Military Students


Hampton University Online supports the higher education goals of men and women who choose to serve our country as members of the U.S. Armed Forces. We understand that service members face special circumstances that can make pursuit of higher education very challenging. Hampton U Online will help our military students meet this challenge with knowledgeable counselors, effective advisement, and extensive resources. If you are a member of the U.S. Armed Forces in pursuit of a degree from Hampton U Online, be sure to refer to our “Military Students” page as a primary resource while matriculating through your degree program.

Military Credit

Veterans and active duty personnel who have at least two years of honorable service are eligible for academic credit as a result of their military training and experience. In recognition of the contributions made by persons serving in the military and the extensive training in which they have engaged, the Hampton U Online grants the following academic exemptions to veterans:

  1. A maximum of 2-semester hours of credit in health education is awarded to all veterans and active duty military personnel.
  2. A maximum of an additional 6-semester hours of credit in social science is awarded to enlisted persons in grades E-1 through E-6. This credit may be used to fulfill the social science requirements, except for HIST 106 and 202.
  3. Commissioned and Warrant Officers and Noncommissioned Officers in grades E-7 through E-9 are awarded an additional 3 semester hours credit in social sciences plus 3 semester hours in oral communications.

In addition, Hampton U Online awards transfer credit based on the American Council on Education (ACE) guidelines. To gain credit, military students must provide a copy of their military transcript to the VA Certifying Official with the Division of Continuing Studies. To access your military transcript, click the link for your respective service branch:


American Council on Education Registry Transcript System (AARTS)

Navy & Marines


Air Force

Community College of the Air Force

Coast Guard

Coast Guard Institute

If you served prior to 1981, you may submit a copy of your DD 214 or DD 295 for evaluation.


Hampton University participates in the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) of the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) and the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES). The University accepts for credit both the general examinations and the subject examinations. The subject examinations, however, must be approved by the respective academic department of the university. Awarding of credit for CLEP will be based on recommendations of CEEB. Credit for DANTES will be based on recommendations of the American Council of Education (ACE). A maximum of thirty credits will be accepted. Scores received from CLEP may not satisfy requirements for English 101 and English 102.

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC)

The Division of Continuing Studies and Hampton U Online are proud members of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) consortium and are thus pledged to implement military-friendly policies and procedures related to student services and admission. In addition, Hampton U Online works to ensure transparency of all military related information regarding our degree programs, policies and procedures.

As a SOC consortium member, Hampton U Online guarantees the following:

  • Students are required to take no more than 30% of their degree requirements with Hampton U Online.
  • No final year or final semester residency requirement.
  • Transfer credit is maximized for military experience.
  • Credit is awarded for nationally-recognized tests, such as College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) General and Subject Examinations and (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST).

Hampton U Online supports our military students by adhering to the SOC Military Students Bill of Rights.

Veterans Benefits/GI Bill

Hampton U Online is authorized to certify students who qualify for Veterans Benefits. If you are eligible for Veterans Benefits, please follow the steps below:

How to Apply:

If you are unsure of your eligibility, you can visit the GI Bill Website - (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs) 
or call (888) 442-4551 or (888) GI BILL 1.

Veterans can also fill out their VA forms on the VONAPP website. First time VA applicants must complete form 22-1990. If you have used your VA benefits at another institution and are transferring to Hampton University or have changed your academic program major within Hampton U Online, you must submit form 22-1995.

Hampton University College of Education and Continuing Studies VA Registration Form must be completed at each session registration and submitted to the Hampton U Online VA Certifying Official. Student is responsible for completing and submitting this form.

For More information on the Veterans Affairs Yellow Ribbon Program, please visit

Tuition Assistance

As a service member, you may qualify for Tuition Assistance (TA), which currently covers 100% of your tuition up to $250 per credit hour. Tuition-assisted service members must submit an authorized Tuition Assistance Form at the time of registration. Procedures vary among the different branches; therefore, the service member is responsible for immediately reporting any enrollment changes (add, drop, withdrawal, or course cancellation) to the Education Services Office at the appropriate military location.


Top-Up program

If you have been approved for federal TA by your military department and qualify for the Montgomery GI Bill- Active Duty benefits, you may also be eligible to participate in the Tuition Assistance TOP-UP program. This program allows the VA to pay the difference between the total cost of a college course and the amount of Tuition Assistance that is paid by the military for the course.

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