NEW YORK — Over the next four years, one million service men and women are expected to return to civilian life. For veterans and active military members between tours, a college degree can help expand the field of potential job opportunities. Active military members and veterans can take advantage of College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP®) to achieve their degree faster, advance toward their careers, and save thousands of dollars in tuition and fees. A qualifying score on any of 33 introductory-level college subject examinations can grant three to 12 college credits.
The 90-minute exams are administered at more than 1,700 colleges across the country and on-base testing centers worldwide. Credits are granted for successful scores at more than 2,900 colleges and universities.
Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) currently funds the CLEP exam fee for active military service members, eligible military spouses and civilian employees on the first attempt per exam title. Additional information on eligibility for covered fees can be accessed on the DANTES-funded eligibility chart.
Depending on their benefits election, some veterans can claim full reimbursement for CLEP exams and exam administration fees under provisions of the Veterans Benefits Improvement Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-454), which enhances the education benefits of the Montgomery GI Bill. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website provides additional information.
“The CLEP program welcomes home the uniformed men and woman of the armed services. We are deeply proud of our long-standing support of our nation’s military personnel through our partnership with DANTES,” said Steven Titan, vice president of the CLEP program.
Since 1974, the College Board and CLEP have worked with the Department of Defense to provide credit-by-examination opportunities to the military. CLEP recently renewed a five-year contract with DANTES to continue to provide testing services for CLEP to active military service members, eligible spouses and civilian employees. The partnership accounts for approximately one-third of CLEP’s annual testing volume and also includes SAT® testing services for active military service members.
For additional information on CLEP, visit www.collegeboard.org/clep.
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DANTES, based in Pensacola, Fla., was founded in 1974, and its mission is to support the off-duty, voluntary education programs of the Department of Defense and to conduct special projects and development activities in support of education-related functions of the Department of Defense.
About the College Board
The College Board is a mission-driven not-for-profit organization that connects students to college success and opportunity. Founded in 1900, the College Board was created to expand access to higher education. Today, the membership association is made up of over 6,000 of the world’s leading educational institutions and is dedicated to promoting excellence and equity in education. Each year, the College Board helps more than seven million students prepare for a successful transition to college through programs and services in college readiness and college success — including the SAT® and the Advanced Placement Program®. The organization also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators and schools. For further information, visit www.collegeboard.org.