Transfer of Credit Policy

General

Students may call, email, or visit AWA Admissions to begin the process of transferring course credits.

Transfer of Credit is evaluated and accepted according to the policies and procedures explained in this catalog at the time of the admissions process. Credit will be given for completed courses (academic or flight) by another academic institution or AWA. Credit will also be given for partial (previous/non completed course) flight training according to FAA regulations.

AWA does not offer any options for earning credit through examinations such as the ACT Proficiency Examination Program (PEP), the Regents' College Examinations, the College Board's Advanced Placement (AP) program and College Level Examination Program (CLEP), the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)/Subject Standardized Testing (DSST), widely accepted industry certification, or institution-developed test, due to strict FAA Regulations.

Completed Academic Courses

AWA will transfer in credit for all academic courses from another accredited or FAA approved academic institution. The student must successfully complete each course with a grade of C or better. A student is not limited to the number of courses transferred in. The DAA will apply transfer in course credit appropriately to the student's program requirements.

The DAA will transfer in course credits older than ten (10) years on a case-by-case basis. If transfer credit is not awarded, a student will enroll in a course according to current enrollment procedures.

AWA has sole discretion in determining which and how many transfer hours will be accepted toward completion requirements. AWA cannot guarantee that courses are transferrable to other academic institutions.

Requests for transfers to or from AWA will be processed within 5 working days of the receipt of the required information. All transfers of credit hours will be reviewed by the Director of Academic Affairs for accuracy prior to transfers being effective.

Completed Flight Courses

AWA will transfer in credit for all FAA Certificates and Ratings. Students will receive credit for the appropriate flight course corresponding to the Certificate or Rating held. The DAA will apply transfer in course credit appropriately to the student's program requirements.

Incomplete Academic Courses

Students will not receive transfer in credit for incomplete academic courses from another academic institution. Students enrolled in the AWA ground courses (PA200, PA210, PA220, PA230) may transfer credit for their academic performance completed on their syllabus for up to one year. After one year, students will not receive transfer in credit and must complete the entire course.

Incomplete Flight Courses

AWA will transfer in credit for flight training from another flight institution or AWA under the FAA regulations Part 61 and Part 141. Students will receive credit for previous training to meet their current certificate or rating sought with proper documentation and verification.

The FAA has made provisions to transfer Part 61 flight training to our Part 141 curriculum. If the Student is in the process of obtaining a certificate or rating and it may not be advantageous to transfer credit under Part 141, and may wish to complete their flight training under Part 61. AWA will transfer credits under Part 61 in accordance with current FAA Regulations.

The transfer of instructional credit hours (ground or flight) earned at a FAA Part 141 flight school is governed by Title 14 CFR Regulation 141.77 (c)(1) (2) (3) (4). All transfer requests for enrollment at AWA must be accompanied by certification from the previous school as to the kind and amount of training provided, and the result of each stage check given.

FAA regulation part 141.77 Subpart C states "a student may be given credit towards the
curriculum requirement of a course for previous experience and knowledge, provided the following conditions are met":

  • If the credit is based upon a Part 141 approved training course, the credit given to that student for the previous pilot experience and knowledge may be 50% of the curriculum requirement and must be based upon the proficiency test or knowledge test, or both conducted by the receiving flight school.
  • If the credit is not based upon a Part 61 approved training course, the credit given to that student for the previous pilot experience and knowledge shall not exceed more than 25% of the curriculum requirements and must be based upon the proficiency test, knowledge test, or both conducted by the receiving flight school.
  • The receiving school determines the amount of course credit to be transferred under the FAA regulation, based on a proficiency test, knowledge exam or both of the student. A proficiency test and/or knowledge exam will then be scheduled to determine the amount of credit that will be allowed to transfer, and determine if recurrent training needs to be implemented for proficiency. The Student will be informed of the results of this evaluation and to the amount of credit received.
  • Credit for training specified the aforementioned FAA regulation may be given only if the previous provider of the training has certified in writing, or other form acceptable to AWA as to the kind and amount of training provided, and the result of each stage check and end-of-course test, if applicable, given to the student.

Transfer of Credit Documents needed

  • All transfer of credit requests will require proof of successful completion of a comparable course at another institution:
  • an official copy of all records—transcript, curriculum or syllabus (flight lessons, stage exam results etc.) demonstrating course content comparable to the FAA required curriculum and/or AWA courses.
  • a certification letter from the previous flight institution stating detailed information about the type and amount of flight training.
  • copy of the original FAA license and student logbook with all endorsements.
  • Contact information: Name of institution, Chief Flight Instructor, and phone number.

The DAA will review the student's records (curriculum, syllabi etc.) for completion of work. Academic inquires will be handled internally with the DAA, Chief Flight Instructor and Instructor when applicable.

The Director of Academic Affairs (DAA) will compare each academic course using the transferring institutions academic catalog, syllabi and/or course outline to determine the courses are of like content and standards. The DAA will follow current FAA regulations for transferring in flight training under Part 61 or Part 141. The DAA consult the Chief Flight Instructor when necessary.

Students who wish to appeal the decision of transfer credit must write a letter within five (5) working days of receiving the transfer of credit decision. The letter must include the following:

  • The name(s) of the previous institution(s) attended, the name and number of each course for which the student was denied transfer credit, and the date(s) the student was enrolled in each course.
  • A detailed explanation of the grounds which they base the appeal on state specific references to anything relating to articulate their position.

The DAA and Chief Flight Instructor will review student appeals. AWA academic catalog, policies/procedures and FAA regulations will be consulted. The student will be notified in a timely manner of AWA decision's in writing.

Returning Student Applicants

An AWA student whose attendance is interrupted may be required to apply for readmission. In such cases, a new application for admission must be filed with the Admissions after one year.

A proficiency test and/or knowledge test will then be scheduled to determine the amount of credit which will be allowed to transfer. The student will be notified in a timely manner of AWA decision in a manner acceptable to the student.

Assessing Training Cost

Transferring students will not be charged for hours of credit accepted by AWA from other training institutions or AWA. The tuition cost for the course in which the transfer student enrolls will be adjusted to reflect the cost of clock hours approved for transfer at the current rates listed in this academic catalog.

Proficiency Test

An evaluation flight with an authorized instructor may be required. A student will be charged at current rental rates for the aircraft, the instructor, and fuel surcharge. The student will also be charged for Preflight to discuss the proposed flight plan and post-flight to discuss the standards of the student's skills.

American Winds Aviation may, at its discretion, require an evaluation examination for any course submitted for transfer credit if there is doubt concerning the equivalency of the transfer course. If there is a question, an entrance exam will be given to confirm the required knowledge was obtained. There is no fee for this exam.

Financial Aid Affected by Transferring in Credits

AWA does not offer financial aid or assistance.