Credit for Prior Learning

Earn Credit for What You Already Know

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) is a tool to help you finish your degree faster. You can use CPL to have your college-level learning recognized by Nichols College and officially counted toward your Bachelor’s degree. Earn up to 45 credits for your professional work experience, including workplace training, military service, professional certifications, and volunteer activities.

In our CPL program, you’ll work with an advisor to build a portfolio that details all the valuable work you’ve done throughout your life and how it directly applies to specific college courses. CPL is a great way to apply your real-world learning to your degree path, making it faster, easier, and more affordable to earn your Bachelor’s.

Earning Credits for Prior Learning takes work, but we are with you every step of the way. Your Student Success Coach will be with you from application to graduation. We are here as a resource to make sure that you feel comfortable with the CPL process throughout your undergraduate degree. Our CPL team can identify which college credits you may already have work experience in and help you stay organized so the process is smooth and straightforward.

Curious how Credit for Prior Learning can help you earn your degree faster? Contact Sarah Charpentier at!