College Credit for Military Experience

Information for Educators

Awarding of College Credit for Military Training/Experience

Since the introduction of Ohio GI Promise, all 36 Ohio public colleges and universities have been committed to the acceptance and awarding of college credit for training and experience in the United States Armed Forces or National Guard, as long as it has been approved by the American Council on Education or a regional accrediting body, such as the Higher Learning Commission. 


Embracing H.B. 488

Amended Substitute House Bill Number 488 from the 130th Ohio General Assembly is a reflection of a strong desire to make Ohio a great place for veterans and service members to live and work.  The widely supported bill passed both the House and Senate unanimously and was signed into law by Governor John Kasich on Monday, June 16, 2014.  Many of the recommendations from the Ohio Values Veterans Report are included in H.B. 488, as well as a few additional items.  The majority of the H.B. 488 requirements for Ohio's public institutions of higher education must be implemented by December 31, 2014.  

Military Transfer Assurance Guides

Military Transfer Assurance Guides (MTAGs) provide a statewide guarantee that certain types of military training, experience, and/or coursework align to existing college and university courses and will be awarded appropriate credit. The complete list of MTAGs approved by the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) can be found at click on "Military".

MTAGs currently align with the Ohio Transfer Module (OTM), Transfer Assurance Guides (TAGs), and Career-Technical Assurance Guides (CTAGs).  However, this is only a small portion of an institution’s course inventory.  Through statewide training provided by the Ohio Department of Higher Education, institutions are required to evaluate military training, experience, and coursework for potential alignment with their own courses and programs.  For assistance with this process, please refer to the Ohio Values Veterans toolkit and the Train the Trainer program created by Ohio’s public institutions which can be found at

Recorded webinar about MTAGs and how they can assist in recruiting students by targeting specific programs or military occupations.  Streaming Link Here, Downloadable Version Here


Military Transfer Assurance Guide Memos (MTAG Announcements)


MTAG Announcements

1.16.2015 (Physics & Engineering Technology)

9.4.2015 (Information Technology)

9.30.2015 (Geography)

11.25.2015 (Air Transportation)

11.25.2015 (Music)

2.26.2016 (1) (Geography & Engineering Technology)

2.26.2016 (2) (Criminal Justice)

2.26.2016 (3) (Dietetics)

2.26.2016 (4) (Engineering Technology)

6.1.2016 (Engineering Technology)

8.19.2016 (Emergency Medical Technician)

10.31.2016 (Photojournalism)

1.23.2017 (Emergency Medical Technician)

8.22.2017 (Engineering Technology)

11.13.2017 (Administrative & Professional Support)

12.1.2017 (Emergency Medical Technician)

4.26.2018 (Engineering Technology)

6.22.2018 (Information Technology)

8.15.2018 (Information Technology)

12.20.2018 (Army - Practical Nursing to Associate Degree Nursing)

12.20.2018 (CCAF - Practical Nursing to Associate Degree Nursing)


Should you have any questions about the documents on this page, please feel free to contact Jared Shank at (614) 466-5812 or