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Earning Credits

As you work your way to the 58 credits you need to enroll in one of our accelerated degree completion programs, consider these options* as you plan out how you will get to your 58 credit goal.


By passing exams, you can receive college credit that will save you time and money during your college career. Please see your academic advisor for the costs of tests.

CLEP (College Level Examination Program): Exams are offered at various institutions. Contact your local SAU site for details.

DANTES (Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support): Exams are offered on the third Saturday of each month through the SAU Registrar’s Office (excluding December). Contact the local SAU site for details.

TECEP (Thomas Edison College Examination Program): TECEP exams are offered at most SAU sites. Contact your local SAU site for details.

NLN (National League for Nursing Achievement): Exams are available only to BSN students. Exams are offered at most SAU sites.

Distance Learning/Online

You can earn college credit by taking courses through SAU Online. Contact your academic advisor for more information. SAU online undergraduate courses start at $305 per credit plus registration fee and books.

Weekend College

Weekend College makes it possible for you to earn college credit through weekend classes. These classes are offered at convenient locations throughout Michigan. This unique delivery system offers an opportunity for working adults to attain academic credit. Courses are conducted in either a Friday-Saturday or Saturday-only format. Courses are available for $230 per credit plus registration fee. Contact your local SAU site for details

Outside Coursework

Register for classes on campus at Spring Arbor University or through an approved college/university. For the cost of outside coursework options, contact your academic advisor.

*These options are for students needing credits in addition to the credits earned in the major. An Individualized Academic Plan (IAP) will be developed by you and your academic advisor