College Credit for Work and Life Experience
Enroll in a College Credit for Work Experience Course and You Could Save an Average of $12,000 on Tuition*
If you’ve worked for years or served in the military, you may be eligible to use your experience for college credit to finish your undergraduate degree faster at Purdue Global.
You could also be awarded college credits for life experience such as volunteering. Our courses teach you how to articulate and organize your achievements into an online portfolio that's ready to be assessed for undergraduate credit applicable toward a degree at Purdue Global.†
Credit for work experience courses provide access to a mentor to help you navigate the process. There is a $1,500 portfolio evaluation fee, which may be covered by financial aid.
If your portfolio earns credits valued below the $1,500 assessment fee, you will receive a tuition grant equal to the difference toward the next term of your Purdue Global degree (up to the entire $1,500). The grant applies toward future online courses in a Purdue Global degree and is not a refund/rebate of the portfolio assessment fee.
How Much Can You Save?
On average, portfolio submitters earn 37 credits and save more than $12,000 on tuition.*
“I was able to complete a portfolio, which gave me 26 extra credits. By then, I was well on my way to obtaining my BSN.”
BS in Nursing Graduate‡
Credit for Experience Course Options
See which of our two online courses could be the right fit for you. Access our calculator to find out in a few quick clicks.
LRC 100: Pathway to College Credit—Portfolio Development
This not-for-credit course is for students who haven’t yet started classes at Purdue Global, or are enrolled in an ExcelTrack™ program.
There is no tuition for this self-paced, self-directed online course offered through Purdue Global. However, there is a fee if you choose to submit your portfolio for credit.
How Is My College Credit for Work Experience Portfolio Evaluated?
A key criterion in Purdue Global’s evaluation of your portfolio is your ability to organize and present verifiable evidence of college-level learning through proper documentation. You must also include a narrative that explains the rationale for the claim for credit.
Supporting documentation may include:
- Job description and performance evaluations
- Certifications (evidence of licenses, training records, ranks)
- Work samples such as computer code, lesson plans, or proposals
- Description of the work environment
- Verification of knowledge, skills, and abilities by a supervisor or employer
- Other appropriate forms of documentation verifying learning
You must document the fulfillment of course outcomes, based on chosen courses, and follow the portfolio development and assessment process. Learn which courses are ineligible for work experience credit.
Credit for Work Experience Calculator
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*In 2019, incoming Purdue Global students who passed EL206 and submitted a portfolio for evaluation earned an average of 37 quarter credit hours toward their Purdue Global undergraduate degrees. Based on these experiential learning credits, tuition savings for nonmilitary students were on average $12,227.00. Tuition savings calculated as 37 quarter credit hours x standard tuition rate of $371.00 = $13,727.00 - $1,500.00 course fee = $12,227.00. Savings for students vary depending on the student’s individual prior learning experience. Savings for 2019 incoming Indiana students who passed EL206 and submitted a portfolio for review were $8,300.00. Savings for 2019 incoming military students who passed EL206 and submitted a portfolio for review ranged from $4,770.00 to $7,240.00. Eligible college credits articulate into Purdue Global undergraduate degree plans. Savings dependent on credit awards, which are dependent on individual circumstances. See www.purdueglobal.edu/tuition-financial-aid/undergraduate-graduate-tuition-and-fees/ for course fee refund policy.
†Credits are not guaranteed through this process. A minimum 5+ years of work experience is recommended for taking this course to better ensure you have eligible work experience. See the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy. Credits awarded apply toward a Purdue Global undergraduate program.
‡This testimonial was obtained by Purdue University Global. The views and opinions expressed are those of the individual; student experiences may vary.