Did you know you could earn college credit for work experience or prior knowledge? By taking advantage of certifications, experience and knowledge you already have – or are actively pursuing – you can earn credit for what you’ve already learned, saving you time and money.
Whether you're completing your degree or just getting started, there are lots of ways to earn credit at SNHU. If you don’t have any qualifying certifications, you can also earn college credit by testing out of college courses.
Below, we’ve included previous work and life experiences that could qualify for college credit.
You can earn college credit through industry-recognized certifications or professional licenses you've earned, or other workplace trainings that have been reviewed and approved by SNHU faculty, qualified subject matter experts or a recognized credit recommendation service (ACE and NCCRS).
Students must submit evidence of successful completion though official transcripts from a regionally accredited institution, official ACE credit transcript, official examination score reports, evidence of a current industry-recognized certification, or registry in an official licensure database.
*All current ACE and NCCRS credit recommendations are eligible for credit evaluation at Southern New Hampshire University. If you don't see your course on this list, contact us to learn more.
SNHU Course Equivalency
Have you earned IT certifications or credentials? You could be eligible for transfer credits. See our accepted IT certifications and credentials to learn more.
If you have completed a basic police, corrections or probation and parole academy training with a minimum of 400 hours of instruction, you may receive up to 12 credits toward the following courses, regardless of your major:
Portfolio assessment is a good option if you've acquired experience that may be equivalent to a college-level course, but is not necessarily covered by one of the certification or examination options already provided by the University. You might have gained experience from:
If you're interested this pathway, SNHU has partnered with Learning Counts, a nationally recognized organization that specializes in assessing a student's prior learning.
To gain credit, you'll prepare a portfolio to demonstrate that you've gained an understanding of your desired subject matter. Credit for learning acquired outside of the classroom must be relevant to your major. Evaluation of portfolios is administered through Learning Counts (UNIV-150), which guides students through the preparation and compilation of the prior learning portfolio.
Note: Language courses, capstones, internships, practicums, fieldwork, applied courses, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), courses with labs, or lab courses cannot be assessed for portfolio credit. Students must have completed or shown mastery of an introductory English Composition course prior to registering for UNIV-150.
How it Works:
The process involves regular participation in an instructor-led 6-week class, which helps you identify and develop your prior learning for presentation and assessment. There is an optional portfolio workshop in the 2 weeks immediately following. After successfully completing this class, you should possess the skills required to assemble your portfolio. In addition, you'll be awarded 3 college credits for the successful completion of the course, which can be used for free elective credit at SNHU.
Tuition for UNIV-150 is at the current undergraduate rate for a 3-credit course ($960). The cost covers the review of up to 2 portfolios (up to 6 credits). When combined with the 3-credit award for successful completion of the course, you have the opportunity to earn up to 9 credits for the cost of one course. If submitting 2 portfolios, the first portfolio must be submitted within 6 months, and the second within a year. Any additional portfolio evaluations will need to be submitted and paid directly through CAEL at $125 each. Please note the tuition cost is subject to change. Additional evaluations will cover 3 credit hours in a single discipline or content area. A total of five, 3 credit portfolios (totaling 15 credits in portfolios) is all SNHU will accept.
At SNHU, we believe there are many pathways to your degree. Inquire today to learn more about ways to earn credit for work or life experience.