Oct 13-14: Base Education Centers will be closed.

Prior appointment needed for education counseling services. Counseling sessions are conducted via phone.

For the most up to date information on facility closures / program changes and updates, visit


Contact / Hours:
Base Education Center – Mainside
BLDG 1331 Mainside
(760) 725-6660 | (760) 725-6414
(760) 725-6593 |

Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri 7:30am–4:30pm
Wed 10am-4:30pm

Base Education Center – School of Infantry
BLDG 520512
(760) 725-0606

Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri 8am-4pm
Wed 10:30am-4:30pm


The Base Education Center (BEC) provides personal and professional learning opportunities through education counseling, military and civilian testing, education workshops and briefs, on-base college classes, tuition assistance, administrative support, and world-class customer service. There are six higher education institutions aboard the base that provide academic programs from associate to master’s degrees. Along with base programs, students have options to seek programs with visiting schools.

Additional Info

ServicesSchools Aboard Camp PendletonOnline Tutoring ServiceEventsTesting
Academic Advising
Need help putting the pieces together? The Base Education Center has Education Specialists who can offer academic guidance to active duty military personnel, family members, and federal employees who want guidance when preparing for college.Counseling appointments are about one hour in length and available Mon-Fri.
Tuition Assistance
Tuition Assistance (TA) is the military’s financial assistance program and helps cover tuition costs for courses taken at an accredited college,university, or vocational/technical institution leading to a certificate, associate, bachelors, or master’s degree. Marine Corps requirements to receive tuition assistance can be found in MCO 1560.25 and MARADMIN 765/20.

For the most up-to-date Tuition Assistance polices go to

Tuition Assistance Website
Tuition Assistance Statement of Understanding

Testing Program

Access Dantes
There are different types of testing programs available through the education center:

The Base Education Center no longer administers the ACT and SAT, however, proctoring services are available. Appointments are required. To schedule an appointment please contact (760) 725-6414/6660 or

CLEP and DSST tests are offered through Coastline Community College. Students who wish to register for these tests should go here.

Military Classification Testing-All military testing is by appointment only. Service members from all branches of service can take the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT) and Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB) at the Joint Education Center. Marine Corps, Navy, and Army personnel may retake their ASVAB, but are required to provide documentation before scheduling an appointment.

*Marines who want to retake their ASVAB must meet the qualifications specified in MCO 123.5c ASVAB retest policy letter. Click here to read the ASVAB retest policy letter.

*Navy personnel are required to submit a specific request chit from their command in order to make an appointment for testing.

*Army personnel are required to submit a DA form 4187 from their command before making an appointment.

Financial Aid Brief
Are you confused by all the different types of financial assistance programs and scholarships that are available to students? The Base Education Center offers a financial aid workshop offered monthly to explain the various types of programs students may apply for. Please check with the education center for dates and times. Students who need help completing the FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) are encouraged to attend.
Get started on your FAFSA, here.
Joint Service Transcript
Formally called the SMART, the Joint Service Transcript (JST) is an academically accepted record of military training that has been validated by the American Council of Education (ACE) and takes military training and translates it into civilian college credit. Information on JST can be obtained here.
United Service Military Apprentice Program (USMAP)
The Department of Labor program is open to all active duty personnel, and combines on-the-job training with related technical instruction. Those who complete the program while on active duty will receive a certificate of completion of apprenticeship status for their military skills. Information on the apprenticeship program is available here.
Academic Skills Program
This program is designed to improve reading, writing, communications, and math skills for active duty military personnel, dependents, and civilians. The Academic Skills Program is not an ASVAB prep course but can help members strengthen their skills on subjects tested on the ASVAB and can improve their work performance and enhance performance in future education. This program is free and requires 30 day permissive TAD orders for active duty personnel.
Letter of Acknowledgement
2022 Academic Skills Program
Corps COOL Program
COOL (Credentialing Opportunities On-Line) helps Marines find information on certifications and licenses related to their Military Occupational Specialties (MOS). COOL explains how Marines can meet civilian certification and license requirements and provides links to numerous resources to help get them started. COOL can also help you understand ways to get a credential or complete your education in order to maximize your professional development. To get started, click here.

Download the Voucher Request

Leadership Scholar Program
The Leadership Scholar Program (LSP) is a partnership between universities/colleges and the U.S. Marine Corps to help further your education. For more information visit the website.

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Military Community and Family Policy MC&FP has temporarily expanded eligibility for the for the U.S. Military Families program:

The Base Education Center (BEC) at Camp Pendleton provides a wide range of high quality educational programs to enhance professional and personal learning for all active duty personnel and their family members. The following includes schools and programs offered on base:
Central Texas College
Central Texas College is a two-year school and offers Associate Degrees in the following programs: General Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Social Science, Business Administration, Business Management, Child Development, Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice Corrections Specialization, and Information Technology.
(760) 725-6386 or (760) 385-4942
(760) 385-4942

Mon–Thu 7:30am-4:30pm
Fri 7:30am-3pm
Sat-Sun &
Federal Holidays

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is an NROTC school that offers Certificates, Associates, Bachelor’s, and Master’s Degrees in the following areas:

Certificate of Aviation Maintenance, Associate and Bachelor’s in Aeronautics, Associate and Bachelor’s in Technical Management with majors in Engineering Science, Facilities and Construction Management, Information Security, Information Systems, Project Management, and Occupational Safety and Health, Bachelor’s in Aviation Maintenance, Master’s in Aeronautics and Project Management.

In addition, Embry-Riddle offers 13 Bachelor’s and 16 Master’s Degrees at their Oceanside Campus, Eagle Vision Home and Online.

(928) 777-6343 or (760) 385-4423

Mon–Thu 8:30am-5:30pm
Fri 8:30am-3:00pm
Sat-Sun &
Federal Holidays

Park University
Park University is a four-year school and offers Bachelors Degrees in the following areas of study: Business Administration, Information and Computer Science, Criminal Justice Administration, Early Childhood Education, Interdisciplinary Studies, Management, Public Administration, and Social Psychology.
(760) 725-6858 or (760) 385-4819
Fax: (760) 385-0351

Mon–Thu  8am-5pm
Fri 7:30am-2:30pm
Sat-Sun &
Federal Holidays

Palomar College
Palomar College is a two-year college offering Associate Degrees in the following:

  • Administrative of Justice- Law Enforcement
  • Administrative of Justice- Homeland Security
  • General Studies- Arts and Humanities
  • General Studies- Science and Mathematics
  • General Studies- Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Certificate of Proficiency- EMT Basic

(760) 744-1150 x7818

Mon–Thu 8:30am-60pm
Fri 8am-2pm
Sat-Sun &
Federal Holidays

National University
National University is offering Bachelor’s of Science in Homeland Security and Emergency Management on Camp Pendleton. Other degrees offered online include: Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a California Preliminary Multiple Subjects teaching credential, Master of Business Administration, California Teaching Credentials, Single Subject, Multiple Subject Teaching Credentials, and Certificate in Early Childhood Education.
(760) 268-1533

Mon–Thu  8am-6pm
Fri 8am-4:30pm
Sat-Sun &
Federal Holidays

The appearance of hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by the U.S. Marine Corps of this web site or the information, products or services contained therein. For other than authorized activities such as military exchanges and MWR sites, the U.S. Marine Corps does not exercise any editorial control over the information you may find at these locations. Such links are provided consistent with the stated purpose of this DoD web site.

Visiting Schools
In addition to schools currently located aboard Camp Pendleton, additional schools come to the Education Center to provide counseling and support to students who are attending those schools. Dates and times vary.

For information on Department of Defense (DoD) Education Programs, click here.

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Military Community and Family Policy MC&FP has temporarily expanded eligibility for the for the U.S. Military Families program.

The program provides on-demand academic support 24/7 online in more than 100 subjects for grades kindergarten through college students. With the temporary program expansion, online tutoring and homework help via is now available at no cost to any adult or child in a DoD civilian or Active Duty, National Guard, Reserve or Wounded Warrior military family. This includes: service members, civilian personnel, spouses and college-age children who are enrolled in a college or professional development course, grades K-12 children who are now navigating at-home learning with less access to their teachers, and ROTC, NROTC, and DoD Service Academy Cadets who are wrapping up an academic year. Full program eligibility details are posted at

Other related links:

Military personnel and family members can email questions to

College Fair
The annual college fair held at the Pacific Views Event Center is the perfect opportunity to meet with colleges and universities from around the United States.
Commencement Ceremony
Please join us to congratulate Camp Pendleton’s newest college graduates at the Base Theater
Juneteenth Education Fair
This annual event offers service members a chance to speak with on base university and college representatives and receive information about tuition assistance, FAFSA, and the GI Bill. This event coincides with the Juneteenth holiday.
Leadership Scholar Forum
The Leadership Scholar Program (LSP) is a partnership between universities and the Marine Corps. Marines will have an opportunity to meet with the schools one-on one in regards to their degree programs.
Tailgate for Education
This annual event offers service members a chance to speak with on base university and college representatives and receive information about tuition assistance, FAFSA, and the GI Bill. This event is presented in the form of a tailgate party and coincides with the end of NFL and Collegiate football seasons.
Warriors to Campus
These campus trips will familiarize service members with the college atmosphere. Customized tours, college entrance insight, tuition finance options, and veteran student networking opportunities.

College Level Exams: The no longer administers the ACT and SAT, however, proctoring services are available. Appointments are required. To schedule an appointment please call (760) 725-6414/6660 you need proctored testing for your college, please call theBase Education Center at (760) 725-6660/6414.

Please call to make an appointment to take the following military exams: DLAB, DLPT, & AFCT.
**Uniform and CAC card required for these exams.


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