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Credit for Prior Learning

Get Credit For What You Already Know

At Minnesota State, we recognize you have a wealth of skills and knowledge gained through life, work and community-based experiences. That’s why many of our colleges and universities offer opportunities to earn academic credit for the knowledge you already possess. We are here to help you with the assessment process.

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) is academic credit awarded to students who successfully demonstrate college or university-level learning achieved through informal or experiential learning outside of the classroom. You can have your learning evaluated for academic credit, saving you time and money towards earning your degree.

Credit for Prior Learning Assessment Network (C-PLAN) is a Minnesota State collaboration of colleges and universities developing and sharing CPL expertise and resources. C-PLAN assists students to identify their CPL options. 

CPL Options: 

  • Workforce and community-based training resulting in certifications, licenses, or certificates of completion.
  • Military training and occupational experiences.
  • National examinations, including the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST) Advanced Placement (AP), or challenge exams offered by colleges resulting in college credit.
  • Individual assessments in which students document and demonstrate college-level learning gained through work experiences, civic activities, community volunteerism, and other informal learning experiences.

Next Steps:

  1. Complete the CPL Student Intake Form.
  2. A C-PLAN coordinator will review your form and get back to you about your options. This includes connecting you with a CPL advisor or faculty evaluator at a Minnesota State college or university.

For additional CPL information, select a Minnesota State college or university below:

Ask C-PLAN

If you are a student or serve students at a college or university in the Minnesota State system and have a question about CPL and how it works, Ask C-PLAN and we will respond within one business day. Thank you.

If you are a Minnesota State college or university interested in becoming a partner, see additional C-PLAN Information for Campuses

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