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Acceptance and Evaluation of Transfer Credits From Other Institutions, Training Programs or Examination Programs

  1. Only official transcripts will be evaluated. Delta College will accept as official transcripts only incoming transcripts that have appropriate signatures and seals and have been sent directly to the College from an issuing institution. Transcripts in the possession of the student or copies of transcripts or grade reports may be used for academic advising or counseling, but no transfer credits will be posted to the Delta College academic transcript from these documents.
  2. Official transcripts should be submitted to the Delta College Registrar’s Office from the transfer institution. Transcripts received from a Michigan college or university at least one month prior to a registration period will generally be evaluated within two weeks of receipt. More time may be necessary to evaluate transcripts from out-of-state institutions.
  3. Credits only, not grades, are accepted in transfer. Grades earned at another school in courses accepted by Delta College are not entered on the permanent Delta academic transcript or calculated in the Delta College cumulative grade point average.
  4. A maximum of 38 credits acquired through transfer, training or examination programs may be used toward registration priority.
  5. The credit value of each course accepted in transfer will be determined by Delta College; the number of credits will never be greater than the Delta College equivalent course, but the number granted may be fewer than the number of credits received at the transfer institution.
  6. Transfer credit granted will be shown on the student’s permanent academic transcript.

A. Regionally Accredited Institutions

Course work completed at a college or university accredited by one of the eight *Regional Accrediting Associations of Colleges and Schools (See below) will be considered according to the following guidelines:

1. Equivalent Course Work

  • Freshman and sophomore level courses are accepted in transfer. Higher level credits are accepted if they correspond to a specific course at Delta College. If Delta College does not have a department or area similar to the courses on the incoming transcripts, no credit will be awarded. Academic credit will not be granted for courses below the 100 level. A minimum of a “C” (2.0) grade on a 4.0 scale is required in each course for transfer.

2. Non-Equivalent Course Work

  • “General Elective” credit will be granted for courses completed with a grade of “C” (2.0) or above on a 4.0 scale that are not equivalent to Delta College courses or disciplines. “General Elective” credit applicable to Humanities, Social Science, Science, or Lab Science will be so noted on the student's Delta transcript. (A student must request that a counselor submit the necessary form to receive this credit).

*Regionally Accredited Institutions:

  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of High Education (NEASC-CIHE)
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Technical and Career Institutions (NEASC-CTCI)
  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education (MSA/CHE)
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission (NCA)
  • Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Colleges (NASC)
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (SACS)
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (WASC-Sr)
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (WASC-ACCJC)

B. Non-Regionally Accredited Institutions

Courses that apply toward a Delta occupational Certificate/Associate degree program will be considered according to the following if they were completed with a grade of “C” (2.0) or above at institutions recognized and approved by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA):

  1. Transcripts will be forwarded for evaluation of the occupational courses to the appropriate Division Chair or Discipline Coordinator. The following Options are available to the Division Chairs or discipline Coordinators:

    a. Equivalent Delta College credit may be granted upon review of course outlines, and/or course descriptions, and/or appropriate descriptive materials. It is the responsibility of the student to provide any requested materials to enable proper evaluation.

    b. Equivalent Delta College credit may be granted after successful completion of Delta College courses at the subsequent level.

    c. Equivalent Delta College credit may be granted upon demonstration of proficiency via examination, interview, or other appropriate evaluation means as determined by the appropriate Division Chair or Program Director.

    d. Credit may not be granted.
  2. No credit will be granted for General Education courses.

C. Foreign Institutions

Delta College evaluates foreign institution transcripts after they have been submitted to a foreign evaluating service which will then forward the official results of their evaluation to Delta College for credit evaluation. You may choose to have your transcripts evaluated by any evaluating service, (for example):

D. Non-Traditional Credit

  1. Military credit
  • All veterans having a certified DD214 form or official Joint Services Transcript (JST) submitted to the Veteran Services Office will be granted credit for LW221 and two lifelong wellness theory (LWT) credits.
  • Veterans who have taken educational programs during military service may, under certain conditions, receive elective credit for that work. The Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services by the American Council of Education is used to determine these elective credits.
  • Courses completed at accredited military colleges, such as The Community College of the Air Force, may result in the awarding of transfer credit.

2. Certified Training

  • Academic Credit can be granted for the following types of training programs and exams provided criteria for the award of credit is met.
  • Certified Professional Secretary Exam
  • Child Development Associate credential
  • Current State of Michigan Cosmetology License
  • Current State of Michigan EMT License
  • Michigan Fire Fighters Training Council
  • Current State of Michigan Paramedic License
  • Skilled Trades Journeyman Card
  • First Aid Card
Proof of current credentialing must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office for evaluation and posting of applicable credits or waivers.

E. Credit for Prior Learning

You may be granted academic credit for prior learning in many areas of study at Delta College. The Credit For Prior Learning Options are designed for students who have gained, through related work experience and/or training, learning that may be equivalent to the outcomes and objectives taught in actual Delta College courses.

Credit for Prior Learning is assessed by one or more of the following Options:

  1. Credit By Exam (CBE): comprehensive course challenge examinations that are developed and evaluated by Delta College faculty. If you earn a passing grade on a CBE examination, the course credit(s) will be recorded on your academic transcript. There is a per credit hour attempted fee for all CBE examinations. A CBE may be taken only once per course. Retesting is not allowed. If you are interested in waiver credit, we recommend that you discuss that option with your academic counselor/advisor.
  2. Credit By Portfolio: an individualized process in which you comprehensively document how your work experience directly relates to the outcomes and objectives of a Delta College academic course. All portfolios are reviewed and evaluated by the faculty member(s) who teach that course. A typical portfolio application includes a current resume, personal manuscript, professional references, and supporting documentation. A non-refundable per credit hour attempted fee must be paid before your portfolio application is submitted to the appropriate Academic Division for consideration. If your portfolio application is approved, the earned course credit(s) will be recorded on your academic transcript.
  3. Credit By Training: an individualized process in which you earn academic credit for Delta College Training Programs. If you believe that you qualify for this option, contact Assessment/Testing Services.
  4. College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support (DANTES): national standardized tests in selected academic areas. Students can earn credit for CLEP and/or DANTES examinations that have been approved by the Academic division(s) as equivalent to specific Delta College courses. The application forms, course equivalents, and minimum passing scores for the examinations accepted by Delta College for academic credit are available from Assessment/Testing Services. There is an examination fee and a non-refundable administration/service fee charged for each examination. You must request that CLEP or DANTES send an official transcript of your examination score(s) to Delta College Admissions Office. Upon receipt of successful examination scores, Delta College Records will record the appropriate credit on your academic transcript.

If you are interested in any of these Credit for Prior Learning Options, please be aware that the following restrictions may apply:

  • Credit for Prior Learning is not available in all areas of study.
  • Credit for Prior Learning credits may not be transferrable to other institutions.
  • Financial Aid cannot be used for Credit for Prior Learning fees.
  • You may only apply for credit one time per course.

For additional information, visit ( or call 989-686-9338.

All documents submitted to the Registrar’s Office become the property of Delta College. Submitted documents may be reviewed, but cannot be re-released by Delta College to either the student or another party without the express written permission of the entity who maintains the original record. Such documents include official transcripts requested by a student from another institution they have attend prior to enrolling at Delta College.

F. Articulation Agreements with High Schools and Career Centers

Articulation is a process which links two educational institutions together to help students make a smooth transition from one level of education to the next without experiencing delay, duplication of courses, and loss of semester credits. Delta College is part of a statewide effort to implement the Competency Based Education Articulation of career education programs.

The secondary articulation agreements allow students to receive college credit for instruction received at the secondary school/center for specific occupational courses. Credits articulated will become part of the total number of credits for program completion solely at Delta College. These agreements are signed contracts between the faculty and administrators of both institutions, and are re-evaluated annually. The instructors at the secondary level initiate the process by completing a student articulation application and submitting it to the Articulation Office at Delta College. To maximize counseling services, once a student has been accepted to Delta as an academic student, and has declared a specific course of study other than dual-enrolled, undecided or general studies, the articulated credit(s) will be posted to the student’s transcript. No tuition or fees are charged for articulated credit.

The schools currently involved are:

Alma High School
Bay Arenac ISD Career Center
Bay City Central High School
Bay City Western High School
Bullock Creek High School
Chesaning High School
Clare Gladwin RESD
Dow High School
Downriver Career Technical Consortium
Essexville Garber High School
Frankenmuth High School
Freeland High School
Hemlock High School
Heritage High School
Huron Area Technical Center
Iosco Regional Education Service Agency
John Glenn High School
Lapeer County Educational & Technology Center
Meridian Early College
Merrill High School
Midland High School
Mt. Pleasant Area Technical Center
Ogemaw Heights High School
Owosso High School
Pinconning Area High School
Saginaw Career Complex
Sanilac Career Center
Shiawassee RESD
St. Louis High School
Standish-Sterling High School
Swan Valley High School
Tuscola Technology Center
Whittemore-Prescott High School

Further information may be obtained from the schools listed above, or from the Delta College Articulation Office, (989) 686-9070. More detailed information is published on the Articulation webpages.

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