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Credit for prior learning

Credit for prior learning may be awarded for what students learn outside the classroom through corporate training, work experience, civic activity, and independent study. Through a process called Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), colleges and universities evaluate and award credit for this learning when they determine it to be similar in content, depth, and breadth to what they consider college-level learning.

Prior Learning Assessment options include:

  • Experiential Learning Assessment
  • Evaluation of Local Training
  • American Council on Education (ACE) Guides (instructional programs from civilian employers and the military)
  • Challenge Exam
  • Advanced Placement (AP) Exams
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Exam
  • Excelsior College Examination Program
  • DSST Credit by Exam Program (formerly known as DANTES)

Find information about the above credit for prior learning options by visiting If you have further questions, contact one of our advisors.

Please be aware that not all programs accept credit for prior learning or may limit the number of credits that will be accepted. You should check into the program of your choice about its policy on the acceptance of credit for prior learning.

Transfer credit

Transfer credits are academic course credits that are accepted from or by another college or university to meet requirements in a major or as general education. If you are preparing to change from one school to another, grades and credits from the first school may be counted at the second. Below are some resources that can help you determine what credits might be accepted. Please contact one of our advisors if you would like to discuss your specific situation.