Prior Learning Assessment Process

Before course registration, take the necessary steps to have your past training and experience evaluated for potential credit at Grantham. Our prior learning assessment (PLA) process is as follows:

Step 1: Ask about credit for prior learning!

Current students should contact their student advisor to learn more about prior learning. Prospective students interested in learning more should contact Grantham at (888) 947-2684. Your student advisor or admissions representative will be happy to address:  

  • Types of prior learning that may be assessed
  • Submission procedures
  • Submission fees
  • Questions

Step 2: Submit required documentation

Gather documentation

Collect your certificates, professional training, military certificates, licenses, corporate training or transcripts from nonaccredited institutions. You will need to submit to Grantham copies of these documents, along with your Description of Experience essay.

Develop your Description of Experience

Follow these guidelines when building your essay for prior learning:

  • Write your essay in a clear and organized manner.
  • Provide the evaluator with a thorough narrative of your learning experience and content covered. Make sure you describe and reflect, thinking critically about the experience and knowledge obtained and your level of competence.
  • Review the Grantham catalog program outcomes and course descriptions, then explain how your experience and knowledge relate to college-level learning.
  • Check spelling and grammar, and cite any references.

In your essay, also be sure to include the following information:


  • Name
  • Date submitted
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • List (and provide copies of) certificates, professional training, military certificates, licenses, certifications, corporate training, transcripts from a nonaccredited institution, or any other documentation that provides evidence of your learning experience and knowledge.

Depending on which type of prior learning credit you are requesting, complete the form below to describe your qualifying experience:

PLA Submission Form

Submit all documentation, including your completed Description of Experience, to your Grantham student advisor or admissions representative.

Step 3: Make payment

View PLA fees.

To make a payment login to GLife and click on the Make a Payment link in the Quick Link section.

Step 4: Evaluation

Grantham’s evaluation of potential credit begins after payment has been made and the evaluation team determines all required information has been received.

Step 5: Credit determination

You will be notified of the credit award decision following the two-week evaluation period. 

Step 6: Request for appeal (if necessary)

If you are dissatisfied with the evaluation results, you have the right to appeal. Please note the guidelines below:

  • You must submit a request for an appeal to the PLA Committee at in writing within four weeks of the date of the credit award letter or notification. Appeals received after this date will not be considered.
  • You will be required to describe the grounds for appeal, and must provide documentation to support the claims. If you are denied credit due to insufficient documentation, this is not a valid reason to appeal. In this case, you must obtain additional documentation and resubmit in the PLA process outlined above. Resubmitting following the loss of an appeal will not incur additional fees.

  • There is a limit of one appeal per PLA submission. All credit decisions in an appeal are final. A credit appeal review may result in more or the same credits being awarded.


To initiate the PLA process, please contact your admissions representative at (888) 947-2684. If you are a current Grantham student, please speak with your student advisor.

To learn more, fill out the form and an admissions representative will contact you. You may also receive emails about our degree programs, tuition options, and, if applicable, enrollment process.