Frequently Asked Questions

When should someone apply for transfer credits?

You are encouraged to apply as soon as you are accepted into your program. The deadlines to apply for transfer credit are as follows:
Fall 2016 semester courses is Aug. 31, 2016
Winter 2017 semester courses is Jan. 4, 2017
Summer 2017 semester courses is May 3, 2017

How much does it cost?

There is no fee associated with transfer credit.

How similar do the courses have to be in order for transfer credit to be granted?

There has to be a minimum of 80% commonality in learning outcomes and/or content between the two courses.

Do you have to have a minimum grade in the previously completed course in order to qualify for transfer credit?

Yes. For transfer credit to be granted in a Centennial certificate, diploma or advanced diploma, you have to have a minimum grade equivalent to a Centennial College C grade in the previously completed course.

For credit for a 4-year degree program from a completed diploma level course, you have to have a minimum grade equivalent to a Centennial College B grade in the previously completed course.

For credit for a 4-year degree program from a completed degree level course, you have to have a minimum grade equivalent to a Centennial College C grade in the previously completed course.

How will transfer credit appear on a transcript?

It will appear as TCR, and it will not be used to calculate your GPA.

Can you challenge a transfer credit decision?

Yes. Please contact the program chair for more information.

Will Transfer Credit affect your full-time status and eligibility for residency, OSAP and scholarships etc.?

It can. If you do enough Recognition of Prior Learning (Transfer Credit and Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)) that it causes your status to drop from full-time to part-time, then your eligibility for residency, OSAP, scholarships, bursaries etc. could be impacted. It is best to contact financial aid or your funding organization(s) to determine their specific requirements.

How many Transfer Credits can you receive?

For certificate, diploma, advanced diploma and graduate certificate programs, no more than 75% of program credits can be obtained through recognition of prior learning.

For degree programs, no more than 50% of program credits can be obtained through recognition of prior learning.

Students must complete a minimum of 25% program credits through Centennial classroom, distance learning and/or hybrid courses.

If you are unsuccessful at credit transfer, can you try PLAR?

Yes. If you did not succeed in obtaining transfer credit for specific prior formal learning, you are permitted to use such learning in a Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition attempt.

Which programs are not available for Transfer Credits?

  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Ryerson BScN (students must apply through Ryerson)
  • UTSC joint programs (students must apply through UTSC)

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