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For Current MCCNH Students, Faculty & Staff

Prior Learning Assessment

If you are interested in receiving credit for prior learning, please meet with your advisor and then submit a Credit by Experiential Learning Form and a portfolio containing:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • A variety of materials that may include:
    • Work experience explanations
    • Letters from employers
    • Certificates of accomplishment
    • Samples of work
    • Other relevant materials that support your request


Your portfolio will then be reviewed by an appropriate instructor, the department chair, and the Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs. If credit is granted, you will be charged a fee for credit for prior learning based on the formula below.

Fee for Credit for Prior Learning - Experiential Learning

Students will be assessed a fee based on 50% of the current tuition rate on the total credits awarded (e.g., for 12 credits awarded: 0.50 x current tuition rate x 12 credits).


Credit by Examination

As a matriculated student you can also earn credit by examination, based on acquired skills or knowledge equivalent to what you would acquire in a specific MCC course. You need a CGPA of 2.0 or higher and are eligible for a maximum of 16 credits through credit by examination.

If you pass the exam, appropriate credits shall be applied to your academic record. Credit will not be given for grades below a “C”. A student receiving a grade below “C” is ineligible for another special examination in that course.

Students who have previously taken a course and failed it are not eligible for an examination for credit in that course.

Please note: Typically, credit earned by internal examination is not transferrable to other institutions.