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How Do I Transfer My Military Education to College Credits?

Author Ron Kness is no longer in the service.

Q: How do I transfer my military education to college credits?

A: First you have to request a transcript from your service branch. You would receive an “unofficial” copy, with an “official” copy going to your school, of all your training, schools and occupational positions that you held while serving that could be converted to college credits.

Your college, in turn, would use the American Council on Education (ACE) book to convert items on your military transcript to college credits. Most of the time, the credits you get from your military service are applied to your free-elective requirements.

However, not all colleges are created equal. Colleges vary in regard to the number of credits they will transfer in from military service or otherwise. It can vary from accepting all to none and everything in between.

The lesson learned? Shop around! Unless you plan on taking a program that only a school or two teaches (and then you are pretty well at their mercy), look at several schools until you find one that will give you what you think is a fair deal. You could end up shaving off up to five months of school time.

For you, that means extra GI Bill eligibility left over at the end of your program that you could use for an advanced degree, a certification, license, etc.

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