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APU and Northern Virginia Community College Sign Transfer Credit Agreement

Charles Town, WV– April 12, 2011
American Public University (APU), part of American Public University System, and Northern Virginia Community College today announced a transfer credit agreement. NOVA is Virginia’s largest institution of higher education and one of America's largest community colleges.

The announcement reflects APU’s continued commitment to provide a ready pathway for community college graduates to continue their studies toward a bachelor’s degree, according to APUS President and CEO Dr. Wallace E. Boston.

"We’re very pleased to partner with Northern Virginia Community College, which shares our mission to provide access to an affordable, quality, post-secondary education to students,” said Boston. “This agreement will enable NOVA graduates to continue their education online with APU while working in their chosen profession."

NOVA graduates can apply their eligible associate degree credits in a block format toward junior status at APU for the completion of bachelor’s degrees in subject areas ranging from history, intelligence studies and management to marketing, security management and sports and health sciences, among many others.

“APU provides a seamless transfer option for our graduates seeking a wide variety of affordable bachelor’s programs at a regionally and nationally-accredited online institution,” said NOVA President Robert G. Templin, Jr. “They will now have even greater flexibility to pursue their academic and professional aspirations while fulfilling their current family, community, and job obligations.”

The full agreement is available at

Students can enroll for eight-week or 16-week online classes at APU, with coursework beginning the first Monday of each month. The undergraduate APU tuition cost is $250 per credit hour, and an APU book grant provides required texts and other reading materials at no charge to all undergraduate students earning academic credit. 

About Northern Virginia Community College

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's website,

Carlene Mackereth, NOVA