Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for Prior Learning (CFPL)

Gateway recognizes that learning occurs outside the classroom through the rich experiences our students bring with them. Research shows students awarded college credit for this learning are more likely to persist and ultimately graduate. Gateway seeks to support you and set you up for success as you pursue a credential with the college.

Gateway defines Credit for Prior Learning (CFPL) to mean learning that’s been obtained outside traditional academia. Credit may be awarded for verified prior learning assessed by Gateway-appointed faculty and content experts using a prior learning assessment (PLA), not for the experience itself. Credit for Prior Learning can provide you with an avenue to receive credit for these past experiences, save money on tuition and accelerate the completion of your educational goals. 

Eligibility for Credit for Prior Learning

All students accepted into an associate degree, technical diploma, certificate or apprenticeship program offered by Gateway are eligible to pursue credit for prior learning through Gateway’s established and approved Prior Learning Assessments (PLAs).

Students are responsible for any PLA specific fees as well as the standard PLA Assessment Fee of $50 for the exam and $90 for the demonstrative & portfolio assessments (subject to change at any time).

College Level Examination

Gateway accepts certain national exams as college credit for students who receive an acceptable score.

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Veteran/Military Credit for Prior Learning

Learn how to submit an official military transcript to count as credit for prior learning.

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Prior Learning Assessment

Discover how your prior work or learning experience can be reviewed and accepted as credit at Gateway.

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High School Students

High school students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement courses and take an exam to earn college credit. You can also have plenty of dual credit opportunities to earn Gateway credit while still in high school.

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