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OUR MISSION The mission of EU’s Office of Transfer and Adult Student Services is to empower prospective and current transfer and adult learners to meet and exceed their educational goals through supportive programs and individualized services that remove barriers to their success.

The Office of Transfer and Adult Student Services is dedicated to assisting transfer and adult students, as we believe it is never too late to accomplish your educational aspirations. At Edinboro, we understand that transfer and adult students are faced with many obligations outside of the classroom, and we will work with you to help you find the time to complete your degree at your own pace. WHO DOES EDINBORO UNIVERSITY CONSIDER AN ADULT STUDENT? Typically, an adult student is someone age 25 or older who is pursuing an associate or baccalaureate undergraduate degree. Other factors include:  Legal dependents  Veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces  Independence for financial aid purposes  Full-time employment Regardless of the situation, EU's Office of Transfer and Adult Student Services offers a full range of support services to help achieve specific goals. WHO DOES EDINBORO UNIVERSITY CONSIDER A TRANSFER STUDENT? All students with coursework from a previous college or univeristy, whether it was only one semester ago or 20 years ago, are considered transfer students.


You may be eligible for credit for coursework from another university, knowledge in a particular subject area, or experience gained through employment or other activities. We encourage transfer and adult students to apply for these types of credits toward their degree requirements.

 TRANSFER CREDITS Edinboro University accepts credits in transfer from institutions of higher education that are accredited by regional accrediting bodies. Coursework completed at institutions that are not regionally accredited may be accepted following evaluation by the academic deans in consultation with department chairpersons. Credits that were earned more than 10 years ago generally are accepted, but will be evaluated by the department chairperson and academic dean for their applicability toward meeting current degree requirements. Visit for more information on transfer credits.

 CLEP® The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a series of examinations in college subjects that allow you to earn college credits for what you already know, regardless of how the knowledge was acquired — be it advanced coursework, independent study, work experience, professional development or extracurricular activities. The exams are approximately 90 minutes long and are administered on a computer. Students receive instant score reports following completion of the exam. To learn more about CLEP, visit  COMPETENCY EXAMS Students who believe they already have knowledge and skills that meet the objectives or outcomes of a particular course may be able to earn credit by completing a course competency examination. These exams are administered through the various academic departments. They are another option for earning college credit by testing. Fill out the request form at to petition for credit.  LIFE EXPERIENCE CREDITS You may earn life experience credits by developing portfolios that document your learning and experience from employment or other activities as they relate to specific courses. The learning experiences must be equivalent to what would otherwise be achieved through coursework at EU. The Office of Transfer and Adult Student Services administers the life experience evaluation process. Students submit the portfolio(s) documenting their experience to the Office of Transfer and Adult Student Services. Before you apply, discuss your plans with this office, your advisor and the department chair and/or faculty in the appropriate academic area(s). These individuals can help you be successful in your pursuit of credit. Additional information can be found at

COSTS AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE Transfer and adult students at EU can get financial assistance through state and federal resources and external scholarships in order to help finance their college education. Students who take at least six credits (two classes) per semester may qualify for financial aid, including grants and loans. Each year, millions of dollars in financial aid are available to Edinboro students through a variety of federal, state and University grants. In addition, we annually award hundreds of scholarships, including aid specific to adult students.

 EMPLOYER REIMBURSEMENT If you are working, you may have employer-paid education benefits. Edinboro’s Employer Tuition Reimbursement Agreement allows you to defer payment of your tuition and fees until after grades are available at the end of the semester. Additional information can be found at  TUITION PAYMENT PLAN With this convenient program, installed payments are available for school expenses over the course of the semester. Visit for more information.  TRADE ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE (TAA) AND THE WORKFORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT (WIOA) TAA is a federally-funded employment program that assists workers whose jobs have been impacted by foreign imports, while WIOA provides federal job training funds for adults and dislocated workers. Edinboro offers certificate, undergraduate and graduate degree programs that are approved for TAA and WIOA funding. Additional information about these programs can be found at For more information on financial aid or scholarships, call the Financial Aid Office at (814) 732-5555, or go to

TRANSFER AND ADULT STUDENT SUPPORT We are committed to helping transfer and adult students achieve their goals of earning a college degree. The Office of Transfer and Adult Student Services offers a number of ways to assist students and to ensure their continued success.  PRIORITY SCHEDULING The faculty and staff at Edinboro University realize that many of our adult students already have a busy schedule and work hard to balance their family life, career and academic responsibilities. Priority scheduling offers adult students an advantage on managing their already hectic schedules by allowing them to schedule their classes one day before traditional-aged students with the same class standing. The Priority Scheduling Application can be found at  FLEXIBLE LEARNING As a transfer or adult student, one of the most significant concerns is how to find the time to complete a degree. With locations in Edinboro and Erie as well as evening and online learning opportunities, it’s easy to fit classes into your busy life. The option of taking one class at a time or several, helps fit education into your personal schedule.

 24-HOUR ONLINE TUTORING In addition to the on-campus tutoring programs and writing center, EU students have access to free online tutoring 24 hours per day, seven days per week through a company called Smarthinking. Ninety percent of Smarthinking’s tutors hold advanced degrees in their field and average more than nine years of teaching or tutoring experience.  ADULT LEARNER ADVISORY COUNCIL The Adult Learner Advisory Council was established to meet the needs of current and prospective adult students at Edinboro University. The Council exists as a visible, University-wide body whose purpose is to contribute to the creation of a supportive academic environment for adult learners. Among its responsibilities, the Council monitors the recruitment, retention, graduation and satisfaction levels of adult students. The Council also advocates for adult learners’ concerns by providing advice and consultation and recommending changes in policy, practice and procedures that negatively affect adult learners.  ALPHA SIGMA LAMBDA – ADULT HONOR SOCIETY With over 300 chartered chapters, Alpha Sigma Lambda is the oldest and largest chapter-based honor society for adult students. This national organization is devoted to the advancement of learning and recognition of superior scholarship and leadership in adult learners who accomplish academic excellence while facing competing interests of family, community and work.  CHILD CARE Child care is available to EU students through the YMCA of Greater Erie’s Early Learning University. Conveniently located on the EU campus, the Early Learning University provides hands-on, practical and direct care for children as young as six weeks through preschool.  COMMUTER AND 24-HOUR STUDY LOUNGES EU Offers an array of study lounges in buildings across campus. Those that are particularly appealing to adult students include a lounge that is open 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, and a commuter lounge that is equipped with computers, a TV, refrigerator, and lockers.

HOW TO APPLY Simply apply online or request an application by writing, e-mailing or calling the Office of Admissions. With our rolling admissions process, there are no admission deadlines and you can apply at any time. Office of Transfer and Adult Student Services Baron-Forness Library, 2nd Floor 200 Tartan Road Edinboro, PA 16444 Phone: (814) 732-2701 Fax: (814) 732-2909 Email:

Edinboro University is the northwestern Pennsylvania region’s largest and most comprehensive institution of higher education.

TRANSFER AND ADULT STUDENT SERVICES Baron-Forness Library, Second Floor (814) 732-2701

OFFICE HOURS Monday - Friday | 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Other times by appointment)

Edinboro University Adult Student Services Brochure  
Edinboro University Adult Student Services Brochure