Marine Corps College Education Resources and Special Programs

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Flexible Online Education for
Marines and Veterans

At Purdue Global, we pride ourselves on being able to give back to those who serve our country with the opportunity to achieve a high-quality education. As part of the respected Purdue University system, you can be confident that you’re earning a degree from a regionally accredited public university committed to helping you achieve your academic and professional goals.

Whether you want to earn an associate’s degree, or advance toward a bachelor’s, master’s, or even doctoral degree, Purdue Global has more than 175 online programs to choose from. We understand that your experience as a U.S. Marine is invaluable. With our experiential credit option, you can turn your USMC training into college credit, allowing you to earn your degree faster from a Marine Corps-friendly college. 

How Close Are You to a Degree?
With our specialized transfer credit pathways, your military training counts as credit toward a Purdue Global degree.
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The transfer credit tool will provide an estimate of how many credits you may be eligible to receive based on your skill level/rate/rank in a given MOS/Rating/AFSC. ESTIMATES ARE NOT A GUARANTEE OF CREDIT. Credit totals for Air Force, Coast Guard, Navy, and Marines are based on an educational mapping of the standard courses required for rank advancement as well as credit for occupation training. Credit totals for Army reflect credit for occupation training. Exact transfer credit amount may vary depending on completed military courses and occupations as listed on your official Joint Services Transcript(s).

Marine Corps Education Pathways

  • Educational Plan

    The First Step Toward a Degree

    Developing your educational plan is one of several steps you must complete in order to enroll, begin your education, and receive Marine Corps education benefits. This plan is essential to ensuring you are on the right path to achieving your educational goals. Our Military Student Support Center can help you develop your educational plan, as well as guide you through the enrollment process. You should also discuss this plan with your Educational Services Officer.

  • Tuition Reductions

    We Offer an Affordable Education for Military Students

    We believe you have earned a quality education through your service and should not have to pay excessive out-of-pocket expenses to reach your educational goal.*

    • Current Servicemembers (including Guard and Reserve): 55% per-credit reduction for undergraduate programs (plus we waive the technology fee) and 17% to 30% per-credit reduction for graduate programs
    • Veterans: 38% per-credit reduction for undergraduate programs and 14% per-credit reduction for graduate programs
    • Military Spouses: 10% per-credit reduction for undergraduate and graduate programs

Marines, You’re Already on Course With Our PME2Degree Program

The PME2Degree program is a holistic approach to providing the best education option based on individual goals and the most efficient path to achieve those goals.

Transfer Credit Pathways

We have mapped a select few Marine Corps military occupational specialties (MOS) into various degree options, allowing you to pursue a degree program that may not specifically be related to your MOS, but is relevant to your ultimate career goals. In addition, we will review your military transcript for potential credit toward your degree of choice.

Uncompromised Quality

The comprehensive nature of our MOS reviews ensures that the required outcomes needed to earn a degree are either achieved in military service or through the degree plan.

Built for Lifelong Learning

At Purdue Global, we are committed to your ongoing success. We provide a continuous learning path, making it easier for you to explore the next steps in your academic journey from earning an associate’s degree to progressing to a bachelor’s, master’s, and even doctoral degree. With our generous transfer options, credits earned in many of our degree programs can be transferred into a Purdue Global advanced degree, allowing you to achieve your ultimate academic and career goals.§ Along with transfer credits, we also re-evaluate your training to apply it toward the next degree level.

Marine Corps Education Benefits and Tuition Assistance

  • Tuition Assistance (TA)

    What Is Tuition Assistance?

    Tuition assistance is a benefit paid to eligible servicemembers who meet specific requirements to receive TA benefits.

    Marine tuition assistance (TA) provides active-duty Marines with funding for tuition costs associated with courses taken in an off-duty status at a college, university, or vocational/technical institution, whose regional or national accreditation is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Purdue Global is a regionally accredited institution.

  • TA Caps

    What Are the Caps?

    There is an annual cap of $4,500 per individual, which falls within each fiscal year (October 1 to September 30). Payment for tuition will not exceed the following caps:

    • $250.00 per semester hour
    • $166.67 per quarter hour
    • $16.67 per clock hour (for approved certificate/diploma programs only)

    Purdue Global is on the quarter-hour system. Current servicemembers, including Guard and Reserve, are eligible for a 55% per-credit tuition reduction for undergraduate programs, which reduces per-credit tuition to $165, which is below the per-quarter-hour cap.

  • TA Eligibility

    Who Is Eligible?

    TA is available to all active-duty and active reserve Marines. To qualify, you must:

    • Be on active duty for the entire length of the course. Reservists must be on continuous active duty and their course must end prior to demobilization/deactivation.
    • Provide all grades from TA courses. Successful course completion will be defined as a grade of “C” or higher for undergraduate courses, a “B” or higher for graduate courses, and a “Pass” for “Pass/Fail” courses.

    In addition, you must have:

    • TA authorization prior to beginning of course
    • No disciplinary actions pending
    • If a first-time TA user, completed the Marine Corps Institute Personal Financial Management Course (Course ID 3420g)

  • TA Coverage

    What Is Covered?

    TA may be used for academic or technical courses and degree programs taken from 2- or 4-year institutions on base, off base, or by correspondence.

    TA will cover only tuition.

    Fees directly required for course enrollment may be combined with tuition. The Marine Corps will only pay fees that are published, mandatory, charged for course enrollment, and reimbursable in the event the student needs to withdraw from the course.

    TA does NOT cover books and course materials, academic institution fees, or retakes of the same course. Additionally, TA will not fund your courses if you leave the service before the course ends, you quit the course for reasons other than personal illness, military transfer, or mission requirements, or you fail the course. In the event one of these situations occurs, you will have to provide reimbursement for any funds already paid.

  • Application Info

    What Information Do I Need to Apply?

    To apply for TA, you must:

    • Complete a College 101 Brief (10- to 15-minute online PowerPoint presentation).
    • Submit a Tuition Assistance Statement of Understanding.
    • Submit a current up-to-date TA application.
    • If a reservist, submit a copy of activation or mobilization orders.

  • My Education/WebTA

    What Is My Education/WebTA?

    My Education is the central portal for Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard TA processing. A servicemember submits a WebTA application via the My Education portal each time TA is requested for a specific term. Each service branch authorizes their respective WebTA applications. For sailors, the My Education portal is accessed through the Navy College Program website. Please read all pertinent NAVADMINs for the most up-to-date information.

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*Military tuition rates cannot be used in conjunction with any other Purdue Global grants or tuition reduction, including Purdue Global Tuition Cap or ExcelTrack™ pricing. Per-credit tuition reductions are based on standard tuition rate of $371.00. Indiana resident pricing for undergraduate veterans is $220.00 per credit; no additional reductions are applied due to this lowered tuition rate.

Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.

Purdue Global does not guarantee the transferability of credit from any of these sources. See the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy. Credit awards have service-level requirements. Exact transfer amount may vary depending on completed military courses and occupations as listed on your CCAF and official Joint Service Transcript(s). Applicable state-specific program requirements, as listed in the University Catalog, may reduce the available transfer credits. All credits must be validated on official transcript(s) to be eligible for transfer.

§The University cannot guarantee that students will be granted admission to any future programs. Speak to an Advisor about transfer credit opportunities and see the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy.