Individualized Prior Learning Assessment (IPLA) Fee

The Individualized Prior Learning Assessment (IPLA) fee is charged at the time an undergraduate student’s individualized prior learning assessment request is accepted by the Office of Prior Learning. This is a nonrefundable fee. If a student has been charged any amount for individualized prior learning assessments under the previous IPLA fee tiered structure, they will not be charged an additional IPLA fee.  

Incurring Fees

When completing the IPLA submission process, a message appears informing students that they are incurring IPLA fee liability. By submitting their IPLA requests, a student is acknowledging their liability for the nonrefundable IPLA fee for all IPLAs that they submit at SUNY Empire, agreeing to all terms and conditions, and authorizing the appropriate charges to their account. The fees will be charged to the student’s account when assessment staff accept the student's submissions. An email notifying students of the charge will be sent at the time the charges are posted. At that time, students should review their student account statement in Self-Service Banner found on the Student Accounts page in MyESC. Charges will be added onto the term for which registration is currently open.

Making Payment

On the Student Accounts portal (login required) use TouchNet to make payment and enroll in the Time Payment Plan to pay for the fee in convenient installments. Accounts will be considered past due if payment or payment arrangements are not in place by the term start date and a financial hold will be placed on the account.

When an IPLA fee is added to a period when the student is enrolled and is eligible for financial aid, students may use excess aid to pay their IPLA fee. Questions regarding eligibility may be directed to

For details about the PLA process, visit the Individualized Prior Learning Assessment Guide.


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