Transferring credits you have earned from one school to another school will depend on some different things. Generally, a school will check your records to see if the classes you have completed match with any they offer. They want to make sure that what you learned there is similar enough so that you will not be left behind in more advanced classes.
Does Penn Foster accept transfer credits from other schools?
In most cases, Penn Foster is able to give you financial and academic credit for high school transfer credits you have completed. Penn Foster reduces tuition by $30 for each High School course transferred.
To accept transfer credits, an official transcript from an accredited institution recognized by Penn Foster have to be submitted for evaluation. Transfer credits will be awarded for comparable High School subjects where a full credit has been earned. As High School programs vary, only an evaluation by Penn Foster is going to determine the actual number of transfer credits to be awarded.
Also, Penn Foster accepts transfer credits from a GED. The maximum number of transfer credits is 16. After accept your transfer credits, an adjustment to your financial obligation can be made.
Transferring to Penn Foster Online High School
If you are an adult learner hoping to finish your high school education or a traditional student looking for a more flexible method to complete your courses on your schedule, transferring some classes can save you time and money. You may do not want to waste time repeating courses you have already successfully completed. So, how does the school decide what class you will start with? Of course by taking a look at your transcripts. You are able to decide to have an evaluation before you enroll or after.
Before you enroll: If you are not sure that online high school is right for you, and you want to know how much work you have left to graduate before making a tuition cost payment, getting a pre-evaluation of your transcripts will help. A pre-evaluation is a really good estimate of what classes will transfer into Penn Foster High School based on your unofficial transcripts. The transcripts are considered unofficial if they are not in a sealed envelope directly from the school.
To start the process, you have to contact an Admissions Specialist at 1.888.427.6500. They are going to suggest you on the best way to send in your unofficial transcripts and contact you when your evaluation is done to discuss the classes you are expected to take. From there, you are able to make the decision to enroll. If you do decide to enroll after your evaluation, you are going to need to ensure you send in official transcripts from your school.
After you enroll: You may want to ensure that you have your previous school send your transcripts to Penn Foster in a sealed envelope or through Parchment. You will be able to get started on the first three classes while you are waiting for us to accept and evaluate your credits. Whether you enroll online or with an Admissions Specialist, you will want your official transcripts sent in ASAP. If they are being mailed in, please ensure you include your Student ID on the envelope and mail it.
The transcript evaluators are going to decide what classes to transfer into your program based on:
- Legible information
Your full name have to be on the transcript, as well as the name of your school. If Penn Foster cannot match the transcript to your account, you may not get credit. Also, Penn Foster will verify the school you attended is, accredited when you took your classes.
- Passing grades
A grade of D or above is considered passing at Penn Foster online high school. If your school assigned number grades to classes, you have to have obtained a 65 or better to be considered passing at Penn Foster.
- Comparable courses
The classes you took must be similar to what’s offered in the Penn Foster diploma program to transfer.
After your transcripts have been completely evaluated, you are going to see the classes which transferred in blocked out on the Student Portal.
Transferring to Penn Foster College
Whether you have completed a full degree program, or just finished some semesters before having to leave college, you have credits that can be transferred into a Penn Foster college degree. Similar to transferring to Penn Foster High School, the students who want their college classes evaluated must have their school send official copies of their transcripts to the registrar via the Scranton address. If the school utilizes digital transcript services, you are able to request transcripts to be sent that way.
The registrar will evaluate your transcripts for some things:
- Passing grades
The minimum passing grade for college programs is C, or a number grade of 70.
- Comparable eligible courses
Make sure that the classes align with what you need to learn in your degree program.
- Completed full semesters
If you want to transfer college credits, you need have completed the entire semester(s) in which you took those classes. An incomplete semester means that you did not finish the class and that you have not earned the full credit for that work.
There are some rules specific to certain college programs. For example, if you are enrolling in the Veterinary Technician Associate’s Degree, you are able to transfer in eligible general education courses but no vet medicine courses. If a science or computer program you took is older than 7 years, it is not eligible for transfer.
Can Penn Foster credits transfer to other schools?
You may want to know if your completed work could transfer to another school. Penn Foster’s schools have accreditation (regional and national for high school, national for college) and their college courses have ACE Credit Recommendations. It means that Penn Foster meet requirements for transferring to other degree programs. You will need to send official transcripts to the school you want to transfer to, so you are able to call in to order them at 1.888.427.1000 or order them online.