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What is the difference between a credit and non-credit course?

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Last updated: 20 Jun, 2013
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In general, credit courses are designed for students who are interested in earning college credits towards a degree or certificate. These courses are usually a full semester long. Students who take credit courses receive a letter grade (A, B, C, D or F) at the end of the semester.

Noncredit courses are short-term classes offered through the continuing education department. They are intended for students who want to gain general knowledge, learn a new skill, upgrade existing skills or develop personal interests. Upon completion, students may request a certificate of completion from the College.

ALL non-credit classes are not applicable toward a degree. A certificate of completion can be issued at the completion of the course. An important difference is that Federal Financial Aid is not available for non-credit classes.

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