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Transfer Credits in to GRCC

We make it easy to transfer your credits in to GRCC.

The knowledge and experience that you carry with you to GRCC is why we evaluate a wide range of credits — from other college credit to military credits and industry credentials.

We welcome six types of credits

Credits from another college or university

We evaluate all credits on an official transcript that are received from regionally accredited institutions. A grade of C or better must have been earned for the course. Search for the name of the college or university in the TES database to see how your credit will transfer by reviewing documented equivalencies.

Test credit


Have the American College Board send your official test scores to College Code 1254 (GRCC Student Records Office). Search for the name of the test provider in the TES database to see if your credit will transfer.

Challenge Exams

If you achieve the minimum test score indicated on each faculty-developed study guide, the Student Records Office will be notified and post the credit(s) to your transcript. Please note that Challenge Exam credit cannot be transferred to another institution.


Contact the testing service and have your official transcript sent to our Enrollment Center.

ACE Credit

Visit ACE Credit Registry and Transcript System and have your official transcript sent to our Enrollment Center.

If you have received ACE coursework and credit from the McDonald's Corporation, follow these steps to transfer into GRCC.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Search for the name of the test provider in the TES database to see if your credit will transfer.

Foreign or International Credit

To receive transfer credit from colleges outside the United States, send a course-by-course evaluation completed by a NACES accredited credential evaluator to the Enrollment Center.

Credential evaluators accepted:

For additional accepted, accredited, evaluating agencies please visit the NACES website.

Military Credit

Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard or Reserve students

Visit Joint Services Transcripts.

Air Force

Visit Credential Solutions and have your transcripts sent for a minimal fee, or have your transcripts sent for free by writing to:
100 S. Turner Blvd.
Maxwell Gunter AFB, AL 36114-3011

Provide your full name, social security number, and GRCC's address:
143 Bostwick Ave.
NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295

Evaluation of military credit

Military credit is evaluated based on the credit equivalency recommendations and outcomes provided on the joint services transcript. If a direct equivalent is not determined, students may receive elective credit to apply toward electives in their program. Students may receive up to 3 elective credits per subject area in military transfer credit.

If you have questions on enrollment processes, contact the Veterans Benefits Coordinator at (616) 234-4129.

Industry Recognized Credentials

If you’ve earned a nationally accredited industry or professional credential, it may qualify for academic credit. View industry recognized credentials.

This is a spreadsheet which shows credentials accepted for Culinary Arts.
Recognized Credentials

To apply for the credit, visit the department chair of the department for which the credit will apply. More information on this can be found by reading the Industry Recognized Credentials/Test Credit policy.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Credit

Real-world learning experiences may meet course objectives and qualify for credit. Examples include on-the-job experience, non-credit training — even hobbies!

Read more information on Prior Learning Assessment.

Transfer guidelines

Transfer guidelines

Please note that credits transferred into GRCC:

  • Take up to two weeks to process and verify. For enrollment purposes, please be
    aware of this timeline. Our peak times for receiving transcripts to evaluate are August and January, and it may take up to 4 weeks for credits to post prior to the Fall and Winter semesters.
  • Will be posted as transfer credit on your GRCC unofficial transcript.
  • Will have a generic grade T, and do not impact the calculated GRCC grade point average.
  • May be used toward both academic program (major) and graduation requirements.

Additionally, you must complete at least 15 credits at GRCC, in addition to any program and graduation requirements, to be awarded an associate degree.

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