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Lifelong Learning Credits

College Credit for Work & Life Experience

Lifelong Learning offers those students having five or more years of relevant work/life experience an alternate opportunity to gain credit. Work/life credit applies only to courses that include applied or hands-on learning.

Only courses listed in the most current catalog may be petitioned or challenged for credit. Credits are not applicable to general education courses such as the natural sciences, social sciences, physical sciences, the humanities or internships.

Portfolio presentation of work/life experience is not to be used if comparable College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations are available. CLEP testing is more appropriate for the foregoing classification of academic courses. The process may involve competency testing, in addition to proof of work experience.

Work/life experience credits cannot exceed 9 credits for associate degree seeking students, 9 credits for masters degree seeking students and 18 credits for bachelor's degree seeking students. Credits earned through this program are considered transfer credits.


*Students may receive up to 9 credits toward their master's degree.

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What is the process to apply?

  1. Prepare a portfolio for selected course(s). The portfolio for work/life experience credit consists of four sections: an introductory letter, a narrative that provides detailed experiences related to specific courses, justification and documentation of work/life experience and a resume.
    • Current Students: complete form and submit portfolio to your Program Chair
    • Potential Students: meet with and Admissions Counselor, you will then be routed to a Program Chair
  2. Program Chair will meet with potential candidates and review the LLL rubric
  3. Program Chair will receive the LLL portfolio (via current student or admissions)
    • The portfolio will be reviewed and either approved or denied the award of academic credits. The assessment of your portfolio submission is final.
  4. Program Chair will then approve as first level and forward to the Academic Dean of Discipline
  5. Academic Dean will review and forward to the Vice President of Academics for approval
  6. If approved, students will receive a letter through the mail and an email from the Vice President's office stating that they were approved, how many credits they have been approved for and that their transcripts have been updated
  7. With the assistance of your admissions counselor, contact the appropriate program chair and request a syllabus for each course for which you are attempting to translate academic credits
  8. Once final approval by the Vice President is routed to the Office of Registrar, Business Office, Financial Aid, and First Term Freshman Admissions Advisor, and Program Chair your transcripts will be updated

What is the cost?

Those courses approved and waived for Lifelong Learning are charged at one-third the tuition rate. 

How much credit can I earn?

  • Associate degree-seeking students can earn a maximum of 9 credits.
  • Bachelor’s degree-seeking students can earn a maximum of 18 credits.
  • Credits that a student earns through Lifelong Learning are not included in the cumulative GPA, but are used in determining the student’s satisfactory progress.
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