IUSV Prior Experiential Learning Assessment


Prior Learning Assessment is the process of earning college credit for college-level learning acquired from other sources, such as work experience, professional training, military training, or open source learning from the web.

Did you know that you may earn half of your credits toward your bachelor’s degree, at less than half of the cost-per-credit? Technological University of the Americas allows you to apply relevant learning, work and life experiences toward college credits through the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process.

Save Time and Money by Applying Your Past Experience Toward a Degree

You may be able to fulfill some elective, interdisciplinary and/or general education courses by going through the PLA process. In order to be eligible for PLA credits, you must be an undergraduate student who has already been accepted into Technological University of the Americas. In addition, you must have submitted your transcripts to the University and you must have remaining general education or elective credits required to earn your degree

Before submitting an application, we suggest that you contact your Academic Advisor to discuss whether or not PLA would be beneficial to you, and how credits can be applied to your degree program.

PLA credit costs

There is a one-time submission fee, and a fee per credit assessed and applied to your program. The one-time submission fee is $150, and the fee per credit assessed is $75 (state taxes may apply).

Application to the PLA process does not guarantee credits will be applied, so please read the qualifications carefully. Speak with your Academic Advisor about whether your experience can qualify for university credit.

Get Credit for Your Experience

Professional training, such as seminars and courses provided by employers may be eligible for PLA. Licenses, certificates and transcripts from colleges and institutions may also be eligible. Certain types of experience may be eligible through writing an experiential learning essay.

Bachelor’s degree students can earn up to 60 PLA credits (30 for professional training and 30 for Experiential Essay).

Graduate degree programs are not eligible for PLA credits.

Contact the Registrar’s Office for more information.