Around 1/3 of all college students will transfer schools at some point in their college career, most likely in their second year.

When a student transfers schools, credits already earned don’t always come with them. This prolongs the number of years it takes to complete a four-year degree because students must retake classes and can become stuck in general courses well into their college careers.

Over half of all students enrolled in four-year degree programs in the United States take over six years to complete their programs. This is due to financial pressures, including the high cost of tuition and challenges that come with balancing work and school. This is also due to problems that come with transferring schools. When a student transfers, the credits already paid for and taken don’t necessarily transfer too. Students are forced to spend extra semesters retaking classes they’ve already passed, which is a waste of time and money and can demoralize students to the point of dropping out altogether.

If you are transferring schools this semester, or if you are returning to college with some education already completed, you are likely to find yourself in this situation. Talk with your guidance counselor about your options. Many schools accept CLEP exams which are inexpensive and can help you test out of remedial or general courses you have already taken. If you have work experience or credits in a particular field, they can also be evaluated to meet academic requirements for college credits completed.

At TheCareerPeople, we work with students of all academic paths, including those outside of the classroom. There are more ways to get college credit and avoid having to retake courses than you think. Save time, money, and morale this next semester. You may be closer to completing your degree than you think. Before you enroll this next term, visit for a free consultation.


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