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Military Credits

Recent legislation in Minnesota requires Minnesota State Colleges and Universities to review military academic transcripts and give appropriate credit based on the American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations. The transcript evaluator will review your military training based upon the American Council of Education standards for Military Programs and provide you a copy of your Degree Audit Report (DARS) indicating what was accepted in transfer.

Obtaining credits
Credit for Army training may be obtained by submitting an Army/American Council on Education Registry System transcript from the Army directly to the college or university. ACE (American Council on Education) translates military courses and occupations into academic credit and provides guidelines to interpret and recommend credit for formal service-school courses, demonstrated proficiency in military occupations and college-level tests. Service members must have separated or retired by 1981.

Credit for Sailor and Marine training may be obtained by submitting a Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART). Service members must have separated or retired from active duty on or after October 1, 1999.

Credit for Air Force training may be obtained by submitting a request to the Community College of the Air Force or going to the nearest Air Force base education office. Service members with credits/training for the Army pre-1981 and Sailors/Marines pre-1999 must request a DD295 and submit it for college credit award review. Saint Paul College uses A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services as a guide to award credit for military learning.

Joint Services Transcript
For evaluation of military credits, students will need to order an official Joint Services transcript to be sent to Saint Paul College. Transcripts can be ordered at

Community College of the Air Force
For an e​valuation of Air Force credits from CCAF, students will need to order an official transcript and have it sent to Saint Paul College. Transcripts can be ordered at

DANTES—Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support
The DANTES program supports the voluntary educational program for active military personnel and members of the National Guard and Reserves. The DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSSTs), however, are now available for use by civilians at universities and colleges throughout the country. The DSSTs are a series of examinations in various college and technical subjects. The DSST program allows students the opportunity to demonstrate college-level learning acquired outside the classroom. All tests carry ACE (American Council on Education) credit recommendations. Saint Paul College will honor the ACE recommendation and accept courses applicable to a program or course of study. A list of DSST exams and how they transfer to Saint Paul College is available at

Military Resources
Veterans and service members may be eligible to receive credit for their military and prior learning experiences-helping further their military career or preparing them for civilian career. These resources can help explore veteran and service member transfer options.

Saint Paul College Veterans Center
The Veteran’s Center provide veterans with a place where they can socialize, get access to educational resources and acquire a range of special services, including information on unique benefits that veterans are entitled to.

Military Legislation
Provides information about the statute regarding the recognition of military courses.

My Military Education
Provides resources from the Minnesota Department of Veteran's Affairs.

Veterans and Service members resources
Provides education, career and life planning, financial transfer and policy resources or connect directly to any of the other Minnesota State College and Universities.

Veterans Education Transfer System (VETS)
An online application that helps past, present, and future service members determine how their military training can count for credit at Minnesota State Colleges and Universities institutions.

Military credit transfer for veterans and service members
Provides information about transferring credits to a college or university in the MinnState system.  Detailed information is broken down by service branch.

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