Education - Training (College/Technical)

Continuing Education
The education center is the one-stop shop for all education related subjects, from certificate programs to CCAF degrees, from tuition assistance to CLEP tests. Classes and assistance is available to prepare individuals for exams such as the Graduate Equivalent Diploma (GED), College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and college admission tests.

Educational counseling and advisement services are available to MacDill personnel (military and civilian) and their family members. Residency requirements are waived for military family members within the commuting area. The education center host monthly 'Lunch and Learn' seminars on a variety of topics. The topics range from Veterans Assistance benefits to the ins and outs of tuition assistance.


There are several colleges and universities in the Tampa Bay area including state-supported and private institutions. Students may earn anywhere from an Associate's Degree to a law degree. Active duty members, their spouses, and dependents are eligible for in-state tuition rates to Florida public colleges and universities while assigned within Florida. The following is a list opportunities for higher education located on MacDill Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Hillsborough Community College, Saint Leo University and Troy State University.

The Education Services Flight also approves tuition assistance funds for active duty Air Force personnel. Air Force tuition assistance covers tuition cost (not to exceed $250 per credit hour and not to exceed $4500 per fiscal year) for eligible active-duty airmen. Information pertaining to financial aid is available to all personnel. This includes information about degree programs, course requirements, sources of financial aid (Veteran's Educational Benefits, tuition assistance, PELL, etc.), vocational/technical training, colleges and universities, costs, entrance and eligibility requirements, etc.

Testing services are provided for and include college-level examinations (CLEP/DSST), interest tests/inventories, college entrance exams, and proctoring services for the Air Force Institute for Advanced Distributed Learning (AFIADL) and colleges/universities. For college level examinations (CLEP & DANTES) the Education Services Flight also provides Fact Sheets and suggested resources for test preparation. Also, assistance is provided to active duty Air Force members for specific Air Force programs, such as officer commissioning programs, the Community College of the Air Force, and voluntary Professional Military Education programs, such as, SOS, ACSC, and AWC by correspondence or seminar.