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Active Duty Military

Thank you for choosing San Diego City College to help you achieve your academic goals.  Our institution is proud of the support that we are able to offer our Active Duty Military and hope that the below information is useful to you as you navigate your educational journey.

Applying for Tuition Assistance

Please note that Active Duty Military must have prior approval from an ESO or military counselor prior to enrolling for classes.

Tuition Assistance- 

The Navy College website is . For  more information regarding the TA process, Sailors can contact the Navy College Virtual Education Center (NCVEC) between the hours of 0700 - 1900 Eastern Time, Monday-Friday (closed on Federal holidays). There are various ways to reach them. A Help Request can be submitted, initiating a chat, sending a text message to (877-838-1659) or by calling. 

Applying for Tuition Assistance (TA) for active duty Navy Personnel- 

Service members (Navy) interested in using their TA benefits can apply through the Navy College Program website at . The service member can click on the "Get Started" button located on the site. This will take them through a series of 5 steps. Completion of these steps are required for TA.   

  • Step 1: Explore Education and Career Paths 
  • Step 2: Receive Counseling from a Navy College Education Counselor 
  • Step 3: Research, Select a School, & Develop a Plan 
  • Step 4: Secure Tuition Assistance & Other Funding 
  • Step 5: Execute Your Plan 

In Step 3, Sailors are required to upload a degree plan provided by the school. Sailors can schedule an appointment with a San Diego City College Counselor. To request an appointment to meet with a counselor, please email

Sailors must have approval from an ESO or military counselor prior to enrolling for classes .  

Tuition Assistance Approval- 

When applying for TA, all steps must be completed at least two weeks prior to the start of the course that the Sailor is applying for. Once the process has been completed and approved, an approved TA voucher will be available through the Navy College website. You can sign it electronically or print it up and sign it. Please ensure that all information is correct on the voucher before submitting it to City College. Approved vouchers can be emailed to the Accounting Department at City College at  

Tuition Assistance-

For more information regarding the TA process (MCRD), Marines can visit the Education Center (Building 111) at MCRD Monday through Friday between the hours of 0730-1600. 


Contact the Education Center Staff for more information regarding the Tuition Assistance Brief (this is a requirement to be eligible for TA funding): 

Phone: 619-524-8158 or 619-524-1275
Email: or 

You can also register for the Tuition Assistance Brief at the following link!

For assistance with application, residency verifcation, and other admissions related needs, please contact:

The Veterans team via email or visit our virtual lobby: 

Monday-Thursday: 9AM-1PM

For questions regarding your educational plan or to make an appointment with a counselor, please visit the Counseling website here

Counselors are available for the following remote services:

  • Ask the e-Counselor:  submit an email if you have a general counseling related question, that does not require review of your personal academic record.  
  • Same Day Drop-in Session:   Drop-ins sessions are available for new and continuing students who have a quick question that can be answered in 15 - 20 minutes.  Completing education plans is not available during these sessions.  Check for available appointments very early each morning.
  • Schedule a virtual e-Appointment:  submit a request to meet with a counselor for a longer period of time to thoroughly review the answers to your questions. 

*For additional assistance in scheduling appointments, contact our staff at (619) 894-6118.

*Veterans and Active Duty students can also schedule appointments through our Veterans office.  Contact them at  


MCRD Education Center

4025 Tripoli Avenue, Building 111

Education & Career Specialist: (619) 524-1275
Education Services Officer: (619) 524-8158


Naval Base San Diego, 32nd St. - Educational Services

3975 Norman Scott Road
Building 3280, Room B103104

Military Service Education Portals

Navy College-  

U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs-  

MCRD Education Center-

Are you an Active Duty service member who was classified as a CA non-resident?

As an active duty student, you are exempt from the non-resident fees while you are stationed in CA. Please upload a copy of your current orders and an image of any photo ID to this secure site: Submit orders/ID here!