Transfer Student FAQs

AIU understands that many adults have previous college, work or military experience that can be considered to fulfill degree requirements. Our generous transfer program allows you to build on your previous collegiate and employment experiences, reducing the time necessary to complete your degree. Pending academic review, AIU accepts credits from any United States institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. AIU also reviews transfer requests from international higher education institutions.

A few of the most common questions posed by AIU transfer students appear below. If the question you have is not answered here, an AIU Admissions Advisor will be happy to get you in contact with the Prior Learning Assessment Team for more information.


I have already earned college credit. Will I be able to put that towards earning my degree at AIU?

Our generous transfer-in policy allows you to transfer up to 75% of our degree requirements from approved college credits you have already earned.*

I have already graduated from a community college. Can I use the credits I have earned in pursuing a further degree at AIU?

At AIU, you can build on your current degree within your chosen field. In addition, AIU has alliances with selected community colleges so that you can continue your education beyond the Associate's or Bachelor degree level.

What other life experiences can I receive credit for?

Military experience: Military training and occupational specialties can be considered using the ACE guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services.

Work and Life Experience: AIU recognizes that college-level learning can take place outside the classroom. That is why we offer a Prior Learning Assessment for students to demonstrate mastery of college-level knowledge and skills in fulfillment of lower-level degree requirements.

I have taken a standardized test. Can I test out of certain courses?

High school students can earn advanced placement credit by testing out of certain courses. Students may also be able to take CLEP, DANTES/DSST or Challenge examinations to test out of certain courses.

How many credits will be accepted for transfer at the Associate's, Bachelor and Master's degree levels?

Students in Associate's degree programs can transfer up to 50% of their degree program credit requirements.

Students in Bachelor degree programs can transfer up to 75% of their credit requirements.

Master's students can transfer no more than 12 credit hours at the graduate level.