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Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for Prior Learning gives you opportunities to earn credit for college-level knowledge that you have already acquired. This will enable you to:

  • Reduce your education costs
  • Accelerate your program completion
  • Transform previous learning into higher earnings

Credit-worthy learning experiences outside of the classroom often include:

  • Employer or military training programs
  • Professional development courses or workshops
  • Volunteering/community service
  • Independent study (i.e. reading a lot of books on a subject of interest)

Check out this interview with a MassBay student to learn more about CPL.


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Options for earning Credit for Prior Learning

We encourage you to visit the Academic & Transfer Advising Center to discuss your background and learning goals. An Advising professional will then help match you with one or more of these Credit for Prior Learning opportunities:

Competency Exams

Credentialing — Military Service

MassBay is committed to veterans seeking postsecondary educational opportunities. In accordance with the VALOR ACT, MassBay evaluates credit earned for military education, training, experience, or coursework using the same standards as those applied to coursework from accredited colleges and universities. Students receive accurate and complete academic counseling from the Veterans’ Coordinator in collaboration with the Academic & Transfer Advising Center. Visit our Veterans page for more information.

The Joint Services Transcript
The Joint Services Transcript (JST) provides veterans and active service members the opportunity to receive college credit for their relevant military experience. There is no cost for a MassBay evaluation of the official JST. For more information about the program, visit:

Articulation Agreement — Career and Technical High Schools

Graduates from the Commonwealth’s Career and Technical High Schools may be eligible for credit for prior learning through an articulation agreement between the Massachusetts Community Colleges and select Chapter 74 Approved Secondary Career/Vocational Technical Programs. Students in participating programs must present an official high school transcript documenting completion of the program to the Admissions Office. Credits are awarded as transfer credit. For more information about the program, visit:



Credit for Prior Learning may not be applicable to some MassBay programs. To learn more, email or call 781-239-2775.