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Prior Learning

At Ferris, Your Experience Matters

We understand that not all learning happens in the classroom. Whether you’re learning took place through employment, military service, non-credit trainings or volunteer experiences, the Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) may help you identify and present learning from your experiences in a way that can help you earn credits, which means you may spend less time earning your degree and incur less student debt. Your completed and approved APL results in credits for approved courses on your transcript. To get started, reached out to the APL Coordinator at [email protected] to discuss the APL process and next steps. Please keep in mind that APL may not be appropriate for every program at Ferris. Permission to proceed with an APL must be granted from the academic program prior to the start of your APL portfolio.

The cost for APL is $250 for the first 1-5 credits and $50 for each additional approved credit.

The APL is designed to be self-paced. The portfolio process requires a commitment from you and can save you valuable time and money towards completing your degree. Additionally, the process can help you gain a much greater appreciation for all that you have done and learned, and a greater understanding of how your prior learning can contribute to your educational goals at Ferris.