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Credit for Life Learning Overview

The Credit for Life Learning program is designed to recognize and value the breadth of experience and skills adults returning to college bring with them, and for which they may be entitled to college credit

Candidates for Credit for Life Learning opportunities

  • Must have matriculated into a program of study.
  • Should understand that the awarding of credit is based on their knowledge, not simply on their experience.
  • Must be able to demonstrate, in a verifiable manner, that they have acquired the same level of academic knowledge that would be obtained by taking the NECC course.

The standards for issuing credit are necessarily rigorous. The center relies heavily on the faculty’s expertise in evaluating the experiential learning for which the individual is seeking credit. The standards applied to the evaluation process must be

  • Consistent,
  • Documented, and
  • Meet guidelines developed by the American Council on Education (ACE) to assess experiential learning.

There are many ways to earn credit for life experience:

The fee for credit for life learning portfolio review, credential evaluation and the challenge exam is $50.00 per credit hour. Students pay a non-refundable $40.00 administrative fee in advance.

Students pay a non-refundable $40.00 NECC Registration fee in advance for CLEP and DSST Exams to reserve a seat and are required to purchase the exam they would like to take for $80 through the College Board for CLEP and Prometric for DSST.

The fee for credit for life learning language proficiency exam is $50.00 non-refundable proctor fee in advance and may include other applicable fees through NYU/BYU.

There is no fee for credits issued based on military experience.

Additional information about Credit for Prior Learning is available at: Massachusetts Community Colleges – My Experience Counts

For further questions, contact Donna Felisberto, Coordinator, 978-556-3410, dfelisberto@necc.mass.edu or 978-556-3733, testing@necc.mass.edu.