Contact Hours and Grad Credit

Earning badges in the Edge • U badge program can convert into contact hour certificates or graduate credit from Ashland University.  At the end of each school year, we will send you a form (found in the monthly newsletter) to fill out to indicate if you would like to apply your badge points toward a contact hour certificate hours or toward graduate credit.

Contact Hour Certificate Information

Forward Edge will issue contact hour certificates to everyone at the end of the school year; please be on the lookout for the point redemption form in the May and June newsletter. Please note, if you choose to receive Ashland graduate credit, we cannot issue you a contact hour certificate for any badge points that you will be applying to the graduate credit(s). For example, if you have earned 70 points, you can turn in those points for one graduate credit and two contact hours; you can not turn them in for one graduate credit and 17.5 contact hours. See below for more information on receiving Ashland graduate credit.

  • 1 contact hour = 4 points earned in the Edge • U badging program.
Graduate Credit Information

Paying for graduate credit is a separate cost to the individual paid to Ashland University. You can earn up to three graduate credits per year from Ashland. Points must be earned and redeemed for graduate credit within one school year in order to be eligible for the graduate credit.

  • 1 graduate credit hour = 62 points earned in the Edge • U Badging program in a single school year and costs $185 (paid to Ashland University).
  • 2 graduate credit hours = 124 points earned in the Edge • U Badging program in a single school year and costs $370 (paid to Ashland University).
  • 3 graduate credit hours = 186 points earned in the Edge • U Badging program in a single school year and costs $555 (paid to Ashland University).

For information on redeeming your points for contact hours or graduate credit for the 2021-2022 school year, please watch the video below.