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SOCCOAST Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I am eligible to participate in the SOCCOAST Degree Network System?  

To be eligible for participation in this program, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Have applied for admission to AMU on or after March 10, 2008 OR
    Have a Readmission date to AMU on or after March 10, 2008 OR
    Have completed an Academic Program Change Request form to begin pursuing one of the eligible degree programs listed below on or after March 10, 2008

  • Be an active, retired, or reserve member of the United States Coast Guard OR
    Be the spouse or immediate family member of an active, retired, or reserve member of the United States Coast Guard.

  • Be admitted into one of the five eligible Core or Auxiliary Degree Programs listed below, regardless of concentration selected.

  • Designate AMU as your "Home School" of choice by enrolling as a degree seeking student in one of the eligible SOCCOAST Degree Network System Academic Programs: B.A. Criminal Justice, B.A. Management, Bachelor of Business Administration, B.A. Intelligence Studies, and B.A. Homeland Security.

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How do I participate in the SOCCOAST Degree Network System with AMU?  

After you have applied for Admission to AMU and chosen one of the five eligible SOCCOAST Degree Network System (DNS) Programs, you should begin the transfer credit evaluation process immediately. During this process, your prior academic, military, and exam credits will be reviewed and applied toward your new AMU Bachelor's Degree. Once this is completed, your SOCCOAST student agreement will be generated and sent to you via e-mail.

Visit the APUS Transfer Credit site to begin the transfer credit evaluation process.

While waiting for the results of your credit evaluation to be completed and your student agreement to be generated, we encourage you to register for a course unlike any other you have taken in the past.  If you need assistance with your first course selection, please contact counseling@apus.edu.

Additionally, it is important to note that while AMU makes every effort to identify our eligible SOCCOAST students, it is the student's responsibility to alert AMU that he or she may fall under the SOCCOAST DNS by e-mailing his/her Student ID to SOC@apus.edu.

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I'm already enrolled in one of the eligible programs at AMU, do I qualify for participation in the SOCCOAST Degree Network System?  

As with most articulation agreements or MOUs, participation in the SOCCOAST Degree Network is only open to students who are admitted to AMU after our official acceptance into the Degree Network System, which is March 10, 2008.

Students who completed their transfer admission to AMU before official participation in the SOCCOAST Degree Network were admitted under program, admissions, and transfer credit policies in place at the time, and therefore are not eligible to participate. For questions about the SOCCOAST program and AMU, please send an e-mail to SOC@apus.edu.

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I am enrolled in a different program with AMU, can I change my program to one of the eligible degree plans in order to qualify for participation in SOCCOAST?  
   
Yes! You have the option of changing your program of study in order to participate in the SOCCOAST Degree Network System; however, changing your academic program can have a significant impact on your degree completion. An academic program change can only be done after seeking the guidance and recommendation of your APUS Student Advisor. For questions about changing your APUS academic program, contact counseling@apus.edu.

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 I don't want to name AMU as my "Home College," but want to take courses with AMU to transfer toward my degree at other institution. What do I do?

Students participating in the SOCCOAST system who wish to take courses with AMU to transfer back to their home college should first register as an "undergraduate Courses for transfer" student.  

Then you need to contact the Military Credit Evaluations Department to be sure that the coursework you intend to take at AMU is listed on the SOC transferability tables.  Only courses approved and appearing on these tables will result in a guarantee of transferability to your home institution.

You can contact the Military Credit Evaluations Department at SOC@apus.edu for more specific information on this process.

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I am pursuing a degree at another institution and have listed them as my "Home College." I have decided I want to list AMU as my "Home College" instead. What do I do?
  
First, you need to notify your current home college of your intent, and be sure to discuss this with your Education Service Officer as well. Failure to notify these parties before beginning coursework at AMU could result in delayed registrations, and tuition assistance funding.

Once the proper notifications have been sent, you can begin your studies at AMU by completing the online admissions application and select one of the five eligible SOCCOAST Degree Network Academic Programs. You should then begin the transfer credit Evaluation process immediately. During this process, your prior academic, military, and exam credits will be reviewed and transferred in toward your new bachelor's degree with AMU. Once this is completed, your SOCCOAST student agreement will be generated and sent to you via e-mail.

For steps on getting started with the transfer credit evaluation process, visit www.apus.edu/TransferCredit.

While waiting for the results of your credit evaluation to be completed and your student agreement to be generated, we encourage you to register for a course unlike any other you have taken in the past. If you need assistance with your first course selection, please contact counseling@apus.edu.

Additionally, it is important to note that while AMU makes every effort to identify our eligible SOCCOAST students, it is the student's responsibility to alert AMU that he or she may fall under the SOCCOAST DNS by e-mailing his/her Student ID to SOC@apus.edu.

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