred on May 23, 2024.

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