News Items Archive: Navy College Office Closures

Now that the local Navy College Office has closed, how will Sailors pursue their educational goals?

With the announcement of the closings of 16 stateside local Navy College Offices on 1 October 2016 and the remaining four, Naval Station Norfolk (VA), Naval Base San Diego (CA), NAS Jacksonville (FL) and Naval Base Kitsap (WA) closing by 1 October 2017, many Sailors are asking how they will start or continue their education.

Beginning 1 October 2016, most Voluntary Education services in the continental United States will be provided by education counselors at the Navy College Virtual Education Center (NCVEC). The goal of restructuring service delivery is to provide Sailors with the educational tools and information they need, when and where they need it. NCVEC hours are from 0700-1900 EST, Monday – 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.

Most of the current steps in the voluntary education (VOLED) process, including Tuition Assistance (TA), will not change under the new service delivery model. Sailors are expected, both now and in the future, to:

  • talk with their chain of command about pursing an education program
  • research education programs via the NCP website and the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) website, including completing information modules, such as the DANTES Higher Education Preparatory Course and/or TA Decide
  • receive counseling from a Navy College Education Counselor
  • work with an approved academic institution to develop an education and degree plan
  • meet all Navy eligibility requirements to use TA, including completion of Navy WebTA training and TA applications that will be approved by the Sailor's command
  • successfully complete their academic courses

Although most stateside Navy College Offices are closed, academic institutions with partnership agreements on bases will continue to provide services (as they have in the past).

The My Education small square with diagonal arrow extending from it module on the NCP website is available 24/7 for Sailors to establish and monitor their accounts, ensure their degree plans are current, and verify they have received education counseling.

Academic institutions requesting access to all Navy installations are required to use the U.S. Air Force Automated Education Management System (AFAEMS) Portal small square with diagonal arrow extending from it to request visitation for student interaction, education fairs, Morale, Welfare and Recreation events, sponsorship, command visits, etc. You can find additional information on this site's Serving Sailors on Base page. Be sure to review the entire Academic Institution Section.

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