Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC)
SOC is a Department of Defense (DoD) contractor supporting government-sponsored education programs funded through a DoD-managed contract with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). SOC is dedicated to supporting, expanding, and improving the voluntary postsecondary education needs of servicemembers worldwide.

SOC member institutions are accredited, degree granting, and are listed in the Higher Education Directory. As members, they agree to: a reasonable transfer of credit to avoid excessive loss of previously earned credit and avoid course work duplication; recognize and use the ACE Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services in evaluating and awarding academic credit for military training and experience; award credit for at least one nationally-recognized testing program such as College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST), Excelsior College Examinations (ECE); and limit academic residency requirements to no more than 25% of the overall degree requirement, or 30% if the degree is entirely online.

Each institutional member has designated an Institutional Representative, SOC Counselor, and VA Counselor to assist servicemembers with their educational requirements and answer their questions. These individuals are the Soldier’s first line of contact for issues involving their education. SOC members welcome the added advantage of Soldier-students attending their institutions and are committed to enhancing the quality of their work through education. Soldiers with questions or concerns about SOC colleges and universities can call SOC’s helpline at 1-800-368-5622. For more information visit SOC’s web site at

SOC can help you:
  • Minimize loss of credit and duplication of coursework if you change schools;
  • Work with designated SOC Counselors at the school to resolve education issues.
  • Resolve mobilization issues such as tuition refunds, student loan, GI Bill status, re-enrollment upon redeployment, and other issues related to interrupting your education for a call to Active Duty.

As a member of the Army National Guard, you can take advantage of the many programs offered by SOC. Some of the benefits a Soldier in the Army National Guard may realize from the SOC programs are:
  • Admission to college concurrent with enlistment
  • A specific degree plan to attend college and graduate
  • College credit for military training and experience
  • Job skill development and career possibilities
  • Two- and four-year college degrees aligned with their military occupational specialties.

SOC Degree Network System (SOC DNS)
The SOC DNS consists of degree-granting colleges and universities that have adopted policies outlined in the Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to help servicemembers and their adult family members earn college degrees. SOC DNS-2 and SOC DNS-4 colleges provide students with the opportunity to complete college degrees without losing credit because of frequent changes in duty station. Curricula, or courses of study, are offered by colleges and universities on or accessible to most Army installations worldwide. Students can move freely among the colleges in a network without being reevaluated or worrying about whether or not courses will transfer. SOC DNS-2 is the associate degree network program; SOC DNS-4 is the bachelor’s degree network program. Army National Guard Soldiers are eligible to participate in the SOC DNS. A current list of SOC DNS schools is available on the SOC website at

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