Alternative Types of Credit

Credit by Exam
Credit by Exam is an opportunity to obtain credit for knowledge and experience that is parallel to the content of a particular course through an exam given by an LSC faculty member.

The student will meet with the Director of Advising or his/her designee to determine readiness for credit by exam. Students are limited to one attempt to earn credit by exam, per course. A fee of 50% of the cost of tuition per credit must be paid prior to the exam and is not refundable.

Prior Learning Assessment
Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) provides opportunity to obtain credit for college-level knowledge gained through prior work, education, and life experiences through documentation and demonstration of prior learning. Lake Superior College has adopted the National Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) standards.

The student will meet with the Director of Advising or his/her designee to determine readiness for prior learning assessment. The Director of Advising or his/her designee will consult with appropriate faculty members for evaluation of prior learning experience and credit award. A nonrefundable Prior Learning Assessment fee of 50% of the tuition cost per credit must be paid prior to evaluation.

Educational Credit for Training Programs
Lake Superior College may accept credit for the following training programs:

Military Training
Credits will be evaluated from the student’s military documents using the “ACE Guide to the Evaluation of Experiences in the Armed Forces” (Minnesota Statute 197.775, Subdivision 2, Higher Education Fairness).

For information on transfer of military credit from the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard, please click here. You may also obtain information about how courses transfer through the MnSCU Veterans Education Transfer System.

To have your military credit evaluated at Lake Superior College, you will need to request a copy of your transcript.

Students currently or formerly in Army, Marines, Navy and Coast Guard can request a Joint Services Transcript – formerly known as the SMART transcript – be sent by clicking here. A transcript request link is also provided through MnSCU’s Military Credit Transfer for Veterans and Service Members.

Students currently or formerly in the Air Force must request an official copy of their transcript through the Community College of the Air Force. Transcripts can be ordered here.

Business Training
Credits will be evaluated using the ACE College Credit recommendations

Association of Administrative Professionals
Credit will be evaluated for successful completion of the CAP (Certified Administrative Professional) examination.

Lake Superior College may accept credit from programs with state and/or national certification(s) agreements, approved by the Lake Superior College program faculty and the Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs, in accordance with the transfer process.

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