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Prior Credit Evaluation


Prior credit is defined by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as "the amount of credit allowed for previous education, training, and experience; including military training and experience".

Both the law and the regulations require schools to grant appropriate credit for prior training and experience (see the Prior Learning Assessment website by clicking here).

The portion of a student's transfer credit, which, when applied to the student's specific degree program, shortens that program.


  • For current VA education benefit recipients who change their program of study (major and/or concentration), please call the Student Assistance Center (865-694-6556) to set up an appointment to meet with the VA academic advisor.
  • After meeting with the VA academic advisor, please notify the Veterans Affairs Office at veterans@pstcc.edu of your intention to change your major.

It is the student’s responsibility to disclose all previous schools attended and to request transcripts be sent to us for evaluation before VA certification can commence. If the College becomes aware of additional transcripts that were not provided by the student, the VA requires us to adjust previous certifications. This action could result in a VA overpayment for the student and a debt to the school.