Marine Corps COOL
This web-based hub catalogs extensive information on occupational credentials — including certifications, licenses, apprenticeships and growth opportunities — correlating with every Marine Corps MOS. It provides "how to" instructions for pursuing these credentials, links to credentialing organizations, and refers service members to programs that may help service members pay for credentialing fees such as the Montgomery GI Bill. Visit www.cool.navy.mil/usmc
to learn more.
Education Services Specialists offer a wide range of academic advice including how to get started, what school to choose, what program to study, tools to research educational questions, whether or not to use distance learning, financial aid options, available basic skills courses, and more. Appointments are available throughout the day and walk-ins are always welcome.
Achieving Higher Education (AHE)
Achieving Higher Education (AHE) is a free, in-depth, 2-day class that covers getting started on a path to a college degree or certification after leaving the Marine Corps. To register call 843-228-3889.
Joint Service Transcript (JST) - Formerly SMART
Additional Education Resources
English Classes for Adults/Clases de Inglés Para Adultos
Joint Service Transcript (JST) is an academically accepted record validated by the American Council on Education (ACE). The primary purpose of JST is to assist service members in obtaining college credit for their military experience. Go to www.jst.doded.mil, create an account and look at what may have been already earned. For questions or report transcript errors, please call the Education Office.
research databases and continuing education classes are available to some retirees and veterans.
Scholarships & Alternative Funding
GI Bill & Veterans Affairs (VA) Programs
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has education programs to advance the education and skills of active duty Service Members such as the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the Montgomery GI Bill, and Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP). While the Education Service Specialists are not VA counselors, they can assist in using VA tools and applying for the GI Bill or other programs. For more information about VA education programs, visit www.benefits.va.gov
Additional Funding Resources
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Types of Federal Aid
Financial Resources for Higher Education Webinar
Military.com Scholarship Finder
For additional resources and scholarship information, contact your local Education Office.
Testing & Test Prep
The Education Offices are available to proctor exams for universities and colleges. Call the Education Office to speak with a testing coordinator about available tests.
Search the MCAS Beaufort library database
Search the MCRD Parris Island library database
eKnowledge discounted SAT and ACT Test Prep
College Placement Skills Test (CPST) courses