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.
Below is a listing of the various Military Transcript types and how to obtain your records for evaluation by LeTourneau University.
As an eligible Soldier, AARTS (Army American Council on Education Registry Transcript System) is a computerized transcript system that produces official transcripts for you upon request by combining your military education and job experience with descriptions and college credit recommendations developed by the American Council on Education (ACE).
It is currently available to Army personnel only, including active-duty Army, Army National Guard and Army Reserve. Transcripts are processed on a daily basis, with a 24-hour turnaround time – there is no charge for this service.
If you are an eligible Sailor or Marine, you can obtain college credit through military experience with the assistance of SMART (Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript). SMART is an academically accepted record that is recognized by the American Council on Education (ACE).
Note that SMART has replaced DD295, the Application for Evaluation of Learning Experiences During Military Service; however, DD295 may still be necessary in some instances. All active-duty and reserve Sailors and Marines are eligible – you can register via the SMART website and have an unofficial transcript generated online. Official transcripts can be requested online or from your local Navy College Office or Marine Corps Lifelong Learning Center.
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).
LETU will consider accepting credit by exam when a student submits their Score Report for CLEP and DSST (DANTES) exams provided by College Board (www.collegeboard.com). 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.
The DSST (Dantes Subject Standardized Test) is a Department of Defense organization 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 one-third or more of the credits required for a college degree.
These examinations give you the opportunity to demonstrate college-level achievement in undergraduate college courses – there are extensive series of 37 examinations in college subject areas that are comparable to the final exams found in college or university undergraduate courses. ACE recommends three semester hours of credit per test.
DANTES funds paper-based DSST testing at DANTES test centers, as well as at on-campus national test centers that offer the computer-based exams.
DSST exams cover these subjects: Applied Technology, Business, Humanities, Mathematics, Physical Science and Social Sciences.. The college credit tests are widely accepted by colleges and universities, and 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.
DANTES offers information and funding for the College Level Exam Program (CLEP), the DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST) and the Excelsior College Exam (ECE). While CLEP, DSST and ECE are slightly different, they are all designed to help you earn your degree or certificate faster.
Score Report for DSST (DANTES) exams are provided by College Board (www.collegeboard.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, the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) funds CLEP exams for eligible military service members.
There are 14 paper-based tests available at participating DANTES test centers. Once you complete the exam, it takes about four to six weeks to get your results. All CLEP General and Subject exams, 35 in all, 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 by DANTES.
CLEP exams cover these subjects: Business, Data Processing, Composition and Literature, Government, History, Language, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Psychology and Social Sciences.
Score Report for CLEP exams are provided by CollegeBoard.com.
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.
Highlighted programs: American Bankers Association, Certified Professional Secretary – IAAP, Dale Carnegie, FAA, McDonald's, Microsoft, PADI, Penn Foster and Starbucks. Please contact the prior learning assessment coordinator at 800-759-8811 for more information.
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.
Highlighted programs: APEX, APICS, CUNA, Dale Carnegie, LOMA and the Sage Group. Please contact the prior learning assessment coordinator at 800-759-8811 for more information.
May be taken at local colleges or through regionally accredited online schools (LSU, etc.). Please contact the prior learning assessment coordinator at 800-759-8811 for course approvals before registering.
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 prior learning assessment coordinator at 800-759-8811 for more information.
For more information on prior learning credits at LeTourneau University, go to the Prior Learning Assessment web page.