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When should I apply for Prior Learning credit?

​​​​​​We encourage you to submit a portfolio early in your academic program, before taking courses that may duplicate your Prior Learning experiences. 

Stu​dents who are awarded Prior Learning credit early in their academic careers have a much more accurate timeline for planning and meeting degree requirements, which also alleviates some of the stress that many students feel as graduation nears.

Portfolios are evaluated continuously throughout the year, but expect a turnaround time of 8 to 10 weeks for processing your portfolio, from the time it is received at CMU’s Prior Learning Office until you receive your credit-award notification letter.

While portfolios can be submitted at any time, consider the following dates as guidelines for receiving Prior Learning credits in time for graduation:​

  • May 1 for August graduation
  • September 1 for December graduation
  • February 1 for May graduation​

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