FORT JACKSON EDUCATION CENTER                                      

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To vigorously promote lifelong learning opportunities to sharpen the competitive edge of the Army in providing and managing quality self-development programs and services. We are committed to provide professional educational counseling services and guidance on our educational programs to support individual military and/or civilian career goals while stationed at Fort Jackson and surrounding areas.

 Education Services and programs are available at the Education Center and Multi-Use Learning Facility (MLF), Building #4600.

Active duty Soldiers, retirees, Department of Army Civilians (DAC) and their adult Family members may receive counseling, information about financial aid, on-post adult educational programs, and enrollment processes in selected programs.


Monday- Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Army Education Center provides assistance to Soldiers and their adult Family Members in developing long and short term educational/professional plans for personal development and growth. Education Counselors are available to assist with assessing strengths and promoting opportunities for growth based on interests and experience. On a daily basis, Education Counselors work with Soldiers on getting set up for and using their Tuition Assistance through the ArmyIgnitED portal, in-processing, out-processing, GI Bill questions, financial aid opportunities, local and non-local college information, degree plan options,and more. If it is related to college education, bring it to the Education Center and get questions answered.

Tuition Assistance

The Tuition Assistance (TA) Program provides financial assistance for voluntary off-duty civilian education programs in support of a Soldier's professional and personal self-development goals. TA is a Public Law that is implemented by Department of Defense (DoD) Directive and DoD Instruction, and all Soldiers (officers, warrant officers, enlisted) on active duty, Army National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers on active duty (pursuant to U.S. Code Title 10 or Title 32), and TPU Soldiers are authorized to participate in the TA program.

ArmyIgnitED is the new, mobile-friendly site where Soldiers can apply for tuition assistance. Tuition assistance pays up to $4,000 per fiscal year towards courses. To create your account, visit WWW.ARMYIGNITED.COM. Once the account is created, you can access the training presentations in the help center.

For more information, please visit the Army TA webpage at:


ArmyIgnitED Helpdesk: (877) 272-1330

Credentialing Assistance

The Army Credentialing Assistance (CA) program increases the Soldier’s value to and competitiveness of the Army through helping Soldiers attain industry recognized credentials. Credentialing Soldiers improves Army readiness through retention of quality Soldiers, enhances Soldier career progression, and provides Soldiers with skills and capabilities reflective of civilian qualifications. Funding is provided for voluntary off-duty courses and/or exams leading to an industry-recognized academic or vocational credential listed in the Army COOL website.

Credentialing Assistance will pay for all necessary books, supplies, and associated materials required for an approved training course and/or exam. Soldiers may use both Federal Tuition Assistance (TA) and Credentialing Assistance (CA); however, the combined usage shall not exceed the $4,000 fiscal year limit. Start your CA process by attending one of the mandatory briefings every 2nd and 4th Thursday @ 10 a.m. via MS Teams. Please call (803) 751-5341 for more info.

For more information, please visit the Army TA webpage at:

Career Skills (CSP)

Career Skills Programs (CSPs) offer employment skills training opportunities to Soldiers preparing to transition (within 180 days of ETS) from military to civilian employment. CSPs are vocational and technical training programs that focus on the practical application of learned skills, and can lead to employment in a specific career or technical trade. The five types of CSPs are; Credentialing, Apprenticeships, Internships, On-the-Job Training (OJT) and Job Shadowing. Start your CSP process by attending one of the mandatory briefings every Tuesday at 10 a.m. via MS Teams. Please call (803) 751-5341 for more info.

Higher Education Counseling

The MANAGING YOUR (MY) EDUCATION classes are two day events, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. conducted via Microsoft Teams. The purpose of this class is to assist Service Members and their dependents in determining their career, personal and academic goals. Guidance is provided in determining degree choices, college selection factors, understanding all funding options and the college admission process. Please call (803) 751-4762 for more information.

Dates for upcoming Managing Your Education class below:

- April 19-20, 2021

- July 19-20, 2021

- October 4-5, 2021

Testing Center

Monday-Friday- 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

All exams must be scheduled in advance. Call (803) 751-5341 for an appointment or further info.



AM Start Time

Max Capacity

PM Start Time

Max Capacity

Monday DLPT 8 a.m. 7 1 p.m.  
Tuesday DLAB/MISC 8 a.m. 7  None  
Wednesday TABE 8 a.m. 8 1 p.m. 8
Thursday SIFT/MISC 8 a.m. 7 None  
Friday AFCT 8 a.m. 7 1 p.m.  


Friday testing may change due to Basic Skills Education Program (BSEP) class

** (OPI) Oral Proficiency Interview scheduled on “as needed” basis

A confirmed registration and DA 4187 is required for exams. Arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled exam to in-process.

**The DLPT, AFCT, SIFT, OPI and DLAB require a completed Department of Army(DA) 4187 form noting the name of the exam. The DA 4187 must be signed by both the Soldier and the Soldier’s commander and submitted prior to the day of testing. See Forms section for examples.

National Test Center

Education Center - Room 110
Placement Testing is available at Fort Jackson by appointment only during thetimes listed below. Schedule an appointment 


Start Time

Latest Start Time

End Time

Monday 9 a.m. 3:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday 9 a.m. 3:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m.
Friday 9 a.m. Noon 1 p.m.





Colleges On Post


Degrees Offered

Midlands Technical College

(803) 782-3213

Associate in Criminal Justice

Associate in Management

University of South Carolina

(803) 782-8810

(803) 576-7655

General Educational Requirements

Associate of Arts

Associate of Science

Claflin University

(803) 787-0603

Bachelors in Sociology/Criminal Justice Administration

Bachelors in Organizational Management

Webster University

(803) 738-0603

(803) 386-7183

Graduate Degrees in:

Business Administration

Business and Organizational Security Management

Information Technology

Human Resource Management

Management and Leadership




Basic Skills Education Program (BSEP)

BSEP provides sessions to help Soldiers master mathematical, reading, and writing skills required by their Army jobs. Sometimes BSEP is also known as Functional Academic Skills Training (FAST) or GT Improvement. Soldiers can enroll at anytime as long as there is space available.

BSEP/FAST serves as a Commander's primary on-duty education program. While on duty, it is an opportunity for Soldiers to study and increase their education skills. Upon completion, Soldiers can re-take various Army personnel tests that can assist in changing MOS fields, applying for opportunities and programs such as Officer Candidate School, Warrant Officer School, Green-to-Gold, the Physician Assistant (PA) program and other career advancing opportunities. Available class dates for 2021:

April 6-23, 2021

May 4-21, 2021

June 8-25, 2001

July 6-23, 2021

August 10-27, 2021

September 7-14, 2021

October 5-22, 2021

November 8-19, 2021

December 6-17, 2021




Useful Links

Education & Tuition Assistance: HTTPS://ARMYIGNITED.COM


Joint Services Transcript: HTTPS://JST.DODED.MIL/

Veterans Affairs Education Page (GI BILL): HTTP://WWW.BENEFITS.VA.GOV/GIBILL

GI Bill Benefits,V A Website: HTTPS://VA.GOV

Joint Services Transcripts: HTTPS://JST.DODED.MIL/JST/




Foreign Evaluation Services: HTTPS://WWW.NACES.ORG/ , HTTP://AICE-EVAL.ORG/




Occupational Outlook Handbook: HTTPS://WWW.ONETONLINE.ORG/