Military Student Rights

The Military Student Bill of Rights spells out ten specific “rights” that military students should have as they explore, enroll, and work toward degrees or certificates at SOC DNS colleges and universities.

All military students have basic rights to satisfactory college marketing, admissions, and student services practices including the right to:

  • Accurate information about a school’s programs, requirements, accreditation, and its potential impact on course transferability;
  • Access basic college/university information and fees without disclosure of student personal information
  • Educational planning and career guidance without high-pressure registration and enrollments from institutions
  • A clear and complete explanation of course/program enrollment procedures and all resulting financial obligations
  • Explore, without coercion, all financial aid options before signing up for student loans or other financial assistance
  • Accurate scholarship information, free of misleading “scholarship” offers based on military Tuition Assistance
  • Appropriate academic screening and course placement based on student readiness
  • Appropriate, accessible academic and student support services
  • Clearly defined institutional drop/add and withdrawal policies and procedures including information about the impact of military duties (e. g. mobilization, activation, temporary duty assignments) on their academic and financial responsibilities
  • Clearly defined grievance/appeals processes

The Postsecondary Education Complaint System

The Department of Defense maintains a program that provides military students the opportunity to file complaints against a school. Examples of education-related issues may include, but are not limited to, misrepresentation or deceptive actions with regard to private or institutional loans, high-pressure recruitment tactics, false representations about degree programs, and misleading statements regarding accreditation.

More information is available in the Advocacy section under Postsecondary Education Complaint System (PECS).

Military Student Responsibilities

  • Ensuring that your Joint Services Transcript (JST) is up to date. The college application process includes submission of an official copy of your JST to the school. Be sure that your JST is up to date and contains all test scores or previously completed college course work. The link to access your JST is https://jst.doded.mil.
  • Submitting the required application materials and fee to the school.
  • Retain a personal copy of the SOC Student Agreement signed by the college.
  • Apply for Tuition Assistance in accordance with current policies stated by the student’s branch of service.
  • If attending classes at a school other than your home college, ensure that those courses will apply toward your degree program. Consult with your academic advisor before registering for courses.
  • When your school has reviewed your JST, consult with your academic advisor regarding Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Having too many credits listed on your degree plan that do not apply to the degree may impact your future financial aid eligibility. This may affect your eligibility for future federal student loans, grants, and work-study programs. Your school’s advisement or financial aid offices can help provide you with details on SAP policies.
  • Meet home college academic residency prior to completing your degree.
  • File a graduation request or application with the home college after completing all degree requirements.