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Your degree may be closer than you think. Did you know that more than 50-percent of our students at American Public University received credit for prior learning last year? If you haven’t finished your associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree, now is your chance. Our students were able to save time and money by receiving credit due to their previous college experience, military service, and other prior learning. Are you aware that you can apply your prior learning towards a degree at American Public University?

  • US News & World Report – Top 10% Rank for Online Undergraduate Universities
  • 58% of students transfer in credit
  • 99% of employers would hire one of our graduates again
  • 96% of seniors say they would choose us again**
  • Our combined tuition, fees, and books are roughly 20% less for undergraduate, and 33% less for graduate students than the average in-state rates at a public university*
  • Among the 10 U.S. leading providers of online education, we are on average 42% lower for undergraduate and 33% lower for graduate students*

Read a testimonial from an American Public University student.

How does it work?

  • Apply for admission (there's no cost)
  • Complete a transfer credit evaluation application
  • Provide transcripts/proof of your prior learning
  • You can optionally complete a PLA portfolio for additional credit

What's accepted?

There are many types of prior learning that are accepted. Please complete a request for additional information (using the form on this page) to contact admissions with your specific questions. A sample of what may be eligible includes:

  • Previous academic work
  • Military training
  • ACE courses
  • SOC
  • Certificates
  • Life experience
  • Other sources of lifelong learning

The University accepts up to 45 semester hours of transfer credit towards your associate degree, 90 semester hours towards your bachelor's degree, and up to 15 semester hours for your master's degree. For additional information on how to begin the evaluation process, course equivalencies, and what's accepted, download your student ekit or complete your application today.

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*Tuition figures based on lowest possible tuition rates for ten U.S. leading regionally accredited providers of online education. In-state tuition information provided by the College Board. Undergraduate tuition assumes 10 classes per year over 4 years, with bachelor’s degrees requiring between 120 and 124 semester hours (39-40 courses and 1-4 labs) depending on the program. Graduate tuition assumes 6 classes per year over 2 years with degrees ranging from 36 to 48 semester hours (12-15 courses) and require a comprehensive exam, a capstone project, or an integrative practicum.

**American Public University System, End of Program Survey, January 2010- September 2010.

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*Tuition figures based on lowest possible tuition rates for ten leading regionally accredited providers of online education. In-state tuition information provided by the College Board. Undergraduate tuition assumes 10 classes per year over 4 years, with bachelor’s degrees requiring between 120 and 124 semester hours (39-40 courses and 1-4 labs) depending on the program. Graduate tuition assumes 6 classes per year over 2 years with degrees ranging from 36 to 48 semester hours (12-15 courses) and require a comprehensive exam, a capstone project, or an integrative practicum.

**American Public University System, End of Program Survey, January 2010- September 2010.

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