PLA is a term used to describe learning gained outside of a traditional academic environment. It is the evaluation and assessment of an individual’s life learning for college credit, certification or advanced standing toward further education or training. The knowledge gained while living your lives: working, participating in employer training programs, serving in the military, studying independently, volunteering or doing community service, and studying open source courseware can earn you college credits.

College Credits Awarded For:

  • On the job training
  • Independent study
  • Military service
  • Volunteer service

Process To Apply


  • Less time to graduation
  • More likely to graduate
  • Save between $1,605-$6,000 over the course of earning a degree


School Advisor Contacts

Florida State College of Jacksonville  
Associate Vice President of Educational Programs Jerry C. Collins, Ph.D.
Jacksonville University  
Director of Academic Engagement & Prior Learning Assessment Jody Kamens
Keiser University  
Dean of Academic Affairs Debora Johnston
Nova Southeastern University  
Campus Director Brooke Goehring
University of North Florida  
Associate Director Enrollment Services Processing Jennifer Muller
University of Phoenix  
Military Community Manager Carmenza Jaramillo-Akers