Individualized Prior Learning Assessment (IPLA) Fee

The Individualized Prior Learning Assessment (IPLA) fee is charged at the time a student’s individualized prior learning assessment request is accepted at the office of academic review. 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.  For example, if a student has requested 8 credits of individualized prior learning assessments and paid a $350 IPLA fee in the past, that student will not be charged again for additional prior learning assessments. Students who were charged the previous Individual Evaluation Fee (IEF) are also exempt from the IPLA fee.

We have discontinued other grandfathering of fees based on first matriculation date. Only students who have previously paid any IPLA or IEF fees will not be charged for additional assessments.

Incurring Fees

When completing the PLA 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 PLAs that they submit at Empire State College, 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 the Center Office of Academic Review (COAR) accepts the submissions from a student’s mentor. 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 from the Student Accounts page in MyESC. Charges will be added onto the term for which registration is currently open.

Making Payment

The IPLA fee is incurred when the assessment office accepts a student’s IPLA for review. The fee is assigned a term when applied to a student’s account — the term for which registration is currently open. Payment for IPLA charges is due at time of assessment. Students may use financial aid to pay the IPLA fee and can contact the Financial Aid office if the fee increases their Cost of Attendance. Students may also pay for the fee from the Student Accounts page in MyESC, 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.

Fees Added During a Period of Non-enrollment

If IPLA fees have been added to a term in which a student is not enrolled but you wish to use financial aid to pay for the fee, please contact Student Accounts at

Past Due Accounts/Registration Holds

If a student does not make payment or payment arrangements for his or her IPLA fee by the term start date, the account is considered past due and a financial hold will be placed on the account. Students with a financial hold cannot receive services such as registration, transcripts, or additional IPLA requests.

For any student submitting IPLA requests that have an existing past due account balance, requests will not be accepted. These IPLA requests will be returned to DRAFT status. Once the financial hold is cleared, students will need to resubmit their IPLA request for review. Accounts Receivable may be contacted at 518-587-2100, ext. 2320 or for account balance information.

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


Contact the Student Information Center at 518-587-2100 or 800-847-3000.


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