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Transfer College Credits and Military Experience

By transferring your previous college credits and eligible military experience, you could save up to 75% of the time and cost of an associate’s or bachelor’s degree, or up to 25% of a master’s degree at IU. All you need to do is reach out to us, and we can help you make the most of your experience.

“We’ve geared all of our degree programs to be not only career-specific, but to be focused on that adult learner who’s coming back to school and needs additional support, needs focused curriculum, needs career-specific curriculum, rather than a lot of electives that may not really add any value to their future career.”

– Eric Juhlin
President of Independence University


Ways to Transfer Your Experience

The following are just a handful of the ways you can earn college credit at Independence University and shorten the length of your program:

Credits from Another College

Why should you take the same classes more than once? If you’ve attended college before, you probably have some credits that could possibly transfer to one of our degree programs. To find out how many credits you could transfer, contact us today.


It’s true. Now through Defense Activities for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), your military experience could translate into credit toward your college degree. Independence University and DANTES will assist you to see if any of your military experience qualifies you to receive college credit.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

With your military knowledge and experience, you may be able to take a CLEP test and receive credit for certain college courses. Testing or “CLEPing” out of courses could save you considerable time and money.

Advanced Placement (AP) Courses

In high school, did you take any advanced placement courses and pass the AP test for college credit? If so, you might be able to transfer those AP credits to one of Independence University’s career-focused degree programs.

Professional Certifications

Have you earned any professional certifications during your military service or on your own? Some certifications, such as Cisco®, Microsoft Office Specialist®, and CompTia At ®, could potentially transfer into your degree program at Independence University.

Competency Examination

If you learn something once, you shouldn’t have to learn it a second time. With your past military or civilian experience, you may have developed competencies in areas that could translate into credit toward your degree.

As a veteran, active-duty servicemember, or military spouse, you know that your educational benefits aren’t free. You’ve earned them through your service and sacrifices. Why not use these benefits to your full advantage?

At Independence University, our military financial specialists will help you make a personalized financial aid plan that includes all the financial aid for which you may qualify. Listed below are just a few of the benefits that could help you pay your tuition.

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The right experience, knowledge, and skills—you need all three to succeed in the civilian workforce. At Independence University, we can help you apply all your experience and knowledge toward your education at our school.

If you have qualifying credits from previous college attendance or qualifying military experience, you could save up to 75% of the time and cost of your associate’s or bachelor’s degree or up to 25% of your master’s degree.

Learn More About Transferring Experience

Your military service could help pay part or all of your family’s tuition.
If you’ve gained some military experience, you, your spouse, or your dependents could be eligible for a scholarship1 to help pay tuition. When used in combination with tuition assistance and other educational assistance benefits, these scholarships could enable you to enjoy considerable savings on your degree.

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What’s the cost to transfer credits?
Independence University does not charge to transfer credits. We can help you request your transcripts, if applicable, from previous colleges or military institutions.

What are Military Advisors?
Independence University’s Military Admissions Consultants are specially trained and uniquely qualified to understand your needs as a military student. Our team includes advisors with a thorough understanding of military, spouse and dependent military financial aid.

What if I’m deployed?
IU coursework can deploy with you, in most cases. However, if you do have special circumstances, accommodations can be made. Contact Student Services to make your request.

What if I serve in the Reserves or the Guard?
Yes, you too could qualify for military tuition discounts! Get more information now by speaking with one of our Military Admissions Consultants.

What if I am employed by the DoD or the VA?
You can take advantage of our military tuition discounts, too! Call us now to find out more information.

Why Choose Independence University?

At Independence University, our flexible online degree programs will help you prepare for employment in some of today’s most rewarding job fields. Our programs are career-focused, without elective courses that you don’t want or need. You can finish your degree in as few as 20 months!2 Contact an admissions consultant today.

  • 1 Convenient
  • 2 Flexible
  • 3 Employment-focused
  • 4 Fast track your career

Accreditation & Affiliations



Independence University is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) is a recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education.


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  1. Grant and scholarship awards are limited and only available to those who qualify. See www.scholarshipiu.com for details
  2. General completion timeframe of an Associate’s degree

Independence University admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.

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