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Credit for Prior Learning FAQs

Not familiar with how credit for prior learning works? Here are some FAQs that can help you decide if this opportunity is right for you. 
Q:  What is credit for prior learning?

A:  The opportunity to earn credit towards your degree by demonstrating that learning outcomes for specific courses have been met through comparable knowledge and experiences outside the classroom.

Q:  How would credit for prior learning benefit me?

A:  Earning credit for prior learning could help you save money and time by not having to take some classes for which you already have the necessary knowledge.  This could shorten your time to graduation and/or allow you to take other classes in which you have an interest.

Q:  Do I have any prior learning that could earn me credit towards my degree?

A:  If you can answer “yes” to any of the questions below, you might already have some college-level learning:

  • Do I have substantial work experience?
  • Do I have significant volunteer experience?
  • Do I have well-developed hobbies or skills?
  • Do I have any certifications?
  • Do I have any specialized training?
Q:  What would I have to do to earn credit for prior learning?

A:  Once you are enrolled at Alverno, your prior learning experiences serve as a starting point to think about how you can provide evidence of your college-level learning.  This can be done through a variety of methods, such as successfully completing a faculty-designed assessment, submitting a portfolio of your experience/learning, or providing documentation of your scores from a recognized, objective testing source (e.g., CLEP).

Q:  How can I get information about applying for credit for prior learning?

A:  Please complete and submit the form below. A Credit for Prior Learning Coach will contact you soon.

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Please note: information on CPL Initial Assessments can be found here.