Advanced Placement (AP)

College-level courses and exams taken in high school with the opportunity to earn college credit if the college accepts the score

Associate Degree

A credential that typically takes 2 years, or 60 credit hours, to complete.

Bachelor’s Degree

A credential that typically takes 4 years, or 120 credit hours, to complete.


A certificate is a credential that will help you along your college journey. It’s the first step in the process of earning an associate or bachelor’s degree.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Exams that help you earn credit for what you already know


Skills and knowledge that make up coursework

Core Transfer Library (CTL)

The list of 87 courses that transfer among all Indiana public institutions and some private ones.

Dual Credit

College courses taken in the high school with your high school teacher

Dual Enrollment

College courses taken either on a college campus or online while in high school


Free Application for Federal Student Aid, the most important document for determining if you’re eligible for financial aid-money to help you pay for college

Modern States

Offers free, high-quality online courses taught by college professors that prepare you for virtually all of the major AP and CLEP exams, which are well-established and widely-accepted.

Primary postsecondary partner

A college or university that your high school works with to offer dual credit and the Indiana College Core Certificate.

Transfer Single Articulation Pathways (TSAP)

An associate degree that transfers into a designated bachelor’s degree pathway in 20 different subject areas.

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Use this tool to create your plan of college-level credit you will take in high school to make up the Indiana College Core.