Colorado Christian University
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Using Prior Learning Credit at CCU

Using Prior Learning Credit at CCU


Adult students can use their life learning experiences to minimize their cost and time to degree completion.

Earn Credit for Your Life Learning Experiences

CCU's College of Adult and Graduate Studies encourages adult learners to apply their extensive life learning to earn an undergraduate degree. Prior learning credit is that opportunity for degree-seeking adults interested in continuing education to earn college-level credit for what they know.

Undergraduate students may earn prior learning credit for all elective and various general education requirements.

Undergraduate students may earn up to 75 prior learning credits toward a CCU bachelor's degree and up to 45 prior learning credits toward a CCU associate degree — depending on the specific degree program.

Graduate students in the MBA and MOL programs may use credit by portfolio to earn an emphasis or specialization to their degree.

The cost of prior learning credit options is a fraction of the cost of tuition. Using prior learning can be very rewarding for adults as they experience the value that their current skills, competencies, and achievements contribute toward their degree.

Some examples of Prior Learning Credit include:
  • ACE Credit (American Council on Education)
  • CLEP Exams (College Level Examination Program)
  • DSST Exams (Formerly DANTES)
  • Credit by Portfolio

General Education Courses


CCU has teamed up with StraighterLine to provide you an affordable and convenient pathway to a CCU degree. StraighterLine’s trusted general education courses help make your degree more affordable. Take the general education courses you need to complete your degree at CCU with transferable online college courses from StraighterLine.

Visit the CCU Course Equivalency Guide to view qualifying courses.

Apply Now

  • Ready to get started? Take the first step by applying to CCU's College of Adult and Graduate Studies, and start investing in your future.

  • CCU Online

    The College of Adult and Graduate Studies offers adult students the opportunity to earn their degree online from anywhere in the world.

  • CCU Colorado

    Adult students living in Colorado can visit any one of our seven center locations throughout the Colorado region.