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Information for mature applicants

If you are 22 years old by the day of registration for your program and have been out of school for more than one year, you can apply to attend Holland College as a mature student. Applications by mature students are evaluated differently from applicants who have just finished high school.

Many schools recognize that mature students have life experience that younger students may not have, from their workplaces, their homes, or from learning independently.

When you apply for admission at Holland College, we consider all of this experience and any academic credentials you have when you apply for admission.

If you are a mature student who has not met all of the admission requirements for your program of choice, you may still be accepted, but you will need to provide a letter outlining why you believe that you have prior experience and learning to compensate for the missing requirement. To do this, you must:

In order to better determine a mature applicant’s suitability for the program they would like to take, mature applicants may be asked to participate in aptitude or achievement assessments.

Please note that not all programs will accept students using the mature applicant process stated above.

Credit Transfer & Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR)

The average Holland College student is 23 years old, and many already have a post-secondary credential or some post-secondary experience. You can receive recognition for that experience through Credit Transfer and Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition. 

Credit Transfer

If you have previous university or college experience, you can apply to transfer some of your credits. This can save you time and money! With the proper information and documentation, we can determine which credits you can transfer.

Download the Credit Transfer Request form (this is a PDF and will open in a new window).

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Prior Learning Assesment and Recognition (PLAR) is for students who have significant work and life experience and learning which may be equivalent to college courses. You should be able to identify learning acquired in different situations and places of work. The learning should be current, relevant to the course for which PLAR is requested and of sufficient breadth and depth to ensure college level learning.

Eligibility to PLAR

You may be eligible to PLAR a course if:

Assessment of PLAR

Your prior learning may be assessed by one or more of the following methods:

Challenge for Credit 
The skills, knowledge and abilities contained in a course are assessed by:

a)      An exam
b)      An interview
c)       Project completion
d)      Demonstrations
e)      Simulations


A detailed collection of documents and proof of learning that is assembled by the student in order to demonstrate appropriate prior learning.

Fees and Timelines

Regular course fees will be charged for PLAR.
The PLAR process should be completed during the same semester as the regular course offering.


For more information on the PLAR process, contact Natalie Worthen by email at or by phone at 902-566-9595.