Military Students


Are you a current member of the United States military, a National Guardsman or woman or a Reservist? Or have you completed your military assignment or are a military retiree? Whatever your situation, there are resources and services available to you, from earning academic credits for your specialized military training to financial assistance for going or returning to college. For information, you will find helpful and tools and tips designed specifically for those in or previously in the military, follow the links below.

Getting The Education You Want

College Credit for Military Service

  • The American Council on Education collaborates with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to review military training and experiences and recommend appropriate college credit for members of the Armed Forces. ACE’s credit recommendations appear in the Military Guide and on military transcripts.

The College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT)

  • The American Council on Education's CREDIT program assists adults in securing credit for learning activities outside the traditional college and university. The program reviews examinations and training offered by business, labor unions, professional organizations, schools, and government agencies and assesses the equivalent credit that an individual might earn for those experiences. The link above will take you to the CREDIT program and to information on the National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs.

Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL)

  • Use Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL) to find civilian credentials related to your military occupational specialty and learn what it takes to obtain the credentials. COOL will also let you determine if there are available programs that will help pay credentialing fees.

The Defense Activity for Nontraditional Educational Support (DANTES)

  • Getting the education you want should be a straightforward process. DANTES provides information, resources and programs that allow you to pursue your goal – all with the flexibility to accommodate your needs. Learn about the benefits and options available to help you Define Your Future. College prep courses help you identify your interests and strengths and improve your academic skills. You can even earn college credit for what you already know.

GI Bill Website

  • Use these tools and resources to better equip you in understanding your benefit needs.

Yellow Ribbon Program

  • Only veterans entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) or their designated transferees may receive this funding. Active duty servicemembers and their spouses are not eligible for this program (child transferees of active duty servicemembers may be eligible if the servicemember is qualified at the 100% rate).


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