Military Credits

Military credit is a valuable piece of your education. The credit re-evalution process will provide a way for you to connect with faculty to evaluate your military courses. Any supporting documentation that you can provide, such as a syllabus or course outcomes list, will assist in the evaluation. Credits may apply differently in different colleges, programs, or majors and it is possible that some military credit may not apply. Your adviser will provide guidelines in how your credits will be applied to your degree program.

Begin with Your Adviser

Credit re-evaluation requests should begin with your adviser. When you go to your meeting with the adviser be sure to bring a copy of your Joint Services Transcript. You can access your military transcript by visiting (if you do not have a copy of your JST you can print one for free in the Veterans Center). If you were in the Air Force and may have Community College of the Air Force credit, it would beneficial to provide the course description for any courses that you took. Please visit to locate course descriptions.

Department Review Processes

An adviser will be able to assist you with the Request for Department Review of Transfer Course Form that will be used to move your request forward. This process will be aided if at least a course description and preferably a syllabus can be provided to the reviewer. The faculty reviewer may require that the student meet with them to discuss information about the course.

Test-Out Options

Due to the classified nature of military materials or for other reasons, it may be difficult to provide your adviser and faculty evaluator with the necessary documentation (e.g., course description, syllabus, completed coursework, etc.) to receive credit towards your degree. However, if you believe that your previous military coursework and/or experience equates to a course at ISU, test-out options may be available.

  • Iowa State awards credit for the following types of exams:
  • College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • Advanced Placement
  • Departmental Exams

For more information, consult the credits by examination page.

Use Your Resources

The Veterans Center is standing by to assist should you have any difficulties or concerns. We recognize that the process of figuring out how your military credit might apply towards your degree program can be confusing. Know that we have your back and in some instances there may be some financial assistance available to help cover the costs of any testing. Don’t hesitate to email the if you believe we can be of assistance. In fact, we appreciate hearing directly from student on their experiences so that we can continue to improve services and support.