Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

Get Credit For What You Know!

Use Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) to save time and money - get credit for what you know and earn your degree quicker. If your learning matches a college course, we can probably help you prove that and get credit for it.

What Is PLA And How Can It Help Me?

  • PLA E-Learning - Start here to learn the basics of PLA in 10 screens!
  • Videos - View short videos to learn more about PLA and its impact.
  • Student Testimonials - See what other students have to say about PLA.
  • PLA Audit Tool - Discover PLA credit that you may be eligible for!

What Is PLA Credit?

How Do I Get Credit For What I Know?

Who Should Consider PLA?

  • Do you have extensive work or volunteer experience?
  • Have you successfully completed workplace or other training programs?
  • Have you earned a professional license, certification, or credential?
  • Were you ever in the United States military?
  • Do you have learning that corresponds to college courses?
  • Can you document your college-level learning?

If you answered "yes" to any of the above, then consider PLA and continue exploring the options on this page.

When Should I Consider PLA?

  • The earlier in your educational planning, the better.
  • Avoid taking classes that you could earn PLA credit for.

Why Should I Consider PLA?

  • Save time!
  • Save money!
  • Earn credit!
  • Faster time to degree!

What Does it Cost?

Current fees are posted in the online College Catalog:

How Do I Get Help With The PLA Fees?

The College Foundation has made scholarships and grants available, including the PLA Scholarship.

  1. Log in to Acorn and navigate to the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) section in Student Self Service to download the PLA Scholarship application with instructions.
  2. Consult with your Academic Counselor to get your PLA Scholarship application approved.
  3. Submit your PLA Scholarship application to the PLA Office.

Where Are The Forms I'll Need For PLA?

  1. Log in to ACORN, the online student portal.
  2. Navigate to Student Self Service.
  3. Click on Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) to access the PLA forms and links.


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Contact the PLA Office.