Undergraduate Prior Learning Credits

Admitted undergraduate students, in many programs, regardless of location, are eligible to apply for prior learning credit.* Your advisor may be able to help you identify the experiences that would be most applicable to your degree program if prior learning credit is awarded. Your advisor can advise you on the number of prior learning credits you can use in your degree plan.

You can include experiences from the completion date on your high school diploma. However, prior learning does not work for everyone. Individuals have had different experiences, for differing lengths of time, all of which can affect the amount of credit received. 

*Any UG degree program on campus or online can use prior learning credits in elective areas of the degree.  It’s up to the faculty advisor by program and department to approve the use of UNV credit for major or minor requirements. Students should coordinate with their advisors prior to starting a portfolio to make sure prior learning credits will work in the degree plan.


Determining factors for number of credits:

  • the length and duration of the experiences submitted for consideration
  • the quality of the student’s self-assessment of learning
  • whether the learning is college-level (undergraduate)
  • whether sufficient and appropriate documentation has been provided
  • whether the portfolio is in the correct order and meets all requirements

The cost to submit a portfolio for review and determination of award is $125.  The cost per credit hour for the credits you will use in your degree plan is $100 (you only pay for the credits you need). The timeline for review and awarding of credits is approximately 6 – 8 weeks. The maximum number of credits: 60

Determine Number of Potential Credits