Credit for Prior Learning
What is Credit for Prior Learning?
Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) is degree credit awarded for demonstrated relevant college-level education acquired through nontraditional schooling, work or other life experience.
Through CPL, faculty subject matter experts evaluate how prior experiences might translate to college-level knowledge and how that knowledge may equate to college credit.
- Students may apply for CPL at any time after admission to Tri-C.
- Credit approved through the evaluation process will be posted to your transcript.
- A student may obtain a maximum of 30 semester credits of CPL.
- Awarded CPL will not affect a student’s GPA or quality points nor will it substitute for the required minimum of 20 semester credits of residency needed for graduation from Tri-C.
Students will be charged $50 per course that is approved for CPL through the By-Pass Credit and Challenge Exam options. All fees must be paid through the Tri-C Enrollment Center.
- Students taking a CLEP exam must pay associated costs directly to the College board.
Request Your CPL
Use the forms below to submit your request for credit or to appeal a previous CPL decision. Please Note: This CPL process is NOT for credit on a college transcript. If you wish to submit a college transcript for credit, follow the guidelines found on the Transfer of Credit to Tri-C webpage.