Transferring Credits

Military Experience

You may be able to earn college credit for what you already know! LeTourneau University will assess military course completion and military occupational experience listed on your military transcripts to apply for the maximum allowable transfer credit recommended by the Academic Council on Education (ACE).

LeTourneau University follows the guidelines established in A Guide to Evaluation of Education Experiences in the Armed Services as a basis for applying military experience credits.

For more on the American Council of Education’s standards for evaluating credits from the Armed Forces, please refer to the ACE Net Military Guides (for Army, Navy, Marines) or learning about the College Credit Recommendation Service.


Military Transcripts

Below is a listing of the various Military Transcript types and how to obtain your records for evaluation by LeTourneau University.



JST is the Joint Services Transcript which replaced the Coast Guard Institute Transcript, the Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript System (AARTS) and the Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART). JST is an academically accepted document approved by the American Council on Education (ACE) to validate a service member's military occupational experience and training along with the corresponding ACE college credit recommendations (URL for JST: https://jst.doded.mil/smart/signIn.do).

All enlisted, officers and warrant officers, both active and veterans from all Army components, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy are eligible for a JST. Note that JST receives its data from underlying Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy personnel systems. Air Force personnel should contact CCAF to receive transcripts (URL: www.au.af.mil/au/ccaf/transcripts.asp).



The Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) is the only college system designed solely for enlisted members. The programs are designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills and theoretical background for enhanced performance as technicians and noncommissioned officers.

As an Airman, you can obtain a free unofficial copy of your transcript online through CCAF, or order an official copy online or via telephone from Credentials, Inc. for a minimal charge – the transcripts will be mailed the next business day. You can also apply civilian credit to your CCAF record – allow 10 business days from the date of receipt for CCAF to process your civilian transcript.



The Coast Guard Institute (CGI) provides training and education services, information and guidance for all Coast Guard members. As a member of the Coast Guard, you must first have an assessment completed before you can request an official transcript. The assessment forms the basis for your transcript.

You can complete an Official USCG Transcript Request Form CGI-1564 once you have chosen the college or university you wish to attend. The transcript will document your military learning experiences – it will be compiled based on the recommendations of the American Council on Education (ACE).


Credit by Examination

LETU will consider accepting credit by exam when a student submits their Score Report for CLEP and DSST (DANTES) exams. Military students who provide their AARTS or SMARTS records will list the necessary information to award credit for any DLPT or DSST exams. Military students will need to provide a Score Report for any CLEP and DSST (DANTES) exams.


DSST (formerly DANTES)

The DSST (Dantes Subject Standardized Test) was created to help service members pursue their educational goals and earn degrees or certifications while serving their country. As a member of the active-duty military, it provides you with access to a series of college credit examinations – if you pass, you can earn credits required for a college degree. These examinations give you the opportunity to demonstrate college-level achievement in undergraduate college courses. There are an extensive series of 38 examinations in college subject areas that are comparable to the final exams found in college or university undergraduate courses. ACE usually recommends three semester hours of credit per test. DSST offers computer-based exams. DSST exams cover subjects such as Business, Humanities, Mathematics, Physical Science and Social Sciences. The college credit tests are widely accepted by colleges and universities and are recognized by the American Council on Education (ACE). In most cases, your examination results will be forwarded to the appropriate military educational transcript system (i.e., SMART, CCAF, AARTS, CGI). This will simplify the transcript request process when you begin the college enrollment process.

Testing Information at GetCollegeCredit.com.



College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams are available to eligible military personnel as a way to save time and money while earning college credit. To assist you in meeting your educational goals,
All 33 CLEP exams are available as computer-based tests at on-campus or on-base national test centers. Note that the on-campus national test center requires a registration fee that is not reimbursed. CLEP exams cover these subjects: Business, Composition and Literature, Government, History, Languages, Mathematics, Sciences, Psychology and Social Sciences. CollegeBoard.org provides score reports for CLEP exams.


Prior Learning Assessment

Prior learning or life experience credits can save you time and money and help you fulfill your undergraduate requirements for graduation.



American Council on Education offers a college credit recommendation service that has evaluated training courses and examinations sponsored by professional and nonprofit organizations, labor unions, corporations and government. Participating programs may charge a fee for a transcript, but LETU does not charge to put the hours on the LETU transcript.

National Guide at Acenet.edu

Highlighted programs: American Banker's Association, CUNA, Coursera, Dale Carnegie, FAA, IAAP, Kaplan, McDonald's, Microsoft, PADI, Penn Foster, Project Management Leadership Group, Skillsoft, SOPHIA Learning, Starbucks, Straighterline, TEEX, UExcel, UTHealth/UTHSC-Houston, Walgreens, Wal-Mart

Please contact the Prior Learning Assessment Coordinator at CameronWinters@letu.edu or by calling 903-233-4378 for more information.


National CCRS (formerly PONSI)

National CCRS (formerly PONSI) reviews formal courses and educational programs sponsored by non-collegiate organizations and makes appropriate college-level credit recommendations for the courses and programs evaluated. Participating programs may charge a fee for a transcript, but LETU does not charge to put the hours on the LETU transcript.

Information from NationalCCRS.org

Highlighted programs: APICS, Dale Carnegie, LOMA, National Paralegal College

Please contact the Prior Learning Assessment Coordinator at CameronWinters@letu.edu or by calling 903-233-4378 for more information.


Transfer Courses

May be taken at local colleges or through regionally accredited online schools (LSU, etc.). You must contact your academic advisor for approvals.



Students may submit their portfolio after acceptance to the university. There is a $75 submission fee and a $50 transcription fee per credit awarded. There is a 30 hour credit limit.

Please contact your academic advisor or the Prior Learning Assessment Coordinator at CameronWinters@letu.edu or by calling 903-233-4378 for more information.

For more information on prior learning credits at LeTourneau University, go to the Prior Learning Assessment web page.

Questions? Contact: 


Melissa Hammer

VA Representative

(903) 233-4374