The Voluntary Education Program provides personal and professional learning opportunities to the Marine Corps community. These programs provide Marines with opportunities to earn college degrees through a variety of options. The program’s mission is to provide continual academic support to Marines while they pursue a technical or college degree, regardless of their location.
The Education and Career/Technical programs we offer include: Tuition Assistance, Montgomery and Post 9/11 G.I. Bill, JST (Joint Services Transcript), USMAP (United Service Apprenticeship Programs) Marine Corps Credentialing Opportunities On-Line, and DANTES (Defense Activity for Non-traditional Education Support).
This course is designed for the Active Duty Service member seeking to attend an institute of higher education using tuition assistance. Covered in this course are choosing a career goal, determining an educational path to completing that goal, factors to consider when choosing an institute of higher education, and tuition assistance and other forms of funding. The expected outcome is to create a personal education folder. Click here for link
Marine Corps Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL) is a credentialing awareness, information and resource capability for all Marines. COOL can be used to get background information about civilian licensure and certification in general and specific information on individual credentials including eligibility requirements and resources to prepare for a credentialing exam. In addition to general information on credentials and licenses, Marine Corps COOL also provides extensive associated linkages covering education, career, transition and veteran’s resources. Click here for link
USMAP is only funded for Active Duty Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard service members. USMAP is a formal military training program that provides Active Duty Navy, Full Time Support Navy, Active Duty Marine Corps, and Active Duty Coast Guard members the opportunity to improve their job skills and to complete their civilian apprenticeship requirements while they are on active duty. Click here for link
Your Joint Services Transcript (JST) is an academically accepted document approved by the American Council on Education (ACE) to validate your military occupational experience. The Joint Services transcript also includes military course completions, descriptions of military occupations, and college level test scores. The JST is currently accepted at more than 2,300 college. To access your JST, visit https://jst.doded.mil/smart/dodMandatoryBannerForm/submit.do
You served with honor and you’re ready to further your education and skills. If you qualify, apply for VA education and training benefits online, in person, or request an application over the phone. Apply for Benefits
You may be eligible for several types of VA education and training benefits, but there are many things to consider before you apply for a GI Bill program. For most participants, the Post-9/11 GI Bill is the best option. Other students would benefit more from the Montgomery GI Bill. The following comparison tools may make it easier to decide which education and training benefits are best for you.
The Leadership Scholar Program (LSP) is a partnership between undergraduate colleges/universities and the Marine Corps. Our mission is to assist honorably discharging Marines with continuing their education. LSP identifies qualified Marines interested in furthering their education and connects them with admissions offices at the 200 plus universities and colleges in our partner network. LSP acts as a liaison between Marines and universities, providing support throughout the admissions process. Often it can be difficult to translate military experience and skills to the academic arena. LSP advocates on behalf of Marines to admissions boards, ensuring Marines are able to communicate their experience effectively. Partner institutions commit to securing acceptance
Military Tuition Assistance
Command Approval is a review and approval process prior to your WebTA application going forward for authorization funding by the Education Center. Your command approver must be your CO or By Direction Authority. When completing the WebTA application, enter the designated command approver’s email and ensure your WebTA application is command approved electronically before the term start date. Your command approver will verify that you:
- Have been onboard one year at the first permanent duty station or granted a waiver by the CO or OIC before using TA.
- Are serving on active duty through the last day of the course term.
- Have passed the most recent Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) or received a waiver.
- Are recommended for advancement or promotion.
- Have not received a non-judicial punishment (NJP) within six months or are not pending administrative separation.
Marines need to be aware that a WebTA application is not funded until the Education Center authorizes the WebTA application which will generate a funded TA voucher. An email notification is sent after command approval and another is sent after Education Center authorization.
NOTE: Duties always take priority over voluntary, off-duty education activities.
Web Tuition Assistance (WebTA) https://myeducation.netc.navy.mil
TA DECIDE is a comparison tool designed specifically to aid participants of DoD’s Tuition Assistance (TA) program in making informed choices on schools and education programs. The TA DECIDE engine is fueled by more than 10 recognized and trusted data sources from across the departments of Defense, Education and Veterans Affairs. It provides a first of its kind experience, uniquely tailored to the needs of the TA participant. TA DECIDE provides high value, actionable information on educational costs and outcomes to compare educational institutions that Marines may be considering. While this website was designed for the individual user, Service’s education counselor can also be a partner in this process. https://www.dodmou.com/TADECIDE
Federal Student Aid
Electronically submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). All students interested in financial aid for college will need to complete this form. https://fafsa.ed.gov/
FAFSA4caster will help you understand your options for paying for college. Provide some basic information and estimate your eligibility for federal student aid. Your estimate will be shown in the “College Cost Worksheet” where you can also provide estimated amounts of other student aid and savings that can go towards your college education. Go ahead and get started now! If you need help for a question, read the Help and Hints.
Scholarships for Student Veterans
Free college tuition money exists through many scholarships for student veterans, such as:
Pat Tillman Foundation Scholars http://pattillmanfoundation.org/apply-to-be-a-scholar/
Sentinels of Freedom Scholarships for severely wounded https://www.sentinelsoffreedom.org/programs/sentinel-scholarships/
Thanks USA Scholarship http://www.thanksusa.org/scholarship-program.html
List of scholarships at Student Veterans of America http://studentveterans.org/programs/scholarships
List of scholarships at U.S. Department of Education https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/military
FREE INTERNET SCHOLARSHIP SEARCH
There are also a number of reliable free internet scholarship search engines, such as:
Fastweb Scholarship Search http://www.fastweb.com/
College Board’s Fund Finder https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship-search
Scholarships Search https://www.scholarships.com/
Peterson’s Awards Database https://www.petersons.com/college-search/scholarship-search.aspx
Student Scholarship Search https://www.studentscholarshipsearch.com/
Scholarship Experts https://www.unigo.com/scholarships#/fromscholarshipexperts
Broke Scholar https://www.brokescholar.com/
College Data https://www.collegedata.com/cs/search/scholar/scholar_search_tmpl.jhtml
Scholarships for FAMILY MEMBERS
Who is eligible: Spouses of service members on active duty in pay grades E-1 to E-5, W-1 to W-2 and O-1 to O-2 who can start and complete their coursework while their military sponsor is on Title 10 military orders, including spouses married to members of the National Guard and reserve component in these same pay grades.
Spouses can visit the MyCAA Spouse Portal online at https://aiportal.acc.af.mil/mycaa and provide the required Spouse Profile information. A real-time DEERS eligibility check will confirm if spouses meet MyCAA eligibility requirements. Once confirmed, spouses can move forward and establish a MyCAA Account. Those who do not pass this check will be provided additional guidance.
The MyCAA Scholarship pays tuition costs for education and training courses and examinations leading to an associate degree (excluding associate degrees in General Studies, Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies that do not have a concentration). The scholarship also covers the costs for obtaining a license, certificate or certification at an accredited college, university or technical school in the United States or approved testing organization that expands employment or portable career opportunities for military spouses.
Scholarships for military children http://www.collegescholarships.org/scholarships/family.htm and http://www.militaryscholar.org/
Scholarships for military spouses http://www.militaryfamily.org/spouses-scholarships/scholarships.html?referrer=http://veteranseducationsuccess.org/ and http://www.hopeforthewarriors.org/transition/military-spouse-scholarships/
Armed Forces Classification Test (AFCT) which replaced the ASVAB, Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB), and Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) can be taken by scheduling with P&PD Education Services.
American College Testing (ACT) and Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DANTES Standard Subject Tests (DSSTs) are scheduled with Ft. Irwin via the Education Services Office in Bldg. 218.
Air Force Institute Distance Learning (AFIDL) online examinations, college course and assessment proctoring services scheduling is available upon request by calling 577-6118 or by email for an appointment.