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Commencement 2015 student speaker April Cox
Barrington, RI resident named Charter Oak student speaker

Commencement 2015 speaker Colin McEnroe
Columnist and radio personality to speak at graduation

Commencement 2015 on May 31st
Over 550 students will comprise the Class of 2015, with 200 attending the ceremony

Charter Oak State College Enrollment Up 38%
The College's current enrollment is now at 2,836 students with over 2,000 of those students registered for online courses.

New CT Education Academy to Launch
Academy will provide training for CT state workforce

Charter Oak Ranked First for Affordability
College offers most affordable online degree program in state.

Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education
Our offices will be closed on Friday, July 3 for Independence Day.

Credit for Prior Learning - Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

Want to get credit for what you've already learned? Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is the way to get credit for what you know. Use PLA to save money and earn your degree sooner.

Perhaps you're wondering how long it will take you to complete your degree and whether you can get some credit for what you've already learned. You're in the right place — Charter Oak State College was designed for the adult student and we recognize that you've learned a lot along the way. It doesn't necessarily matter where, when or how you learned something -- if it matches a college course we can probably help you prove that and get credit for it.

We recognize that college-level learning can take place outside the traditional college classroom and have the processes in place to help you get credit for that learning:

Examples of How to Get Credit for Prior Learning (video)

The PLA Scholarship funds have been exhausted for 2014-15.

See how the Connecticut Health and Life Sciences Career Initiative involves credit for prior learning.