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Veteran Students

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Easily Transfer Your Credits

Did you know that your military experience may be worth university credit?

Learn how to transfer your credits and earn your degree faster.

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Joint Services Transcripts

Your JST contains courses recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE). The University of Arizona uses ACE recommendations and university transferability guidelines to assess credit for U.S. military service and training for undergraduate students. The University of Arizona will accept up to 30 units of ACE-recommended military credit as transfer work toward a bachelor’s degree. Explore our online Transfer Credit Guide. For experiences not listed in the Transfer Credit Guide, consult with your academic advisor.

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Earn Credit for Basic Training

In addition to ACE-recommended courses, credit can be received for basic training. Recruit or basic training on JST and CCAF transcripts is awarded credit based on time in service (i.e., consecutive months of active duty in the armed forces, terminated under honorable conditions):

  • 1 year or more: 8 units
  • 9 months: 6 units
  • 6 months: 4 units
  • 3 months: 2 units
  • Less than 3 months: no credit
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Earn Credit for Foreign Language & Other Skills

  1. Second language proficiency credit will be awarded for languages completed through the Defense Language Institute (DLI).
  2. Spanish, French and German proficiency can be assessed through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). CLEP provides college credit based on test scores; active duty military members may have access to one free test attempt. Your Spanish, French, German, Russian and Latin can also be assessed through a proctored exam from the College of Humanities.
  3. If you have experience with any other language not listed above, we can still assess these experiences for proficiency or through our Critical Languages Program.

The University of Arizona accepts test credit from CLEP and DSST. With preparation, you may be able to pass a test that can award you additional college credit for other skills and knowledge you have gained from your time in the military.

Additional Funding Opportunities

As a military veteran, you have options when it comes to funding your education. Explore the GI Bill and other federal funding opportunities.

GI Bill

The Armed Forces offer soldiers, sailors, marines, guardsmen, airmen as well as veterans several tuition assistance programs for college courses taken during off-duty hours. The Post-9/11 GI Bill® has a few specific components unavailable in other GI Bill® programs, such as the Yellow Ribbon Program and Transfer of Entitlement Option.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. Government website at http://www.benefits.va

Federal Financial Aid

We strongly encourage you to apply for every type of aid available. For more information, visit our Financial Aid page.

Resources for Veterans

Veteran Education and Transition Services

As a veteran and an online student, you have access to the same services as on-campus students. Learn how the University’s VETS program can benefit you.

Office of Transfer Credit & Articulation

Visit the Office of Transfer Credit & Articulation for transfer credit evaluations (including military credit) and questions.

Military-Connected Benefits & Certifications

The Military-Connected Benefits & Certifications Office at The University of Arizona works in partnership with the Veterans Administration to assist military-connected students with GI Bill® Education Benefits and Tuition Assistance for active-duty, guard, and reserve service members.


Phone: 520-621-9501 |  Fax: 520-621-3665
Email:  veterans@email.arizona.edu

Supportive Education for Returning Veterans (SERV)

Switching between military and civilian life can be challenging. This course, available 100% online at no cost to U.S. military veterans, helps you explore your potential beyond your military career. Sign up today and start building professional resiliency, one of the deciding factors of success in life.

Popular Programs

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