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TPS Credit or No TPS Credit

  • Every course offered by TPS (except AP courses, due to College Board requirements) may be taken for TPS Credit or in No TPS Credit (i.e., no TPS transcript) status.
  • There is no difference in tuition, academic readiness requirements (prerequisites), course content, assignment content and due dates, evaluation level and standards, or evaluation feedback.
  • No TPS Credit (i.e., no TPS transcript) status is available for students who want to fully benefit from the course instruction, evaluation, and feedback but will report it on a homeschool transcript without using TPS name or logo. The credit-based requirements (exam proctoring, lateness penalties) are waived.
  • TPS Credit Status is required for students intending to list the course on a transcript or application as a TPS course. It is required for a TPS transcript or official record. The credit-based requirements (exam proctoring, lateness penalties) are applied.
  • You choose the credit status when you enroll. You may request to change it, subject to limitations (see below). The default is TPS Credit status, which has more requirements but is easier to change later.

How should I decide the credit status for my TPS course?

The choice is essentially whether you want the option of receiving an official (accredited) TPS transcript for the course, or you will report it yourself as you prefer on a homeschool transcript that does not reference TPS. Please review our Transcripts information to help you decide if the benefits of the TPS transcript are helpful for your individual requirements and goals. Review the table below to understand the specific differences between taking the course in TPS Credit or No TPS Credit (i.e., no TPS transcript) status.

If you are still uncertain after reviewing all this information, we recommend starting in TPS Credit status because you may change this later if you decide differently. After the course has started, it becomes impossible to change from No TPS Credit (i.e., no TPS transcript) to TPS Credit status.

Detailed Similarities and Differences Between TPS Credit and No TPS Credit Status

Course FeatureTPS CreditNo TPS Credit
Prerequisites (current course)Must meet all posted prerequisites (unmodified)Must meet all posted prerequisites (unmodified)
Prerequisites (next course)May be used to satisfy Prerequisite(s) of next level courses.Cannot be used as prerequisite for next level courses. Readiness (placement) exams and essays will be required.
Course content and instructionFull / UnmodifiedFull / Unmodified
Evaluation of submitted assignmentsFull / UnmodifiedFull / Unmodified
Feedback on submitted assignmentsFull / UnmodifiedFull / Unmodified
Weekly Assignment and Grade ReportsFull / UnmodifiedFull / Unmodified
Assignment lateness and resubmit penaltiesAppliedNot applied
Assignment 5-day late limitYes (unsubmitted receives zero)Yes (unsubmitted is waived (NS))
Exam proctoring by parent using TPS guidelines (HS and MS courses)RequiredNot required
Calculated course grade availableYesYes (calculated only from submitted assignments, no penalties applied)
TranscriptTPS transcript available (signed, accredited)TPS transcript not available (complete information provided for homeschool transcript)
Switch credit status?Switch from TPS Credit to No TPS Credit is supported (except AP courses)Switch from No TPS Credit to TPS Credit is not supported after start of course