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ConAP is assist colleges in reaching into the military community to attract more students and veterans.

How ConAP Works
When Soldiers enlist for active duty or Army Reserve service, recruiters encourage them to plan for their future education. Future Soldiers complete the College Referral and Intent to Enroll form stating their intent to enroll in college during or after their enlistment. The College ConAP point-of-contact (POC) representative acknowledges the soldier’s intent and provides guidelines about applying for admission beginning the college experience, using distance learning, and staying in touch with the college by email. (ConAP participants must meet the admissions requirements for the school prior to enrollment.)
Many colleges focus their ConAP efforts in the Admissions Office, but it is really up to the school to decide where the program fits best. It is vital when participating as a ConAP College the point of contact information is kept up to date by notifying the US Army Recruiting Command.
Participating ConAP Colleges Relationship with Army Recruiting Command
As ConAP is a recruiting and admissions program, it is imperative that Colleges work with local recruiters and Education Services Specialist to implement this partnership. Suggested approaches to begin this process are, invite local recruiters to the college periodically, brief recruiters on the college’s academic programs, costs, and admissions process. Review ConAP procedures with recruiters. Explain to recruiters how they can communicate with students leaving college early. Maintain communication with your local Education Services Specialist.
Recruiters serve as a Benefit for your College as follows:

  • Recruiters identify Army recruits with maturity, skills, and money for college such as GI Bill education benefits, loan repayment program for those who qualify and desire to participate, and tuition assistance benefits for active duty soldiers up to $4,500 a year.
  • Recruiters help retain students by enlisting them in the Army Reserve. Reservists are eligible for $4,500 tuition assistance a year and may also qualify for the Student Loan Repayment Program and GI Bill benefits.  
  • Recruiters can link soldier jobs to college degree programs like military police to criminal justice, food service to culinary arts, etc.
  • Student-Right-to-Know Act/Graduation Rate Survey: Recruiters can notify the college when student drops out and enlists for military service.

Think of Army Recruiters as extensions of your own recruiting force and treat them as such.  The more they know about your college, the more likely they are to refer Future Soldiers to you, as well as veterans, family members, high school students, Reserve Soldiers and other young men and woman they meet.

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Becoming a ConAP College
To be recognized as a ConAP College, an Institutional Agreement to Participate in ConAP must be completed. By filling out this form, the college agrees to participate in ConAP and designates a ConAP institution point-of-contact (POC) representative. The ConAP POC is the interface between the college and Army recruiters, Future Soldier participants stating their intent to enroll during or after their enlistment, United States Army Recruiting Command. The respective Army recruiting battalion education services specialist will work in concert with college POCs and recruiters at the local, state and regional level.

Colleges interested in participating in ConAP must select participation based on one of two criteria:

Option 1 (preferred): Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC) Consortium Membership. SOC membership acceptance is based on the institution's commitment to the following from the SOC Criteria:

- Reasonable Transfer of Credit: avoid excessive loss of previously earned credit and avoid course work duplication - Reduced Academic Residency: limited to no more than 25% of degree requirements with no final year or semester in residence (may require 30% for undergraduate degrees offered 100% online)

- Credit for Military Training and Experience: recognize and use ACE's Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services in evaluating and awarding academic credit for military training and experience

- Credit for Nationally-Recognized Testing Programs: award credit for at least one nationally-recognized testing program such as College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), DSST Examinations, Excelsior College Examinations (ECE).

Specific conditions and criteria by SOC stipulate that institutional policies and practices be fair, equitable, and effective in recognizing special and often limiting conditions faced by military students.

Institutions interesting in meeting this participation requirement for ConAP, must apply for consortium membership directly with SOC.

For specific information on How to Join SOC . Click here.

Option 2: If a degree-granting institutions accredited by one of the accrediting organizations recognized by the United States Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation for ConAP participation the institution must have a Department of Defense (DOD) Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

For details regarding application for DOD MOU, click here.

Upon satisfying one of the two above participation requirements, the final step is to complete the Institutional Agreement to Participate in ConAP, which designates the institution's ConAP point-of-contact and outline the role and responsibilities of this individual.

An institution's participation in ConAP remains valid so long as the college desires to do so and 1) remains a member of SOC (Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges) or 2) maintains a participating institution with an active Department of Defense (DOD) Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

For additional information, a copy of the College Guide to ConAP may be found under the Resources section For Colleges. For assistance with the application process, contact Headquarters, Army Recruiting Education Division Larane Guthrie-Clarkson, (502) 626-0926, Shantelle James, (502) 626-3326, email us or contact you local recruiter/education services specialist."

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