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  • NCVEC will not be available to accept calls Friday 16, 23 and 30 June 2017

    Due to high volume of WebTA requests, the Navy College Virtual Education Center (NCVEC) staff will not be available to accept all Customer Calls on Friday 16, 23 and 30 June 2017 in order to concentrate on processing your WebTA applications.

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  • Service members, contractors and civilians stand for the parading of the colors during the Navy College Program graduation ceremony held at NAS 1 Chapel

    Navy Voluntary Education support hours adjusted to match demand

    PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- The Navy's Virtual Education Center's (VEC) support hours are being adjusted, effective April 3, to match peak demand.

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  • Students from the Aerospace Medical Technician School explore Naval Education Training Command (NETC) smart phone applications to find out more about advancement with the 'FMS Calculator' and command recourses with 'New to the Navy.'

    What is the Navy College Program Mobile Application?

    Now Available for Download to Apple iOS and Google Android Mobile Devices!

    The Navy College Program (NCP) app provides Sailors and others with tools to assist them in making informed personal and professional development decisions throughout their Navy careers.

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  • Rear Adm. Mark Whitney, director of Fleet Maintenance, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, addresses Hampton Roads area engineering duty officers (EDO) during the EDO Road Show hosted by Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center onboard Naval Station Norfolk, Va.

    Navy's Tuition Assistance Command Approval Timeline

    On January 1, 2017, NAVADMIN 219/16 modified the Tuition Assistance (TA) command approval window. All TA requests must be submitted and command approved a minimum of 14 days preceding the course term start date.

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  • Sailors from the amphibious dock landing ship USS Tortuga (LSD 46) quietly read and take notes before beginning their Navy College Program for Afloat College Education (NCPACE) course.

    Welcome to the new Navy College website!

    “The Navy has taken the lead in modernizing its Voluntary Education program, ensuring Sailors have the same opportunities as their civilian counterparts. The goal is to provide online access and support to Sailors pursuing voluntary education at the time and place most convenient for them, using the virtual tools with which they are already familiar.” — CAPT Lee Newton, Commanding Officer, Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center

    Read Captain Newton's welcome letter

  • Sailors study for qualifications on the mess decks of the guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80).

    Testing options expanded for SAT and ACT

    Service members planning to start their college education have a new option for taking admissions tests, including the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) and the American College Test (ACT) Assessment Program.

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  • A Marine reads college pamphlets at the Education Center aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, July 30.

    Officers, Accelerate Your Graduate Education

    Naval officers unable to pursue full-time graduate studies now have an additional education option with the Graduate Education Voucher (GEV) program.

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  • Chief Navy Counselor Todd Wean, originally from Sarasota, Fla., explains the post-9/11 G.I. Bill benefits to Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Travis Kindred, who hails from Anchorage, Alaska.

    Advanced Education Vouchers for Senior Enlisted Members

    Navy senior enlisted personnel interested in advanced education opportunities can take advantage of the Advanced Education Voucher (AEV) program, a funded path to a degree.

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NCVEC will not be available to accept calls Friday 16, 23 and 30 June 2017

Due to high volume of WebTA requests, the Navy College Virtual Education Center (NCVEC) staff will not be available to accept all Customer Calls on Friday 16, 23 and 30 June 2017 in order to concentrate on processing your WebTA applications. Navy College Education Counselors will be available for assistance via Live Chat, to respond to Help Requests and to provide academic counseling to Sailors who have scheduled counseling appointments via the Navy College Website's self-service tool. When calling the NCVEC 877-838-1659, Sailors will still be able to press option 1 to receive general support, press option 4 for USMAP questions, press option 5 for NRTC questions, and/or press option 6 for TA Accounting questions.

Story Number: NNS170403-22    Release Date: 4/3/2017 10:23:00 AM

By Ed Barker, Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center Public Affairs

PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) -- The Navy's Virtual Education Center's (VEC) support hours are being adjusted, effective April 3, to match peak demand.

The new hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST Monday - Friday. The VEC may be reached by calling (877) 838-1659 or DSN 492-4684.

"We are continually monitoring our call volume and comparing our service delivery with the needs of Sailors," said Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center Voluntary Education (VOLED) Program Director Ernest D'Antonio. "Our new hours allow us to align and adapt our staff availability to peak traffic times when Sailors need us most."

D'Antonio noted that his staff is constantly analyzing data and the VEC hours may be readjusted in the future based on demand and available staffing.

Virtual service delivery is available via chat, help request ticket, and telephone through the VEC. In addition, the My Education application, accessible through the Navy College Program website, is available 24/7 for Sailors to monitor their accounts and make sure their degree plans are current, and can be found at http://www.navycollege.navy.mil. The website also includes training, informational videos, and briefs to help Sailors navigate the VOLED process.

Sailors can submit help request tickets via http://supportsystem.livehelpnow.net/new_ticket.aspx?cid=30432.

On-site support at Navy College Offices is still available at Naval Bases Kitsap, Washington; San Diego; Norfolk; Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida and at overseas locations.

Lt. Cmdr. Nick Turner, Navy VOLED deputy director, stressed that tuition assistance (TA) money is available and Sailors should apply early to make sure all deadlines are met.

"Now is not too soon to begin planning for the summer terms," said Turner. "Sailors should plan to ensure their WebTA applications are submitted and command approved between 120 and 14 days preceding the term start date."

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What is the Navy College Program Mobile Application?

Now Available for Download to Apple iOS and Google Android Mobile Devices!

The Navy College Program (NCP) app provides Sailors and others with tools to assist them in making informed personal and professional development decisions throughout their Navy careers. The app offers users major elements of the Navy College Program website and is particularly useful for helping Sailors with Voluntary Education Programs, including Tuition Assistance (TA). As noted in NAVADMIN 219/16, first-time TA participants must complete WebTA Training and the DOD Higher Education Preparation Course before applying for TA or receiving academic advice from an institution. The app gives users access to both courses remotely.

The NCP app offers Sailors mobile access to voluntary education planning tools, counseling, and applications previously available only via shore-based Navy College counselors. This app allows Sailors to submit WebTA requests and degree plans, access required counseling, and complete training requirements. The Navy College Program app is divided into these sections for ease of use:

The NCP app's tools are relevant to all Navy TA applicants, current Sailors, transitioning Sailors, Veterans, and counselors. The app features public content only, with no authentication or authorization required. Download yours today!

Download the Navy College Program app TODAY!

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Navy's Tuition Assistance Command Approval Timeline

On January 1, 2017, NAVADMIN 219/16 modified the Tuition Assistance (TA) command approval window. All TA requests must be submitted and command approved a minimum of 14 days preceding the course term start date. This NAVADMIN also allows the sailor to submit their requests 120 days preceding the term start date. Planning ahead is key to successfully receiving TA funding.

Sailors and commands will no longer be able to submit or approve any WebTA applications that fall within 13 days of the term start date. The example below illustrates system blackout dates. If the term starts on March 27th, the WebTA application must be command approved by March 13th, fourteen days preceding the term start date.

Get those WebTA applications in and good luck with your studies!


If you experience issues, contact the Virtual Education Center (VEC) at DSN 492-4684; toll free 1-877-838-1659; or submit a Help Request at the Navy College Assistance Center:
http://supportsystem.livehelpnow.net/?cid=30432

The Navy has taken the lead in modernizing its Voluntary Education program, ensuring Sailors have the same opportunities as their civilian counterparts. The goal is to provide online access and support to Sailors pursuing voluntary education at the time and place most convenient for them, using the virtual tools with which they are already familiar.

The redesigned Navy College Program (NCP) website optimizes the ability for Sailors, commands and academic institutions to access information. Sailors are able to find specific educational information tailored to their individual needs – from getting started on their degree path, to applying for Tuition Assistance, to taking those final classes for a Master’s degree – it’s all here.

In addition, enhanced customer service technology provides the capability to live-chat with the Virtual Education Center, submit a call-back request or search the new Knowledge Management database, all from a smartphone, tablet or NMCI computer.

The redesigned United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP) and Non-Resident Training Courses (NRTC) websites provide Sailors with a streamlined ability to identify and register for the certification or preparation programs they need to excel. Like the NCP website, new features and functionality assist Sailors every step of the way.

Whether pursuing a degree, completing a Department of Labor certified apprenticeship, or preparing for the next advancement exam, Sailors today require the ability to quickly access information using any device in order to make informed decisions about their future. On all fronts, Navy Voluntary Education is leading the way.

Captain Lee Newton
Commanding Officer
Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center

Service members planning to start their college education have a new option for taking admissions tests, including the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) and the American College Test (ACT) Assessment Program.

New to the testing programs is a reimbursement option for members taking the ACT/SAT at off-base locations, including local high schools or colleges. Service members will pay for the off-base tests up-front when they register, and will be reimbursed by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) after-the-fact.

ACT and SAT testing through the new DANTES reimbursement program is now the Navy’s primary means for Sailors stationed in CONUS to take these exams. The reimbursement option gives Sailors the ability to arrange SAT and ACT testing at off-base locations that fit their personal and professional schedules.

On-base testing at DANTES-authorized testing sites (such as Navy College Offices outside the continental United States) is funded directly by the Department of Defense and does not require student payment.

Other tests eligible for reimbursement through DANTES include a single GED, GMAT, GRE General, GRE Subject, Praxis Core (formerly Praxis I) and Praxis Subject Assessment (including the Principles of Learning and Teaching), and two ACTs and SATs during a Service member’s career.

For reimbursement of testing fees, the “Electronic Reimbursement Form” is located on the DANTES website small square with diagonal arrow extending from it. Service members should select Examinations, Reimbursement Eligibility, and then read the instructions and click on the “Electronic Reimbursement Form.” A valid Uniformed Services CAC is required to access the Online Reimbursement Center. Service members are required to upload both their official score report and payment receipt with all reimbursement requests in order to receive approval.

For additional information on college admissions and academic testing programs, including the new reimbursement policy, visit the DANTES website. Questions related to DANTES testing may also be directed to DANTES Exams at: exams@navy.mil. Learn more about pre-college testing on the Pre-College Testing and College Credit page on this site.

Sailors can talk to a Navy College Education Counselor at the Navy’s Virtual Education Center (VEC): The VEC is open 0600-2100 EST, Monday through Friday, and may be reached by calling (877) 838-1659 or DSN 492-4684, or by submitting a VOLED Assistance Center help request small square with diagonal arrow extending from it.

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Naval officers unable to pursue full-time graduate studies now have an additional education option with the Graduate Education Voucher (GEV) program.

As detailed in an annual Naval Administrative Message (NAVADMIN), the GEV program offers eligible officers the opportunity to receive funded graduate education during off-duty hours. Through GEV, unrestricted line (URL) officers can apply to receive funding for Navy-relevant graduate education meeting the requirements of at least one subspecialty code as specified by the Navy Subspecialty System.

All required fees normally charged by the university relating directly to student application and enrollment, including mandatory health fees and health insurance, laboratory fees, vehicle registration and identification cards, and computer fees are reimbursable. Other reimbursable expenses include the cost of textbooks and course materials, and limited expenditures for transcript and entry fees and final thesis production.

GEV applicants select a regionally-accredited school and choose a specific course of study meeting their community’s subspecialty requirements. Education plans are reviewed and approved for the Navy subspecialty code by the Naval Postgraduate School.

The GEV program is targeted at officers with demonstrated superior performance and upward career mobility who are transferring or have recently reported to shore duty, in order to allow sufficient time for completion of a graduate program. The GEV program is open to URL active-duty officers in pay grades O-3 through O-5, in designators 111X (Surface Warfare), 112X (Submarine Warfare), 113X (Special Warfare/SEAL), 114X (Special Operations), and 13XX (Naval Aviator/Naval Flight Officer).

Quotas by degree program and warfare areas are listed in the latest GEV NAVADMIN, and additional information can be obtained by submitting a VOLED Assistance Center help request small square with diagonal arrow extending from it. Be sure to select the AEV/GEV/OSEP category.

For Fiscal Year 2017, there are 80 quotas: Surface Warfare officers - 26; Submarine officers - 21; Aviation officers - 30; Special Warfare/Special Operations/Explosive Ordnance Disposal - 3. Quotas by degree program and warfare areas are listed in the in NAVADMIN 152/16, and additional information can be by submitting a VOLED Assistance Center help request small square with diagonal arrow extending from it. Be sure to select the AEV/GEV/OSEP category.

Some restrictions apply and enrollment in the program carries a service obligation of three times the number of months of education completed, with a minimum of 24, and a maximum of 36 months obligation. Officers completing a degree using GEV should expect to serve one tour in a subspecialty billet not later than the second tour following graduation. OPNAVINST 1520.37B contains additional information on specific program requirements. Interested officers should submit written requests to their detailer, per the current NAVADMIN and OPNAV instructions.

Program-specific GEV questions can be made by submitting a VOLED Assistance Center help request small square with diagonal arrow extending from it. Be sure to select the AEV/GEV/OSEP category.

For those not qualifying for the GEV program, educational assistance may be available through the Tuition Assistance program, G.I. Bill or other graduate education programs, as listed on the Paying for School page on this site.

Navy senior enlisted personnel interested in advanced education opportunities can take advantage of the Advanced Education Voucher (AEV) program, a funded path to a degree, traditionally announced each spring via Naval Administrative Message (NAVADMIN).

The AEV program offers post-secondary, Navy-relevant education at the baccalaureate and master’s degree level and provides financial assistance to chief, senior chief, and master chief petty officers.

Examples of Navy-relevant degrees that have been approved for the AEV program include: strategic foreign languages, construction management, security management, emergency and disaster management, human resources, engineering, information technology, nursing, and business administration, among others. Degree programs other than those specifically listed in the current AEV NAVADMIN must be validated by the NETC program coordinator.

Financial assistance for baccalaureate degrees covers tuition, books, and related fees for a maximum of three years. For master’s degrees, it provides tuition, books, and related fees for a maximum of two years (see the current NAVADMIN for specific funding details and amounts).

Each Fiscal Year’s (FY) requirements vary, but the FY-16 AEV announcement included E-7s with no more than 17 years time-in-service (TIS), E-8s with no more than 19 years TIS, and E-9s with no more than 23 years TIS. Time in service is computed to 1 October of each year.

At a minimum, baccalaureate program applicants must have an associates degree from an accredited institution of higher learning or the equivalent amount of college credits already earned. Master’s program applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher learning.

AEV is available to personnel transferring to, or currently on, shore duty with sufficient time ashore to complete the degree program. Prospective applicants on sea duty may still apply if they provide an education plan that shows their ability to complete the program as specified in the NAVADMIN. Selectees are expected to enroll in the fall term for the applicable FY for which they are accepted.

If an applicant is already invested in furthering their education through TA or other financial assistance programs, they may still apply for AEV. However, AEV and TA benefits may not be combined, nor may AEV be used to earn more than one degree at a time. Lower division or prerequisite courses may be authorized if they are part of the approved education plan.

A service obligation is incurred upon completion of, or withdrawal from, the AEV program. This obligation is discharged concurrently with any other service obligation the participant may have already incurred. Use of AEV does not obligate the Navy to retain a member on active duty.

Applications for AEV are administratively processed by NETC (N523). The deadline for submission for each FY’s program varies, as do the convening of their selection board. An endorsement by both the applicant’s commanding officer and command master chief must be included in the application.

For more information submit a VOLED Assistance Center help request small square with diagonal arrow extending from it. Be sure to select the AEV/GEV/OSEP category.

For information on other programs available to enlisted personnel, see the Programs for Enlisted Sailors page on this site.

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