Prior Learning Credits


You work hard. Get credit for it. Put your past courses, work or military experience to good use. Nearly half of all AIU students receive credits from past college courses, military service, or work experience.

Transfer Credit

Nearly half of all AIU students receive credits from past college courses, military service, or work experience.

You can transfer in up to 75% of your qualifying credits, allowing you to save up to 75% on tuition and earn your bachelor’s degree in as little as 9 months.

Get more details about getting college credit for your past experience.
Download Transfer Credit Guide.

How many credits can be transferred

Associate Degrees

Up to 75% of the degree program’s credit requirements

Bachelor's Degrees

Up to 75% of the degree program’s credit requirements

Master’s Degrees

Up to 12 credit hours

Turn what you learned on the job into a portfolio for possible credit

At AIU, you can receive course credit for your professional experiences. In order to receive credit, you’ll need to submit a portfolio of work that:

  • Is verifiable and documented
  • Relates specifically to the objectives of a course taught at AIU
  • Demonstrates your mastery of specific learning outcomes of a course at AIU

An AIU subject-matter expert will work with the Prior Learning Assessment Team to determine whether your experience is similar to what you would learn in a comparable AIU course. See the Student Handbook for more details.

Get Maximum Credit for Your Military Training and Experience

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Earn College Credit for your Law Enforcement Training

If you graduated from a law enforcement training academy you can earn 36 credits toward a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
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Take a CLEP test.

The CLEP is a nationally-recognized test designed to see how your prior academic and professional experience translate into college credit.

  • Work with your Prior Learning Assessment Specialist to decide which CLEP tests work best with your degree plan.
  • Find a CLEP testing center near you.
  • Take your CLEP test.
  • Submit an official CLEP score report or have one mailed to the University Registrar.

As a military student, your first CLEP test will be free. Talk to your Education Services Officer or Test Control Officer for more information and testing procedures. See the Student Handbook for more details.

How do CLEP scores translate to college grades?

If you’re eligible for credit, a grade of “PR” will appear on your transcripts. The course won’t be factored into your GPA.

Submit your past college transcripts for evaluation.

During the admissions process, we strongly recommend that you provide us with a copy of your unofficial transcripts for a Prior Learning Assessment Evaluator to review. This will ensure you are taking the right classes until your official transcript arrives and can be officially reviewed.

Eligible credits may be accepted from any accredited U.S. institution. AIU will also consider requests for transfer credit from international institutions of higher education.

Basic Requirements

  • A grade of “C” or higher for undergraduate courses (2.0 on a 4.0 scale)
  • Coursework at the freshman level or higher (No pre-college or remedial courses.)

Take an AP test.

Advanced Placement courses offered through eligible high school or pre-college programs can save you time and money. To qualify, you’ll need to:

  • Earn a score of 3 or higher on the standardized AP examination related to your AP course.
  • Submit a copy of an official AP examination score report to the University Registrar.

Your scores will be evaluated by AIU’s Prior Learning Assessment

Evaluators. AIU awards college credits based on recommendations from the American Council on Education (ACE). For more details, see the Student Handbook.

How do AP test results translate to college grades?

If you’re eligible for credit, a grade of “PR” will appear on your transcripts based on credit recommendations from the American Council on Education.

Take a DSST examination

Like CLEP tests, DSST examinations offer a way to demonstrate knowledge you’ve gained outside the classroom.

You can work with a Prior Learning Assessment Evaluator to figure out which exams would be worthwhile to pursue, based on your degree plan.

You can also submit past DSST results by having them sent directly to the University Registrar. See the Student Handbook for more details.

How do DSST results translate to college grades?

If you’re eligible for credit, a grade of “PR” will appear on your transcripts. The course won’t be factored into your GPA.

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Classes Start January 11, 2017