Credit For Prior Learning

Turn your experiences into credit towards your degree

Earn college credit for what you already know and have accomplished

FGCU believes that learning counts, no matter where or how it is acquired. Our Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)/Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program helps you earn college credit for learning that has taken place outside the traditional classroom environment. This helps students graduate faster, while saving money.

  • When should I consider CPL/PLA?

  • What are the eligibility requirements to partcipate in CPL/PLA?    

9 out of 10 students fact

Earn college credit

9 out of 10 students miss out on receiving college credit for what they've learned 
35 million +

Finish your degree

More than 35 million workers in the U.S have completed some college but no degree 
70 percent

Job security

By 2027, 70% of all jobs will require postsecondary education 
17.6 more credits

Save money

On average, adults with PLA/CPL earned 17.6 more course credits than students that did not have PLA/CPL credit 

The finish line to your college degree may be closer than you think!

This program might be right for you if you developed college level knowledge, skills, abilities, and are able to demonstrate that these meet the learning objectives of an FGCU academic course. This credit for prior learning may be a result of your:  

  • Extensive work experience 
  • Professional training
  • Industry credentials/certifications 
  • Military training
  • Non-credit coursework
  • Independent study 
  • National standardized exams 
  • Volunteer or community service 

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How to Turn Your Prior Learning into College Credits

  • Portfolio-based assessment 

  • Challenge Exams

  • Professional training or industry credentials/certifications 

  • Non-credit to credit

  • Military Service Credit

  • National Standardized Exams 

  • ACE Training

  • National College Credit Recommendation Service

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