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SOC Consortium helps out military students

The Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC) Consortium allows servicemembers to enroll in a participating school and continue their bachelor and graduate-level degree programs on school campuses, military installations, and armories in the United States and overseas.

Servicemembers face numerous challenges in their pursuit of higher education, while still on active duty or recently discharged. Often, these men and women have trouble attaining college degrees because of their frequent relocations.

Currently, the SOC Consortium includes more than 1,800 colleges and universities. To ensure that servicemembers have greater access to undergraduate educational opportunities, the SOC Consortium maintains flexibility in university programs and procedures, especially in admissions and credit transfer.

Recently, Rep. John Adler, D-N.J., introduced a resolution in Congress that encouraged each institution of higher education in the country to seek membership in the SOC Consortium; Rutgers University joined last April.

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