Credit for Prior Learning - Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)
Want to get credit for what you already know? Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is the way to do that. Use PLA to earn your degree sooner while saving money.
Perhaps you're wondering how long it will take you to complete your degree and whether you can get some college 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:
- Credit for Training and the Connecticut Credit Assessment Program
- Credential Evaluation
- Portfolio Program
- Credits Available grouped by industry
- Credit for Testing/Exams recognized by the Registrar's Office
Examples of How to Get Credit for Prior Learning (video)
PLA Scholarships are available to help you - go to Student Forms on ACORN (you will need to log in to access this page).
See how the Connecticut Health and Life Sciences Career Initiative involves credit for prior learning.