The Voluntary Education Program provides personal and professional learning opportunities to the Marine Corps community. The program positively impacts recruitment, retention and readiness of all Marines. Services and resources are provided by qualified counselors and advisors in cooperation with education service providers through individual and group counseling, workshops and training opportunities to include testing for college credit and pre-admission. Marines will be informed of the full breadth of tuition funding sources and how they can advance their degree plans and academic achievement with appropriate courses and institution selections.
Contact your Installation Education Service Officer for more information and to receive one-on-one support.
Marine Corps Credentialing Opportunities On-line (COOL) is a credentialing awareness, information and resources capability for all Marines. In addition to general information on credentials and licenses, Marine Corps COOL also provides extensive associated linkages covering the gamut of education, transition, career, and veteran’s resources.
Tuition Assistance (TA) is a valuable benefit that is offered to all Marines authorized for up to 100 percent of tuition and fees including lab, technology, and distance learning fees, but not to exceed $250 per semester hour. Initial and continued usage of TA is at the commanders’ discretion. Marines have no minimum time in service requirement for utilization of TA, however, there are several prerequisites that the Marine must meet prior to TA approval and it is the Commanders responsibility to ensure Marines meet all eligibility criteria.
TA eligibility criteria, funding amounts, guidelines, policies, and procedures can be obtained on the Marine Corps Community Services (MCCS) website: https://usmc-mccs.org/taguide/, Updated for FY2021 or through the installation Voluntary Education (VOLED) Center.
Tom Eggerling, Sergeant Major, CD & I / MCCDC, who after serving more than 30 years has utilized U.S. Marine Corps Credentialing Opportunities Online (COOL) to make his transition to civilian workforce smoother