EDUCATION BENEFITS AVAILABLE WHILE YOU SERVE
If you are currently serving and want to advance your education during off-duty periods, there are benefits that help pay a portion or up to all of your tuition. Additionally, there are programs and funding available to help your spouse advance their education and career.
ARMY EDUCATION CENTERS
Army Education Centers, found at every Army post, provide you and your family the support and resources needed to achieve your education goals. There, you’ll find free guidance on which academic courses can help advance your Army career, which education benefits are right for you, and how to advance your education while you serve.
Army Education Centers also offer standardized tests used for college admission and awarding college credit, such as the SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, and more.
Under the Tuition Assistance program, the Army may pay a portion or up to all of your college tuition during off-duty periods. Eligible Soldiers will receive help from the Army Continuing Education System (ACES) to secure funds for undergraduate and graduate courses.
This program applies to Soldiers serving active duty, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard regardless of service status.
BENEFITS OF THE ARMY’S TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
- Receive up to $250 per semester hour and up to 16 semester hours per fiscal year
- A chance for the Army to pay up to 100 percent of tuition
CONCURRENT ADMISSIONS PROGRAM (CONAP)
The Concurrent Admissions Program (ConAP) helps regular Army and Army Reserve Soldiers transition directly to college after military service. It also provides the opportunity to earn credit toward your college degree while serving in the Army or Army Reserve.
After you complete your time in the Army, you will be able to transition directly to one of more than 1,900 colleges participating in the ConAP program. Your college will award credit hours for courses you took and job training you completed while serving in the Army or Army Reserve – putting you well on your way to earning your degree. ConAP is intended for new enlistees in the regular Army and the Army Reserve. National Guard Soldiers are not eligible for this program.
While enrolled in the ConAP program, Soldiers can also utilize other education benefits, including the GI Bill, the Army Loan Repayment Program, and Tuition Assistance.
CONCURRENT ADMISSIONS PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
In order to be eligible for the Concurrent Admissions Program (ConAP), Soldiers must:
- Enlist in the Army or Army Reserve
- Join the Future Soldier Program
COLLEGE LEVEL EXAMINATION PROGRAM (CLEP)
Through independent study, distance learning, and credit-by-examination programs, you can earn college credit without stepping into a classroom.
Exams administered by the College Board allow you to receive credit for job experience or completing military training. This allows you to test out of many college prerequisites and earn college credit for your transcripts.
EARN YOUR COLLEGE DEGREE THROUGH THE GREEN TO GOLD PROGRAM
The Green to Gold Program identifies enlisted Soldiers with leadership potential and helps them pay for college and earn the degree needed to become an Officer. Through ROTC, candidates will attend college or graduate school, complete Army Officer Commissioning requirements, and compete for Officer assignments.
Find out more about the Green to Gold program.
SPOUSE EDUCATION AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES (SECO)
Through the Spouse Education & Career Opportunities (SECO) program, eligible military spouses can receive funding support for education, licensing and credentials, career counseling services, and employment readiness tools and resources to assist them no matter where they find themselves in their career.
This program is available to spouses of all active-duty service members, including Army Reserve and National Guard Soldiers called to active-duty status.
BENEFITS OF THE SPOUSE EDUCATION & CAREER OPPORTUNITIES (SECO) PROGRAM
- Use of the Military OneSource SECO Career Center, where certified career counselors provide comprehensive counseling services at no cost
- The My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) Scholarship, which is a workforce development program that provides up to a $4,000 scholarship for education, training, and licensing to eligible military spouses
- The Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP), which is an employment and career partnership connecting military spouses with more than 270 corporate partner employers who have pledged to recruit, hire, promote, and retain military spouses in portable careers
LEARN MORE ABOUT EDUCATION BENEFITS
If you’d like more information on these education benefits, or if you have any specific questions about eligibility and qualifications, reach out to a recruiter near you.