Alternative Credit Options
The College Completion Innovation Fund aims to assist students in identifying alternative opportunities to earn credits towards the completion of their degrees. We recognize that many of our students have a considerable amount of learning, work, and life experience that might be applicable for college credit. For further information regarding the below alternative options you may contact:
CCIF Success Coach
Shuster Hall Room 102
250 Bedford Park Blvd. West
Bronx, NY 10468
CLEP (College Level Examination Program)
Earn college credits for information you already know through The College Level Examination Program®. CLEP is nationally recognized standardized testing based on intro level course material. Lehman College provides credit for successful scores on specified listed CLEP exams- these exams have been reviewed, and are approved to satisfy Lehman course equivalents. Some courses may not be considered as an exact equivalent, but will count as an elective credit at Lehman College. For more information on acceptable exams, and how to register and prepare yourself, click here.
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, CUNY on the Concourse remains closed. We will post an update once they re-open. Students have the option to take a CLEP exam at any open and convenient test center of their choice.
New View Test Centers, LLC located at 3250 Westchester Ave Suite 126 is currently open and administering CLEP exams. For more information visit http://www.newviewtestcenters.com/ or contact them at (347) 281-8950. Please make sure to have the scores sent to Lehman College, Code: 2312, and provide a CCIF Coach a PDF copy of your scores along with your full name and student ID to College.CompletionCredit@Lehman.Cuny.Edu.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), EMI Credit
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), through their online Emergency Management Institute, allows students to earn transferable academic credit by taking Independent Study Courses. Once completed, Frederick Community College will evaluate your scores for college credit, and you will be able to request a transcript (see steps below). Credits earned through FEMA/EMI courses can be used to fulfill general electives only, and will not be considered liberal arts credits. Please note, that in order to be eligible to receive credit for EMI courses, you may not have more than 70 credits already in transfer to Lehman from a community college, and 90 transfer credits in total.
NOTE: Several of the Independent Study courses are eligible for one college credit, while others require a combination of courses be taken in order to obtain the one credit.
Log on to www.EMstudy.com and click “Registration” or if you are already registered, sign in with your username and password. Click on the “Course Info” tab to view a list of currently available eligible courses. We advise that you contact a CCIF coach for assistance in choosing a suitable course.
Once you complete the course on https://training.fema.gov/is/, go to www.EMstudy.com and add to your cart by clicking on the "Buy Courses" tab. Effective August 22, 2020 the fee per college credit will increase from $88 to $90. Once you add all completed courses to your cart, you may check out.
Once your transcript from Frederick Community College is ready (within 1-2 weeks) they will send you an email. The email will contain instructions and a link to Parchment (a secure electronic transcript ordering system) where you can set up an account and order official electronic or paper transcripts. You will be required to enter your FEMA SID when ordering transcripts. There is $5.00 fee for electronic transcripts and a $7.50 fee for transcripts sent through the mail.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we ask that you request an electronic transcript. Please forward your transcript to a CCIF coach along with your full name and student ID to College.CompletionCredit@lehman.cuny.edu.
Health Education Elective Credit
Earn 1 Health Education Elective Credit through the Covid-19 Career Connection Certificate option
Earn one Health Education Elective Credit (HEA 2000) towards your degree while aiding in the fight against the global pandemic COVID-19. Students who complete the following three certificate courses: COVID-19:Contact Tracing (John Hopkins), Environmental Services: Infection Prevention and Control in the Time of COVID-19 (Local 1199 TUF) and Psychological First Aid: Supporting Yourself and Others During COVID-19 (American Red Cross) will be eligible to earn 1 college elective credit while enhancing their career portfolios. There is currently only a $20 fee associated with the American Red Cross course. Click here more information on how to complete each certificate course and earn your credit.
If you would like to speak to a CCIF coach at Lehman College to find out more about how these certificates can benefit you, please contact us at College.CompletionCredit@lehman.cuny.edu.
Lehman College admits students who have completed the International Baccalaureate diploma. In accordance with the CUNY policy, a student at Lehman College can earn credit from an International Baccalaureate (IB) program. The credits awarded will apply towards the overall number of credits required for graduation. Lehman College students can earn IB credits in two ways:
- 30+ Points with an IB Diploma
- Students who have completed an IB Diploma with 30 points or higher will be awarded 30 credits.
- 29 Points or less and students who did not complete the Diploma
- Students with a score of 29 or less, and students that did not complete the IB diploma, may be awarded college credits for Higher-Level IB exams with scores of “5” or better in accordance with the Lehman equivalencies. For more information on the IB program, please see International Baccalaureate.org
An official IB transcript and diploma (if applicable) are required for credit review. For additional information on CUNY’s policy on course credit based on scores on International Baccalaureate Diploma/ Exams, please see Policy for Course based on Scores on International Baccalaureate Diploma/Exams.
Note: International Baccalaureate Credits earned can only be used to fulfill General Elective requirements. These credits will be reflected on the student’s Lehman college transcript but are not included in the computation of the student’s cumulative GPA.
Lifetime Experience Credits
Lehman College acknowledges that students experience significant learning outside of the traditional classroom setting. Students that are part of Lehman College’s Adult Degree Program (ADP) can earn up to 15 Liberal Arts elective credits for prior learning that is equivalent to coursework taught at Lehman College..
PLA credits count as transfer liberal arts electives. ADP students who can utilize these types of credits toward the 120 credits required for their Bachelor’s degree should request permission to enroll in IBA 360. This is a 3-credit course that helps students to compile a portfolio that documents their prior learning Portfolios are then evaluated by the appropriate department. Pre-requisites for IBA 360 are as follows: ADP student, min of 70 credits of which 12 have been earned at Lehman, completion of English composition requirements.
For more information, kindly contact the Adult Degree Program:
Carman Hall Room 128
250 Bedford Park Blvd. West
Bronx, NY 10468
Military Service Credits
The college follows the recommendations of the American Council on Education (ACE) in granting credit for military training, based on the review of a student’s military transcripts. If you are a veteran and wish to apply for military service credit, you must file an Application for Military Service Credit through the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, located in Shuster Hall Room 201B. Veterans who are currently enrolled at the college may also be eligible to earn credits for select military training and education pursuant to the rules governing the evaluation of transfer credits as presented in the Undergraduate Bulletin. To view more information and resources for veterans, click here.
For more information kindly contact the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs:
Office of Veteran and Military Affairs
250 Bedford Park Blvd. West | Shuster 201
Bronx, NY 10468-1589 | V: 718-960-7188