Credit for Military Experience

Credit for Prior Training is that which applies to the program of education currently being pursued and which shortens the program accordingly. It is the veteran’s responsibility to:
  1. Request academic transcripts from all prior postsecondary educational institutions (including service schools) he/she has attended. Transcripts must be received and evaluated by the end of the second semester of enrollment.
  2. Notify the TCC Veterans Affairs Office once Admissions and Records completes the evaluation.
  3. Avoid pursuing courses which you may later receive transfer credit. If you earned an inordinate amount of credits at one or more of your prior educational institutions, VA may delay awarding of benefits pending the receipt of TCC’s prior credit evaluation of the student. The VA Coordinator cannot certify courses that the student has previously completed if transfer credit is granted by the Admissions and Records office.

Any veteran who has completed at least one year of active duty service with an honorable discharge is entitled to seven hours of military credit. This includes:

  • HSC 1100 (3 credit hours)
  • PEO 2005 (2 credit hours)
  • MSL 1001 (1 credit hour)
  • MSL 1002 (1 credit hour)
In order to receive these credits, the student must complete one semester of attendance at TCC and submit a copy of his/her DD214 Members 4 Copy to the Office of Admissions and Records, along with written documentation requesting seven hours of military credit.

Getting ACE Credits

The first step to claiming the credits earned is to request a transcript from military service. 

As of March 1, 2013, Joint Services Transcript (JST) has replaced the AARTS (Army transcript), SMART (Navy transcript) and Coast Guard Institute Transcript. The JST brings unity to the transcripts for all military training and experience for service members of all branches, with the exception of the Air Force, which has its own, regionally accredited transcript. The online JST service includes Officer and Warrant Officer training, joint military training conducted by other services, and DANTES funded test scores.

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