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Transfer Credit Evaluation

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Transfer Credit Evaluation

Transferring credits to NOVA allows previous college-level study, examinations, or career experience to be evaluated for possible college credits. NOVA only accepts transfer credit for which a student has earned a grade of "C" or better. NOVA's Catalog and Credit for Prior Learning website outline the college policy on accepting transfer credits from other institutions.

Prior to submitting the Transfer Credit Evaluation Request (Form 125-049E) form, the student must ensure they are placed in the degree plan of their choice.

The College Records Office (CRO) will review the requestors’ advisement report for degree requirements. Students will receive an email notification once evaluations are completed.

Evaluation Process

NOVA allows evaluating of previous academic study, examination, or career experience for possible college credit. However, students must have completed at least one course at NOVA before an official transcript reflecting transfer credit will be issued.

To have your previous work evaluated by NOVA:

  • NOVA requires all transcripts to be Official.
  • An official transcript must be sent electronically, by mail, or directly from the sending college or university.
  • Grades earned must be equivalent to a "C" grade or better. The transcript must list a grade and credit earned.
  • Student must complete and submit the Transfer Credit Evaluation Request Form #125-049E.
    • This form is required to evaluate college transcripts, international transcripts, and test scores such as IB, AP, CLEP.
    • If you attended another college within the Virginia Community College System, you do not need to request an official transcript to be sent to NOVA.
  • Please allow approximately eight to twelve weeks from the time the CRO receives your document for the review of your transfer credit. Note: Please note delays can be expected during certain times of the year, e.g., graduation, NOVA program application deadlines, and the beginning of each semester.
  • No more than 75 percent of a degree or certificate may be earned through transfer credit and/or credit for prior learning.
  • NOVA will evaluate and post all eligible curriculum credits to a student's record.
  • Student’s will be contacted through VCCS student email address and the Message Center.
  • NOVA does not accept faxed college transcripts.
  • Students are responsible for submitting all required documents pertaining to evaluation.
  • Students who elect to send official transcripts via the National Student Clearinghouse, Naviance, Parchment or directly from their institution can direct their transcripts to
    • Important: Sending your transcripts to a different email may result in delays, and/or the College Records Office not receiving your documents.