Did you know that you can earn half of your credits toward your Executive Education Program or bachelor’s degree at less than half the cost per credit? American University allows you to apply relevant learning, work and life experiences toward college credits through the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process.
PLA credit may apply towards both the lower division and upper division credit requirements of the University’s undergraduate degree programs unless specified otherwise in policy or limited by the state or jurisdiction of a student’s residence.
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. To be eligible for PLA credits, you must be an undergraduate student who has already been accepted into American University 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 PLA would be beneficial to you and how credits can be applied to your degree program.
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.