Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)
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.
Learn More About PLA
- Prior Learning Assessment E-Learning - A brief online course on the basics of PLA!
- PLA Videos
- PLA Student Testimonials
- Prior Learning Assessment Audit Tool - Discover PLA credit that you may be eligible for!
- Available Credit
- Credit from PLA cannot duplicate other credit you have.
- Consult with your Academic Counselor or home institution advisor and make sure any credit you earn from PLA will be acceptable and fit into your degree plan.
- Consult the PLA information in the College Catalog.
How Do I Get Credit For What I Know?
- Get credit from Connecticut Credit Assessment Program reviews.
- Get Credit for Training you've completed.
- Get Credit for Professional Licenses and Credentials you've earned.
- Get Credit for Portfolios you prepare.
- Get Credit for Exams you take.
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 or credential?
- Were you ever in the 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!
- Obtain your degree quicker!
What About the Fees?
Current fees are posted in the online College Catalog:
How Do I Get Help With The Fees?
- The College Foundation has made scholarships and grants available, including the PLA Scholarship.
- Log into the Acorn student portal and go to Student Self-Service / Student Forms for the PLA Scholarship application with instructions.
- Consult with your Academic Counselor to get the PLA Scholarship application approved.
Contact the PLA Office.