Active service members and veterans are pursuing postsecondary degrees in record numbers today, due in large part to the GI Bill education benefits that can cover much or all of the cost. An important tool for helping service members and veterans succeed in postsecondary education is prior learning assessment, or PLA.
Many veterans have participated in extensive and rigorous military training programs through which they have acquired significant collegelevel learning. They have also acquired learning in more informal ways from their military experiences. For these reasons, they especially stand to benefit from PLA.
In this paper, we interviewed veterans who incorporated PLA into their education plans.