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Credit for Prior Learning - Columbus State University

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Office of the Registrar

Credit for Prior Learning

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is a process for assessing learning gained outside of a traditional academic environment. PLA is a means of evaluating what a student already knows at the college-level derived from these experiences by providing supporting documentation, submission of materials. This could be learning acquired through:

  • military service
  • employer training programs
  • independent study
  • non-credit courses
  • open course work
  • community service

Alternative Pathways for Prior Learning Assessment

Credit by Examination

Credit for Military Learning

Prior Learning Assessment Guidelines and Criteria

Student Eligibility

  1. Meet all Columbus State University admission requirements
  2. PLA credit must be relative to specific course objectives
  3. Students should not have previously taken or attempted the course that is the same as the PLA credit for which they are applying

Note: Credit earned by Advanced Placement (AP) exams does not count toward the residency requirement.

Benefits for the Student

  • Save money
  • Earn your degree faster
  • Reduce repetition


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