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Financial Aid

It is important to know that nearly all state and federal financial aid does not cover PLA. However, that does not necessarily mean that you will need to pay for assessments entirely out of pocket. Here are some other possible sources of aid:

Individual institutions may have resources available for you to help cover the costs of PLA. Contact the institution for details.

Many employers have tuition assistance or tuition reimbursement programs that may cover the costs of PLA. Ask your employer if they have an education benefit and if it covers PLA. You may want to point out the PLA is in most cases substantially less expensive than traditional courses.

Military veterans can typically have all PLA-related expenses covered by their service benefits. See our Military PLA Guide for details.

Some Local Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) have agreed to cover the costs of PLA for credit that would go towards a degree in a "high need" field. These are degrees in subjects that are in high demand by employers in the area. For more information, contact your local Career One-Stop Centers for more details about what they can offer.


Cost Savings

Even if you unable to obtain aid for part or all of your PLA, it is particularly important to remember that most public institutions offer PLA at little or no cost, especially when compared to the costs of full tuition. The amount of time and effort you save may be well worth the small cost associated with most assessments. Details of the associated fees and costs can be found on our institutional profiles page.