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United States Air Force
Albert B. Arrighi Education Center and Base Library
8102 Condor Street
MacDill AFB, FL 33621
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.
There are several colleges and universities in the Tampa Bay area including state-supported and private institutions. Students may earn anywhere from an Associate's Degree to a law degree. Active duty members, their spouses, and dependents are eligible for in-state tuition rates to Florida public colleges and universities while assigned within Florida. The following is a list of opportunities for higher education located on MacDill Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Hillsborough Community College, Learey Technical Center and Saint Leo University.
The MacDill Education Center is the one-stop shop for all education related subjects, from certificate programs to CCAF degrees, from tuition assistance to CLEP tests. Classes and assistance is available to prepare individuals for exams such as the Graduate Equivalent Diploma (GED), College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and college admission tests.
Educational counseling and advisement services are available to MacDill personnel (military and civilian) and their family members. Residency requirements are waived for military family members within the commuting area. The education center host monthly 'Lunch and Learn' seminars on a variety of topics. The topics range from Veterans Assistance benefits to the ins and outs of tuition assistance.
The Education Services Flight also approves tuition assistance funds for active duty Air Force personnel. Air Force tuition assistance covers tuition cost (not to exceed $250 per credit hour and not to exceed $4500 per fiscal year) for eligible active-duty airmen. Information pertaining to financial aid is available to all personnel. This includes information about degree programs, course requirements, sources of financial aid (Veteran's Educational Benefits, tuition assistance, PELL, etc.), vocational/technical training, colleges and universities, costs, entrance and eligibility requirements, etc.