Marine Corps Leadership Scholar Program

  • The Leadership Scholar Program (LSP) identifies high-achieving Marines seeking to transition, participate in the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Program (MECEP) or the Staff Non-Commissioned Officer Degree Completion Program (SNCODCP) with academic preparation and application assistance to highly selective colleges and universities.

Services

  • Assist Marines with academic preparation and application assistance
  • Eligibility
    • The Leadership Scholar Program is available to Marines accepted to the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Program (MECEP), the Staff Non-Commissioned Officer Degree Completion Program (SNCODCP) and all honorably discharging Marines.
    • Transitioning Candidate
    • Must begin participation no later than 12 months prior to End of Active Service (EAS) and no earlier than 24 months prior to EAS
  • Partners with non-profit student veterans and academic associations:

Learn More

  • Contact your installation Voluntary Education Center for more information and to receive one-on-one support.

East Region Locations

Camp Lejeune Education Center

Located in Bldg. 825 Stone St.
MCB Camp Lejeune
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Please allow 48 hours for a response to emails, excluding weekends and holidays.

  Hours
Sunday CLOSED
Monday - Friday 8AM - 4PM
Saturday CLOSED
Holiday hours may vary.

The Lejeune-New River Education Centers afford an array of opportunities to those that are seeking to earn a college degree, start their own business, improve their academic skills or level of literacy, enroll in on-site and online college, career, technical or vocational schools, or receive college credit for career and military training. Other on-site services include, but are not limited to: military and civilian testing and proctoring, financial management advising, Marine Corps Tuition Assistance (TA) counseling, and more!

Henderson Hall Education Center

Located in 1555 Southgate Road
Bldg. 29, Room 100
Arlington, VA 22214
Hours
Sunday Closed
Monday 7:30AM - 4:00PM
Tuesday 7:30AM - 4:00PM
Wednesday 7:30AM - 4:00PM
Thursday 7:30AM - 4:00PM
Friday 7:30AM - 4:00PM
Saturday Closed
 

Are you ready to advance in your career? Are you interested in obtaining a college degree or obtaining credits through examination? The mission of the Henderson Hall Education Center is to stimulate the lifelong learning process by effectively communicating the educational programs offered and to provide the requisite information, tools and support to the learning process.

 
Programs and services we offer:
  • Advisement Sessions
  • College & University Search Assistance
  • Joint Services Transcript (JST) Assistance
  • Tuition Assistance (TA) Program
  • Veterans Affairs Education Benefits Assistance including Ch 33-9/11 GI Bill
  • Scholarship & Financial Aid Assistance
  • Military & Academic Testing Services
  • United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP) Assistance
  

Voluntary Education

Located in Lifelong Learning Center
814 Radford Blvd, Bldg.7122
Albany, GA 31704
 Hours
Sunday CLOSED
Monday - Friday 8AM - 4:30PM
Saturday CLOSED
Closed federal holidays.

The Voluntary Education Program provides personal and professional learning opportunities to the Marine Corps community. 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. Service members can also receive recommended college credit for military training and experience, take tests to earn college credits, complete a trade apprenticeship, and enroll in post-secondary education programs that lead to associate’s, bachelor’s, graduate and post graduate degrees.

Tuition Assistance

The Tuition Assistance Program is available at any duty station and participating can even help you earn bonus points toward promotion. While you’re on active duty, 100% of your tuition is covered at accredited institutions. If interested in 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.1  Combinations of the different educational levels will not exceed the fiscal cap. 

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.

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.

1 Limits and exceptions apply. Please contact your local education officer for more details and assistance.

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.

Voluntary Education

Located in
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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.

Services

  • College Level Exam Program (CLEP) test mastery of college-level material acquired in a variety of ways to include general academic instructions and significant independent study or extracurricular work.  Successfully completed exams are generally accepted by institutions of higher learning for academic credit.
  • Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) provides nationally recognized examination and certification programs, in addition to consolidated management of contracts and programs to prevent duplication of effort among the Services.
  • Education Service Officers are available provide information about other education programs and provide high quality individualized academic advisement to maximize resources.
  • Joint Service Transcript is now the official transcript tool for Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard personnel that validates and documents the recommended college credits for professional military education, training courses and occupational experience of service members and veterans.  This unified and standardized document makes it easier for institutions to review and articulate these credits as appropriate to service members and veterans degree programs.
  • Provides information on the American Council on Education college credit recommendations, the Montgomery GI Bill that funds college expenses for veterans or active duty service members who served after 1 July 1985, the Post 9/11 Montgomery GI Bill that funds college and living expenses for veterans or active duty Service members who served after 11 September 2001, and the United States Military Apprenticeship Program that documents skills acquired while on active duty, which leads to civilian recognition and journeyman status in a compatible civilian trade or skill.
  • Tuition Assistance(TA) offers training, experience, and opportunities Marines need to develop to support personal and professional goals of individual Marines.

Voluntary Education Center

Located in 3088 Roan St
Quantico, VA 22134
Monday 8:00am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 8:00am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8:00am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8:00am - 4:30pm
Friday 8:00am - 12:00pm

Voluntary Education Center

Located in Building 4335
Cherry Point, NC 28533
Hours
Monday 0700-1630
Tuesday 0700-1630
Wednesday 0700-1630
Thursday 0700-1630
Friday 0700-1630
Saturday closed
Sunday closed

Voluntary Education Center - Beaufort

Located in 40 Elrod St.
Bldg 596, Rm 211
Beaufort, SC 29905
Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday  0730-1700
Friday  0730-1600
Saturday - Sunday Closed

Voluntary Education Center - Parris Island

Located in 355 Chosin Reservoir Rd.
Bldg 923, Rm 42
Beaufort, SC 29905
Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday  0730-1700
Friday  0730-1600
Saturday - Sunday Closed

West Region Locations

Base Education Center

Located in
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Base Education Center – Mainside
BLDG 1331
Camp Pendleton, CA

Phone: (760) 725-6660
Phone: (760) 725-6414
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 7:30am-4pm
Wed 10am-4pm
Base Education Center – School of Infantry
BLDG 520512
Camp Pendleton, CA

Phone: (760) 725-0606
Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 7:30am-4pm
Wed 10am-4pm

Education Center

Located in 5305 Miramar Way
San Diego, CA 92145
 Office Hours
Monday 7:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 7:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 7:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday 7:30am - 4:30pm
Friday 7:30am - 4:30pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Holiday hours may vary.

 


Education Center

Located in Education Center, Building 111
Across from the gas station
San Diego, CA 92140
  Hours
Monday 7:30am-4:00pm
Tuesday 7:30am-4:00pm
Wednesday 7:30am-4:00pm
Thursday 7:30am-4:00pm
Friday 7:30am-4:00pm
 

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Education Services

Our mission is to help active duty members and their families successfully achieve their academic goals. We strive to ensure that you are well informed regarding all educational resources and benefits available to you! Services include processing of Tuition Assistance (TA) applications, providing college course prep material and online tutoring information, printing JST transcripts, providing access to career, university and degree selection tools, conducting academic counseling and testing referrals, providing Apprenticeship & Certification Program information and more!

**NOTICE**

Starting 5 Feb 2024, all first-time Marine Corps Tuition Assistance users are required to complete both the Skills Survey and Interests Survey in Career Path Decide prior to TA use per HQMC. Career Path Decide can be accessed at https://www.careerpathdecide.org/. After Marines complete the Skills Survey and Interests Survey, they must upload a screenshot showing completion to their Tuition Assistance portal at https://myeducation.netc.navy.mil/webta/. If you need assistance, please visit your nearest MCCS Education Center or email us at john.goodson@usmc.mil or nathaly.i.najar@usmc.mil.

Education Services

Located in McTureous Hall
Barstow, CA
  Hours
Sunday CLOSED
Monday 0730 - 1600
Tuesday 0730 - 1600
Wednesday 0730 - 1600
Thursday 0730 - 1600
Friday 0730 - 1600
Saturday CLOSED

VED - Credentialing Services

Located in
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MARINE CORPS CREDENTIALING ONLINE AND APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS

COOL (Credentialing Opportunities On-Line) helps Marines find information on certifications and licenses related to their Military Occupational Specialties (MOS). COOL explains how Marines can meet civilian certification and license requirements and provides links to numerous resources to help get them started. COOL can also help you understand ways to get a credential or complete your education in order to maximize your professional development.

For more information please visit https://www.cool.osd.mil/usmc/

United Services Military Apprenticeship (USMAP)

Earn certification from the Department of Labor for skills learned through documentd MOS work experience and related techinical instruction.

Benefits

  • Program is free and requires no off-duty hours
  • Receive national recognition as a DOL apprentice
  • Have documented proof of work experience
  • DOL registered apprentices are sought after by employers

Requirements
A service member can become an apprentice if you meet all the following requirements: 

  • Are active duty Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Navy
  • Have sufficient time to complete the program while on active duty
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED 
  • Are assigned to, and are performing duties in, an authorized trade occupation

If you would like to learn more about USMAP, please visit https://usmap.osd.mil.

VED - Education Counseling

Located in
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The Voluntary Education Program is staffed by trained counselors capable of providing academic and career counseling to active duty service members, adult family members, retirees, and civilians employed on MCAS Yuma.

To look for careers that match your abilities, interest and values, complete Kuder Journey or O*Net. To search for colleges that are approved for tuition assistance, click on the TA Decide link.

To view your military transcripts visit http://jst.doded.mil/

For tuitions assistance visit https://dodmou.com/TADECIDE

Additional resources;

https://www.onetonline.org/

https://dantes.kuder.com/landing-page

VED - Financial Aid & Scholarships

Located in
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FINANCIAL AID GUIDE

The Education Center has created a Guide to Academic and Financial Aid that lists valuable information for researching colleges, financial aid and scholarship information, Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MYCAA), and websites to help you find discounted text books. Please stop by the Education Center to receive your free copy.

FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID

In order to qualify for financial aid, most academic institutions require students to complete and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  The FAFSA can be completed online at https://studentaid.gov/.  

Please be aware that individual institutions have their own deadline.  To be sure that you are eligible to receive financial aid, file this application by the earliest deadline, whether it is the federal, state, or institution’s deadline.  Remember to renew your application annually in order to receive new assistance and/or continue to receive assistance.

MILITARY SPOUSE CAREER ADVANCEMENT ACCOUNTS PROGRAM (MyCAA)

MyCAA helps military spouses of (E1 to E5, W-01 to WO-2 and O-1 to O2) pursue licenses, certificates, certifications, or Associates Degrees (excluding Associates Degrees in General Studies, Liberal Arts, and Interdisciplinary Studies that do not have a concentration) necessary for employment in high demand, high growth occupations and career fields..

VED - GI Bill Benefits

Located in
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GI BILL 

The Education Office offers a monthly GI Bill brief that discusses the education benefits of the MGIB and the Post 9/11- GI Bill, the application process and the transfer of benefits requirements. 

To register for the Montgomery GI Bill please visit https://www.va.gov/education/about-gi-bill-benefits/montgomery-active-duty/

To register for the Post 9/11-GI Bill please visit https://www.va.gov/education/about-gi-bill-benefits/post-9-11/

To transfer your Post 9/11-GI Bill benefits please visit https://www.va.gov/education/transfer-post-9-11-gi-bill-benefits/

VED - Schools on Station

Located in
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ARIZONA WESTERN COLLEGE
https://www.azwestern.edu

Arizona Western College is a 2-year community college that offers Occupational Certificates and Associate’s Degrees.  They offer classes on the station, online and throughout Yuma County.

AWC MCAS Yuma Office
Education Center, Bldg. 850, Room #112
Phone: (928) 317-7605 or (928) 317-7626
Email: military.services@azwestern.edu
Hours: Monday - Thursday 8:00am - 4:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 12:00pm

VED - Testing Services

Located in
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TESTING SERVICES 

The Education proctors the following exams for free. For registration information, please contact (928)269-3248 or (928)269-5614.

AFCT

The Armed Forces Vocational Classification Test is a comprehensive test that measures knowledge of science, math, vocabulary, reading, mechanics, electronics, auto mechanics, and clerical skills. This test is used by all branches of the military as a predictor of success when working in a Military Occupational Specialty (MOS). Study guides are available at the Station Library or online.

COLLEGE EXAMS

College exams can be proctored at the Education Center if approved by your school.  This free service is available to active duty, dependents, reservists, and civilians aboard MCAS-Yuma. Please contact the Education Center at (928) 269-3248 to arrange for testing.

DLAB

The Defense Language Aptitude Battery is an 82 minute test that military services use to measure a service member's ability to learn a foreign language.

DLPT

The DLPT (Defense Language Proficiency Test) is designed for individuals who are already fluent in a specific foreign language needed by the military.

OPI

The Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) is a standardized procedure for the global assessment of functional speaking ability. It is a telephonic interview between a certified American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL) tester and an examinee that determines how well a person speaks a language.

BASIC SKILLS PREPARATION PROGRAMS - ONLINE ACADEMIC SKILLS COURSE (OASC)

OASC is a free online program designed to assist in building math, science, and reading comprehension skills to improve academic skills and readiness of services members as they progress through academic and occupational pathways during their military career.

Get started by creating an account and taking the pretests at https://dantes.petersons.com

VED - Tuition Assistance

Located in
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Tuition Assistance

Marine Corps Tuition Assistance (TA) offers financial assistance to service members who elect to pursue higher education. TA will fund up to $250 per semester hour or equivalent with a maximum of $4,500 per fiscal year. TA may be used for high school equivalency, vocational/technical certification, Associate, Baccalaureate, and Master/Professional degrees. However, funding will not be authorized for duplicate degrees, double majors or degrees lower than currently held by the service member. The only exception is that service members are eligible to obtain one certificate regardless of degree(s) currently held.

Voluntary Education Center

Located in Box 555, Bldg 133
Camp Pendleton, CA 92055
  Hours
Sunday CLOSED
Monday 0730 - 1430
Tuesday 0730 - 1430
Wednesday 0730 - 1430
Thursday 0730 - 1430
Friday 0730 - 1430
Saturday CLOSED

Voluntary Education Center

Located in 850 Shaw Avenue, Bldg 850
Yuma, AZ 85365
Hours
Sunday CLOSED
Monday 7:30AM–4:00PM
Tuesday 7:30AM–4:00PM
Wednesday 7:30AM–4:00PM
Thursday 7:30AM–4:00PM
Friday 7:30AM–4:00PM
Saturday CLOSED
Closed Federal Holidays

The Voluntary Education Program provides personal and professional learning opportunities to the Marine Corps community. If you are interested in pursuing higher education, we are here to help you.

OCONUS Locations

Courtney Education Center

Located in Building 4425
Camp Courtney, Okinawa
 Hours
Mon–Fri 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Sat–Sun CLOSED
Holiday Hours

Education Center

Located in Building 220
Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH)
Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii 96863
 Hours
Monday 0730-1630
Tuesday 0730-1630
Wednesday 0730-1630
Thursday 0730-1630
Friday 0730-1630
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Closed on federal holidays.

Education Services

Located in Bldg. 411
Rm. 127
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🕓 Education Services Hours
MON - THU 7 AM - 6 PM
FRI 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Contact the Education Services Office for questions on your personal and professional education goals, resources, training, support, and testing.

Foster Education Center

Located in Building 5679
Camp Foster, Okinawa
 Hours
Mon–Fri 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Sat–Sun CLOSED
Holiday Hours

Futenma Education Center

Located in Building 407
MCAS Futenma, Okinawa
 Hours
Mon–Fri 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Sat–Sun CLOSED
Holiday Hours

Hansen Education Center

Located in Building 2339
Camp Hansen, Okinawa
 Hours
Mon–Fri 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Sat–Sun CLOSED
Holiday Hours

Kinser Education Center

Located in Building 1220
Camp Kinser, Okinawa
 Hours
Mon–Fri 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Sat–Sun CLOSED
Holiday Hours

Schwab Education Center

Located in Building 3000
Camp Schwab, Okinawa
 Hours
Mon–Fri 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Sat–Sun CLOSED
Holiday Hours

 

Submit an inquiry

Please allow 48 hours for a response to emails, excluding weekends and holidays.

  Hours
Sunday CLOSED
Monday - Friday 8AM - 4PM
Saturday CLOSED
Holiday hours may vary.
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