Are there any other alternative credit options available?

CSU-Global accepts numerous external alternative credit options.  Take a look at this video for a full rundown of these.  Below you can also find the websites of many of the sources we accept credit from.  Keep in mind transfer credit limits when dealing with alternative credit.


The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) offers 33 exam options at the cost of $85 per exam. Learn more at

Download the CLEP Test Take Booklet.pdf for detailed information on CLEP exams


DSST offers 38 exams (including programs for military training) starting at $80 each. Learn more at

Saylor Academy

Saylor Academy is a non-profit organization which offers free online courses to prepare for exams to use as transfer credit.  All courses can be taken at no cost and students pay $25 to take a proctored exam when ready.  More information at


Sophia is another option for taking online, self-paced, courses and completing an exam for ACE approved transfer credit.  Some of the benefits from Sophia: No textbooks, free trial and 30 day money back guarantee, payment plans, can start instantly, build your own schedule, and Learning Coach Support.  Sophia has a monthly membership fee of $79/month and more information can be found at


StraighterLine focuses on general education course equivalencies that are a required part of any bachelor's degree. There is a monthly membership cost of $99 and the typical exam fee is $59 per course. Learn more at is a membership based alternative credit option. The monthly subscription is $199 per month and students have the ability to take up to 2 proctored exams per month. The course structure includes lessons with associated knowledge quizzes and there are no required textbooks. The exams are proctored and can be taken from home if you have a webcam. offers 85 lower division credit eligible courses that can transfer into CSU Global and additional information can be found here:

CSU Global has partnered with to offer an additional pathway for undergraduate students to complete their degree at a lower cost. We are able to accept up to 44 credits from courses to fulfill elective credit requirements. Additional information about this partnership can be found here

Non-Collegiate Credit

Non-collegiate credit other than exam or military service credit, such as non-collegiate courses, corporate trainings, certifications, and professional licenses, may be considered for transfer if it has been evaluated according to American Council on Education (ACE) Guidelines or reviewed by National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS). Visit to learn more about ACE approved credit or for NCCRS credit opportunities.