Transfer Credit

Grace Christian University offers traditional and non-traditional credit options for Undergraduate and Graduate students with varied academic and professional backgrounds.  It is our policy to award credit based on evidence of learning and not experience alone. Grace Christian University welcomes students to apply for transfer credits from other institutions. Once an official transcript is received, credits transferred are recorded on the admitted student’s academic record and will apply toward graduation requirements, as applicable to the declared academic program. Grades are not transferred. Once transfer credits have been granted, a subsequent change of program or major may result in a change in the number of transfer credits applied toward the degree requirements. Types of traditional and non-traditional credit options currently offered by the University are described as follows.

There is an important distinction between transferable and applicable in terms of transfer work. While a course may meet all of the requirements to be transferable, the course may not be applicable to the degree program selected at Grace Christian University.

Transfer Credit Inventory: Courses listed in the online transfer credit inventory (TES) have been evaluated by Grace. Evaluated courses may have an equivalent online or on-campus course listed, or multiple. Courses not listed may still be transferable.  A formal evaluation will be conducted and the student will be notified of the applied transfer work at the time of acceptance.

TRANSFER CREDIT POLICY

The following provisions govern transferring credits to Grace Christian University:

  • The student seeking enrollment by transfer from another institution will complete the regular admission process.
  • For an evaluation of transfer work to occur, a transcript (unofficial or official) is required.  Unapproved document formats or documents lacking the necessary information may not be evaluated.
  • The applicant will be notified of the credits approved for transfer by the Enrollment Advisor upon acceptance by the Registrar’s Office.   
  • A pre-evaluation may be conducted by the Registrar’s Office prior to the completion of the application process as requested by an Enrollment Advisor.
  • An evaluation is not considered official until official transcripts have been received and processed by the Registrar’s Office. 
    • An official transcript is defined as one that has been received by Grace directly from a secure, authenticated party or the issuing institution.  Grace does not accept any electronic documentation directly from the student as official. The transcript must bear an institutional validation (such as a seal, logo, or watermark), date, and appropriate signature.  Transcripts that do not meet these requirements will be considered unofficial.  Transcripts can be sent to the Registrar’s Office at Grace Christian University, 1011 Aldon St SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49509.  Request electronic transcripts to be sent to onlineregistrar@gracechristian.edu. 
    • On-Campus Students: All official transcripts must be received by the start of the semester.  Failure to furnish a complete and valid record of all previous college experience may mean cancellation of the student’s privilege of admission.
    • Online Students: If an official transcript is not received by the end of the student’s first course, the pending transfer work may be removed from the student’s education plan or a registration hold for the subsequent semester may be placed on the student’s account.  An effort will be made to communicate with the student and establish a firm deadline to minimize the impact on the student’s registration and program length.
  • The student may be required to provide a course description or course syllabus for transfer credit determination if the information is not available through TES or the institution website.
  • Transfer credits must be from a Department of Education recognized, nationally or regionally accredited college or university. Students seeking a graduate degree from Grace who graduated from a nationally accredited institution will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Credits earned at a non-accredited college will be considered only after the student has provided documentation of a minimum of three regionally accredited institutions that accept the non-accredited institution’s courses in transfer. Once verified, coursework from an unaccredited school must be evaluated by the Registrar in the same manner as accredited coursework. The maximum number of credits transferable from an unaccredited school is 30 semester credit hours for undergraduate students unless otherwise approved by the Dean or Provost.  
  • Courses must be college-level courses; typically labeled as 100 level or higher.  Remedial or vocational credits will not be accepted for transfer into college-level courses.
  • All academic, college-level courses in which at least a C- grade or its equivalent has been earned are eligible for transfer to undergraduate programs.  A grade of B or higher is required for the transfer of graduate-level coursework.
  • Undergraduate students may be awarded a block transfer of 60 credit hours for an earned Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree.  The Associate of Applied Science degree is excluded from this policy unless the Registrar’s Office is able to verify the existence of a general education component.
  • Students completing the requirements of the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) should contact the Registrar’s Office for more information about block transfer credit.
  • At least 25% of the program required credit hours must be taken at Grace Christian University in order to complete an associate or bachelor degree. Graduate students must complete 50% of the program requirements at Grace.  
    • Associate Degree Program: The maximum number of transfer credits, including credit by exam or prior learning assessment, is 45.  25% of the program requirements must be completed at Grace Christian University.
    • Bachelor Degree Program: The maximum number of transfer credits, including credit by exam or prior learning assessment, is 90.  25% of the program requirements must be completed at Grace Christian University.
  • Transfer credit (including non-traditional transfer credit) must be completed prior to the student’s last semester at Grace Christian University unless pre-approved by the Dean or Provost.

Reassessment of Transfer Credits

  • Credits may be reassessed at any point at the request of the student by emailing the Registrar’s Office at onlineregistrar@gracechristian.edu.  The student may be required to provide the course syllabus from the college or university where the course was taken.
  • Duplicate credit will not be granted.  Credit will not be granted for two courses with significantly similar content.

The American Council on Education (ACE) provides quality assurance and policy guidance for the Joint Services Transcript (JST) used by the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Coast Guard. The Registrar’s Office may approve credit to be granted for courses or experience as recommended by ACE with a level of Lower (L) or Upper (U) course level designation, but will not grant credit for Vocational (V) work. Credit will be granted based on the general transfer credit policy regarding maximum transfer credits.

In order to receive credit, the Registrar’s Office must receive an official copy of the military transcript.

International Transfer Credit

All international transcripts must be evaluated course-by-course by one of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member organizations (http://www.naces.org/members.htm), with the results sent directly to Grace Christian University along with an official transcript. Any fee(s) associated with the evaluation and transcription must be paid by the student.  Upon receipt of the evaluation, the Registrar will process the transcript to review for potential course equivalency.