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Golden Gate University Degrees+

Transfer Students

Transfer in up to 45 credits to finish your associate degree faster, for less. Plus, earn a resume-building professional certificate along the way.

Maximize your transfer credits:

  • Pick up where you left off

    Transfer in credits you’ve earned from up to 5 institutions

  • Earn credits for experience

    Earn college credits for work experience, military training, or exams

Make the Credits You’ve Earned Count

Get a head start on your associate degree by transferring in up to 45 credits. In as little as 8 months, you could level up to an in-demand career or a bachelor’s degree program. And you’ll be in good company: 60% of Degrees+ students are starting with transfer credits.

  • Transfer in

    Up to 45 credits

  • Transfer out

    60 credits

  • Cost per credit


  • Plus

    Professional Certificate

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Golden Gate University Degrees+

In less than 2 years (and as few as 8 months if you’re transferring in 45 credits), you'll graduate with an accredited associate degree and 60 transferable credits from Golden Gate University, plus a career certificate from a top company like Google or Salesforce.

Don’t overpay for college. Get your degree fully funded.

Institution Annual Cost Annual Cost with full Pell Grant* Professional Certificate
Golden Gate University Degrees+ Powered by Outlier $6,370 $0 From top companies like Google
Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) $9,900 $2,505
Penn State World Campus $15,054 $7,659
Arizona State University (ASU) Online $16,830 $4867

Forget everything you know about online college.

  • Everyone learns differently.

    So we built evidence-based tools to support all kinds of learners:

    • Adjustable playback speed: Speed up or slow down lectures like your favorite podcast app.

    • Searchable transcripts: Search for a word or topic and jump right to that chapter.

    • Mastery grading: Take quizzes up to 5 times and pick your best score.

    • Guided notes: We’ve pre-taken lecture notes so you can focus on the lecturer, not your notepad, but we’ve left a few key details blank. (It’s proven to help you retain what you learn.)

  • Futuristic learning, today

    Experience cinematic on-demand lectures and interactive evidence-based learning tools (no textbooks) to help keep you moving forward.  

    Learn on your own schedule, with lectures and course materials available 24/7, plus weeklong exam windows.

    We’ve hand-picked brilliant and approachable lecturers from top schools like Harvard, MIT, and Cornell, so you know you’re getting the best education possible.

  • You’ve got this.

    Need support? We’ve got your back:

    Your personal Advisor will help you stay on track. 1:1 tutoring is included with all math, accounting, and writing courses, and instructors will make themselves available for regular office hours to discuss anything on your mind. Plus, each course includes discussion channels for classmates to ask and answer questions, discuss the material, and network.

Frequently asked questions

  • Yes, we’re serious about seriously affordable education. That’s why Degrees+ is purposefully priced at just $$6,370/year, which is well below the full Pell Grant of $7,395. With tuition this low, it opens up 3 paths to fully funded college:

    1. Federal financial aid (including Pell Grants available to those who qualify—1 in 2 Americans do)

    2. Employer education benefits (including Guild and Amazon Career Choice)

    3. Military education benefits (including the GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program)

    If you’re eligible for any of these benefits, you could earn your degree through Degrees+ and pay $0 out of pocket.

    Plus, Degrees+ tuition includes everything you need. No textbooks. No hidden fees. No nonsense. Because we believe the true cost of college should be transparent and planning for college should be simple.

    So far, we’ve saved our students millions of dollars in tuition fees. Let’s see how much we can save you!

  • We make it easy for you to transfer credits, so you can pick up where you left off. You can transfer in credits from up to 5 institutions to ensure you get the most transfer credits possible.

    Golden Gate University will accept up to 45 transfer credits to count toward the associate degree, including 12 credits for previous military service or work experience. Exams from nationally recognized providers may also be accepted for transfer, including:

    • Advanced Placement (AP) exams offered by the College Board
    • College Level Examination Program (CLEP) general and subject exams offered by the College Board
    • DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) offered by Prometric

    To be accepted for transfer, credits should meet the following criteria:

    • Earned from regionally-accredited community colleges, two-year and four-year institutions, or national testing services
    • Completed with a grade of C- or better
    • Earned within 10 years of admission (for certain subjects)
  • We’re all about flexibility. If you’ve got a need for speed, you can go from orientation to graduation in as little as 8 months full-time (with no breaks, transferring in the maximum of 45 credits). If part-time study is more your speed, the program could take 2-4 years to complete, depending on how many credits you transfer in.

    Our enrollment counselors can help you map out a schedule that meets your goals and fits your life. No matter what you choose, your advisor will help you stay on track to graduate by your goal date.

  • Absolutely. Every school approaches the transfer process a little differently, but rest assured, Degrees+ students are eligible to apply for transfer to almost any institution with credits earned from regionally accredited, non-profit Golden Gate University. And with Outlier’s Credit Transfer Network, there are nearly two dozen schools that will accept all 60 credits—no questions asked. Wherever you decide to go next, we’re here to advise you, advocate for you, and guide you through the entire process.

    If you'd like to continue at Golden Gate University, we make it even easier. With a Degrees+ GPA of 2.5 or higher, you're guaranteed acceptance into any GGU bachelor's degree program—and you’ll get a 30% tuition discount! Your close family will be eligible for a 20% discount on undergraduate and graduate degree programs, too.

  • Yes, degrees from Golden Gate University are fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and nationally recognized by the US Department of Education.

    Accreditation matters! It shows that schools are providing high-quality learning and demonstrating continual self-improvement. And it means the credits you earn will have a higher level of acceptance at other schools across the US, so you have more options for the next step on your academic journey.