Whether you're completing your degree or just getting started, you may be eligible for college credit based on previous work or life experience - saving you time and money. There are lots of credit pathways to choose from. Once you've been admitted to the University (campus or online) and have chosen your major, you can explore which pathway is right for you.
Did you know that you can also earn college credit by testing out of college courses? Explore this pathway as well as the options below to see all the ways you can earn 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 & 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.
If you have completed a basic law enforcement 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 two 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, continuing your education has never been so easy. Inquire today to learn more about ways to earn credit for work or life experience.