Military Spouse and Family Members

Program Options & Plans

To honor military spouses and family members for the crucial support they provide to their enlisted loved ones, Excelsior College offers them servicemember benefits such as:

  • Reduced tuition
  • Maximum transfer of credit for college courses completed through accredited colleges
  • Credit by examination options
  • Credit for approved certifications and training through the American Council on Education

Scholarship opportunities are also available for military spouse and family members.

Choose a program of study from our available degree programs.

A military family member is a spouse or dependent of a military servicemember currently serving on active duty or in the Reserve or National Guard component.

To receive the military tuition benefit, military family members need to submit documentation as outlined below. Submit your documentation to the Center for Military and Veteran Education by fax at 518-608-8142 or by email at

Spouses may provide one of the following to confirm eligibility for the military rate:

  • A copy of the spouse’s DEERS Form 1172-2
  • A copy of the spouse’s marriage license and a copy of one of the following forms:
    • servicemember’s Proof of Service Statement or Letter,
    • servicemember’s most recent reenlistment or commission contract,
    • servicemember’s most recent Leave and Earnings Statement, or
    • servicemember’s most recent Tuition Assistance Form.
  • MyCAA Scholarship Recipient – proof of MyCAA Account, approved MyCAA Tuition Assistance Form, or Excelsior College confirmation through Academic Institution (AI) Portal
  • Certified copy of complete Federal Income Tax Form showing marital filing status

may provide one of the following to confirm eligibility for the military rate:

  • A copy of the individual’s DEERS Form 1172-2
  • Certified copy of completed federal income tax form showing dependency

How to Get Started

Step 1: Create a MyExcelsior Account
Set up your free MyExcelsior account. MyExcelsior provides access to all the resources you will need.
Step 2. Gather Your Records
You will need to request official college transcripts to be sent directly to Excelsior’s Office of the Registrar at:

Excelsior College
Office of the Registrar
7 Columbia Circle
Albany, NY 12203-5159

For more information visit our Transcripts and Documents page.

Step 4. Apply
After you know what degree program you’re interested in, it’s time to:

Apply for Admission to Excelsior

If you need assistance choosing a degree program, please contact us:


Step 5. Register for courses
Register online (login required)

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