Non-Traditional Credit: Prior Learning Assessment

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Loyola works with Learning Counts to help students complete PLA portfolios for college credit.
    • Click this link to be directed to the official Learning Counts homepage.
  • Portfolios include:
    • An introduction.
    • Three letters of reference.
    • A series of learning essays.
      • Learning essays must match the learning outcomes on an approved college or university syllabus. Learning essays provide details of what the student knows (the claim), some evidence of how the subject has been learned (the process), and evidence of the learning (exhibits).  
    • Documentation of CLL completed.
    • All of the above are used to showcase the completion of learning outcomes listed in a college syllabus from a regionally accredited university or college. 
  • Student can use experiences from the programs below as support within the PLA portfolios:
    • Life Office Management Association (LOMA)
      • Click this link to be directed to the official LOMA homepage.
    • Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU)
      • Click this link to be directed to the official CPCU homepage.
    • National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS)
      • Click this link to be directed to the official NCCRS homepage.
  • If you determine that developing a PLA portfolio would fit your degree plan, you will need to register to complete a portfolio development course with Learning Counts: 
  • The PLA portfolio development course will teach you:
    • How to develop a portfolio to demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes of a college-level syllabus.
      • Current students can find the list of SCPS course syllabi for classes offered through SCPS on the SCPS Resources Page.
        • Log into Sakai.
        • Click on the “SCPS Syllabus Project” tab.
        • Students are also welcome to create portfolios using syllabi from courses offered at other accredited colleges and universities.
    • How the faculty evaluation happens and what evaluators will be looking for with each portfolio submission.
  • Each learning essay may count for a college-level course. 
  • After you have successfully completed the portfolio process, you need to contact Learning Counts to send the transcripts to Loyola.
  • Official transcripts should be sent to the following address:

Office of Registration and Records
Loyola University Chicago
820 N. Michigan Avenue, Ste. 510
Chicago, IL 60611

  • Registration and Records will contact you via your Loyola email account once your transcripts are received by the University and have been posted to your account.
  • For more information about Learning Counts transcript guidelines and costs, please visit the official Learning Counts website.
    • Click this link to be directed to the official Learning Counts page.

Contact Loyola's continuing education program at or 312.915.6501 to learn more about applying prior learning and transfer credit toward your college degree.