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Transfer Credits and Exemptions

Transfer Credit

If you have completed post-secondary credits prior to coming to SLC, you may apply to transfer those credits to your program at SLC, if they are considered equivalent. You'll find everything you need to know on this page.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

PLAR is separate from credit transfer. The PLAR program recognizes learning acquired outside the classroom through employment, volunteer activities, self-directed study, travel, or other life experiences. Visit the PLAR web page to learn more and apply.

Internal credit transfers within SLC programs

Students who transfer from one SLC program to another will automatically be given credit in all courses common to both programs. Students are generally required to be registered in a minimum of 25% of the total courses within a specific program to graduate from that program.

Note: Bachelor of Business Administration students follow the Laurentian University Transfer Credit Policy and do not need to complete the form.

Transfer Credits

SLC will award transfer credits to students for courses completed at other accredited colleges and universities if the learning outcomes are equivalent and current to the courses within their program of study.

Please review the Academic Policy section 3.9 Advanced Standing and Transfer Credit and section 3.11 Transfer of Credit – Recognition of Credits Already Earned for policy information regarding the transfer credit process.

Transfer credit requests should be submitted upon acceptance to your program to avoid delays in the decision process.

The deadline for submission is the 10th day of classes after the semester start.

How to Apply for Transfer Credit

And other important information you need to know before you apply.

  • Before submitting your Application for Transfer Credit/Exemption, please read through all the information. Requests won't be accepted if the form is completed incorrectly or the form has not been dated, and the certified electronic signature box is not checked.
  • Please be aware: Courses approved as equivalent and dropped from your timetable may impact your status as a full-time student, which may impact fee calculation and eligibility for OSAP, scholarships, bursaries, and student health plans.
  • Transfer credits are normally accepted from accredited colleges and universities. All other institutions will be considered on a case-by-case basis unless an articulation agreement exists.
  • Transfer credits will not be awarded for courses taken at career/private colleges (however, they may qualify for an exemption).
  • Transfer credits from high school courses may only qualify if they are dual-credit courses.
  • Courses being transferred must be completed in the last five years to qualify unless specified by the program coordinator.
  • Once transfer credit has been accepted for one course, it cannot be used again towards another course in the same program.
  • Partial transfer credits will not be granted.
  • Denied transfer credits are not subject to appeals; however, students will be provided with the reason why their request was denied.

Transfer credit requests should be submitted upon acceptance to your program to avoid delays in the decision process.

The deadline for submission is the 10th day of classes after the semester start.

  • If you apply by the deadline and the credit is approved, the course being replaced will be removed from your transcript.
  • If you apply after the deadline but before the academic penalty deadline, then a “W” grade will be applicable for the course being replaced.
  • If you apply after the academic penalty deadline, then an “F” grade would be applicable.
  • The transfer credit can still be used to satisfy graduation requirements.

1. Read through the important information about transfer credits on this page.

2. Visit ontransfer.ca to see what transfer credits are available to you.

Note: ontransfer.ca only displays potential transfer credits for courses completed in Ontario post-secondary institutions. If you don't find any information on equivalents from ontransfer.ca, please proceed to step 3.

3. Download the Application for Transfer Credit/Exemption Form and complete sections A and B.

  • You'll outline the current course(s) you’re seeking credit for and the previous course(s) you took.
  • You must date the form and check the certified electronic signature box for your application to be accepted.
  • For a course to be accepted as transfer credit, you must have achieved a minimum grade of 60%/C- for college courses or the passing grade for the St. Lawrence College course, whichever is higher. The minimum acceptable grade or level of achievement to qualify for transfer credit is 67% for core courses and 60% for non-core/breadth courses in college degree programs.

4. Pay the applicable fee.

  • A non-refundable $25 evaluation fee is charged per course transfer, up to a $100 maximum per submission.
  • The fee will be charged to your student account.
  • Learn how to make a payment
  • Transfer credits will not be posted until payment has been received.

5. Send your completed application by the deadline to the Pathways Coordinator by email at transfers@sl.on.ca or by mail to:

St. Lawrence College
Attn: Pathways Coordinator
100 Portsmouth Ave
Kingston, ON K7L 5A6

6. Provide all supporting documentation requested.

  • SLC will email you at your student email with instructions about what supporting documentation is required (e.g., official transcripts, course outlines).
  • International requests for transfer credits must include a course-by-course ICAS evaluation.
  • If classes have begun, stay in your course until you receive an email with SLC's decision (emails will be sent to your SLC student email account).
  • If approved, you will receive a grade of “T” for the course approved for transfer credit. This grade will not be included in your GPA calculation.

Students with international credentials must have their credentials assessed by the International Credentials Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS).

Are you applying only to St. Lawrence College?

You can complete a Transcript Assessment Request Form:

A CAD$120 fee is charged for this assessment. Please note that you will NOT receive a copy of this assessment; the results are only for St. Lawrence College to consider your application for transfer credit.

Do you need your assessment to be shared?

If you need your assessment to be shared, you can apply directly through ICAS at icascanada.ca. Please note that St. Lawrence College requires at least the Post-secondary Comprehensive Assessment Report from ICAS, and the fee for this assessment (direct from ICAS to you) is CAD$200.

When transferring courses toward general education elective courses (courses beginning in GENE), the course needs to meet the general education course criteria, outlined below (ie., the transferred course does not need to be 80% equivalent to the St. Lawrence College course).

The transferred course needs to be 42-45 hours in length and meet the following criteria:

  • Less than 30% applied learning outcomes
  • Non-vocational to your program of study
  • Fits into one of the general education themes:
    • Arts in society
    • Civic life
    • Social and cultural understanding
    • Personal understanding
    • Science and technology

This is in addition to the other eligibility requirements listed for transfer credits. Please follow the instructions listed under "How to Apply for Transfer Credits" to apply. Please also note, when listing the St. Lawrence College course on the application form, it is acceptable to list "GENE."

Exemptions

An exemption is a broader academic assessment than a transfer of credit. It may be awarded to a student in recognition that the course requirement is waived through academic assessment and testing or assessment on prior academic achievements.

How to Apply for Exemptions

And other important information you need to know before you apply.

  • Prior education from high schools, private/career colleges, and other colleges and universities (that do not qualify as transfer credits) may qualify for exemptions.
  • Before submitting your Application for Transfer Credit/Exemption, please read through all the information. Requests won't be accepted if the form is completed incorrectly or the form has not been dated, and the certified electronic signature box is not checked.
  • Please be aware: Courses approved as exemptions mean they will be dropped from your timetable which may impact your status as a full-time student which may impact fee calculation and eligibility for OSAP, scholarships, bursaries, and student health plans.

Exemption requests should be submitted upon acceptance to your program to avoid delays in the decision process.

The deadline for submission is the 10th day of classes after the semester start.

You must remain in class until your exemption examination/assignment has been completed and graded as a pass.

1. Read through the important information about exemptions.

2. Download the Application for Transfer Credit/Exemption Form and complete sections A and C.

  • You'll outline the course(s) you wish to seek exemption for and the prior academic achievements you received that you believe qualifies you for exemption.

3. Pay the applicable fee.

  • A $25 exemption processing fee is charged, in addition to any fees associated with the exemption exam or assignment (e.g., if the exam proctoring fee is $100, this fee must be paid in addition to the $25 processing fee).

4. Send your completed application by the deadline to the Pathways Coordinator by email at transfers@sl.on.ca or by mail to:

St. Lawrence College
Attn: Pathways Coordinator
100 Portsmouth Ave
Kingston, ON K7L 5A6

5. Check your SLC student email.

  • SLC will email you at your student email with instructions about any exemption requirements.
  • You must stay in your course until your exemption examination/assignment has been completed and graded as a pass.
  • Exemptions awarded for courses required for a program contribute to graduation requirements and appear on the academic record as “EX.” Exemptions awarded to a student do not contribute to the GPA.

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