- On Duty Programs
- Colleges & Universities
- Testing Programs
Welcome to the Army Continuing Education System (ACES) website, serving U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii. Active duty military, reserve component military, retirees, Department of the Army civilians and their adult family members may receive counseling, information about financial aid and local programs, and enrollment in selected programs.
Tell us what your educational plans are. How can we help you reach your goals?
Schofield Barracks Education Center
Building 560, Yano Hall, 2nd floor
1565 Kolekole Avenue
Schofield Barracks, Hawaii 96857
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tripler/Fort Shafter Education Complex
823 Krukowski Road
Tripler Army Medical Center, Hawaii 96859
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
The educational counseling process is central to the delivery of meaningful adult educational programs and services to Soldiers in our geographic area of responsibility. Army guidance counselors assist Soldiers to establish realistic long- and short-range educational goals, advise Soldiers on how to make plans toward the achievement of those goals, and assist, through counseling, on the advisement of the appropriate ACES programs and services to fulfill goals.
Post 9/11 GI BILL MGIB/VA benefits advising is available.
Counseling services are available at all Army education centers in Hawaii on a walk–in basis – first come, first served – during normal hours of operation.
Although Soldiers are the priority for ACES counselors, counseling services are also available to adult family members, Department of Army civilians, and other eligible personnel. Appointments are not necessary; however, it is handled on a space available basis.
Visit a counselor to discuss your professional and personal goals.
GT Improvement Courses
Education centers in Hawaii offer GT Improvement classes on a monthly basis to provide soldiers with the opportunity to improve their AFCT scores toward promotion, reclassification, re-enlistment, and qualifying for various service schools. Classes meet 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Monday-Friday, providing 60 hours of classroom instruction focusing on vocabulary building, basic mathematics, reading comprehension and test taking skills.
Soldiers interested in attending GT Improvement classes must see an ACES guidance counselor concerning class schedules, pre- and post- testing requirements, and enrollment procedures.
College Education Fairs will be held Dec. 2, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Tripler Army Medical Center's Dining Facility; and Dec. 5, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Fort Shafter PX. Learn about education programs on post, in the community and online; and speak to Army education counselors.
Programs on Post
Accredited colleges and universities offer certificate and degree programs to Soldiers and adult family members via on-post classes, off-post attendance at a local institution or through distance learning.
|University||Schofield Office||Tripler Office|
|Central Texas College||808-624-0198||808-753-8539|
|Central Michigan University||808-624-3939||808-782-1541|
|Chaminade University of Hawaii||808-624-2515||808-840-1025|
|Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University||808-624-2334||N/A|
|Hawaii Pacific University||808-687-7094||808-544-1493|
|Wayland Baptist University||808-564-3360||808-564-3364|
On-post college terms are offered on a quarterly schedule.
Effective July 1, 2014, there are four major changes pertaining to Tuition Assistance (TA) for Soldiers:
- Grades below a "C" for undergraduate work and below a "B" for graduate work will be recouped for classes with a start date on or after July 24, 14.
- No fees, to include any supporting instructional fees, will be paid using TA. The actual cost of tuition, up to $250 per semester hour, is the only cost that will be funded.
- Except in overseas locations, a school seeking access to the installation solely to provide academic counseling or student support services must have a DoD student population of at least 20 military students.
- TA must be approved before the start date of the class.
Effective Jan. 1, 2014, Army Tuition Assistance (TA) will change to provide financial assistance for voluntary off-duty education in support of Soldiers' professional and personal self-development goals within a constrained budget environment.
New policy changes:
- Soldiers can use TA after successful completion of their first year of service after graduating from either Advanced Individual Training, Officer Candidate School or Basic Officer Leaders Course..
- Soldiers are eligible for up to 16 semester hours per year.
- Soldiers can use TA for a second, higher-level post-bachelor's degree after completion of 10 years of service. The second degree time-in-service requirement applies to movement from a bachelor's to a master's degree, and not from an associate's to a bachelor's degree. The 10-year requirement only applies if Army TA was used to pay for any portion of the undergraduate coursework.
Soldier benefits that stay the same:
- Receive up to $250 per semester hour
- Limit of 130 semester hours for completion of a bachelor's degree and up to 39 semester hours for a master's degree.
- TA can't for a second equivalent degree (no second bachelor's or master's degree) nor for first professional degree (PhD, MD or JD).
- All courses must be part of an approved degree plan.
- TA is not approved for Soldiers who are flagged for APFT/AWCP.
National Testing Centers
A National Testing Center (NTC) is located at the Schofield Barracks Army Education Center, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Thursdays, and provides Soldiers and other eligible personnel with the opportunity to take College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) general examinations, CLEP Subject Standardized Examinations, DANTES Subject Standardized Examinations (DSSTs) and national certification examinations in an environmentally friendly test setting.
There are a wide variety of subject matter examinations to select from with study materials available at the education center Learning Resource Centers. The NTC is operated by Hawaii Pacific University. Follow HPU's directions on how to create an account, apply for funding and register for an exam. HPU provides additional testing locations at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and Marine Corps Base Hawaii-Kaneohe Bay.
Additional information and appointments for testing can be made at 808-687-7093 or by visiting the website.
Army Personnel Testing
Army Personnel Test centers are located at both the Schofield Barracks Army Education Center and the Fort Shafter/Tripler Education Complex to administer a wide variety of official military tests.
Tests include, but are not limited to, the following:
- American Language Course Placement Test (ALCPT)
- Armed Forces Classification Test (AFCT)
- Defense Language Aptitude Battery (DLAB)
- Defense Language Proficient Tests (DLPT)
- Defense Language Reading Proficiency Test (DLRPT)
- Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)
- Selection Instrument for Flight Training (SIFT)
- Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE)
Soldiers are advised to contact their local Army education centers for the testing schedule. All Soldiers must submit a DA Form 4187 (Personnel Action) prior to the administration of any APT test. The following samples are provided for your convenience: Schofield or Tripler.