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Your life experience may qualify for credit

With everything you’ve accomplished in life, you may feel like you’ve earned a life experience degree.

Browse our library of topics and write a short, first-person journal telling us what you’ve learned. Then, submit it to us for potential college credit. Choose from hundreds of approved topics, including leadership, office administration, parenting, and nutrition.

How to get started

Already a student?

Step 1

Earn your degree faster, and for less

Have your relevant work and life experience evaluated for potential credit through our Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process — at no cost to you. If you haven’t already, start by completing your application for University of Phoenix.

Step 2

Write a brief autobiography

Introduce yourself through a short, 500-word autobiography. You’ll write this one time and include it with each journal submission.

Step 3

Write your journal submission

Describe the knowledge you’ve gained by writing a short, first-person journal. You’ll also upload supporting documents that validate what you’ve learned. Ready to take a deeper look? View sample submissions and guidelines.

Step 4

Get your credits evaluated

Call your academic counselor at 800-366-9699. We’ll review your submission and follow up with the most eligible ways you can save time and money based on your specific program.

Start a conversation about your future with an enrollment representative today

Start a conversation about your future with an enrollment representative today

Apply to the University

— Because we’re built for working adults, we value the experience you bring to the table. One of the benefits of being a Phoenix is that we’ll help you find tuition-saving credits. If you’re ready to get started, apply now. Have more questions? Give us a call at 844-937-8679.

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