2018 AIU University Catalog


Transfer of College Credit, Military Credit, and Prior Learning Assessment


American InterContinental University (AIU) has a defined policy for the evaluation and awarding of college transfer credit, military transfer credit, advanced placement/standardized examinations, experiential learning, and professional training/certification credit. AIU recognizes that collegiate-level learning can take place outside of the college classroom or laboratory and remain relevant to AIU degree programs, consistent with AIU’s academic policies and standards, and that adult learners generally have educational needs that differ from those of traditional college and university students. AIU’s philosophy is a reflection of its mission, which is to foster educational success and meet the needs of a career-oriented, culturally diverse and geographically dispersed student body. The preparation of students academically, personally, and professionally for successful careers is the central focus of AIU’s mission.

The procedures relative to the evaluation and awarding of Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credit ensure that only collegiate-level, degree-applicable course work is eligible for transfer credit; that military transfer credit is considered only for demonstrated competencies deemed comparable to collegiate-level learning by the American Council on Education (ACE); that both proprietary and external advanced placement methods, standardized examinations, and professional training/certification credit represent and demonstrate collegiate-level learning; and that such demonstrated competencies are comparable to student learning outcomes at AIU and consistent with the University’s academic policies and standards. AIU employs Prior Learning Assessment Evaluators, Faculty, and Subject Matter Experts in the evaluation of prior-learning credentials.

Transfer of College Credit

Transfer credit may be awarded at AIU from any United States institution accredited by an agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. AIU will review official evaluations of transcripts from international institutions (see International Transcripts policy). Courses under consideration from another university or college other than AIU must be relevant and considered substantially similar to the coursework at AIU before transfer credit will be approved.

Transfer Credit Policy

AIU students must submit official transcripts from previously attended post-secondary institutions. AIU students submitting transcripts from international institutions must have an official evaluation from an AACRAO (American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers), or from a NARIC (National Academic Recognition Information Centre), NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services, Inc.) or AICE (Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc.) approved evaluation service on file with the University. The deadline for official transcripts and/or evaluations is prior to the first day of the second quarter/term of study. Students’ initial degree plans or schedules may change upon the receipt of official transcripts and/or international credential evaluation(s). Students may be allowed to apply for transfer credits from external institutions after the first term of study at the discretion of the appropriate academic administrator. Once students are in the last session of their degree program, no PLA credit will be awarded. Students currently enrolled at AIU or reentry students must seek prior approval from the appropriate academic administrator should they enroll in a course with the intention to apply transfer credit.

Following are general policies for the evaluation and award of transfer credit at each AIU campus:

  1. Earned degrees from accredited institutions with articulation agreements with AIU can be evaluated for block transfer.
  2. All other official college and military transcripts are evaluated on a course-by-course basis in accordance with AIU policies.
  3. Only undergraduate courses completed with a “C” (or equivalent) or above will be eligible for transfer credit at the undergraduate level. This assumes at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale.
  4. Only courses representing freshman-level or higher collegiate, degree-applicable course work will be eligible for transfer credit, which excludes pre college level or remedial level courses.
  5. Comparable course-to-course transfer may be approved from accredited institutions based on demonstrated learning competencies consistent with AIU’s academic policies and standards in lieu of credit requirements.
  6. Students enrolled in undergraduate degree programs must complete a minimum of 25 percent of their degree program credits in residence at AIU in order to qualify for graduation. Courses that do not apply toward program requirements may not be used in the calculation for residency requirement of 25 percent of the total number of credits for the students’ program of study
  7. Transfer credit from other institutions may not exceed 12 credits at the graduate level. Only graduate level courses completed with a “B” (or equivalent) or above will be eligible for transfer credit at the graduate level. This assumes at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale. Graduate applicants should contact the Prior Learning Office for institutional processes concerning the transfer of academic credit.
  8. Notwithstanding the above policies and procedures, all transferred course credit is subject to review and approval by Academic Affairs.
  9. Any degree plans or schedules are tentative pending the receipt of official transcripts.
  10. Academic certificate programs have a transfer credit limit of two courses.