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The U.S. Marine Corps Education Program provides Service members the opportunity to reach their educational goals. They can enroll and complete certificates, Associates, Bachelors, and Master's degree programs.

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.

Available Programs

United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP)

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.

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.

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 Higher Education Preparation Course on Joint Knowledge Online.  It is strongly encouraged to contact Voluntary Education staff for assistance.

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.

For more detailed information on education benefits available to Veterans, visit https://benefits.va.gov/gibill/ or call 1-888-GI-BILL1 (1-888-442-4451).

Joint Services Transcript (JST)

Marine Corps and Navy Personnel have an official document certifying military training and education for recommended college credit called the Joint Services Transcript (JST). JST 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 JST jointly.

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.

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 advisement (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.

SkillBridge Employment Training Program

Marine Corps SkillBridge supports DoD initiatives that promote civilian job training available to transitioning military Service Members.  The MARADMIN 350/18 and DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE INSTRUCTION 1322.29 supports this voluntary program.  The Marine Corps SkillBridge initiative connexts Marines with available training, apprenticeships, and internship opportunities that offer a high pobability of employment for Marines who are separating; these services shall be provided at little or no cost to the Marine.  With command approval, all Marines can participate in a SkillBridge program.