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Credit Options for Advanced Standing

students outsideCredit options are opportunities for adult learners to earn credit toward a degree through alternatives other than coursework. Credit options include: transfer credit, CLEP examinations, credit by examination, advanced credit, DANTES and experiential learning. The college encourages students to apply the wealth of knowledge and experience they possess to take advantage of all the credit options available to them. It is possible for students to earn significant credit based on previous educational and professional experiences. The only restriction is that students seeking a degree/professional certificate/certificate at the college must complete residency requirements. (See residence credit for specific requirements.)

Please note that credit earned through any of these options counts toward degree/professional certificate/certificate requirements, but is not included in computing grade point averages. Upon matriculation, student request for recognition of technical courses more than seven years old is subject to review. Course content may be outdated and therefore not acceptable for transfer or other credit. Computer Technologies courses more than three years old will not be accepted.

Transfer Credit

Students may transfer credits from other accredited colleges, including the colleges within the Community College System of New Hampshire provided they earned a grade of C or better, and those credits are equivalent to the courses in their program. To apply, students must contact other college(s) they have attended and arrange for official transcripts and course descriptions to be sent to the Lakes Region Community College Registrar.

The Vice President of Academic Affairs must review course credit awarded through another institution's credit by examination policy. The academic office coordinates transfer credit. The appropriate department chairperson(s) and the Vice President of Academic Affairs determine acceptability of transfer credit. Students should consider that transfer credits may lessen their financial aid eligibility by reducing the course load from full-time to part-time status.

Lakes Region Community College does not use grades received in courses taken at any other institution in computing semester or cumulative grade point averages.

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Credit by Examination

Opportunity to challenge technical and other courses for which they feel qualified. Credit by Examination is not available for those courses for which a CLEP exam exists. Examinations are prepared and administered by the college faculty. If students obtain a grade of C or better, the credits earned count toward their degree and the academic record will reflect a grade of CR. The academic officer and the instructor coordinate the Credit by Examination process. The exam must be taken and graded within the first seven days of the semester. The student, the advisor and the registrar receive notification of the course exam results, a copy of which is placed in the student's permanent file.

Students who apply for Credit by Examination must be matriculated and may apply for credit by examination only for those courses for which they are not currently registered. The fee for credit by examination is $25 per credit, plus all direct costs associated with providing the laboratory exam. Students cannot use credit by examination to make up a previously failed course. If a student learns credit by examination, the enrollment status could change, an action which could affect financial aid status.

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CLEP Examinations (College Level Exam Programs)

Students can earn credits toward a degree by passing CLEP exams in a wide variety of subject areas including English, math, biology, chemistry, psychology, sociology, macroeconomics, accounting, marketing, business law and other areas. To apply, the student should contact the college’'s academic affairs office for information on CLEP exams, make arrangements to take the exam(s) and have the scores sent directly to the college. To prepare for the exam, students should purchase a CLEP exam review book.

To ensure timely credit, the student should take the exam at least one semester prior to the semester the course is offered in.

CLEP Examinations are not offered at LRCC. Contact Plymouth State University's CLEP Center for more information regarding this exam.

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DANTES (Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support)

The DANTES College Credit Examination program provides National Guard members and servicemen and women with three different exam programs to earn college credit. The exams are CLEP, ACT/PEP and the DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSSTS). To apply, students must arrange to have credits earned through DANTES sent to the college registrar.

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Continuing Education Credits

In students' working or professional lives, they may have taken work-related courses that have provided them with certificates or Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Students may earn credit(s) toward their degree through these efforts.

To apply, students need to assemble all certificates and CEUs into a package. Students must develop a narrative statement (for each certificate or CEU) that outlines the purpose of the course or workshop, the sponsor and instructor of the activity, and the total number of hours for each activity. In addition, students must arrange for their employer to send a letter to the Vice President of Academic Affairs, confirming their narrative statements and highlighting the competencies gained through participation in the activities.

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Experiential Learning

Credit prior to learning offers students the opportunity to demonstrate the knowledge they have gained through life experiences and apply this knowledge towards credit in a degree/diploma/certificate program. To prepare for this option, students will develop a portfolio to be assessed by appropriate college personnel. A student must be matriculated at one of the CCSNH colleges to be eligible to apply for experiential credit. Not all programs provide the experiential credit option; students should consult with their respective colleges for eligible programs and the process used for application.

Students may be awarded a maximum of 24 credits for experiential learning.

Students will be assessed a fee based on 50% of the current tuition rate on the total credits awarded (e.g.., for 12 credits awarded: 0.50 x current tuition rate x 12 credits).

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Running Start

High school students have the opportunity to earn college credit through the Running Start program. This unique partnership between the college and local area high schools offers the high school student selected college-level coursework and college credit for successful completion of coursework. Running Start courses are taught at the high school by high school faculty members during the regular school day.

The cost of a three-credit course is $150 per course, plus books and supplies. This represents a significant savings associated with college tuition. Local high schools and students interested in a Running Start course may call the Running Start Coordinator at the college for more information, or email Kalene Barney at kbarney@ccsnh.edu.

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High School Articulation

Some high schools are developing written agreements with the college to ensure guaranteed acceptance for motivated students. These agreements specify the competencies needed for acceptance, and they show the student how to meet them. They also spell out how a student can earn college credit while in high school. (See Articulation Agreements for a listing of the participating high schools).

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