Can I get college credit for a Tatoosh School course?
Yes! Robust academics are at the core of our programs, and you can get credit. Our courses have been approved for up to 20 quarter units of advanced upper-division college credit by biology, ecology, forestry, natural resource management, political science, geography and environmental studies departments at some of the best colleges and universities in the country. Once you have enrolled in a course, we’ll help you work with your registrar, academic or major advisor at your home institution to evaluate the applicability of our curriculum to your degree requirements and needs. In some cases credit can substitute for existing course offerings, or may be used for independent study/research/internship credits. We can work with you to provide relevant information about your course, communicate with your advisor, and provide references from faculty and advisors regarding the content and rigor of our courses. Evaluation and approval of credit options is often on a case-by-case basis. Direct credit for Tatoosh School courses is offered through Portland State University.
Do grades transfer?
You will be assigned a letter grade(s) based upon your performance on your course. Whether or not your letter grade(s) are reflected on your transcript or applied toward your major and/or overall GPA depends upon your specific credit arrangement.
What about financial aid?
You may be eligible to apply your own federal financial aid package (Pell Grants, PLUS loans, Direct Loans, Parent loans, etc.) toward the cost of your credit units.  We’ll help you figure out what additional paperwork and correspondence is needed between your financial aid advisors and the Tatoosh School. We can guide you through this process but ultimately you are responsible for ensuring that aid can be and is applied toward the tuition due to your awarding and/or home institution.
In addition, the Tatoosh School’s Scholarship Committee awards scholarships to help offset program costs.  Please contact the school to learn more about availability and the application process.