Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get started
Read the Guide to Complete the Transfer Credit Request Form prior to completing the Transfer Credit Request Form.
With the completed Transfer Credit Request Form you will need to provide the relevant official course outlines or syllabi from your post-secondary institution. Ensure the documents are verifiably from your previous institution. More information is below on course outlines or syllabi requirements.
Also ensure that an official, final post-secondary transcript is submitted to the Office of the Registrar.
When should transfer credit requests be submitted?
If you are in a full-time program, you can submit your request any time after you have paid your deposit to confirm your seat in the program. Since it can take considerable time for course work to be assessed for transfer credit, you are encouraged to submit your transfer credit application and required documents as early as possible once you have paid your deposit. For full-time programs with a Fall start date, transfer credit requests and supporting documents must be submitted by August 1. For part-time programs, students must be registered in at least once course in their program of choice.
How long will the transfer credit evaluation take?
It can take considerable time for course work to be assessed for transfer credit, possibly 4-6 weeks. If RRC has a recorded standard equivalence for the course(s) you wish to transfer, the evaluation time is much less. Please note that during the months of July and August, course evaluators may not be available and the evaluation may be delayed until closer to the Fall term start date.
How will I be notified of the results of the transfer credit evaluation?
You will be notified by email of the results of your transfer credit requests. You can also check on HUB to view updates to your student transcript.
Should I register for a course I've requested credit in?
Ideally, requests for credit are made well in advance of your course registration date.
If you have not received a decision about transfer credit prior to your course registration date, please register for the courses you’ve requested credit in.
If your course(s) has already started, please attend classes until your request(s) has been officially approved.
What is a course outline or syllabus?
A course outline or syllabus provides important information about the content of a course. It is required in order for an assessment of transfer credit to take place.
Course Outlines/Syllabi should typically include the following:
- A list of course learning outcomes/objectives
- An outline of the units studied in the course
- Length of course
- Number of lecture hours per week
- Textbooks used
- Number of credit hours received
Outlines/syllabi should also be included for any lab component of a course.
The outlines must also be from the year and/or semester in which the courses were taken and must be supplied by the institution.
They should be verifiably from your previous institution. If they are retrieved from the official website of the institution, please ensure the web address is indicated. All course outlines/syllabi are subject to verification for authenticity.
While RRC understands that some institutions do not have course outlines/syllabi readily available, many students have been able to provide information requested by contacting individual faculty offices or faculty members at the institutions they have attended.
If I am transferring courses from another RRC program, do I need to submit a transfer credit request form?
Is there a course currency requirement?
For full-time programs, courses accepted for transfer credit must have been completed within the past five years.
For RRC Continuing Education, credit may be given for courses completed within time frames prescribed by Policy A20.
How do transfer credit awards impact full-time student status?
Please be aware that transfer credit awards can reduce course loads, which may impact full-time status. This has implications for international students’ post-graduate work permit eligibility and student aid eligibility. If you have any questions, please contact RRC International Education (for post-graduate work permit) or RRC financial aid staff (for student aid eligibility).
How do transfer credit awards impact GPA?
Transfer credits are recorded as a “CR” grade on transcripts and do not add value to Grade Point Averages. This includes credit for all courses completed outside of RRC as well as internal RRC courses that are deemed equivalent to a specific program course.
Exception: For Internal RRC courses deemed identical or equated to a specific program course, the letter grade will be used in the calculation of program and cumulative grade point averages.
What is an official transcript?
An official transcript is one that has been received in a sealed envelope directly from the issuing institution and has never been in possession of anyone other than the institution that issued it. In certain situations, a transcript sent by an institution via an approved electronic transmission process may be accepted as official.
What if my previous education does not meet the currency requirement for transfer credit?
If previous formal education does not meet the currency requirement, then a combination of a review of educational documents combined with another RPL method(s) may be required to ensure currency of learning. Please see our Recognition of Prior Learning information for more details.
What if I am still registered for a course that I’ve now received credit in?
If you are registered in a course that you’ve now received credit for, you are responsible for dropping the course from your schedule. If you are not in a program that allows you to self-adjust your schedule via Student Planning, you will need to complete the Course Add/Drop/Withdrawal Form (available on HUB). For all students, Chair/Coordinator approval is only required for course drops done after Add/Drop deadlines for your program.