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5 Steps to Gain Credit Online
by guest columnist Caroline Ross
also published on The Wired Homeschool
There are many home school students who take advantage of online programs during high school. The best part is that many of these courses can be applied to your college credits and help you get some of those basics out of the way.
Finding the right online course can be tricky, though. Here is a rundown of some of the best ways to go about enrolling:
1. Know which universities you want to apply to first.
Before you ever start searching for an online course to fulfill a college credit, you first need to know which college you would like to apply the credit towards. Every college and university in the U.S. has a unique set of guidelines for acceptance of outside credits. Some accept credits only from specific colleges and universities; others do not accept credits from online college at all. If you know which schools you will be applying to, you have to do your research about the kind of transfer credits they accept.
2. Review basic course requirements.
Once you have your future schools narrowed down, take a look at their basic graduation requirements. Most schools will require at least one science course, one math course, and one language course to graduate. Single out which courses you would want to take right now, along with your high school courses.
3. Call the registrar to check transfer criteria.
After you check on the basic course requirements for each potential university, it's time to call the registrar to get the low-down on their transfer criteria. Ask about which schools they accept transfers from, and if they can give examples of specific courses that students often use as transfer credits. Make sure to tailor your questions to online schools. Ask if there are any specific online universities from which the university regularly accepts transfer credits, or at least find out what criteria need to be met to accept a transfer from an online school.
4. Do your research on potential online programs.
Follow any direction the registrar gives you, and look into suggested online programs for course options. If the registrar doesn't provide much information, do searches online for online universities that offer the courses you have in mind. Make sure the online program is accredit by checking it here . Another good idea is to look for local community college or universities that offer online course options. These may be more readily accepted by your university.
5. Give yourself plenty of time to apply to your online course.
Once you have chosen an online course (and have made sure to verify with your registrar that it will be transferable) leave plenty of time to get your application in. It's best to take dual credit courses during your Junior year, or the summer of your Junior year, so you can be sure to have time to put them on your transcript. Just make sure not to wait until the last minute and miss enrollment deadlines.
Caroline Ross is a freelance writer for several education and career websites, including AccreditedOnlineUniversities.com . In order to inspire and inform people about the importance of education and seeking your calling in life, Caroline writes many articles about preparing for college, career planning and getting the right training for a job.
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