KEY ROLE OF NAVY COLLEGE OFFICE
The ESO should refer members who wish to pursue
higher education to the Navy College Office. Navy
College Office education specialists/guidance
counselors have the latest information about courses of
study/programs offered by various colleges. They play a
key role in helping Navy personnel achieve educational
The services of education specialists/guidance
counselors are available at most naval facilities in the
United States and at major sites overseas. If these
personnel are unavailable, the ESO should help members
with information, assistance, and reference materials.
The major responsibilities of education
specialists/guidance counselors include, but are not
limited to, the following:
Providing counseling/information on the Navy
Helping personnel set realistic, attainable
Evaluating the members prior civilian
education and military training and work
experience for possible academic credit toward a
Recommending colleges for various programs
Helping personnel enroll and register in courses
Providing guidance on the SMART or the
Application for the Evaluation of Learning
Experiences During Military Service, DD Form
Providing tests for college admission and credit
or national certification
Approving Navy Tuition Assistance
Q7. The ESO should refer members who wish to
pursue higher education to what activity?
Q8. If Navy College Office personnel are
unavailable, who should help members with
information, assistance, and reference
Q9. Until the SMART transcript becomes available,
an applicant should complete what type of
ESO WORKSHOPS CONDUCTED BY NAVY
Navy College Offices at various locations conduct
ESO workshops designed to acquaint the ESO with
voluntary education in the Navy. These workshops are
sometimes the only classroom training available to ESOs.
Q10. Who schedules ESO workshops?
TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
ESOs should be well informed about the Tuition
Assistance (TA) Program and should be able to help
applicants fill out the TA form.
TA is the Navys financial assistance program for
active duty service members pursuing voluntary
education goals during off-duty hours. It pays a
portion of the tuition at accredited high schools,
colleges/universities, and vocational-technical
schools. TA does not pay for books or registration fees.
TA can be used for both classroom and distance
TA is open to both officer and enlisted active duty
personnel. It is also open to Naval Reservists on
continuous active duty and Naval Reservists ordered to
active duty 120 days or more. To qualify, service
Be on active duty for the whole length of the
Attend an accredited institution. (Check with
Navy College Office to verify the schools
Be pursuing a high school diploma or
equivalency, vocational/technical certificate, or
associate, bachelors, masters, doctorate, or
Receive counseling from a Navy College Office.
Submit an application to the Navy College
Office before the beginning of the course.
(Application for TA, NAVMC 10883, must be
submitted to the Navy College Office before the
end of the schools late registration or add-drop
period. Mail-ins have until 30 days after the
courses start date to submit form to the Navy
Successfully complete the course and maintain
at least a C average for undergraduate courses
and at least a B average for graduate courses.