Recognizing Experience

College Credit for Life & Work Experience

Your success is our top priority at Ashford University. If you have previous corporate training, continuing education programs, prior school credits, or other nontraditional sources of previous learning, they will be assessed for potential college credit. You may be eligible to transfer up to 90 approved credits toward your bachelor’s degree. These 90 credits include a combination of PLA credits, nontraditional learning, and transfer credits.   

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

Prior learning assessment in areas related to Ashford University coursework can include:

  • Standardized corporate trainings
  • Certificate programs
  • Seminars

Prior learning can be assessed by providing documentation of training content, hours, and a summarization of learning outcomes and application to an Ashford program.     

You may apply up to 30 PLA credits toward degree completion for your Bachelor of Arts program and up to 15 PLA credits toward an Associate of Arts program.  

Credits from National Testing Programs & National Credit Recommendation Services

In addition to PLA credits, Ashford will assess nontraditional credit earned from:

  • Advanced Placement
  • Berlitz
  • CLEP
  • DSST
  • Excelsior
  • International Baccalaureate
  • UExcel
  • ACE
  • Military

Speak to an Enrollment Services Advisor today to see how to apply your credits.