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Transfer Credit to AACC

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Please read our FAQs or contact one of our Transfer Credit Evaluators at 410-777-2538 or 410-777-2572 or by email at

How Will My Courses Transfer to AACC?

Transfer Credit Equivalencies
This database allows you to see how courses from other institutions may transfer to AACC.

Award of Credit for Previous Learning
Learning occurs in a variety of settings and formats.  AACC reviews credit for previous learning from traditional college coursework and from nontraditional sources such as military experience and standardized examinations.  The college adheres to the transfer credit mandates of the Maryland Higher Education Commission.  This page provides information about AACC’s transfer credit policy and answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Getting Started:

1. Complete an admission application.

2. See how your courses will transfer to AACC using our searchable database.

3. Submit official, sealed transcripts from each institution attended to: 
        Anne Arundel Community College 
        Records and Registration office SSVC 140 
        101 College Pkwy 
        Arnold,  MD  21012

Please Note:  Transcripts from other institutions must be current and received by AACC within one year of the date printed to be considered for transfer credit award.

Want to know if we have received your transcripts?  Log in to MyAACC and click on the Self Services tab.

4. You will receive official notification of transfer credit by mail to your address on file with the college. The transfer credit award letter is also available in your MyAACC account.

General Transfer Policy

Transfer credit is reviewed by the Records and Registration Office, which reviews courses on an individual basis. The Records and Registration Office considers the institution where the course was taken, date completed, department and course number, course title, and grade in deciding whether the course will transfer to AACC. Some academic departments may limit the courses that can be accepted for transfer credit at AACC based on professional accreditation or licensure requirements.

If the student’s cumulative GPA from a previous institution is less than a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, AACC will review only those courses with a grade of C or better. Exception: If a student has less than a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale from a regionally accredited Maryland public institution and then transfers to AACC, AACC will accept credits in which a grade of D is earned in general education courses. Grades issued on a plus (+) or minus (-) scale at a previous institution are equated to AACC's letter grade scale using the grading scale provided with the official transcript from the previous institution.

AACC will convert courses taken at institutions that operate on a quarter system to term credit hours if the credit is transferable. Quarter hours are multiplied by 2/3 to equal term credit hours.

Transfer credit cannot be awarded for a course if credit has already been earned at AACC. AACC does not transfer grades or GPA, only courses and credits.

In some cases, AACC will need to review the official course description or course syllabus to determine equivalency. Upon request, the student must submit the required information.

AACC does not delete transfer credit unless the student needs to repeat the course at AACC. Deletion of transfer credit for this purpose may affect financial aid eligibility. Contact  for information.

Transfer Criteria

Credit may transfer if one of the following is met:

  1. The institution is regionally accredited by a commission on higher education. Credit is not accepted from institutions that are candidates for regional accreditation or for courses taken while an institution was not regionally accredited.
  2. AACC has an articulation agreement with a high school, business, or industry. Articulation agreements specify award of credit for meeting certain criteria and presenting certain documents.
  3. The American Council on Education has reviewed and recommended the course or military occupation for college credit.
  4. The institution is legally authorized to grant standard college degrees and is accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. The college may award transfer credit based upon course equivalencies, expected learning outcomes and applicability to AACC’s curricula, standards, and course offerings. AACC’s transfer credit policy complies with COMAR 13B.02.02.16.
  5. AACC awards credit for Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and DSST exams. Please contact a transfer credit evaluator for details and minimum score requirements.
  6. Foreign institutions:  Transcripts must be evaluated by a professional transcript evaluation service before transfer credit will be reviewed. AACC requires the course-by-course evaluation from this service to review transfer credit.  AACC accepts only the following transcript evaluation services:  

Credit for Military Training

If you completed training through the U.S. military, submit your official Joint Services (Army, Navy, Coast Guard, or Marines), Community College of the Air Force transcript, or a photocopy of your DD-214. AACC awards credit for general education health/fitness/wellness requirement for basic training and also awards credit for other military training and occupations using the American Council on Education credit recommendations when a similar discipline is offered at AACC.

Transfer of Nontraditional Credit

Students can earn up to 30 credits from nontraditional sources (military experience, CLEP, AP, IB, credit by examination, and portfolio assessment). Of these 30 nontraditional credits, a maximum of 15 credits may be earned through combination of credit by examination and portfolio assessment.

Applying Credits Toward Graduation

Typically, students may allocate up to 45 transfer credits toward an associate degree or half the credits required for a certificate.  Only credits that apply to the chosen program will count toward graduation.  Be sure to talk to your academic advisor to discuss options and track your academic progress.

Reverse Transfer - Transfer Credits Back to AACC to Earn a Degree

Reverse transfer allows you to earn your associate degree while working toward your bachelors degree. Reverse transfer is the process to transfer credits from your four-year institution back to AACC. We then review all of your college coursework to determine if you have completed the remaining requirements for your associate degree at AACC.

You have the credits – see if you can apply them toward an associate degree today!

 For more transfer credit information, please visit the College Catalog