The Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript System, or AARTS was a system used specifically by the Army to evaluate military education and service for a soldier. Relatively recently, AARTS was replaced by the JST, or Joint Services Transcript, which also replaced similar transcript services for the Marines, Coast Guard, and Navy. More than 2,300 colleges and universities accept the JST for military members and veterans who are hoping begin a degree program. Below, we will look at five different schools from around the country that accept the JST.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (in-state 2016-2017)*||Tuition Assistance/Military Benefits|
|University of Houston||4-year, public||Houston, TX||$9,519||up to 150 hour tuition exemption, online programs|
|Thomas Edison State University||4-year, public||Trenton, NJ||$6,350||Adult learning programs, TESU Military Scholarships|
|Cochise College||2-year, public||Douglas, AZ||$1,896||Military career-oriented degrees, flexible learning options, veteran education benefits|
|Columbia Southern University||4-year, private||Orange Beach, AL||$5,175||none available|
|New York Institute of Technology||4-year, private||Old Westbury, NY||$35,160||No application fee, priority registration, Yellow Ribbon GI education enhancement program|
Source: *U.S. Department of Education
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For military members who are considering enrolling in college to pursue a degree program, they are likely interested in receiving college credit for their military experience. The JST is used to evaluate eligibility for college credit based on a student's service and any specific job or classes they completed while enlisted. The schools below are all committed to reviewing military transcripts and awarding credit when possible.
University of Houston
The University of Houston is a public school located in downtown Houston. They offer a number of undergraduate courses online, as well as three online bachelor's degree completion programs. There are also 16 entirely online graduate level programs. These online programs could be beneficial to military members who were unable to finish their college education when they enlisted, or for those who still want to earn their degree simultaneously with military service. For students who have served in the military in Texas or were residents of Texas when they entered the military, they are eligible for up to 150 hours of tuition exemption, which could drastically decrease the cost of tuition. The University of Houston accepts military transcripts from all branches of the military based on their service.
Thomas Edison State University
At Thomas Edison State University in New Jersey, all programs are specifically geared towards adult learning, which may be especially helpful for military members and veterans. The programs are flexible with online options and the ability to take exams to receive college credit. The Thomas Edison State University Military Scholarship is designed specifically for active duty military members, honorably discharged or retired veterans and dependent spouses. TESU accepts the JST as well as the CCAF for Air Force members and awards college credit in accordance to a student's service in the military.
Cochise College has a few locations in Arizona and offers a number of 2-year career-oriented degrees. Many of their programs are offered online and on an evening and weekend schedule, so working adults or military members could continue working while pursuing a degree. The school offers a number of programs that military members may be interested in, like Intelligence Operations Studies, Cybersecurity, and Network Technology. Cochise College accepts the JST transcript, allowing military members to gain credit from their military experience.
Columbia Southern University
Columbia Southern University accepts the JST for all military members enlisted in branches except the Air Force. Air Force members can submit the CCAF transcript to receive credit for their military experience. There are various tuition assistance programs that military members and veterans can qualify for. This institution offers all their programs via online learning, so military students can choose from associate level to doctoral level degrees as well as certificate programs.
New York Institute of Technology
The New York Institute of Technology is a private university with several campuses in New York, all either in or close by New York City. Students at NYIT have a high employment after graduation rate, with more than 93% of graduates in jobs or graduate school within six months of graduation. Many of the degrees at NYIT are technology based and very career focused, designed for students who have a clear idea of what they want to do after graduating, which may be ideal for military students. NYIT accepts the JST transcript for students who have served in the military and decides whether any of that student's past experiences is transferrable for credit towards their degree.