Other Military Resources

As a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) we offer academic resources tailored to military students. We also offer Prior Learning Assessment, which gives you the opportunity to receive undergraduate college credits through an assessment of prior college-level learning, or through national testing programs. Certain states may limit credits awarded, so be sure to check with a University Academic Advisor.

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

SOC lets military members and their families earn college degrees through a group of more than 1,000 colleges, universities and technical institutes. SOC member schools all acknowledge and transfer your credits efficiently, which makes it possible for you to continue your college studies as you relocate.

SOC features include:

  • Your own degree plan and home college.
  • A program ensuring that no one SOC school needs to contribute more than 25% of total degree course work.
  • College credit for both your military experience and for accredited military training courses.
  • College credit for national tests such as CLEP® (College-Level Examination Program).

We’re members of the SOC Consortium and SOC Degree Network System

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium is a group of national higher education associations. Members subscribe to principles and criteria ensuring that quality academic programs are available to military students, their family members, the Coast Guard, veterans and civilian employees of the Department of Defense. A list of SOC Consortium member institutions can be found on the SOC website at soc.aascu.org.

The SOC Degree Network System consists of a selection of SOC Consortium member institutions chosen by the military to deliver specific associate's and bachelor's degree programs to servicemembers and their families.

SOC programs are offered by colleges and universities on or accessible to military installations worldwide. Within each curriculum or degree network, member colleges agree to accept each other's credits in transfer. Course work can be done both in the classroom and through distance learning methods such as online, correspondence, computer or video.

SOCGuard is a SOC program for the Army National Guard and supports Education Services Officers (ESO) in developing partnerships with the higher education community in their state. The goals of SOCGuard are to link Army National Guard civilian and military education and training needs with degree programs offered by local colleges and universities; assist Army National Guard ESOs in marketing education benefits; and assist the Army National Guard to maximize the participation of soldiers in federal and state education benefit programs.

In cooperation with the United States Army Recruiting Command, SOC operates the Concurrent Admissions Program (ConAP) to increase college enrollment of Army recruits and reservists. 

Get credit for what you learn outside of the classroom

With Prior Learning Assessment, you can receive undergraduate college credits through the assessment of prior college-level learning. You can also complete approved national testing examinations. This can accelerate the time it takes to complete an undergraduate degree at a fraction of the cost. 

Certain states limit cumulative degree program credits awarded through Prior Learning Assessment. Check with an enrollment representative for details. And please keep in mind that acceptance of credit by any institution is at the discretion of the receiving institution. You’ll need to confirm whether or not credits accepted by or earned at University of Phoenix will be accepted by another institution.

Credit for military experience

Veterans and active duty servicemembers can have their military training evaluated for college credit. There is no charge to submit official military documents of training and experience for evaluation. 

Use the official military documents:

  • DD Form 214—Armed Forces of the United States Report of Transfer or Discharge
  • Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript System (AARTS)

The credit recommendations are identified by the American Council on Education in The Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services.

Credit for experiential learning

Those who wish to have their personal and professional experiences outside of the military assessed for equivalence to college-level learning can submit them through the Prior Learning Assessment process. 

Credit for previously documented learning

  • Professional training
  • Workshops and seminars
  • Licenses
  • Businesses and professional course certificates
  • Transcripts from unaccredited institutions
  • Transcripts from nationally accredited institutions
  • Articulated agreements for college equivalency

Credit earned through national testing programs

Military members are eligible to take College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) or Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) examinations through an approved military installation at no charge. As a convenience to our students, we offer the CLEP examination at campuses nationwide for a nominal fee. Up to 30 undergraduate credits can be earned through approved national testing programs. To receive a listing of all University of Phoenix testing locations for CLEP, please take a moment to complete our Information Request Form.

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