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Department of the Air Force
Education Center - Air Force
101 W. Hill Boulevard
Joint Base Charleston, SC 29404
If you’ve ever considered taking your education a step further, you should look to your installation for more information and assistance. They can help you decide if receiving an advanced degree is right for you, tell you which local colleges and classes are offered and find out if you’re eligible for tuition assistance. The Voluntary Education Center, or Installation Education Center, is available to help you put together a plan to advance your education.
Military spouses can also choose to engage with an education and career coach through the DoD’s Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program, or SECO. These coaches can assist them in exploring multiple tools, resources and information to reach their educational goals. To contact a career coach call 800-342-9647 or visit https://myseco.militaryonesource.mil.
The focal point for all adult education programs on JB Charleston (AB) is the Base Education and Training Center (843) 963-4575. The Education and Training Center offers a wide range of educational services and programs to help people fulfill their educational goals. Education counselors are available to help both service and family members with their educational goals and explain procedures on use of benefits and starting programs. Many sources of financial aid, including the Pell Grant, are available for service and family members.
DANTES Exams, CLEP Exams, & Exam proctoring may be scheduled by contacting (843) 952-7131
There are currently four universities that offer programs on base and have offices co-located with the Education and Training Center. For more information contact the Base Education and Training Center or the Colleges/Universities listed on the chart below.
Degree Type(s) Offered
Cost per Credit Hour
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Mil- $250 / $560-$1000
Civ- $390 / $665-$1000
$250-$350 / $408-$577
Civ- $400 / $560
Southern Illinois University
$9638-$11084 per semester
There are various state and federal financial assistance programs, grants and scholarship opportunities available for family members of Active Duty/Veterans, information available at the Military & Family Readiness office (843) 963-8883. Click here to complete the Federal Application for Federal Student Aid online.
SC Lottery Tuition Assistance Program
Universities Local to JB Charleston
Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC)
Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) was created in 1972 to provide educational opportunities to servicemembers who, because they frequently moved from place to place, had trouble completing college degrees. SOC functions in cooperation with 15 higher education associations, the Department of Defense, and Active and Reserve Components of the Military Services to expand and improve voluntary postsecondary education opportunities for servicemembers worldwide. SOC coordinates associate and bachelor's degree programs in a variety of curriculum areas for the Army (SOCAD), Navy (SOCNAV), Marine Corps (SOCMAR), Coast Guard (SOCCOAST) and Army National Guard (SOCGuard). SOC Colleges and universities on or near Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard installations worldwide offer these degree programs. Within each curriculum or degree network, member colleges guarantee to accept each other's credits in transfer.
Information on the SOC program for each branch of service is listed below:
Coast Guard (SOCCOAST)
Marine Corps (SOCMAR)
Navy College Programs