Installation Education Centers + Services

Your installation’s Education Center should be your first stop for information about local education programs and opportunities. The services offered by these centers are not limited to service members; they are also a resource for you as a spouse. An education counselor will help you get started by taking you through the steps and pointing you in the right direction. Education counselors have extensive knowledge of programs and scholarships available to help you start and complete your education despite challenges you might face. These counselors can address the education issues arising from moving, deployments, or other disruptions. They can also describe the education assistance programs for military spouses.

Many colleges and universities have agreements with the Services to provide college classes on the installation. The majority of schools offering these courses will have an office in the education center with a counselor available. The counselors can also provide information on scholarships and other financial assistance specific to their program or school.  

Visit your installation’s website and search “education” for the Education Center’s contact information. 

What Do I Do if I Live Far From a Military Installation?

Many education center guidance counselors will help you either by phone or by email. The best way to locate an accessible education center is to visit the DANTES (Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support) website at www.dantes.doded.mil. Click on the blue button on the left top that reads Counselor Support Programs and then click on the pop-up menu selection that reads “Directory of Education Centers.” For over 30 years, DANTES has supported off-duty, voluntary education programs in the Department of Defense. 

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