L E A P
L.E.A.P. - LIFE EXPERIENCE ASSESSMENT Program
You may be closer to earning a Degree than you know!
The Life Experience Assessment Program (LEAP) is designed to apply college credits towards the Degree Program of the student's choice. This affords the student to be credited with what they have already learned. In addition, students who qualify for LEAP may be able to reduce their course load by as much as 30%.
LEAP is designed to bestow college level credits to individuals who submit valid and verifiable information on their resume to be accredited towards their Degree Program. Prior learning, work/ministry/military experience, seminars attended, books read and professional licenses, certificates and diplomas are evaluated for credit. LEAP also allows a student to have up to 30 credits awarded towards their Degree Program.
In order to qualify for the LEAP Program, the student must present verifiable proof of the following:
- All previous credit earned (must submit official transcripts)
- All previously earned Certificates, Diplomas and/or Degrees (photocopies of originals)
- A complete Professional/Theological/Ministerial Resume
- Listing of books read, courses and seminars attended (credit or non-credit)
- If the student has published theological works, the student must present copies of all such works to the LEAP Review Committee
The applicant must complete a Portfolio Assessment Evaluation which is required to review and calculate total credits to be awarded for prior learning and professional credits earned. The cost of the Portfolio Assessment is $300.00. This Assessment Fee must be paid in full at time of application/enrollment and is non-refundable.
There will be a $13.33 assessment fee applied towards every Life Experience credit awarded towards your degree program.
In addition to completing the Portfolio Assessment Evaluation, the student must also complete a Bible knowledge equivalency exam. This is a College-Level Examination. This rigorous program allows students from a wide range of ages and backgrounds to demonstrate their mastery of introductory college-level material and earn college credit. Students can earn credit for what they already know by getting qualifying score upon completing this examination.
How to Apply:
Complete and submit the VLBI LEAP application. There is a one-time non-refundable $300.00 Portfolio Assessment fee that is due and must be made payable upon submission of your LEAP Application.
Your application will not be reviewed if payment has not been received for the Portfolio Assessment. You may mail your completed LEAP Application to the VLBI school address along with the required fee in the amount of $300.00.
If you qualify for the LEAP Program you will also be required to pass the VLBI Bible Knowledge Equivalency Exam. Please see the 'Finance Your Education' page for the cost of the Bible Knowledge Equivalency Exams.
You will be eligible for the LEAP Program after you have done the following:
- Submit your completed LEAP Application along with the required documents to complete your Portfolio Assessment.
- Receive a passing score of no less than 70% on the Bible Knowledge Equivalency Exam.
Be sure to follow the following instructions carefully before submitting your LEAP Application. Failure to submit accurate information will be grounds for rejection of your application.
The VLBI Bible Knowledge Equivalency Exam is administered online.