Some universities offer credit for work or life experience through portfolio assessments, essays or written exams. Students may receive credit for military experience, work experience, training, professional certifications or continuing education classes.
Credit for life and work experience is often limited to a certain number of credits. The credit typically comes at a cost, either as a fee to assess the portfolio or as an exam fee to take a written test. Some credit-for-experience deals online are actually scams. Students should choose reputable schools when considering credit for experience. Online options associated with a college that has an actual physical campus are often safe.