Earn College Credit for Your Prior Learning

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As a member of the military, you may be eligible for college credit based on coursework that you have already completed throughout boot camp, basic training, officer training school or other training. 

MDC also offers college credit for passing CLEP (College-Level Examination Program), or DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST) examinations. CLEP and DSST exams can assist current or former service members in achieving their educational goals at MDC. Students can take these exams in order to earn college credit instead of taking a college course.

Priority Registration is available for military personnel and veterans. Priority registration allows students the opportunity to register early for classes needed.

Miami Dade College Ranks among the Country’s Most Military-Friendly ® Schools

Because of our commitment to accommodate the needs of our military and veteran students, MDC was chosen as a 2014 Military-FriendlySchool ® by Victory Media, Inc.

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American Council on Education: Military Guide

ACE's Military Guide outlines credit recommendations for formal courses and occupations offered by all branches of the military.

Maps to Credentials

Maps to Credentials is a project created to increase veterans and military service members’ postsecondary attainment by maximizing military training and experience through degree road “maps”. The Maps match military training toward MDC courses in applicable Associate of Science degree and certificate programs. For more information, please contact us at pla@mdc.edu.

MDC is now offering an out-of-state tuition waiver for eligible veteran students, their spouses and dependent children.

Veteran students, their spouses and dependent children must meet the following criteria to be eligible to apply for the out-of-state tuition waiver:

  1. Be enrolled at MDC in a degree-seeking program in the Fall Term 2013 or thereafter.
  2. Maintain minimum academic requirements, which are a minimum 2.00 term GPA, as well as a minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA as shown on the academic transcript.
  3. Provide veteran eligibility documents for the veteran, spouse, or dependent child, such as an honorable discharge, DD214, Notice of Basic Eligibility (NOBE), military orders, or any other relevant, official federal documents.
  4. Submit a completed out-of-state tuition waiver application with the appropriate documentation prior to the first day of classes for each term for which the out-of-state tuition waiver is sought. Please refer to the MDC Academic Calendar to determine the first day of classes for upcoming terms.
  5. Submit a completed veteran student out-of-state tuition waiver application, with all required accompanying documents to the MDC Admissions and Registration Office at your home campus.

Please contact your campus veterans certifying official for assistance with your out-of-state tuition waiver application.

Reimbursement for Veterans

Through the GI Bill, you can be reimbursed for much of the cost of eligible tests, such as the CLEP. Simply schedule your test at an MDC testing center, pay the testing fee, take your test, and request reimbursement from the VA. For more information, visit:


Miami Dade College awards applicable credit for validated military service training, experience, or coursework that is recognized by the American Council on Education (ACE). To receive credit, students must submit an official Joint Services Transcript (JST) for evaluation.

Air Force training is evaluated as transfer credit from the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) or Air University. To receive credit for this training, students must submit an official transcript from the CCAF.

To receive credit for Coast Guard training the student should contact the Coast Guard Institute (CGI) to submit an official transcript. Information on submitting a transcript for different military branches is listed below.

Virtual College

Miami Dade College offers students the opportunity to earn a degree online through the Virtual College.

Miami Dade College offers credit courses and non-credit courses online. The Associate in Arts, Associate in Science and College Credit Certificate are available fully online.

ACCESS - Disability Services

By providing a variety of services that address a spectrum of disabilities, the ACCESS department works to ensure equal access and opportunity throughout the college experience. Note takers, assistive technologies, interpreters and more are at our disposal. See all the ways ACCESS helps students succeed.

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