ConAP assists colleges in reaching into the military community to attract more students and veterans.
How ConAP Works
When Soldiers enlist for active duty or Army Reserve service, recruiters encourage them to plan for their future education. Future Soldiers complete the College Referral and Intent to Enroll form stating their intent to enroll in college during or after their enlistment. The College ConAP point-of-contact (POC) representative at the college acknowledges the soldier’s intent and provides guidelines about applying for admission, beginning the college experience, using distance learning, and staying in touch with the college by email. (ConAP participants must meet the admissions requirements for the school prior to enrollment.)
Many colleges focus their ConAP efforts in the Admissions Office, but it is really up to the school to decide where the program fits best. It is vital when participating as a ConAP College that the point-of-contact information is kept up-to-date by notifying the US Army Recruiting Command.
Participating ConAP Colleges Relationship with Army Recruiting Command
As ConAP is a recruiting and admissions program, it is imperative that colleges work with local recruiters and Education Services Specialists to implement this partnership. Suggested approaches to begin this process are:
- To invite local recruiters to the college periodically and brief them on the college’s academic programs, costs, and admissions process
- Review ConAP procedures with recruiters
- Explain to recruiters how they can communicate with students leaving college early in an effort to encourage students to stay in school
- Maintain communication with your local Education Services Specialist
Recruiters serve as a benefit for your college as follows:
Recruiters identify Army recruits with maturity, skills, and money for college such as GI Bill education benefits, loan repayment program for those who qualify and desire to participate, and tuition assistance benefits for active duty soldiers up to 16-semester hours per year with a $250 cap per semester hour.
- Recruiters help retain students by enlisting them in the Army Reserve. Reservists have the same tuition assistance benefits per year and may also qualify for the Student Loan Repayment Program and GI Bill benefits.
- Recruiters can link soldier jobs to college degree programs like military police to criminal justice, food service to culinary arts, etc.
- Student-Right-to-Know Act/Graduation Rate Survey: Recruiters can notify the college when a student drops out and enlists for military service.
Think of Army Recruiters as extensions of your own recruiting force and treat them as such. The more they know about your college, the more likely they are to refer Future Soldiers to you, as well as veterans, family members, high school students, Reserve Soldiers and other young men and woman they meet.
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Becoming a ConAP College
To be recognized as a ConAP College, an Institutional Agreement to Participate in ConAP must be completed. By filling out this form, the college agrees to participate in ConAP and designates a ConAP institution point-of-contact (POC) representative. The ConAP POC is the interface between the college and Army recruiters, Future Soldiers, and United States Army Recruiting Command. The respective Army recruiting battalion Education Services Specialist will work in concert with college POCs and recruiters at the local, state and regional levels.
Colleges interested in participating in ConAP must sign the Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding.
If a degree-granting institution accredited by one of the accrediting organizations recognized by the United States Department of Education or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation requests ConAP participation, the institution must have a Department of Defense (DOD) Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on record.
For details regarding the application for DOD MOU, click here.
Upon satisfying the above participation requirement, the final step is to complete the Institutional Agreement to Participate in ConAP which designates the institution's ConAP point-of-contact and outlines the roles and responsibilities of this individual.
An institution's participation in ConAP remains valid so long as the college desires and maintains a participating institution with an active Department of Defense (DOD) Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
For additional information, a copy of the College Guide to ConAP may be found under the Resources section For Colleges. For assistance with the application process, contact Headquarters, Army Recruiting Education Division Larane Guthrie-Clarkson, (502) 626-0296, email us, or contact your local recruiter/Education Services Specialist.