Credit by Validation

Information regarding the Penn State process for receiving credit by validation. 

Penn State Credit by Validation Process

College-level course work completed at colleges/universities licensed by state boards of education to award associate degrees or higher, but that are not members of one of the six regional accrediting associations, may be eligible for credit by validation.

The credit by validation process involves the following steps:

  1. After enrolling at Penn State, the student is responsible for initiating the process by requesting a credit by validation form from Undergraduate Admissions.
  2. The student must complete the form and submit it with copies of course syllabi, descriptions, or outlines to Undergraduate Admissions.
  3. Undergraduate Admissions staff will then determine if the course is eligible for credit by validation.

In order to pursue credit by validation, eligible courses must:

  • Have an equivalent course offering at Penn State, which includes comparable learning outcomes and standard of instruction.
  • Be graded at an equivalent to a C (2.0) or higher.

If the course meets the course requirements and is determined to be eligible by Undergraduate Admissions, then the following occurs:

  • Undergraduate Admissions sends the information to the academic college/department it determines should validate the course.
  • The department shares its decision with Undergraduate Admissions, who notes it in the student record and communicates the result of the evaluation with the student.

Tuition Advisory

Please be advised that a student’s tuition will increase when the Penn State transcript reflects 59.1 cumulative credits. Credits earned from sources such as Military Credit and tests, like AP or IB exams, are considered transfer credits and are included in the cumulative credit total. If the credits you are transferring or have transferred to Penn State place you above 59.1 cumulative credits after the start of the semester, your tuition will increase immediately. You will receive a bill for the additional tuition on the first day of the following month. For more information, visit the Office of the Bursar's website.