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How do college transfer credits work?

By Peterson's Staff updated on Wednesday, June 26, 2013

"I went to college for two years and then had to leave to go to work to help my family financially.  Now that I have been working for a few years, I wonder if I am too old to go back to school?  I also don’t want to give up my job!  I need to know how do college transfer credits work?  Can I still get transfer college credit for those long-ago courses I took? And how can I go to school and keep working? Please advise me."

Many people are in the same situation as you are.  Forced to leave college to help out during difficult family times or ‘temporarily’ leaving to earn money to pay for tuition, many non-traditional students (those over age 25) now worry about transferring credits earned years before and the potential disadvantages of being older than the rest of the class.  You should not worry because a recent study by the American Council on Education (ACE) showed that almost three-quarters of college students in the US today are over 25 and the percentage is expected to rise in the years to come.  This means that you will soon represent the average college student, agewise.

One of the best ways to learn about the current situation in college education today is to take advantage of the free personal education coaches offered by DreamDegree.org. The coaches are available to speak with you online or by telephone to discuss your specific circumstances.  They have years of experience advising all kinds of college students and are up-to-date on how to transfer college credit and they know about the best programs to suit your interests and needs. DreamDegree is a student advocacy non-profit organization focused on helping students achieve their goals by working toward earning their college degrees. 

The personal education coaches will be able to advise you about low tuition for college courses offered through DreamDegree and transferrable to over 1600 participating colleges nationwide. The savvy coaches will also know about scholarship funds for which you may be eligible.  They can also answer your question: how do college transfer credits work?

As a non-traditional student who wants to continue working full-time but also hopes to complete your college degree, you will learn about the amazing online courses available to you.  You can go to class in the comfort of your own home, on your own schedule, and learn at your pace.

You can participate in class discussions online, if you want to share your ideas and learn about others’ ideas.  It has never been easier to earn a college degree.  Remember that the same ACE study mentioned before also revealed that, within five years, nearly two-thirds of US jobs will require some degree of college training.  Now would be a great time to consider returning to school, taking advantage of the resources offered by DreamDegree.org, and learn everything you need to know to be competitive in the coming job market.

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