How do I apply as a transfer student?
If you are a student who has attended another college and want to transfer those earned credits to Point, you must first be in good standing financially, academically, and in all other areas with the college that you attended in order to be admitted to Point.
Once you apply, you must then submit your official transcripts from all prior institutions. If you have more than 24 semester hours of college credit (or 12 hours for a program in the College of Graduate and Professional Studies), you do not need to submit a high school transcript or test scores unless the admission committee specifically requests these items. A student with less than 24 semester hours of credit should submit all prior transcripts with their high school transcript. Students who transfer credits from non-U.S. or non-English-speaking institutions must provide Point University with a certified translation of transcripts and course descriptions, as well as a detailed and comprehensive transcript evaluation.
How do I know if Point will accept my credits?
Point accepts college credits from institutions accredited as degree-granting by a regional accrediting body of higher education at the time coursework was completed. The reason for this policy is that regional accreditation mandates a level of quality control that gives Point confidence in the university’s programs. Credits from colleges that are accredited by other accrediting bodies, as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, are considered on a case-by-case basis. Credits from non-accredited colleges may not be eligible for transfer.
To find out what kind of accreditation your previous institutions have, visit their websites and search for “accreditation” or you can search the U.S. Department of Education Office of Post-secondary Education’s accreditation database at https://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.
Students may transfer credits to Point for relevant courses (i.e. courses that apply to their chosen degree program) as long as the coursework was completed with C-minus or higher grades. The amount of credit you can transfer from other institutions varies according to your chosen degree program.
What is the maximum amount of transfer credits Point will accept?
The maximum amount of college credit you can transfer will depend upon which degree you are seeking. Please refer to the numbers below as a guidelines for the maximum transfer credits Point will accept, but keep in mind that the policy is not a guarantee that all of your credits will be eligible to transfer. Our enrollment specialists will work with you to determine how many credits you will be able to transfer to Point, up to the maximum amount.
- For an associate degree, students may transfer up to 50% of the required courses (typically 30 credits) from another institution.
- For a bachelor’s degree, students may transfer up to 75% of the required courses (typically 90 credits), including a maximum 60 credits from 2-year colleges.
- For a master’s degree, students may transfer up to 33% of the required courses (typically 12 credits) from an outside institution. These limits apply to all forms of Credit by Prior Learning, including AP, IB, CLEP, DSST, CDD, military training, and demonstrated competency.
What types of financial assistance are available to me?
Point offers a variety of financial assistance options to qualified students who are transferring to Point. Review the list below to learn more about the scholarships and grants available. For a full list of financial aid options, visit the Types of Financial Aid page.
Community and Technical College Graduate Scholarship
Point offers a one-time $250 scholarship to community and technical college graduates who are accepted. There is no scholarship application required. Students must only provide transcripts from the community or technical college attended, and then the $250 fee waiver will be applied to the first term the student is enrolled.
Tuition Equalization Grant (TEG)
The Tuition Equalization Grant (TEG) provides grant assistance toward educational costs to Georgia residents enrolled at an eligible private college or university. Students must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate program of study leading to an undergraduate degree (no age or GPA requirements).
The HOPE Scholarship is a merit-based award available to Georgia residents who have demonstrated academic achievement. A Hope Scholarship recipient must graduate from high school with a minimum 3.0 grade point average as well as meet the academic rigor requirement. Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 cumulative postsecondary grade point average to remain eligible for the scholarship. The scholarship provides tuition assistance to students pursuing an undergraduate degree at a HOPE Scholarship eligible college or university in Georgia. A seven-year limit exists for students first receiving the HOPE Scholarship during the 2011-2012 academic year (FY12) or later.
The HOPE Grant is available to Georgia residents who are pursuing a certificate or diploma. A HOPE Grant recipient must maintain a minimum 2.0 cumulative postsecondary grade point average to remain eligible. The grant provides tuition assistance to students enrolled at a HOPE Grant eligible college or university in Georgia.
Zell Miller Scholarship
The Zell Miller Scholarship is a merit-based award available to Georgia residents, similar to the HOPE Scholarship, but with more stringent academic requirements and a higher level of tuition assistance. Students must graduate high school with a minimum 3.7 grade point average combined with a minimum SAT score of 1200 on the math and reading portions of the test or a minimum composite score of 26 on a single national or state/district administration of the ACT, as well as meet the academic rigor requirement. Students must maintain a minimum 3.3 cumulative postsecondary grade point average to remain eligible for the scholarship. There is a seven-year eligibility limit for students receiving the scholarship, beginning with the 2011-2012 academic year.
Zell Miller Grant
The Zell Miller Grant is a merit-based program available to Georgia residents pursuing a certificate or diploma. To remain eligible, a Zell Miller Grant recipient must maintain a minimum 3.5 cumulative postsecondary grade point average (GPA). Grant recipients are awarded full-standard tuition assistance while enrolled at an eligible college or university in Georgia.
HOPE GED Grant
The HOPE GED Grant is available to Georgia residents who earn a General Education Development (GED) diploma after June 30, 1993. The GED must be awarded by the Technical College System of Georgia. HOPE GED Grant provides a one-time $500 award that can be used toward tuition, books, or other educational costs at an eligible college or university in Georgia. Full-time enrollment is not required. Students must use their HOPE GED Grant within 24 months of the GED diploma date.
HOPE Career Grant
The HOPE Career Grant, formerly known as the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant (SIWDG), is available to Georgia residents. Students must pursue a certificate or diploma and receive HOPE or Zell Miller Grant funding. The grant provides assistance for educational costs in an approved designated program of study.
Does Point offer transfer benefits to military students?
At Point University, we believe in supporting both current and former members of the military in their pursuit of higher education. We offer special benefits to service members and veterans enrolling at Point to create the fastest path to a degree. Benefits include:
- Credit earned through DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST). Students who enroll in Point University’s College of Graduate & Professional Studies may secure credit through the U.S. military’s Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support tests (DANTES), which cover more than 50 disciplines. For more information on how to obtain DSST credits and how many credits you can earn, please review the Credit by Examination section of the current academic catalog.
- Credit earned for military training. Point University evaluates military training courses according to the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. Students must submit all pertinent documentation to the Registrar for evaluation. Military transfer courses should be reported on an Army American Council on Education Registry Transcript (AART) or Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART) or, if not available, on form DD295 for personnel still in service or form DD214 for those discharged.