Military Credits

Recent legislation in Minnesota requires Minnesota State Colleges and Universities to review military academic transcripts and give appropriate credit based on the American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations.

The transfer specialist will review your military training based upon the American Council of Education standards for Military Programs and will give you directions on how to view your Degree Audit Report (DARS) indicating what was accepted in transfer. If you have questions about your evaluation, please contact the Registrar’s Office for an explanation of your evaluation. Click here to check your military course equivalencies.

Obtaining credits

For the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard request your Joint Services Transcript. American Council on Education (ACE) translates military courses and occupations into academic credit and provides guidelines to interpret and recommend credit for formal service-school courses, demonstrated proficiency in military occupations and college-level tests. Service members must have separated or retired by 1981.

Credit for Sailor and Marine training may be obtained by submitting a Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART). Service members must have separated or retired from active duty on or after October 1, 1999.

Credit for Air Force training may be requested from your Community College of the Air Force or going to the nearest Air Force base education office. Service members with credits/training for the Army pre-1981 and Sailors/Marines pre-1999 must request a DD295 and submit it for college credit award review. Saint Paul College uses A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services as a guide to award credit for military learning.

DANTES—Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support

The DANTES program supports the voluntary educational program for active military personnel and members of the National Guard and Reserves. The DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSSTs), however, are now available for use by civilians at universities and colleges throughout the country. The DSSTs are a series of examinations in various college and technical subjects. The DSST program allows students the opportunity to demonstrate college-level learning acquired outside the classroom. All tests carry ACE (American Council on Education) credit recommendations. Riverland Community College will honor the ACE recommendation and accept courses applicable to a program or course of study.

SOC—Service Members Opportunity Colleges

Recognizing the problems faced by military students whose jobs require frequent moves, SOC member schools make it easier to obtain college degrees by the following:

  • Limiting the amount of coursework students must take at a single college to no more than 25% of degree requirements;
  • Designing transfer practices to minimize loss of credit and avoid duplication of course work;
  • Awarding credit for military experience; and
  • Awarding credit for tests such as CLEP, RCEP and DSST national testing programs.

Colleges and universities that participate in the network degree programs for the Army, Navy and Marine Corps agree to:

  • Guarantee to accept each other’s courses in transfer within curriculum areas such as management, computer studies, interdisciplinary studies and others.
  • Award credit for military service schools and occupational experience.