Base Education

Lifelong Learning Center Building 7122
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

(229) 639-5162 for more information

The U.S. Marine Corps Education Program provides Service members the opportunity to reach their educational goals. They can complete their high school education, earn an equivalency diploma, improve their academic skills or level of literacy, and enroll in vocational and technical schools.

They can also receive recommended college credit for military training and experience based on the American Council on Education (ACE) Guide to the Evaluation of Non-Traditional Learning Experiences in the Armed Forces, take tests to earn recommended college credits, complete an apprenticeship in a trade, and enroll in post secondary education programs that lead to associate’s, bachelor’s, graduate and post graduate degrees.

Postsecondary Education Complaint System (PECS)

If you or your family member receives tuition assistance or is a Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Scholarship recipient, you are encouraged to submit feedback here. Also if your school is failing to follow the Principles of Excellence, please submit feedback here.

Available Programs

United Services Military Apprenticeship Program

In 1977, the Marine Corps and the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) Bureau of Apprenticeship and Training established the Marine Corps Apprenticeship Program with 27 Military Occupational Specialties (MOS). On August 20, 1999, a Memorandum of Agreement was signed by Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps and Chief, Naval Education and Training (CNET) to consolidate the Marine Corps Apprenticeship Program and the Navy National Apprenticeship Program (NNAP), thus forming the United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP). On April 7, 2000, the Coast Guard joined with the Marine Corps and the Navy. The “National Standards of Apprenticeship” were signed on April 11, 200 by the Secretary of Labor, Secretary of Navy and Secretary of Transportation.Out of 300 enlisted Military Occupational Specialties (MOS’s), 257 are covered under USMAP trades/occupations employing apprenticeship. Occupations offered through USMAP cross over into several civilian industries, including servicing, manufacturing and construction, and transportation/utilities. Occupations such as Dental Laboratory Technician, Machinist, Carpenter, and Recording Engineer are included under USMAP. The USMAP is the largest apprenticeship program sponsor registered with the United States Department of Labor. It provides a total of 126 occupations. From program inception, nearly 20,000 Marines and Sailors have completed their Certificates of Apprenticeship.

The advantages of USMAP include:

  • Effective recruiting tool for new military personnel.
  • Positive retention tool (normally takes more than one enlistment to complete apprenticeship).
  • Encourages training that is compatible to civilian trades.
  • Strong morale program – it is viewed by enlisted personnel as something their military service is doing for them.
  • Completion of program enhances employment opportunities while on active duty or separated.

Civilian outreach and recognition of USMAP include:

  • The Apprenticeship Training, Employer and Labor Services (ATELS) participated in the Interagency Task Force on Certification and Licensing of Transitioning Military Personnel. The Interagency Task Force, created in 1998, was led by the Veterans’ Employment and Training Service of the Department of Labor and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • The Task Force identified credentialing barriers and opportunities, one of which was the conforming of military programs more closely to training requirements for civilian equivalent occupations. ATELS works to keep private sector apprenticeship program sponsors informed of the extent and quality of military apprenticeships.
  • The Joint Services Apprenticeship Steering Committee includes all branches of the military service, the ATELS, employers from the private sector, and labor unions who will review registered military occupations to identify and standardize the on-the-job training, related instruction, and language. The Committee was formed to assist those veterans who have completed an apprenticeship make the transition to the civilian sector.
  • The construction industry (union and non-union) has indicated an interest in conducting an in-depth study of military building trades occupations to ease the transition of military apprenticeship participants into the civilian building trades. Outreach efforts have been made to provide placement assistance in the telecommunications industry to veterans leaving the military
  • Military personnel completing registered apprenticeships can contribute to addressing skill shortages employers may be experiencing.
  • Education and training are top priorities in all three services and USMAP will make a significant contribution towards developing Marines and Sailors’ technical skills, as well as preparing them for future opportunities in a civilian occupation.
  • The services’ commitment to enlisted personnel is total preparation. USMAP is an embodiment of this commitment, but as an added benefit, it certifies a servicemembers’ technical skills. The civilian sector is increasingly recognizing the professional training enlisted personnel receive and USMAP provides a complimentary “bridge” as well as enhancement between military and the civilian workforce sector.

Military Tuition Assistance (TA)

Tuition Assistance (TA) offers financial assistance to service members who elect to pursue Off-Duty or Voluntary Education. TA funds 100% of tuition costs for high school completion up to a fiscal year TA cap of $4,500.

Effective 01 Oct 2002, postsecondary education, from vocational certification through graduate study, TA will fund up to 100% of institution charges for tuition, instructional fees, laboratory fees, computer fees and mandatory enrollment fees combined. Funding will not exceed $250 per semester hour equivalent and $4,500 per individual per fiscal year. Combinations of the different educational levels will not exceed the fiscal cap.

TA is not authorized for books or for lower or lateral degrees. Officers using TA agree to remain on active duty for two (2) years following the completion of the TA funded course.

First-time students must complete a TA Orientation Class PRIOR to using TA. Marines at remote sites (non-Marine Corps installations) may access the course by clicking on the TA Orientation link above. All others, please proceed to your local base Lifelong Learning or Education Office.

Marines must apply for and receive written authorization for TA PRIOR to enrollment through the appropriate education office.

TA for remote Marines and those assigned to other service sites is processed at Camp LeJeune/Cherry Point for those east of the Mississippi and Camp Pendleton for those west of the Mississippi. I-I duty Marines apply through MARFORRES, New Orleans. Recruiters apply via their recruiting district or region headquarters.

Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB)

The purpose of the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) is to provide an educational assistance program to assist in the readjustment of members of the Armed Forces to civilian life after their separation from military service.

Montgomery GI Bill Active Duty (MGIB-AD)

This is a participatory educational assistance program which provides education and training opportunities for individuals who first enter active duty on or after 1 July 1985. All eligible active duty individuals must be counseled on their right to participate and offered the opportunity to decline within the first 14 days of active duty. Individuals who do not decline enrollment into the MGIB will have their pay reduced by $100 per month for the first 12 months on active duty (maximum contribution $1,200). For eligible individuals who enroll in the MGIB, ENROLLMENTS ARE IRREVOCABLE AND PAY REDUCTIONS ARE NONREFUNDABLE. Basic Eligibility requirements can be found on the Veterans Affairs Website.

Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)

Under the MGIB-SR, eligible Marines may receive $263.00 per month for up to 36 months of full-time study by agreeing to serve satisfactorily for six years in the Selected Reserve. This can mean up to $9,468.00 worth of benefits towards your education in addition to other benefits as a member of the Selected Reserve. The Marine Corps determines and reports eligibility to the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (DVA). The DVA awards benefits for approved courses of study such as: flight training courses, baccalaureate degrees, graduate and post-graduate degrees. Basic Eligibility requirements can be found on the Veterans Affairs Website.

For more detailed information on education benefits available to Veterans, visit the VA Education Benefits web page or call 1-888-GI-BILL1 (1-888-442-4451).

Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART)

Marine Corps and Navy Personnel have an official document certifying military training and education for recommended college credit called the Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART). SMART is an official transcript endorsing and recommending college credit for military education and training and recognized by the American Council on Education (ACE). The Marine Corps and the Navy have developed SMART jointly.

  • To obtain an individual copy of your SMART or to request a SMART be sent to the educational institution of your choice, click here.
  • If you have any questions regarding SMART, click here for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Marine Corps (SOCMAR)

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Marine Corps (SOCMAR) – SOCMAR is a consortium of colleges and universities established to assist Marines in earning a college degree despite geographic and institutional obstacles. Marines who attend SOCMAR schools complete a SOCMAR student agreement which allows for increased transfer credit flexibility, limited residency requirement, and recognition of military learning for academic credit.

Marines who complete a SOCMAR student agreement may continue to work toward their defined academic goal through their resident institution, independent study, or testing if they have a change in duty station or are stationed overseas.

SOCMAR has a cooperative relationship with the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Programs established for the Army and the Navy to assist Marines who are stationed at those bases.

SOCMAR programs are open to family members as well as Marines.

Over 12,510 Marines and their family members have completed SOCMAR student agreements and are working towards their degrees at SOCMAR institutions.

For more information on Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, go to the SOC web page

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) provides financial aid to military spouses and family members.

  • Spouse Tuition Aid Program (STAP) is available to spouses of active duty Navy and Marine Corps personnel in OCONUS locations pursuing full- or part-time enrollments in vocational certification, undergraduate, or graduate degree programs.
  • VADM E.P. Travers Scholarship and Loan Program provides financial assistance to spouses and unmarried dependent children of active duty members as well as unmarried dependent children of retired Marine Corps or Navy members.

For more information, visit the NMCRS website.

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation is a private, non-profit organization that provides scholarship opportunities for dependent children of Marines for pursuit of higher education opportunities.

The American Legion publishes a scholarship and financial aid handbook. The handbook, Need a Lift, provides information and resources to existing sources of aid throughout the nation. Click here to visit their website, or write: The American Legion, P.O. Box 1055, Indianapolis, IN 46206 to obtain additional information.

Marine Corps installations offer counseling (dependent on staffing), financial aid, employee education benefits, testing and college information for military family members. Some spouse benefits, such as in-state tuition and financial aid, are dependent on state law where the installation is located. To discover the services available at your location, contact your local education center. Click here to check out additional financial aid resources at the Department of Education website.