Prior Learning

SLCC may award college credit for knowledge gained through various forms of private study, work or other relevant learning experiences and accomplishments.

These credits for prior learning (CPL) are also known as non-traditional credits and include the award of credit from non-credit coursework. Currently, SLCC has identified the following sources and avenues through which prior learning credit may be earned:

  • Credit from non-regionally accredited institutions
  • Advanced placement via ACT and ACT, COMPASS tests
  • College board advanced placement credit
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP) subject examination
  • Credit by a departmental proficiency challenge examination
  • Dual Enrollment (Career Tech) articulation agreements
  • Credit by the Life Experience Assessment Program (LEAP)
  • Industry-based & professional certification credit
  • Credit for military education or police academy courses
  • Technical college credit
  • Credit for non-credit courses
  • Nontraditional credits from other Institutions

Further, SLCC has developed the following general overarching policy guidelines for granting prior learning (non-traditional) credit from all these sources:

  • Students must be currently enrolled at SLCC, beyond the add/drop period, prior to applying for any of the prior learning assessments, leading to the award of non-traditional credits.
  • Credits may be requested only for courses that are offered by SLCC.
  • The prior learning (non-traditional) credit application must be completed before the midterm of a semester in which it has been requested. The assessment must be available/completed by the end of the semester in which it was requested.
  • Semester hours earned through these options are assigned a grade of “S”. The transcript will additionally indicate, where able, the method of the CPL credit. No quality points are earned and the grade is not used to compute the grade point average.
  • A maximum of 50% of a program’s total credit hours may be awarded, using these prior learning assessment procedures unless incorporated into an approved specific program of study.
  • Prior learning (non-traditional) credit cannot be awarded in a course that a student has previously completed or enrolled in at any college or university (excluding coursework completed before Academic Amnesty is declared for which the student earned a grade of “C” or higher).
  • Students may not earn more than 33% of the credits required for the major courses or core courses within a program unless incorporated into an approved specific program of study.
  • To qualify for graduation, twelve (12) of the final fifteen (15) hours of required coursework must be earned in courses taken at SLCC, therefore, only three (3) prior learning (non-traditional) credit hours may be earned after the student enrolls for any of the final 15 hours of credit toward a degree.
  • A CPL fee will be generally levied for each of the methods listed above based upon the number of equivalent credit hours being sought. If approved, a further CPL transcription fee will be applied to add the outcome to the student transcript. The current details of the fee amounts, which are subject to change, are available from Student Accounts.
  • Students may only apply for the recognition of prior learning once. If denied, an appeal process is available, for select processes, which will lead to a final college level decision.

Students who plan to use the various methods of recognition of non-traditional credits by SLCC to meet degree requirements of other institutions should contact those institutions for their policies regarding acceptance, as this type of credit is often reevaluated by the receiving institution.