Coast Guard

Coast Guard Family Education Programs

The Coast Guard offers the following education Programs for its Spouse and Family members.

SOCCOAST is the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) degree program for the Coast Guard.

  • SOCCOAST consists of colleges that offer associate and bachelor’s degree programs on or accessible to Navy and Marine installations worldwide.
  • SOCCOAST colleges form networks in which each college accepts credits from all the others.

SOCCOAST guarantees that you and your adult family members can continue toward completion of your degrees even though the Marine Corps may transfer you several times. There are also degrees available by distance learning that require no classroom residency.

Visit the official SOCCOAST website for further information.

Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA) offers a Supplemental Education Grant (SEG) of up to $160 per year. You can use this grant for ANY family member’s education expenses. However it does not cover Tuition expenses. This grant can also be used to pay for ASVAB, CLEP, SAT, and other study guides. CGMA also offers several education related loans.

To apply contact your local CG Mutual Assistance Representative or Education Officer. Visit the CGMA website to learn more about the programs offered by Coast Guard Mutual Assistance.

The Coast Guard Foundation provides $300,000 annually in educational grants to enlisted personnel working towards their college degree.  Learn more at

Additional Education Assistance: The Coast Guard also offers dependent spouses and Federal Coast Guard employees the opportunity to take CLEP, DANTES, and other tests at no cost.

Visit the official Coast Guard website for more information.