Military Students Can Protect Their Online Education Investment with SOC
When it comes to earning a college degree, military education benefits are only one part of the equation. Yes, there’s a significant financial investment involved, and military tuition assistance will pay for classes online. But the military student also puts in the time and effort to complete coursework, study and take exams.
After all that effort, imagine how disappointing it would be to decide to transfer into a master’s program and learn that your credits won’t transfer.
Bottom line: College credits do not automatically transfer from program to program.
This doesn’t mean that you have to decide your ultimate career or education destination this second and never change courses, ever. It means you need to choose your online school wisely.
For military students, an organization called Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) can help. For those of you who’ve never heard of it, SOC is a network of colleges that agree to accept transfers from among their membership. There’s a network for each branch of the military.
What this means is that if you start your online degree program at a SOC school, and decide to transfer to a different SOC school, your coursework will transfer. Before transferring, though, you should check with an advisor and your installation education office to find out if there will be any additional coursework requirements to complete your program.
You can find out more about SOC here.
The military provides tremendous education benefits – truly above and beyond anything most corporations might pay for their employees. But it’s important to remember: Just because military education benefits covered the cost of your classes, your credits don’t automatically transfer to any school you want to attend. The military doesn’t require you to attend SOC schools – but if you want the flexibility to transfer to another program without losing your credit hours, you’d be wise to stick to schools within the SOC network.
If you want to find out how to get started, or to check and see if a school you’re already attending is a SOC member, contact your Educational Services Office to learn more. You can also visit the SOC web site to research member programs.