Other Options for College Credit

College Credit for Military Experience

College Credit for Military Experience

As a veteran or service member, you may be able to receive college credit for your military experience, training and service - saving you time and money to complete your degree.

The American Council on Education (ACE) collaborates with the U.S. Department of Defense to review military training and experience and to recommend appropriate college credit. ACE's credit recommendations appear in the ACE Military Guide.

You may also be able to receive credit for professional development and training courses offered by business and industry, which can be evaluated through various prior learning assessment options. Contact an academic advisor in the counseling department at your target community college to learn more.

Contact Your College Advisor and VA Certifying Official

There are several steps you can take to ensure you are on the right path.

Contact your college's academic advisor to answer questions and help you get started. They can help you obtain your military transcript. Discuss with your advisor courses and/or training that might qualify for a prior learning assessment.

For a list of military experience and training already approved for college credit at Ohio colleges, click this link: Courses for Ohio College Credit for Military Training. Your college academic advisor can give you help and provide additional information.

All approved colleges and programs have a VA Certifying Official who can assist veterans and service member students with the benefits process and in exploring your educational options. To find the VA Certifying Official at your college, go to the federal WEAMS Institution Search.

Apply for VA Educational Benefit Benefits

As a veteran or service member, you may be eligible for educational benefits through numerous VA Educational Benefit programs. For example, if you are with a Yellow Ribbon Program which allows approved institutions of higher learning and the VA to partially or fully fund tuition and fee expenses that exceed established thresholds under the Post-9/11 VA Educational Benefit. To find out what education benefits you are eligible to receive, visit the VA Educational Benefit website or contact the Veterans Affairs (VA) Certifying Official at your institution for a benefits application.

You also should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA serves as the application for most federal and college-based financial aid, such as grants, loans and work-study funds.