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Hours of Operation:

Mainside Bldg. 1331
Mon- Fri, 8:00am – 4:30pm (Wed, Closed 8:00am – 9:00am) as of June 29th.
SOI Bldg. 520512

Your safety is our top priority. Please review our current policies/services:

    • Call (442) 288-6213 / (760) 725-6660 / (442) 288-5845 or email for appointments or assistance
    • All patrons must wear a Face Mask upon entering the facility
    • Military Testing available by appointment only (space is limited)
    • Individual Higher Education counseling sessions are available virtually by appointment only
    • Check in/out Bldg. 1331
    • On-base schools Advisement counseling sessions are available by appointment only visit for contact information

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

The Base Education Center (BEC) is dedicated to providing personal and professional learning opportunities to service members, their families and DoD civilians. We are committed to delivering a variety of resources to help achieve personal and professional success.

Marine Corps Tuition Assistance FY20 End of the Fiscal Year

Processing for TA will stop by COB on Sep 15th for all FY20 applications (FY20: Oct 01, 2019 to Sep 30, 2020).
To avoid missing the deadline, submit your TA now for classes that begin Sep 30th or before. Your application needs to be submitted and command-approved by Sep 14th. NO EXCEPTIONS!
All qualifying TA applications for classes that start Oct 1st and after will be processed in October (per FY policies).

SAT Testing

SAT testing will no longer available on base. Service members who need to test can find test locations off-base by going to:
Qualifying service members can seek reimbursement for their examination fees at:
If you have questions, please contact us at:

Tuition Assistance

Tuition Assistance requests are still being processed at this time. Please visit for Marines to create an application for tuition assistance. If you require additional assistance, please email the Base Education Center at including your (EDI PI #) or call (442) 288-6213.


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, MARADMIN 687/14 and
MARADMIN 255/18.
Joint Knowledge Online Marines must access this site and select HEP-US001 which is a mandatory course in order to receive Tuition Assistance. This is in accordance to MARADMIN 093/16.

USMC TA Policy


Tuition Assistance Website



Testing Program

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.

Access Dantes

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

Financial Aid

Are you confused by all the different types of financial assistance programs and scholarships that are available to students? Students who need help completing the FASFA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) are encouraged to attend.

Get started on your FAFSA, here.

Joint Services 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 Services 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 at this link:

Academic Skills Program

This program is designed to improve reading, writing, communications, and math skills for active duty military personnel, dependents, and civilians. 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

2020 Academic Skills Program

Marine 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 website.

Schools Aboard Camp Pendleton

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 Michigan University – (760) 725-0485

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Central Michigan University offers graduate-level degree programs, including a Masters of Arts in Education and Masters of Science in General Administration in several specialized areas such as Human Resource Management.

(760) 725-0485 or (760) 385-0412. Fax: (760) 385-0414

Mon–Thu 8am-4pm, Fri 10am-6pm

Central Texas College – (760) 725-6386

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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; (760) 385-4942 Fax: (760) 385-4942

Mon-Thu: 7:30am-4:30pm, Fri 7:30am-3pm

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – (760) 385-0152

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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.


Mon-Thu 8:30am-5:30pm, Fri 8:30am-3:00pm

Park University – (760) 725-6858

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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; Fax: (760) 385-0351

Mon-Thu: 8am-5pm, Fri 7:30am-2:30pm

Palomar College – (760) 744-1150 x7818

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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-6:00pm, Fri 8am-2pm

National University – (760) 268-1533

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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-Thurs 8:00am-6:00pm, Fri 8:00am-4:30pm

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

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Military personnel and family members can email questions to

If 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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Mon-Tue 7am–5pm
Wed 10am–5pm
Thu-Fri 7am–5pm
Sat/Sun Closed

(760) 725-6660 (Primary)
(760) 725-6414 (Secondary)
(760) 725-6593 (Fax)

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Mon-Tue 7am–4:30pm
Wed 11am–4:30pm
Thu-Fri 7am–4:30pm
Sat/Sun Closed

(760) 725-0606

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