PLA Frequently Asked Questions

Who can earn PLA credit?
PLA credit is available to students of all ages. You must be admitted as a degree-seeking student at Ivy Tech Community College to receive credit.

What's the difference between PLA credit and transfer credit?
You can receive transfer credits for classes you have taken at another college or university. PLA credit is earned when you prove competency in a specific area of study, including knowledge you obtained outside of a college classroom. if you have previous college credit, you can inquire about credit transfer by contacting the Office of Student Affairs at your local Ivy Tech campus.

Will the credit Ivy Tech awards for prior learning transfer if I want to pursue a Bachelor's degree?
The receiving institution will determine what credits will transfer. Just like transferring other credits, it is important to discuss this with your academic advisor.

How much does it cost to receive credit for prior learning?
The cost per credit hour varies depending on the PLA credit method that you choose. There is a $50 fee for each PLA portfolio you submit, for example. It costs $97 to take a CLEP non-essay exam and $107 to take a CLEP essay exam. There is no charge for your credit earned through certification crosswalk.

How much PLA credit can I earn?
You can earn PLA credit for multiple classes if you have the right credentials, experience or knowledge. In order to complete your degree, however, at least 15 of your total credits must be earned in courses taken at Ivy Tech, and not through PLA credit or advanced placement.

Need more information? Contact the Student Affairs Office at your local Ivy Tech Community College campus or call 888-IVY-LINE to contact your local campus.