Skip to Main Content Skip to bottom Skip to Chat, Email, Text

Earn college credit for work & life experience

The skills you’ve gained from work and life may count as credit toward your degree. Explore over 200 savings opportunities for credits through work and life experiences.

What other students saved with work & life credits*


3-9 months

*Based on the 25th and 75th percentile of work and life experience credits awarded to University of Phoenix undergraduate students in 2021. 

How to complete your work/life experience portfolio


See which work and life experiences apply to you.

Write & Collect

Write life experience journals or collect work experience documentation.

Submit: Must be a student

New students must be admitted to the University before submitting.

Current Students: Click here to log into My Phoenix to learn more about opportunities, and next steps, to save time and money on your degree.

Search for work and life experiences

Earn college credits for your on-the-job and off-the-job experiences. They can be certifications, licenses, trainings, or life skills you've picked up through the years, that could give you a leg up on your degree.

University of Phoenix is a member of CAEL. The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) is a national nonprofit leading the work to improve education-to-career pathways for adult learners.

Smiling student takes a break in her art studio to proof her assignment before uploading it.

Your employer may help cover your tuition

We work with hundreds of organizations to help their employees earn degrees at a reduced cost. See if yours is on the list.

Frequently Asked Questions

Expand All

Work and life experience credits are an evaluation of your learning experiences outside of the classroom.  Upon evaluation, the review of these experiences can lead to credits earned toward a degree.  For every 3 credits earned through work and life experience you can graduate 5 weeks faster and save $1200 in tuition.

Have your relevant work and life experience evaluated for potential credit through our work and life experience evaluation process — at no cost to you.

Examples of experiences that may qualify for credit include:

Work Experiences

  • IT certificates

  • Policy Academy Training 

  • Real Estate License

Review the full list of work experiences

Life Experiences

  • Interviewing 

  • Communication and Management

  • Parenting

Review the full list of life experiences

While the categories are separated between the nature of the experience (work versus life), students have the option of submitting for any and all experiences that might qualify.  In fact, submitting documents for both work and life experiences provides the greatest opportunity to earn credit.

The information provided within the work and life experiences resources represents experiences that have previously been evaluated and deemed eligible for college credit.  If you don’t see your experience listed, we encourage you to speak with an advisor to see if it makes sense to have your experience evaluated for possible credit.

You must first be admitted to the University and be enrolled in a program that is eligible for work and life experience (a limited number of programs are not eligible). Please speak with your Enrollment Representative to learn more. If you’re already student, you can visit the work and life experience page on your student portal to start the process.

If you are not yet a student, please speak with an Enrollment Representative to determine if your experiences might be eligible for credit.  If you are an existing student, your Academic Counselor can help you determine if work and life experience credits can help you save time and money toward your degree.