Life experience credit is college credit students can earn based on prior learning. Students can receive up to 30 credits at a reduced tuition price through our Credit for Prior Learning evaluation process. Please refer to our Financial Aid information for fee details.
Credits for Prior Learning must:
External documentation must be provided to verify life experience. This could be in the form of copies of certificates, letters of accommodation or emails directly to the college from others who can verify what the student has completed.
Discussing potential Credit for Prior Learning with a program staff member is an important step as you begin your studies. The purpose of the discussion is to give an estimate of the number of hours you might earn from prior learning experiences. A worksheet will guide you in recalling and documenting learning experiences and will serve a guide for the discussion. This should be completed only after discussing your situation with a program staff member.
Active service members and veterans of the U.S. armed services may receive college credit for their military training and occupational specialties. Lancaster Bible College follows the credit recommendations established by the American Council on Education (ACE) for courses and occupations from the U.S. Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Army Reserve and National Guard.
The Community College of the Air Force maintains academic records for members and veterans of the U.S. Air Force. ACE recommendations and CCAF credits are treated as transfer credits and not as Credit for Prior Learning.
To determine the academic credit for your military experience, the undergraduate adult education office will need to review one or more of the following documents:
Credit by Examination is a way to validate learning in an academic area by taking a standardized test. The following examination programs are recognized by LBC’s undergraduate adult education degrees. A prospective student should consult with the adult education coordinator before taking any examination to see how the subject matter will fit their educational goals. Exams that duplicate or overlap previous college credit or courses required to be taken within the adult education degrees will not be accepted.
Advanced Placement (AP) – a score of 3 or better is required to receive credit for any of the Advanced Placement exams.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP) – a national set of exams on selected topics. Harrisburg Area Community College’s campus in Lancaster and Eastern Mennonite University’s Lancaster campus are the closest testing sites to LBC’s Lancaster campus. To locate CLEP testing sites in your area, click here for the CLEP Test Center listing.
Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support (DANTES) – introductory college-level exams in more than 50 subjects. Penn State Harrisburg is the closest DANTES testing site to LBC. Find additional DANTES testing sites here.
Earning college credit for prior life experiences is one of the unique features of adult education degrees.
During the admissions process, students are provided with an opportunity to obtain an estimate of the number of CPL credits they can expect to earn once they enter the program.
LBC | Capital’s online degrees can work well for you.
International students seeking to obtain an associate or bachelor’s degree through the adult education program will need to enroll in one of the Adult Education online programs and study from their home country. Due to the structure of our in-class track for adult education program (designed for local working adults), the college does not issue I-20s for the F-1 Visa.
In addition to the online application, international students seeking to apply for an adult education online degree will need to:
Note: Students living in British Columbia are not eligible for this online program.
Students considering online education should be aware that a few countries do not formally recognize foreign degrees earned online. This could affect transfer of credits to programs in some non-U.S. countries or for those who seek employment requiring specific credentials in their home country. Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School cannot guarantee that its online degree programs are recognized in or meet the requirements to comply with distance education regulations outside the United States.
Students considering online education must inform themselves of the current circumstances or special requirements in their country of residence, including whether the online degree will be recognized and whether they will be subject to additional withholding taxes. Depending on your location or country of citizenship, you may be required to pay taxes in addition to the tuition and fees you will pay to Lancaster Bible College | Capital Seminary & Graduate School. These taxes may result from tuition payments or other circumstances related to your participation in an online program.
To comply with U.S. export control regulations, LBC | Capital does not currently offer online programs to individuals located in the following countries under U.S. embargo:
This list is subject to change as sanctions change over time. Therefore, the list may not be current or complete.