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Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for Prior Learning can help students save money and earn a college degree faster.

NOVA strives to provide students with opportunities to receive credit for prior learning while still maintaining the academic integrity of our academic programs.

Credit for prior learning generally refers to the process of granting of college credit for learning gained in nontraditional ways. This manual below provides procedures for receiving various kinds of credit earned at other colleges and universities in this country and abroad.


Credit for Prior Learning Manual (Advanced Standing Manual) includes information on:

  • Types of Credit for Prior Learning
  • General Procedures
  • Evaluation Responsibilities
  • Credits From Post-Secondary Institutions
  • Credits Earned in Non-Traditional Programs
  • Credit by Exam
  • Credit by Portfolio Development
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