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AH&LA Educational Institute and APU support your success through education.

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Helping you reach your goals is our shared priority.

American Public University (APU) is proud to partner with the Educational Institute, which is the non-profit training arm of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AH&LA). The Educational Institute has been a provider of resources to the industry for 60 years.

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Benefits for AH&LA Educational Institute

APU shares the Educational Institute's desire to provide quality education to hospitality professionals seeking to continue their education, and through this partnership, the Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA®) designation has been awarded academic credit within APU. If you hold your Certified Hotel Administrator (CHA®)* designation in good standing, you can apply to receive course credits at APU for the following programs:

  • Up to 6 undergraduate credit hours towards a B.A. in Hospitality Management for these courses:
    • HOSP100- Introduction to Hospitality Management
    • HOSP206 - Introduction to Lodging Management
  • Up to 3 graduate credit hours towards:
    • M.A. in Management (general concentration)
    • Master of Business Administration (MBA general concentration)
  • Book grant: textbooks and/or ebooks are provided at no charge to students earning undergraduate academic credit.
  • Access to a dedicated strategic partnerships admissions team.

Note: Grants cannot be applied retroactively.

*For more information on the CHA, Certified Guest Service Professional (CGSP), and other American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute offerings, please visit

How to Qualify for Benefits

Future students: Select American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute as your membership or affiliation when you complete our admissions application.

Current students: Confirm that American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute is listed under the Membership/Association category in your university records


Tuition Per Credit (with partner benefits)  

  • Undergraduate: $256.50
  • Graduate: $332.50
  • *Military Undergraduate: $250
  • *Military Graduate: $325

*We offer our military-affiliated students a tuition grant that caps undergraduate tuition at $250/credit hour (military TA limit) and graduate tuition at $325/credit hour. This grant is for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans.

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Contact Information

Jennifer Lawson

Jennifer Lawson

Jennifer Lawson leads the Strategic Relations Admissions Team whose members are here to answer all educational partnership questions.

Call: 855-731-9201

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