Prior Learning Assessment

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, you can probably prove that and earn credit for it.

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  • Read about Credit For Prior Learning in the College Catalog.
  • Consult with your Academic Counselor to make sure any PLA credit will be acceptable and fit into your degree plan.
  • We can't award credit twice for the same learning - PLA credit cannot duplicate other credit you already have.
  • Do you have extensive work or volunteer experience?
  • Have you earned a professional license, certification, or credential?
  • Were you ever in the United States military?
  • Have you successfully completed workplace or other training programs?
  • Do you have learning that corresponds to college courses?
  • Can you document your college-level learning?

If "yes" for any of the above, then consider PLA.

  • Save time!
  • Save money!
  • Earn credit!
  • Faster time to degree!
  • The earlier in your educational planning, the better.
  • Avoid taking classes that you could earn PLA credit for.

Current fees are posted in the online College Catalog:

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

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