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Transfer & Life Credit

Transfer & Life CreditApplicants for the School of Continuing Studies may transfer in a maximum total of ninety (90) credits through our transfer credit and life credit options.

Transfer Credit
SCS will accept up to three (3) years of applicable college credit from any accredited two (2) year, or four (4) year college/university up to 90 credits, provided the student maintained a letter grade of “C” or higher.  A breakdown of how transfer credit may be awarded based on eligibility is here:

Two (2) year institution transfer credit standards

Transfer credit may be awarded at RWU School of Continuing Studies from a two (2) year school based on the maximum number of credits you need to earn to achieve the highest degree offered, which is the Associate’s degree.  Accredited institutions who offer an Associate’s degree award it based on a satisfactory earning of 60 – 66 undergraduate college credits.

  • If you have EARNED an Associate’s degree from an accredited two (2) year institution, you may transfer a cumulative total not to exceed (NTE) 66 credits.
  • If you have NOT earned an Associate’s degree from an accredited two (2) year institution, but have earned college credit from there, you may transfer a cumulative total not to exceed (NTE) 60 credits. If you have earned over 60 credits, but have not graduated with your associate’s degree, you may only transfer up to 60 credits.  Additional courses cannot be accepted.

Four (4) year institution transfer credit standards

Transfer credit may be awarded at RWU School of Continuing Studies from a four (4) year school based on the maximum number of credits you need to earn to achieve the highest degree offered, which is the Bachelor’s degree.  Accredited institutions who offer a Bachelor’s degree award it based on a satisfactory earning of approximately 120 undergraduate college credits. 

  • You may transfer a cumulative total not to exceed (NTE) 90 credits from a four (4) year institution as applicable.  If you submit an official transcript that has more than 90 credits, we can only accept up to 90 credits.  Additional courses cannot be accepted. 
  • If you have a two (2) year, AND a four (4) year transcript to submit for transfer credit, credit may be combined.  If you have an earned Associate’s degree (66 credits), and submit a four (4) year transcript you may add up to 24 additional college credits if applicable.

Roger Williams University ‘Residency Requirement’: The School of Continuing Studies requires transfer students to complete a minimum of ten (10) undergraduate college courses at RWU in order to satisfy their residency, and earn a Roger Williams University degree.

Life Credit
Applicants are able to submit a request to review personal/life experiences that may equate to college credit from coursework called Credit Documentation.  Applicants who wish to do this are interested in earning advanced college credit for personal and professional experiences.  This is an assessment of prior learning through life experience (i.e. work experience, personal accolades such as certificates earned, achievements reflected on a resume, etc.).  Please note that not all personal experiences can be documented for college credit. 

The process includes meeting with our director of credit documentation, and reviewing your experiences in order to determine together if you should prepare an approximate 2 – 3 page write – up on why your experiences should be counted towards the desired competencies/courses you are looking to earn college credit for.

Credit Documentation can take anywhere from thirty (30) to ninety (90) days to complete based on time of submission, number of personal experiences, specific questions from the reviewer(s), etc.

You may document up to ninety (90) credits as applicable.  You can be awarded credit documentation and transfer credit from previous college course work, but you may only transfer a combined total of 90 credits. 

Military Credit Transfer

Due to our extensive agreements and partnerships with current military and veteran’s, we gladly accept credit from the Joint Services Transcript.  We also accept previous versions of military documents such as the SMART transcript and AARTS.  Other versions of service member accolades may qualify.  Please share with us your past experience if applicable so that we may acknowledge them if possible. 

Official Joint Service Transcripts may be requested here:  https://jst.doded.mil/official.html

You may transfer up to ninety (90) credits of military credit as applicable.  You may combine transfer credit options in other ways, but you may only transfer a combined total of 90 credits towards your bachelor’s degree.  Additional military credit cannot be accepted.

College Level Exam Preparation (CLEP)

You may CLEP up to ninety (90) credits for successful CLEP testing that fits into your degree plan.  Please speak with an advisor on what CLEP tests you may take to earn transfer credit towards your degree.  The School of Continuing Studies may also give advanced credit for other standardized testing exams that are recognized by the American Council on Education (ACE).

A direct link to CLEP examinations is right here: https://clep.collegeboard.org/

American Bar Association Transfer Credit Requirement – Paralegal Studies program

Major Requirements

Transfer Credit Policy*

To adhere to ABA standards, the following credit transfer policy applies to all students:

  • Students may be awarded up to 12 legal specialty course credits to fulfill major requirements from an ABA approved paralegal program
  • Students may be awarded up to 6 legal specialty course credits to fulfill major requirements from a non-ABA approved paralegal program**
  • Transfer credit will not be awarded for any legal specialty distance learning courses taken at a non-ABA accredited institution

*Students shall provide evidence indicating whether the Paralegal course(s) in consideration for transfer was taken in a distance, hybrid, or traditional classroom format.

** A maximum of 3 transfer credits may be used to satisfy the traditional classroom format requirement.