Credit for military service

Earning college credit for military training and national testing programs can help you complete your undergraduate degree even sooner.

Each of the military services has developed methods for documenting military training that the American Council on Education (ACE) has evaluated for college credit and that you may be able to apply to your undergraduate degree program at University of Phoenix.

For information about obtaining your military transcript, simply select your branch of service below:

The Army uses the Joint Services Transcript (JST/AARTS) for documenting military training.

The Navy uses the Joint Services Transcript (JST/SMART) for documenting military training.

As part of the Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership (NCPDLP), University of Phoenix offers rating-relevant associate and bachelor’s degree programs that meet NCPDLP standards. Learn more at phoenix.edu/colleges_divisions/military/navy.html.

The Air Force uses the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) transcript for documenting all college credit-worthy training received. Air Force-enlisted personnel should complete an AF Form 2099, Request for Community College of the Air Force Transcript, at the base education office and have the transcript sent directly to their University of Phoenix® military Enrollment Advisor. (Transcripts sent directly to students are unofficial copies and will be stamped “Issued to Student.”)

If you’re not located near an Air Force base, you can send a written transcript request, including your full name, Social Security number, current address including ZIP code, and your military Enrollment Advisor’s address where the transcript is to be sent. The letter must include your original signature because that is the legal authorization for CCAF to release a transcript.

Because the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission of Colleges (SACSCOC) regionally accredits CCAF, the Office of Admissions will evaluate the transcript just like it would any other transfer credits. For more information, contact the CCAF at http://www.au.af.mil/au/cf/auregistrar/registrar.asp.

Students pursuing a CCAF Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree can earn a bachelor’s degree at University of Phoenix through the Air University Associate-to-Baccalaureate Cooperative (AU-ABC) program. Learn more at phoenix.edu/colleges_divisions/military/au-abc.html.

The Coast Guard uses the Joint Services Transcript (JST) for documenting all college credit-worthy training received. Before you can request a Coast Guard transcript, you must first complete an Application for Transcript (CGI 1561), available at http://www.uscg.mil/hr/cgi/forms/CG_Form_1561.pdf.

Additional information about military transfer options can be found in our military programs.

Associate of Arts in Professional Focus

University of Phoenix also offers servicemembers the Associate of Arts in Professional Focus (AA/PF). This online degree program is exclusive to students in our military community who wish to use their military experience and credit toward an associate degree with a professional focus. Contact an Enrollment Advisor at 866.766.0766 to learn more about this program.

Personal and professional training

Do you have documented prior college-level learning or professional experience outside the military? Find out if your experience is eligible for college credit through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). Learn more about PLA below.

Need more information about PLA? Contact us at 866.440.4707 or plac@phoenix.edu.

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