Evaluations and Transfer Credit
Columbia College accepts American Council on Education (ACE) recommended credit for:
Want to know more? Visit the Evaluations Office site for more information about documents accepted by Columbia College for the evaluation of military experience.
Additionally, Columbia College:
- Accepts transfer credit from other Servicemember Opportunity Colleges (SOC)
- Accepts credit from the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF)
- Accepts Military Tuition Assistance (MTA)
- Participates in Troops to Teachers, a DANTES program that assists military personnel in becoming certified and employed as elementary school teachers.
- Offers one-on-one counseling for military students
- Understands Temporary Duty (TDY) commitments
- Will refund military tuition and any personal expense for a documented deployment that requires a withdrawal from class
Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC)
Columbia College is a charter member of SOC. Created in 1972, Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) is a consortium of more than 1,800 colleges and universities that provide educational opportunities for servicemembers and their families. Hundreds of thousands of service members and their family members enroll annually in programs offered by SOC Consortium member universities, colleges, community colleges, and technical institutes. Military students may enroll in associate, bachelor's, and graduate-level degree programs on school campuses, military installations and armories within the United States and overseas.
SOC coordinates associate and bachelor's degrees in a variety of curriculum areas for the Army (SOCAD), Navy (SOCNAV), Marine Corps (SOCMAR), and Coast Guard (SOCCOAST). These degree programs are offered by colleges and universities on or accessible to Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard installations worldwide. Within each curriculum or degree network, member colleges agree to accept each other's credits in transfer. Service members and their family members in isolated locations can take courses via online classes.
Community College of the Air Force (CCAF)
The Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) is a worldwide multi-campus community college established to meet the educational needs of Air Force enlisted personnel. CCAF is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges (SACSCC) as an occupational educational institution.
Once you enlist in the U.S. Air Force, you are automatically enrolled in the CCAF and can begin completing the 64 semester hours needed to achieve your Associate in Applied Science degree. Of those 64 semester hours, 49 are achieved through the Air Force; the remaining 15 semester hours of general education must be attained at a civilian institution.
At Columbia College, you can complete these remaining 15 general education hours on a flexible, accelerated schedule. General education courses are offered each eight-week session, so you can complete your entire general education requirements for CCAF in one year or less.
See also: CCAF course equivalency guide