Military Educational Partnerships and Requirements
Coordination with Military Education Requirements
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Upper Iowa University recognizes the work completed in the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) and currently has an articulation agreement established to award credit based CCAF courses. The Air University Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative Program (AU ABC) establishes partnerships between the Air Force and accredited civilian institutions of higher education. Airmen who have completed an associate in applied science (AAS) degree with the Community College of the Air Force or other accredited two-year program can earn a career-related four-year degree by completing an additional 60 semester hours. With more than 60,000 eligible enrollees, this Air Force initiative provides enhanced educational opportunities for the enlisted force. Upper Iowa University is a registered member institution in the AU-ABC program.
* The AU ABC program is only available to active duty Air Force personnel. Specific UIU degree programs are included in this agreement. Please visit the AU ABC portal for a list of eligible programs.
Upper Iowa University is a member institution in GoArmyEd, the virtual gateway for soldiers on active duty to request Tuition Assistance (TA) online anytime for classroom and distance learning college courses. As a member institution, there are no up-front, out-of-pocket expenses for the soldier when enrolling in Upper Iowa University classes as long as his/her TA allowance has not been exceeded.
Army National Guard
Upper Iowa has also established an educational partnership with the Army National Guard Support Center. Our staff evaluates Joint Service Transcripts respectively and builds a personalized college degree plan by consolidating earned credit from military training, college level testing programs, independent study courses and other college courses. All Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Science majors offered through UIU are part of the degree plan assessments that are available at the institute and support center.
Upper Iowa has also established an educational partnership with the Coast Guard Institute. Our staff evaluates Joint Service Transcripts respectively and builds a personalized college degree plan by consolidating earned credit from military training, college level testing programs, independent study courses and other college courses. All Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Science majors offered through UIU are part of the degree plan assessments available at the institute and support center.
Upper Iowa University also evaluates training received in the U.S. Marine Corps as posted on the Joint Service Transcript and builds a personalized college degree plan by consolidating earned credit from military training, college level testing programs and various other correspondence and training courses.
Upper Iowa University is proud to be a member of the Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership (NCPDLP). Two Associate of Arts and 16 majors at the Bachelor of Science level are offered through this partnership.
In addition to our Navy partner rating-related degree option, UIU offers degrees for all Navy rates. UIU has two distance learning options tailored to fit the dynamic lifestyle of today's Navy personnel and their families. The Rating Related Program page will show you how your rating credit will transfer to a degree at Upper Iowa University.
Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC)
Upper Iowa University is a current member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Degree Network System (DNS). The school participates in the DNS-2 (Associate level) and DNS-4 (Bachelor's level) system. The DNS is a group of institutions selected to provide servicemembers and their eligible family members the opportunity to complete college degrees without losing credit because of frequent changes in duty station. For example, many courses offered by member institutions have two-way guaranteed transferability to provide more flexibility and options in order to satisfy degree requirements. The SOC DNS Student Agreement issued to all eligible students at member institutions provides a complete evaluation of the servicemember's prior learning, including courses from other colleges and universities, military training courses, military occupational experience, nationally-recognized exams, and other non-traditional credit, as well as clearly identifying requirements for completing the degree.
Upper Iowa recognizes and rewards the prior educational efforts of our students, and
we offer a variety of means through which you may obtain UIU credit for your past
coursework or credit-waiving exams. Programs offered to military service members will
accept up to 45 semester credits toward your Associate of Arts degree and up to 90
semester credits toward your Bachelor of Science degree.
* You will be able to transfer credits from ACE, CLEP, DSST, ACT/AP, Excelsior College Exams, Joint Service Transcript--JST (Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard), CCAF (Air Force), courses at other accredited colleges and universities, military training and experiential learning. Credit application may vary with your chosen program of study and may not duplicate prior college credit.
For information on how specific courses and experiences transfer to UIU, please see:
Contact your UIU academic advisor, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-553-4150 [1+2] for more information on these and other credit transfer options.
The Upper Iowa University Policy for Students Called to Active Duty and/or Alerted for Deployment:
When a student is called to active military duty or deployed as a result of military orders, as verified by the appropriate documentation, Upper Iowa University will take one or more of the actions listed below vis-à-vis the student's academic standing and financial circumstances. The university's course of action for individuals will be determined on a case-by-case basis as decided by the student, the student's respective faculty members/academic advisor and other university administrators as necessary, for example, the vice president or the director of financial aid. This policy also applies to students who are spouses of military members that are called to active duty and/or deployed.
If the academic term is two-thirds complete (after the fifth week of an 8-week term), the student will be allowed the following options:
- Be permitted to take final exams earlier than scheduled or have the final exams proctored at the student's place of deployment. The student would be awarded the letter grade earned for all completed work. There would be no tuition refund under this option.
- Elect to take a "P" (Passing) grade for the course if at the time of deployment the student is passing the course. This would give the student academic credit for the course, but the grade would not be figured into the student's GPA. There would be no tuition refund under this option.
- Elect to take a "W" (Withdrawal) for the course with the student's transcript annotated by the Registrar that the student was called to active duty or deployed under military orders. There would be no tuition refund under this option. Title IV funds would be handled as outlined below.
If the deployment is during the normal withdrawal period during the term, the student will be allowed the following options:
- Elect to take a "W" (Withdrawal) for the course with the student's transcript annotated by the Registrar that the student was called to active duty or deployed under military orders. Tuition will be refunded per policy stated in the appropriate AE Catalog. Title IV funds would be handled as outlined below.
- For Self-Paced Degree Program Study students ONLY, take incomplete grades and finish the courses at a later date. In this case, the work can be completed with the deadline to complete the work reasonably extended to allow completion while the student is deployed. CAUTION: There is a certain amount of risk for the Academic Extension student with this option and it must be carefully considered before it is selected. There would be no refund of tuition under this option.
If the deployment is during the academic term and the incomplete grading option is not viable for the student, the student may do the following:
The student may withdraw from the term with a "W" (Withdrawal) for the course with the student's transcript annotated by the Registrar that the student was called to active duty or deployed under military orders and tuition will be refunded per policy stated in the appropriate Upper Iowa University Academic Catalog. Title IV funds would be handled as outlined below.
If a student is called to active duty or deployed prior to the start of the term, the registration will be voided.
Information regarding tuition refunds:
- When a student's situation warrants the award of a "W" (Withdrawal), Title IV Federal Funds will be refunded according to the federal refund policy as outlined in the Financial Aid Handbook and cash payments/tuition assistance will be refunded on a prorated basis.
- When a student's situation warrants the awarding of a letter grade, no adjustments will be made to the student's tuition funds.
Readmission following Call to Active Duty and/or Deployment
- Upon receipt of notice from students of their intent to return to Upper Iowa University, they will be promptly readmitted with the same academic status they had when last attending or when accepted for admission.
- Additionally, students will retain the catalog rights that were in place at the time of their deployment as long as readmission is within seven years of the initial admission. If after the seven year window, current catalog requirements will be followed.