Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for Prior Learning

Mid-State Technical College’s Credit for Prior Learning Policy enables students to receive credit for their knowledge and skills gained from experience other than through the course offerings at MSTC and accelerate the completion of their educational goals. Credit for Prior Learning credits may include: transfer of credits from approved, post-secondary institutions; credit by examination; high school, military or occupational experience/training; articulated high school credit. MSTC has agreements with many area high schools to grant advanced standing for selected high school courses.

Students are required to complete 25% of the technical studies (Associate Degree Programs) or occupational-specific studies (Technical Diploma Programs) at MSTC. The remaining 75% of coursework may be completed with various types of credit for prior learning.

Students must meet the requirements of the specific course in which they enroll to obtain credit.  All students seeking any form of credit for prior learning will begin the process with the Student Services Office. Student Services will refer the student’s request to the appropriate Division Dean. After the evaluation is completed, Student Services will notify the student in writing regarding the result of the evaluation. If the credits are granted, they will be entered on the student’s permanent transcript record. An appeal of the final decision may be made using the Academic Appeals Process (explained here).

Transfer credit typically takes 4-5 weeks to process from the point of receipt to the point of posting on the student's academic record. 

Questions regarding the process can be directed to:

Denise Borland

High School - Advanced Standing 
AP, CLEP and ACT-PEP - Credit by National Examination
Credit for Military Educational Experience
MSTC Test Credit
Transfer of Credit
Work Experience Credit


Reasons Businesses Should Hire an MSTC Graduate

Employer-based program advisory committees
88% of us work in-state following graduation
We are tech savvy
We have the soft skills you desire
We receive skills/insight from industry leaders
You get a high-quality and job-ready employee

Frequently Asked Admissions Questions


Do I need to take an entrance assessment to be admitted to MSTC & my program?

MSTC requires most new students to complete the Accuplacer prior to acceptance into a program.

Do college graduates still need to provide high school transcripts?

Yes, but only if your program requires transcripts.

What are official transcripts?

Official transcripts are transcripts with the school's seal sent directly from the school you attended previously.

When can I take the Accuplacer?

The Accuplacer is offered on a daily basis

Is there a fee to take the Accuplacer?

Yes. There is a $20 fee to take the Accuplacer.

How does MSTC tuition compare to tuition for a four-year public university?

On average, an MSTC education costs 45% less than two years at a public university.

How do I know if I’ve been admitted to a program?

Once you have completed all admissions requirements, you will receive a letter indicating you have been accepted.

How do I apply to a program?

Click on How to Apply above to get started!

Will a GED or HSED be accepted in lieu of a high school diploma?

Yes. Contact the institution that awarded your GED/HSED and have them send your test scores directly to MSTC.

If I’ve taken the Accuplacer or ACT in the past, can MSTC use those scores?

Yes. The scores can be used if the test has been taken within the past five years.

Is there an Application for Admission deadline?

MSTC continuously accepts applications for admission.

Do I need to be admitted to a program to take classes at MSTC?

No. Anyone can register for most General Studies classes.

MSTC needs a copy of my transcripts. Can I send a copy of the one I have?

No. MSTC requires all transcripts to be official.

I applied to MSTC in the past. Do I need to repay my application fee?

The $30 application fee is a one-time fee.