Alternative Credit Courses

Are you looking for a way to get course credits quickly and easily?

The Alternative Credit Courses are offered by non-profit organizations and for-profit companies.   Fayetteville State University (FSU) has reviewed and approved the courses for transfer credit.  Twelve of the courses are free and approximately 90 others range in price from $150-$350*.  Financial Aid will not cover any cost(s) associated with these courses. The best part is that you can sign up to take them at your convenience.  Pay online with a credit card.  No semester schedules.  Start when you're ready and finish as quickly as you can.  

Like all courses taken from any institution other than FSU, prior approval is required.   Complete the Registrar's  Approval to Pursue Course(s) at Another Institution and have it approved by your advisor before you begin any of the Alternative Credit Courses.

The complete list of courses approved by FSU lists the course title with a link to the site where you register to take it.  Click on the link to see course outlines, syllabi, and cost.  The list is sorted on FSU Equivalency to make it easy for you to see which courses from your degree plan are available. 

If you have questions, contact your advisor or
Dr. Jane Smith
Office for Adult Learners
Broadwell College of Business and Economics (BCBE) 130
(910) 672-2262

Ready to start?  It's as easy as 1-2-3.
  1. Find the FSU equivalency that you need, then click on the linked title to learn more about the course format and cost.  This is where you will sign up to take the course and pay for it.  But first...
  2. Complete the Registrar's Approval to Pursue Course(s) at Another Institution and get the approval from your advisor BEFORE you take the course to ensure that you are taking the right course for your program of study and that it will be accepted by FSU.
  3. Successfully pass the course and order the transcript from the vendor/organization to turn in to the FSU Registrar.

*Courses offered by Straighterline have a monthly fee.  If you do not finish completely within two months, the cost will continue to grow, and it will cost much more than $350.  Buyer beware.  If you register for one of these classes, get busy!

*While the Saylor courses are free, there is a $25 fee to take the proctored exam required and an additional $25 for the transcript.

Where it started

The Alternative Credit ProjectTM (ACP) began as a pool of online courses that FSU accepted toward degrees (up to 64 ACP credits).  The ACP was designed to help adults finish a two-or-four year degree, or a post-secondary certificate economically and efficiently by taking courses online and on demand from non-profit organizations and for-profit companies.  It was a national program of the American Council on Education, supported by a generous grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and included a research component to assess the success of students taking these courses.

These courses are approved by FSU for transfer credit.  They are not guaranteed to be accepted by other institutions if you choose to complete your degree somewhere else.