The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a series of 33 standardized subject exams that can be taken to earn recommended college credit for introductory-level classes – the kind most often taken in the first two years of college. Credits for successful scores on CLEP exams are accepted at more than 2,900 colleges and universities. For eligible military members, DANTES provides upfront funding of CLEP test fees for the first attempt on all exam titles.
The DSST (formerly DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) is a series of 37 standardized subject exams that can be taken to earn credit for introductory and upper level college courses. These exams are recommended for credit by the American Council on Education (ACE) and the credits are accepted at more than 1,900 institutions. For eligible military members, DANTES provides upfront funding of DSST test fees for the first attempt on all exam titles.
The SAT is a globally-recognized college admissions test that allows you to demonstrate what you know and how well you can apply that knowledge. It tests your knowledge of reading, writing and math—subjects that are taught every day in high school classrooms.
The ACT assessment test consists of a battery of four academic tests that measure academic development in English, mathematics, reading and science reasoning. The assessment provides scores on the four tests: a composite score and seven sub scores, which provide more detailed information concerning an individual's academic development.
The Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) is a standardized test intended to measure a test taker's aptitude in analytical writing, integrated reasoning, quantitative reasoning and verbal reasoning. The GMAT is most commonly used as the primary exam reviewed by business schools to gain entrance into an MBA program.
The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test is a standardized exam used to measure one's aptitude for abstract thinking in the areas of analytical writing, quantitative reasoning and verbal reasoning. The GRE is commonly used by many graduate schools to determine an applicant's eligibility for the program.
The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is an integral part of the law school admission process. It provides a standard measure of acquired key skills including reading comprehension, analytical reasoning and logical reasoning. While there are other tests that can be used to screen law school applicants, the LSAT is the only test accepted by all ABA-accredited law schools.
*Note* The LSAT is NOT eligible for reimbursement by DANTES.
The Praxis Series tests measure teacher candidates' knowledge and skills. The tests are taken by individuals entering the teaching profession as part of the certification process required by many states and professional licensing organizations.
Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) helps Service members achieve education goals, advance in military careers, and transition into the civilian workforce at the conclusion of military service.
Education and Career
- Navy COOL
Navy Credentialing Opportunities On-Line (COOL) helps Navy Service members find information on certifications and licenses related to their jobs or completed academic degrees/certificates.
The United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP) is a formalized, structured training program that combines on-the-job training (OJT) and related technical and practical instruction that provides active duty Service members the opportunity to improve their job skills and to complete civilian apprenticeship requirements. A Department of Labor Certificate of Completion of Apprenticeship is awarded upon completion of the program. USMAP requires no off-duty hours and there is no cost to the Service member.
Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC) is DoD's premier school for culturally-based foreign language education and training, with classroom instruction, mobile training teams, and on-line materials tailored for students at all levels of required language proficiency or performance. DLIFLC also offers a regionally accredited Associate of Arts degree. Sailors interested in attending DLIFLC must speak to their Navy Career Counselor.
The Joint Services Transcript (JST) is the document that schools require in order to grant you credit for your military education and training. You may request an official JST online.
The Online Academic Skills Course (OASC) and College Placement Skills Trainings (CPST) are designed to build academic skills to prepare for the ASVAB, also known as the AFCT for those already in the military, and college.
- Kuder Journey
Kuder Journey provides tools to assess your interests, suggests education and career options, prepares you for the job search, and connects you to today's jobs.
MilGears – Powered by COOL helps Sailors through all phases of the career lifecycle to plan and achieve professional and personal goals by highlighting career possibilities and helping you visualize how to reach those goals.
- DLRSA (DANTES DL Readiness Assessment)
The DANTES Distance Learning Readiness Self-Assessment (DLRSA) helps prospective military students decide if they are ready for online learning. The short assessment helps students gain insight to prepare for a positive distance learning experience.
- DOD MWR Library
DOD MWR Libraries offer Service members, veterans, and their dependents resources and tools to advance careers (military and civilian) and education.
The Law Education Program (LEP) gives active-duty Navy officers the opportunity to enter law school, earn the Juris Doctor degree, and subsequently serve as career Navy judge advocates.
The U.S. Navy JAG Corps website provides more information on eligibility and application procedures. You can also view the instructions that govern the LEP resources page using the following links:
The Graduate Education Voucher program (GEV) was established to provide increased opportunity and incentive for selected Unrestricted Line (URL) officers who wish to obtain a master’s degree during off-duty hours. The GEV Program enables selected officers, with demonstrated superior performance and potential for future contributions to the Navy, to earn a Navy-relevant master’s degree leading to an approved subspecialty while meeting other Navy needs.
The Advance Education Voucher Program (AEV) enables selected senior enlisted personnel (E-7 to E-9) to obtain a Navy-relevant bachelor’s or master’s degree in designated areas of study through off-duty education at any U.S. Department of Education (DOE) accredited institution. The AEV program provides 100% funding for tuition, books, and related approved fees within guidelines and funding limits.
- Olmsted Foundation Scholar Program
The Olmsted Foundation Scholar Program provides select active duty officers serving in operational career fields with funding for two years of graduate study using a foreign language while providing overseas cultural and travel opportunities.
The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts.
- FAFSA (Pell Grant and other federal financial aid)
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the form used to apply for Pell Grant and other federal financial aid.
- GI Bill
GI Bill benefits help qualifying Veterans and their family members cover all or some of the costs for college, graduate school, and training programs.
- Troops to Teachers
Troops to Teachers assists transitioning Service members and veterans in starting new careers as K-12 school teachers. The program assists participants by providing counseling and referral services, helping to meet education and licensing requirements.
The My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) Scholarship is a workforce development program that provides eligible military spouses with financial assistance for licenses, certifications, or associate degrees to pursue an occupation or career field.
Scholarships and Grants
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Updated: December 9, 2020