Prior Learning Assessment

Degree completion students with the necessary prerequisites and four years of professional experience can learn how to reflect upon and make meaning out of their previous learning experiences in order to create learning portfolios. Those portfolios may then be submitted for consideration of college credits up to a maximum of 30 units.

Steps to Follow

  1. Students enroll in PLA 201, a standard FPU 3 unit course, where they learn to develop portfolio writing skills. Prerequisites: non-provisional, full FPU admission; passing score on a basic writing skill assessment; and COM 111 (or transferable equivalent). PLA 201 carries typical FPU tuition charges and is eligible for tuition support under federal financial aid standards.
  2. Students enroll in PLA 203 for every course in which they wish to earn up to 3 units of Prior Learning Assessment through the portfolio process. There is a different course number for each subject area: PLA-203A through PLA-203J. These topics courses may be repeated multiple times (a combined total of 10 times for a total of up to 30 units)* and are currently charged a flat fee of $175.00 per course for 1-3 units. Please note that fees are subject to change. Financial aid is not available for students taking PLA 203, regardless of how many courses they sign up for. Students will need to contact their student account manager to discuss payment arrangements. It is possible for students to earn up to 30 units through the PLA process for a total out-of-pocket cost of $1,750.00.
  3. There is no guarantee that submitted PLA portfolios will earn any unit credits, since credits are assessed by students’ individual portfolio results.
  4. Credit is awarded for college-level learning associated with previous experiences; not for the experiences themselves. Learning narratives include a balance between theory and experience.
  5. FPU will only consider credit for experiential learning in academic disciplines currently offered at the university by FPU subject-matter experts. The PLA 201 instructor-coordinator helps students determine qualified academic discipline areas.
  6. Students may submit PLA portfolios, receive instructive feedback, and then resubmit portfolios for reconsideration one time if needed. Further resubmissions are not available.
  7. Credit will be offered only once for a specific learning experience regardless of the earned credit source.
  8. There is no guarantee that PLA units are transferrable to another institution.
  9. PLA courses and credits are only available to degree completion students for undergraduate elective credit.
  10. Grades for PLA-203A-J courses will be credit/no credit only, and are not included in GPA calculations.
  11. A flat fee ($175) is charged each time a student registers for a PLA-203A-J course. The fee is not based on the number of credits awarded. The number of earned units is determined by the faculty assessor.
  12. PLA-203A-J coursework is not allowable for remediation of a SAP status.
  13. PLA-203A-J courses must be completed no less than 15 weeks prior to graduation.

General Education

The following topic courses are offered:

  • PLA- 203A Topics in Science
  • PLA- 203B Topics in Business
  • PLA- 203C Topics in Education
  • PLA- 203D Topics in Visual and Performing Arts
  • PLA- 203F Topics in Humanities
  • PLA- 203G Topics in Religion
  • PLA- 203J Topics in Social Sciences

* A maximum of 30 units may be awarded for Advanced Placement exams, College Level Examination Program, International Baccalaureate exams, military or ACE credit and Prior Learning Assessment combined.