Education Services

Our mission is to help active duty members and their families successfully achieve their academic goals. We strive to ensure that you are well informed regarding all educational resources and benefits available to you! Services include processing of Tuition Assistance (TA) applications, providing college course prep material and online tutoring information, printing JST transcripts, providing access to career, university and degree selection tools, conducting academic counseling and testing referrals, providing Apprenticeship & Certification Program information and more!

DoD Voluntary Education Portal for all Services

The Voluntary Education Program advocates lifelong learning for the Department of Defense community by providing policy, program guidance, and resource oversight. In addition you’ll find information on military Tuition Assistance, and Service Member Opportunity College (SOC), etc.

Tuition Assistance Brief

Call to register at (619)524-8158 or (619)524-1275 or email at or

You can also register for the Tuition Assistance Brief at the following link!

(This is a requirement to be eligible for TA funding!)

Establish Web Tuition Assistance Account

Joint Services Transcript (JST)

Military courses and training taken are reflected on your Joint Service Transcript and may be eligible for elective credit with your university or institution! Provide a copy of your JST to your academic advisor with your university during the enrollment process in order to receive credit for courses taken. Please contact the Education Office if you need a copy of your JST.

Free Academic Tutoring is free online academic tutoring resource that is also available to your family members and dependents! You must register while serving on Active Duty to qualify.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

CLEP testing is free for SMs on the first attempt and may allow you to place out of some pre-requisite courses that you are knowledgeable in. This could save you time, money and allow you to earn your degree quicker! Many schools have a maximum number of credits they will accept through these non-traditional methods.

NU’s Spectrum Campus in Kearney Mesa administers the CLEP here in San Diego. Please contact to schedule at 858-541-7951 or email

You can also find additional testing centers near you at

United Services Military Apprenticeship Program (USMAP)

Leadership Scholar Program (LSP)

Marine Corps COOL (Credentialing Opportunities On-Line)


The Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) helps service members and veterans pursue their educational goals and earn degrees or certifications both during and after their service. DANTES is a Department of Defense agency that provides leadership and support for this important effort through partnerships across the education community. DANTES offers DSST testing that can offer by subject college credit similar to CLEP testing, as well as various academic resources and academic review programs to include: 

Online Academic Skills Course (OASC)

The Online Academic Skills Course (OASC) is a free interactive study course to assist in building math and verbal skills. The OASC is a pre-requirement for TA eligibility if your GT score is below 100.

College and University Programs on the Depot

There are two colleges/universities offering classes aboard the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego:

  • National University – Master, Bachelor, and Associate degrees. –
  • Columbia College – Master, Bachelor, and Associate degrees. –
  • Contact the Education Center concerning visiting colleges/universities, (619)524-8158

To research and compare college/university programs:

Scholarships & Financial Aid Programs

FAFSA Application

This FREE application is used to apply for federal, state and institutional grants, work-study and loans online at:

You must apply annually in order to retain FAFSA eligibility.

MCRD Military Testing Section Information

The Installation Personnel Administration Center (IPAC) provides Military Testing in Building 622, Room 121 on base at MCRD San Diego. Available tests include the DLAB, ARC or RCAT, EDPT, AFCT GCT, DLPT.

Marines are encouraged to walk in for testing Monday-Wednesday every week. Walk in or appointments for testing will not be available Thursday and Friday due to recruit testing.

Please see the Downloads section on this page to download the AFCT Retest Policy and Sample Letter for reference.

Phone: (619) 524-6123
DSN: 524-4354
Fax: (619) 524-6110

Recruit Administration Branch
41001 Midway Ave
BLDG 622, Room 121
San Diego, CA 92140



Contact Information

Education Center

Education Center, Building 111
Across from the gas station
San Diego, CA 92140

Phone: 6195248158

Education & Career Specialist: 6195241275

Education Services Officer: 6195248158

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