Educational Services Office
Personnel Services Division (pp)
Personnel Support Department
The Learning Center is located in the Barracks/Galley Building. Enter through the door on the far
left, go through two sets of double doors and turn right, second door
on the left.
|Hours of Operation
|Monday through Friday
||0730 to 1600
||Available by appointment
A list of scholarships is posted weekly on the Base
Portsmouth Electronic Bulletin Board, but if you would like to
receive the same information in your personal e-mail, please sign up
at the link provided; if not for you, maybe you have a college bound
senior; or a child already attending college; or a spouse who's
looking for money for school; or maybe your expenses exceed tuition
assistance. It's not restricted to .mil addresses so everyone
Testing (by appointment only):
- End-of-Course Testing (EOCT):
- Tuesday @ 1300, Thursday @ 0800 by appointment. Members must bring a copy of the Supervisor Sign Off page from
their signed practical factors as appropriate verification of having
completed the EPQs for rating EOCTs this is form CG 3303 and for the EPME EOCTs this is form CG-1510-2 (aka Tab 2).
- ASVAB Testing:
- ASVAB testing is available on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 0800
by appointment. Other unit members must coordinate testing
with us through their unit ESO.
- DSST Testing:
- DSST Testing is available every Tuesday at 1300 and Thursday at
0800. DSST exams are available to active duty and reserve
members, and their spouses FREE of charge at an active duty Coast
guard site. An appointment is needed to ensure seating
availability. Dependent children are not eligible for this
service. Members may also opt to take exams at a local college
testing center for a small sitting fee.
- CLEP & DSST Testing:
- CLEP and DSST examinations are available through e-testing at
colleges, universities, and national testing center (on a fee
basis). These examinations are FREE to active duty, reserve
and their spouses at area St. Leo University locations. Dependent
children can use this service, but will have to pay for the cost of
the test plus the sitting fee. Three
locations are listed below:
|Naval Station Norfolk
||(Bldg U40, Room 108)
|Naval Air Station Oceana
||(Bldg 531, Room 104)
|Joint Base Little Creek-Fort Story
||(Bldg 3016, Room 227)
- Online study resources include, but are not limited to:
And don't forget your city's online public library. These same
resources can be quite helpful when studying for the SAT and ACT.
- Foreign Language Proficiency Testing:
- Foreign language testing is given on an as needed basis at Base Portsmouth; click here to make an appointment or for more information.
Testing is also available at
TRACEN Yorktown, by contacting Ms.
Catherine Norrell or (757) 856-2605 and the Navy College
Office at Naval Station Norfolk (757) 444-9245.
Hooray...learn a foreign language FREE!
Did you say you wanted to learn a foreign language? Or
maybe you need a refresher course. Well, Mango Languages is
finally available. Enrollment is limited to active, reserve,
and federal employees and USCG e-mail addresses. Click on Mango Languages to start a conversation today. Members
from other CG districts should contact their Regional ESO to see if
this service is available in their district.
The following colleges come to the Base
Learning Center monthly from 1100 to 1300. Walk-ins are
Tidewater Community College
Old Dominion University
University of Phoenix
Coastline Community College
Norfolk State University
Columbia College (of Missouri)
Tuition Assistance (TA):
Request to File Tuition Assistance Application (Local Form)
Base Portsmouth uses electronic TA (WEBTA) processing.
Please contact Ms. Monica Bailey @ Monica.R.Bailey@uscg.mil or call (757) 686-4005 for details.
Members of other commands should contact their respective Education
Services Officers for information on what they should do to process
More of TA: http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg1/cgi/active_duty/pay_for_college/ta/default.asp
Credit for Military Experience:
All members seeking
Coast Guard tuition assistance at the undergraduate (associates and
bachelors) level will be required to have a current assessment no
older than four years before receiving Coast Guard tuition
assistance. Members are encouraged to submit their Application
for Transcript (CGI-1561) requests through their unit ESOs as soon
as possible to avoid any delay in receiving tuition assistance.
The University of
Central Missouri is now offering the world famous DALE CARNEGIE
courses at convenient locations around the world. Courses are
approved for tuition assistance and Montgomery GI Bill. To
enroll or request information, please contact the University of
Central Missouri-School of Graduate and Extended Studies at
877-SAY-UCMO Ext. 24 or visit them on the web at http://www.ucmo.edu/dalecarnegie/ or Wade Powell & Associates at
Post 9/11 GI Bill Information:
If you're considering transferring your GI Bill benefits to
your dependents, make sure that you are informed by visiting
The simplified rule for Post-9/11 GI Bill
Transfer of Education Benefit as written in the DCMS, is listed
If a member was retirement
eligible as of 1 August 2009, no additional service
If a member was retirement eligible from 2 August
2009 - 31 July 2010, they must obligate 12
If a member was retirement
eligible from 1 August 2010 - 31 July 2011, they
must obligate 24 additional months.
If a member is retirement eligible from 1 August
2011 - 31 July 2012, they must obligate 36
Any member retirement eligible on/after 1 August
2012 must obligate 48 additional months.
Any member "involuntarily" and honorably
discharged/retired, i.e., CRSP, medical board,
disability, etc., no matter how long they've been
in, can transfer benefits while still on Active Duty
without having to obligate additional service time.
Starting 01 August 2013, obligated service requirements will be
determined by our Commandant. Until then, there is no change
and the current obligated service requirements will remain in
Questions regarding obligated service requirements should be
directed to Mr. Reidus Stokes, GI Bill Program Manager, 202-493-1936
How Do I Transfer My Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits?
Your CAC is needed initially. Click
- Click "register for a Premium Account" (located on
the right side of web page under Most Popular
Features). Follow the steps.
- After registering, "x" out of the webpage and click
- Login using username and password you created during
- Once logged on, click on "Transfer Post 9/11
Education Benefits" (located on the right side of
web page under Most Popular Features).
- Verify the dependents that are listed. Under
the "Edit" column click each respective name and
enter the number of months of benefit you want to
add (up to 36 months total for all dependents).
- START/END DATE for spouse: leave blank (START
date defaults to date you make the requests).
- START/END DATE for children: leave blank (END
date defaults to 26th birthday for dependent
children and 15 years after service end date for
- You can also choose to "revoke" previously
transferred benefits on this page.
Read and check the boxes under "Transferability of
Education Benefits Acknowledgements" to acknowledge
Click "Submit Request".
Anyone who has transferred Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits, but is now
considering using it for themselves, should be careful to NOT revoke
all the previously transferred benefits (i.e. take months obligated
to dependent down to zero). Doing so will require a new
obligated period if/when you transfer it back.
How Do I Use My 9/11 GI Bill Benefits?
CG members can activate their Post 9/11 GI Bill online by
http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp and following the
- Click on "Start VONAPP"
- Click "continue" located at the bottom right of page
until you reach the login and Pass screen
- Click on "Sign up now" and create a user
name/Password (with hint)
- Select "Form 22-1990" from the drop down menu
located at the top and click continue
- You will be asked a series of questions to create
your electronic submission
CG members can activate using a paper application by visiting this
link for the VA Form 22-1990 (Application for VA Education Benefits)