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Helpful Tips for Transferring Credits

Written by James Madison High School on Tuesday, 11 April 2017. Posted in Academic Advice

Helpful Tips for Transferring Credits

Students who enroll at James Madison High School often come from traditional high school. For whatever reason, their school wasn’t working out. Family commitments, distractions, peer pressure—there are so many reasons to ditch traditional high school and to enroll in an online high school.

Understandably, you might worry about losing the high school credits you’ve worked so hard to earn. Are those simply discarded?

Hopefully not! In many cases, you will be able to transfer some or all of your high school credits into your program at JMHS. This can help you graduate faster by eliminating the need to repeat any courses you’ve already taken. You could even reduce your tuition! Let’s take a look at how.

Is Transferring My School Credits Hard?

No! In fact, transferring your credits is quite straightforward and easy so long as you have an official transcript. Here’s what you’ll have to do:

If you have previously earned some high school credits, you will need to submit an official transcript from an accredited institution no later than 90 days after you enroll. Our registrar will review your transcript and let you know how many transfer high school credits can be applied toward your JMHS diploma. Since JMHS does not have grade levels, we will then determine how many courses you still need to graduate and get you on the right learning track. To get started, see how to transfer high school credits to JMHS.

If you can’t provide a transcript and are over 18 years old, there is a transcript exemption form that you can find in your Student Portal.  This will allow you to waive the transcript requirement.

What if I Was Homeschooled?

Not to worry! You can still potentially earn transfer credit. In these cases, you’ll need to submit a portfolio or documentation of your school work. If you don’t have a portfolio or any documentation, you won’t be eligible to earn any credit, but you can request to take an exam to become a JMHS student.

Will Transferring Credits in Make My Tuition Cheaper?

It sure can! The more credits you transfer in, the more your tuition can potentially go down. Each accepted credit will reduce your tuition by $60. The maximum amount of credits you can transfer in is 17. This means that you could potentially save up to $1,020 on your tuition! This can make the difference between whether or not you can afford to earn your diploma.

Of course, the amount you will save depends on how many of your credits are eligible. Add in the time you’ll save not having to repeat these courses, and you can easily see the value in transferring in your earned credits.

Plus, there’s more! JMHS even accepts half credits. This means you can transfer a partial year, or even a partial course, from your high school, as long as you have the proper documentation. A lousy “INCOMPLETE” doesn’t mean you have to start over with JMHS!

So, save yourself some time and money and look into transferring your high school credits to JMHS.

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