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ASAP is what we call our programs that have been identified as the most flexible and convenient for nontraditional adult learners. Whether you are looking to transfer to a four-year intuition or simply finish an Associates degree for a career change or promotion, you will have the opportunity to earn a college degree at an accelerated, flexible and independent pace. All while potentially getting college credit for the knowledge and skills you've gained through your work and life experiences. ASAP uses Prior Learning Assessments (PLA's) and other credit for prior learning tools to match your know-how with college courses, saving you money as well as time in the classroom.

How is this different than the traditional path of earning a degree?

Our Prior Learning Assessments require students to demonstrate their life experience and college-level learning. PLA’s match specific courses within a student's degree program. The determination on the level of credit to be granted based on the outcomes of the assessment is in accordance with Minnesota State policies and the Council of Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL).

What degrees are available through ASAP?

If one of these describe you ASAP is right for you!

  • Typically 25 or older
  • May or may not have college experience or transfer credits
  • In a career transition
  • Have family commitments
  • Need flexibility, cannot attend multiple days per week, or during traditional hours
  • Consistent work history and/or volunteer experience
  • Veteran or Active Military
  • Could have the opportunity to earn credits from prior learning experience
  • May already have a degree but want to build on previous education experience
  • Returning back after an educational break

What are the other options available for Credit for Prior Learning?

An Affordable Education That Will Work for You

Your education is one of the biggest concerns as you consider starting or returning to college. Here at Inver Hills, we take this concern seriously. We want to work with you to help you achieve your educational goals, which is why our tuition rates are some of the lowest in our state. As you can see below, attending Inver can help you save thousands of dollars on a high-quality education. We will also work with you to determine how to access financial aid to help cover the cost of your tuition. The cost of Prior Learning Assessment that is not a national standardized test is $100 per credit.

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Personalized degree planning and advising

ASAP staff members are dedicated to helping you achieve your personal and professional goals by making the most of your unique background and experience. As an ASAP student, you will:

  • Develop a comprehensive degree and transfer plan that includes individual courses and assessments
  • Receive ongoing assistance from expert advisors who understand your needs and can help you succeed
  • Be welcomed into a supportive, student-centered learning environment

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