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Credit for Prior Learning


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NOVA recognizes and appreciates the fact that college-level learning can be gained outside the classroom. We also realize that students are involved in much more than just school -- particularly adult students who have careers, families and other responsibilities.

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)
is a growing program throughout colleges and universities around the world. CPL can help students save money and earn a college degree faster.

Experiential learning can be evaluated for the purpose of awarding and gaining college credits through a process called Prior Learning Assessment (PLA).

CPL is a great tool if you:

  • need a few more classes to complete your degree, but don't have time to take courses
  • are accomplished in your field and don't want to take courses for something you already know
  • have learned from experiences while making your way through significant life challenges

Contact PLA at or 703.425.5835.