Prior Learning Assessment

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Accelerate the completion of a degree or certificate by earning college credit through the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program.  PLA provides students the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and skills they have acquired through military and professional experience, and through formal or on-the-job training.  Students may earn up to 75% of their required coursework through PLA credit, saving time and money.

PLA Options for Earning College Credit

The PLA Application Process

  1. Contact a campus PLA advisor (veteran advisor for military) and request a PLA eligibility and credit assessment.  
  2. Provide official documentation (transcripts, license/certification, etc.) supporting the request for PLA credit, along with a completed PLA Application, and pay applicable fees (if required).
  3. Complete your examination or portfolio as applicable to your PLA pathway.
  4. Monitor your LSC student account for award of credit or contact your advisor to finalize the PLA Application process.

Follow the Student's Guide to PLA to ensure a successful PLA process.

Required Fees for PLA

PLA Option Fee
American Council on Education (ACE) Transcript Evaluation $25
Continuing Education Articulation No Fee
External Challenge Exam Fee may apply*
High School Articulation Credit/Advanced Technical Credit No Fee
Internal Challenge Exam $25 per exam
Military Transcript Evaluation No Fee
Portfolio Credit $60 per portfolio

*A fee of $25 per assessment will be charged for any additional faculty evaluation needed.



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