What is Transfer?

Transfer lets you move between schools (e.g. colleges to university). It is when previous learning you completed at one school is recognized at another, so that you don't have to repeat courses you've already completed. Potential benefits of transferring credits can include:
Money
Saving money
Time
Saving time
Flexibility
More flexibility

Did you know 60,000+ students transfer each year in Ontario? You can too!

Where Can I Transfer?

This website can help you learn how to transfer among Ontario's public colleges, universities, and Indigenous Institutes. If you're looking to transfer out or into Ontario, click here for information.

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How it Works

Transfer depends on 1) the similarity between the course material, or 2) how the potential transfer can apply to the requirements of your new program (e.g. an art course might not be related to your social worker degree, but you might be able to apply it as an elective credit). Other things that can impact whether you'll receive a transfer credit:

Grade
Grade you received in a course: some schools have a minimum grade requirement for granting transfer credits.
When
When you took a course: schools want to make sure that what you learned is up-to-date and consistent with their curriculum.
Where
Where you took most of your courses: most schools have "residency requirements" which mean that a minimum number of courses must be taken at that school in order for you to graduate (get a credential) from that school.

Transfer Steps

  1. Explore your options
    You might want to consider: Whether the school and program is the right fit? How many credits you will get? Costs and fees?
  2. Talk to a Transfer Advisor
    Schools tend to have different transfer processes so once you have found a school (or a few) that you're interested in transfering to, find out about that school's specific requirements.
  3. Apply to the school for admission and transfer assessment
Form
Forms. Most schools require:
  • An official transcript from your current school
  • Course outlines for the courses you want to transfer
Application
Application. Some schools:
  • Only provide transfer credit assessment after you've accepted admission to the school
  • Others automatically assess credits upon application
Fees
Fees. Some schools:
  • Charge a fee for transfer credit assessment and/or the actual credit transfer

Types of Transfer

Course
Transfer
When you transfer specific course(s) over to another school and they are individually assessed, one-by-one.
Program
Transfer
When you have completed a whole program (ex. Marketing Diploma) and are looking to further your education (ex. Business Degree), a group/block of courses can be assessed together.