ASCU is proud of the fact that four member institutions are active members of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) program while others are in the process of joining the consortium. SOC was created 1972 to provide educational opportunities to servicemembers, who, because they frequently moved from place to place, had trouble completing college degrees.  Today, SOC is a consortium of more than 1,800 colleges and universities that provide educational opportunities for servicemembers and their families.  SOC is cosponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), in cooperation with 13 other educational associations, the Military Services, the National Guard, and the Coast Guard.

Hundreds of thousands of servicemembers and their family members enroll annually in programs offered by SOC Consortium member universities, colleges, community colleges, and technical institutes.  Military students may enroll in associate, bachelor, and graduate-level degree programs on school campuses, military installations, and armories within the United States and overseas.  

SOC Consortium colleges and universities are specifically focused on helping servicemembers and their families get college degrees and provide flexibility in accepting credit for military education and experience.  Military students can take courses in their off-duty hours at or near military installations in the United States, overseas, and on Navy ships.  Learn more about SOC here..   

 


Military Student Bill of Rights

 

The Military Student Bill of Rights below spell out ten specific rights that military students should have as they explore, enroll, and work towards degrees or certificates at SOC Consortium colleges and universities.  These "Rights" focus directly on fair and honest recruiting, marketing and student services practices.  The Military Student Bill of Rights was approved by the SOC Advisory Board on October 16, 2007.

All military student populations have basic rights to satisfactory college marketing, admissions, and student services 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 enrollment efforts from institutions.

  • A clear and complete examination 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 standing and financial responsibilities.

  • Clearly defined grievance/appeals processes.