Does the state have a policy to award academic credit for military experience?

Does the state have a policy to award academic credit for military experience?

February 2018


 

Yes / No Policy Description Citation
Alabama Yes Requires the board of each public state higher education institution, community college and technical school to adopt a policy to award academic credit for military experience that meets American Council on Education or equivialent standards. Ala. Code § 31-12A-3
Alaska Yes State statute regarding minimum standards for postsecondary institutions requires the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education to require institutions to accept military experience towards degree or technical programs. Alaska Stat. Ann. § 14.48.060 (West)
Arizona Yes Requires the governing board of each community college, and the Arizona board of regents to develop policies to award academic credit for military experience. The number of credits awarded must be based on length of service, skills and competencies, and joint services transcript, if provided. Institutions are required to notify military applicants that they may be eligible to recieve academic credit for their experience, and inform the applicant which credits are applicable. The institutions must work with the department of veterans' services to assess military experience. Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 15-1898
Arkansas No policy identified.
California Yes Directs the Chancellor of the California Community Colleges to determine for which courses academic credit should be awarded for military experience. The chancellor must use common course descriptions and American Council on Education recommendations to identify courses. Cal. Educ. Code § 66025.7 (West)
Colorado Yes Requires the governing boards of each public higher education institution to adopt and implement a policy to award academic credit for military experience. Board policies must require institutions to use American Council on Education's recommendations, as well as provide guidance to students when selecting a program of study and optimizing use of awarded credit to accelerate time to degree or certificate. Reasonable fees for PLA credit are allowed, however tuition may not be charged. Credit awarded for courses with a guaranteed-transfer designation must be accepted for transfer. The department of higher education is required to submit a report to the education and state, veterans, and miltary affairs committees regarding the adoption and implementation of this policy. Colo. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 23-5-145 (West)
Connecticut Yes Requires the board of regents for higher education and the board of trustees for the University of Connecticut to develop guidelines to award academic credit for military experience. The guidelines must include course equivalency recommendations from American Council on Education or other organizations. Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 10a-149d (West)
Delaware No policy identified.
District of Columbia Yes Requires the University of the District of Columbia to grant academic credit for military experience according to American Council on Education's "A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services." D.C. Mun. Regs. tit. 8-B, § 717
Florida Yes Requires the board of trustees of each institution in the Florida College System to adopt a policy for awarding academic credit for military experience. Policies must award credit for military experiences recognized by American Council on Education and specify if awarded credit fulfills general educaiton, major course, or degree credit requirements. States that an insitution may accept transfer of military credit that was previously evaluated and awarded by another public insitution. Transcription requirements are included and requires that policies must be displayed on a website and in a catalog. Fla. Admin. Code Ann. r. 6A-14.0302
Georgia Yes Requires the State Board of the Technical College System of Georgia to maintain a policy requiring institutions of the Technical College System of Georgia to grant academic credit for military experience. Military experience must be substantially related to coursework in order to be eligible for academic credit. Ga. Code Ann. § 20-4-38 (West)
Hawaii No policy identified. Credit for military experience is included in broader PLA policy.
Idaho Yes The state board of education, the board of regents of the university of idaho, the board of trustees of a community college, and the state board for career technical education are required to develop policies to award academic credit for military experience. Requires the boards to work cooperatively with each other and state agencies as necessary. Idaho Code Ann. § 33-3727 (West)
Illinois Yes Requires higher education institutions to adopt a policy to award academic credit for military experience. A student's military experience must be recommended for credit by a national higher education association that provides such recommendations, and included on the student's military transcript or otherwise documented. The institution must provide this policy to an applicant who lists current or prior military experience on their application. The institution must maintain a list of military courses and programs that qualify for academic credit. 110 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 32/10
Indiana Yes State higher education institutions are required to adopt a policy to award academic credit for military experience. Military experience must meet American Council on Education standards. Students must compete a CLEP, DANTES, or Excelsior College exam. A minimum score for CLEP exams is designated. Awarded credit must be applicable to degree requirements. Policies must be published to the institution's website and the commission for higher education's website. Credit limits are established for in-person and online programs. Ind. Code Ann. § 21-42-7-1 (West) et. seq.
Iowa No policy identified.
Kansas No policy identified.
Kentucky No policy identified.
Louisiana Yes Requires the statewide articulation and transfer council to use the "Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services" and American Council on Education standards to inform the awarding of academic credit for military experience. If requested by a veteran student or spouse of a veteran student, requires a public postsecondary institution to evaluate a transcript and accept transfer credit, provided it aligns with institutional requirements. Requires the council to coordinate the development of a military articulation and transfer process. The governing board of each postsecondary institution shall ensure that institutional policies meet these provisions. La. Stat. Ann. § 17:3165.2
Maine No policy identified.
Maryland Yes Requires the Maryland Higher Education Commission to develop and adopt guidelines for awarding academic credit for military experience. Requires the governing body of each public postsecondary institution to develop and implement policies in accordance with the Commission's guidelines. Md. Code Ann., Educ. § 15-113 (West)
Massachusetts Yes Directs the board of higher education to adopt a policy that requires each public postsecondary institution to develop policies and procedures to award credit for military experience. Allows the board to require that institutional polices meet American Council on Education or equivalent standards. The board may also require that institutions standardize policies for exams funded through the Department of Defense. Requires each public higher education institution to designate a single point of contact for veteran students to conduct evaluation and determination. Mass. Gen. Laws Ann. ch. 15A, § 42 (West)
Michigan Yes Public universities receiving state aid for higher education are required to notify military applicants that they may receive academic credit for their military experience. Upon receipt of the student's military transcript, the university must evaluate and notify the applicant what academic credit is available to them. Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 388.1875b (West)
Minnesota Yes Requires Minnesota State Colleges and Universities to award academic credit for military experience, if the experience meets American Council on Education or equivilent standards. The University of Minnesota and private institutions are encouraged to do the same. Minn. Stat. Ann. § 197.775 (West)
Mississippi No policy identified.
Missouri Yes Directs the coordinating board for higher education to adopt a policy that requires every public postsecondary university, college, vocational and technical school to award academic credit for military experience. The governing boards of public institutions must adopt the requiste rules and procedures to implement this policy. Military experience must meet American Council on Education or equivalent standards, and be determined by the department or faculty to be appropriate to institutional course content. Mo. Ann. Stat. § 173.1158 (West)
Montana Yes The commissioner of higher education is authorized to develop critieria by which a postsecondary institution can award academic credit for military experience, and submit the proposed policy to the board of regents for approval. Mont. Code Ann. § 20-25-517 (West)
Nebraska No policy identified.
Nevada Yes Senate Bill 457 (2017), subject to revision, requires the board of regents to consult with American Council on Education to establish statewide standards for awarding credit for military experience. The standards must identify experiences for which credit must be awarded, the amount of credit to be awarded, and the specific academic programs to which credit is applicable. Requires that awarded credit must be applicable to degree required coursework. Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § SB 457, § 1 (West)
New Hampshire Yes Directs the division of higher education to adopt a policy that requires each public higher education institution to develop policies and procedures for awarding academic credit for military experience. The division may require that institutional policies meet American Council on Education or equivalent standards, and may require that institutions standardize credit-by-exam equivalencies for exams funded by the Department of Defense. Requires each public insitution to designate a point of contact for veteran students to conduct the evaluation and determination. N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 21-N:8-b
New Jersey No policy identified.
New Mexico No policy identified. SB 153 (2016), College Credit for Military Training, included a temporary provision that directed the department of higher education to create and implement a policy to award academic credit for military experience. New Mexico SB 153 (2016)
New York No policy identified.
North Carolina No policy identified. SB 761 (2014) included non-statutory language directing the board of governors of the University of North Carolina and the state board of community colleges to develop a plan to implement a uniform system to award academic credit for military experience. North Carolina SB 761 (2014)
North Dakota No policy identified.
Ohio Yes The Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education is directed to develop standards and procedures for public higher education institutions to use when awarding academic credit for military experience. Information about standardized resources and a database that shows how military experience translates to academic credit must be made available online. The Chancellor must also develop a military articulation and transfer assurance guide, and a statewide training program for faculty and staff that prepares them to evaluate military experience. The program shall use recommendations from the American Council on Education and standards from the Council on Adult and Experiential Learning . Costs or fees for transcription services for service members are prohibited. Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 3333.164 (West); § 3345.424
Oklahoma Yes The Post-Military Service Occupation, Education and Credentialing Act requires the governing board of each higher education institution and career and technology centers to adopt a policy to award academic credit for military experience. Credit must be awarded within three years of the student's enrollment. Military experience must meet American Council on Education or equivilent standards. Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 59, § 4100.3 (West)
Oregon No policy identified. Credit for military experience is included in broader PLA policy.
Pennsylvania No policy identified.
Rhode Island Yes Requires the board of education to adopt policies or regulations requiring public higher education institutions to award academic credit for military experiences that meet American Council on Education or equivalent standards, when academically appropriate. 16 R.I. Gen. Laws Ann. § 16-101-1 (West)
South Carolina Yes Public post secondary institutions, including technical and comprehensive educational institutions may award academic credit military experience. The award must be made within three years of enrollment at the institution and be in accordance with American Council on Education or equivalent standards. S.C. Code Ann. § 59-101-400
South Dakota No policy identified.
Tennessee Yes Public higher education institutions are directed to develop and implement uniform procedures to award academic credit for military experience. To assist in this work, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC) must identify military occupational specialties and academic programs with potential to support veteran degree and certificate completion and employment. THEC and the governing boards of the state institutions must convene faculty and subject matter experts to develop course equivalencies. Institutions must provide progress reports as requested and submit course equivalencies to THEC. Course equivalencies shall be consistent with the American Council on Education or other equivalent standards. THEC is required to maintain this information on a website. Tenn. Code Ann. § 49-7-1310 (West)
Texas Yes The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is required to coordinate with the Texas Workforce Commision, the Texas Veterans Commission, and institutions of higher education in order to promote the College Credit for Heroes program by developing standardized curricula toward which military students may be awarded academic credit for their military experience, and ensuring the transferability of awarded credit. Tex. Educ. Code Ann. § 61.835 (West)
Utah Yes Higher education institutions must provide a written notification to students applying for admission that they are required to meet with a college counselor in order to receive credit for their military experience if the student requests credit for their military experience and they have met with an advisor at an institution at which they intend to enroll. Requires that recommendations for credit for military experience must come from a postsecondary accreditor or other designated association. Requires the board of regents and board of trustees to report annually to the Utah Department of Veterans' Affairs on the number of credits awarded by each institution. Upon transfer, awarded credits are subject to evaluation by the receiving institution. Utah Code Ann. § 53B-16-107 (West)
Vermont No policy identified.
Virginia Yes Va. Code Ann. § 23.1-904 Requires the governing board of each public higher education institution to implement policies in accordance with the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia's guidelines to award academic credit for military experience. Va. Code Ann. § 23.1-2907 Requires the state board for community colleges to adopt a policy to award academic credit for military experience that is applicable to the student's degree requirements. The military experience must be recommended for credit by a national higher education association that provides such recommendations, noted on the student's military transcript, or be otherwise documented by the military. The state board must develop a procedure for each community college to receive and verify appropriate documentation, as well as develop and share with each community college a list of military courses and programs that have been deemed appropriate for academic credit. Each community college must provide a copy of the policy to each applicant. Va. Code Ann. § 23.1-904 (West); Va. Code Ann. § 23.1-2907 (West)
Washington Yes Each higher education institution must adopt a policy to award academic credit for military experience. The military experience must be recommended for credit by a national higher education association that provides such recommendations, noted on the student's military transcript, or be an otherwise documented military experience. A copy of the policy must be provided to applicants who list military service on their application for admission. The institution must maintain a list of military courses and programs that qualify for academic credit. Each institution must develop a procedure for receiving and verifying appropriate documentation. Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 28B.10.057 (West)
West Virginia Yes The higher education policy commission, West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education, and each state institution of higher education shall establish policies and implement programs to provide a variety of support services for veterans. These services include granting academic credit for military experience, establishing veteran-friendly community and technical college degree programs that recognize and award academic credit for military experience, and providing information about programs that grant credit for prior learning to enrolled and potentional veteran students. W. Va. Code Ann. § 18B-4-9
Wisconsin No policy identified.
Wyoming No policy identified.

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