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You’re driven to protect and serve.
We’re driven to help you succeed.

We understand your unique challenges.

With our long history of serving the military, we understand your unique challenges and have dedicated staff to support your learning efforts. With more than 300 veterans on our faculty and staff, we have the experience and knowledge to help you take charge of your education and succeed.

We also offer cost-saving benefits for our military-affiliated and veteran students, including:

  • A tuition grant which caps our undergraduate tuition at $250/credit hour (the military TA cap) and graduate tuition at $325/credit hour for U.S. active-duty servicemembers and their spouses/dependents, Guard, Reserve, and veterans.
  • Textbooks or ebooks provided at no charge to students earning undergraduate academic credit, with no impact on military TA.
  • Course technology fees covered by grants for U.S. active-duty military service members, and for Guard and Reserve personnel when using military TA.
  • Credit for military education and training courses including CCAF, JST, DANTES, and ACE-evaluated training.

View all financial benefits.

Additional Admissions Info by Branch

Servicemembers, spouses, and veterans follow the same general admission requirements as all other undergraduate students or graduate students. Here is additional branch-specific information just for you:

Air Force

Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) Graduates

CCAF graduates can complete certain bachelor's degrees in 60 semester hours or less through the Air University's Associate-to-Baccalaureate Cooperative Program (AU-ABC).

View approved courses.

The CCAF General Education Mobile (GEM)

APU is proud to be one of a select few academic institutions invited to participate in the CCAF GEM program, allowing Airmen to complete CCAF's 15 semester hours of general education requirements from a selection of APU courses.

View approved courses.

ID Verification

Undergraduate Airmen are required to submit a government-issued CCAF transcript. Graduate Airmen will submit a legible copy of a government-issued photo ID.

Tuition Assistance

Air Force tuition assistance (TA) is offered to active-duty Airmen and Reserves on extended active duty. TA is paid up to $250 per credit hour for a total of $4,500 per fiscal year.

Learn more about tuition assistance.

Army

GoArmyEd

You must first register with GoArmyEd if you are an active-duty soldier and plan to use Army tuition assistance (TA) to pay for school.

At the GoArmyEd portal, you can:

  • Identify your chosen degree/certificate program and request TA
  • Register for courses (you will also need to register for those same courses here)
  • See a record of courses previously taken
  • View your available TA balance

For individual questions about GoArmyEd, please e-mail goarmyed@apus.edu.

ID Verification

All soldiers are required to submit a government-issued joint services transcript (JST), which the university will order on your behalf.

Tuition Assistance

All soldiers, including Army Reserve and Army National Guard on active duty, are eligible for TA for up to $250 per credit hour with a $4,000 cap per fiscal year.

Learn more about tuition assistance.

Coast Guard

SOCCOAST Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Degree Network System

As part of SOCCOAST, colleges have agreed to accept each other's courses in specific programs of study. This means you can move freely among the colleges in a network without having to worry about whether major-related courses will transfer. This program is designed by SOC for Coast Guard service members and their adult family members.

Eligible SOCCOAST Programs at APU

View SOCCOAST FAQs.

ID Verification

All Coasties are required to submit a government-issued joint services transcript (JST), which the university will order on your behalf.

Tuition Assistance

Coast Guard tuition assistance (TA) is offered to uniformed personnel who are on active duty (including Reservists on Active Duty Operational Support (ADOS) or Extended Active Duty (EAD) contracts. The Coast Guard is now offering 100% tuition assistance not to exceed $250 per credit hour and $2,250 per fiscal year (effective Oct. 1, 2017).

Learn more about tuition assistance.

Marine Corps

SOCMAR Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Degree Network System

As part of SOCCOAST, colleges have agreed to accept each other's courses in specific programs of study. This means you can move freely among the colleges in a network without having to worry about whether major-related courses will transfer. This program is designed by SOC for Marine Corps Service members and their adult family members.

Eligible SOCMAR Programs at APU

CBIRF

Marines and sailors in the Marine Corps Chemical Biological Incident Response Force (CBIRF), at the Naval Support Facility in Indian Head, Maryland can receive college credit at APU for their extensive training in emergency and disaster response. CBIRF students completing the Basic Operations Course (after December 1, 2007) can receive up to 15 transfer credits toward one of five associate and bachelor’s degree programs offered at APU.

Eligible CBIRF Programs

ID Verification

All Marines are required to submit a government-issued joint services transcript (JST), which the university will order on your behalf.

Tuition Assistance

Marine Corp tuition assistance (TA) is offered to active-duty Marines up to $250 per credit hour for a total of $4,500 per fiscal year.

Learn more about tuition assistance.

Military Spouses

As a military spouse, you qualify for these benefits at APU

  • Our military-affiliated tuition grant: caps our undergraduate tuition at $250/credit hour and graduate tuition at $325/credit hour for U.S. active-duty servicemembers and their spouses/dependents, Guard, Reserve, and veterans.
  • Ability to participate in the Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) Scholarship program.

Benefits of Using MyCAA

  • The scholarship provides you with up to $4,000 of financial assistance for qualified programs.
  • APU provides an additional $500 grant toward the last course of an undergraduate certificate program.
  • APU waives our $50/course technology fees when you use the scholarship to pay for courses.

Qualified MyCAA Programs

MyCAA will cover tuition costs for programs leading to an associate degree (excluding associate degrees in general studies, liberal arts and interdisciplinary studies that do not have a concentration) or a certificate program.

Eligibility

You can apply for MyCAA if you are the spouse of a servicemember on active duty in pay grades E-1 to E-5, W-1 to W-2, and O-1 to O-2, and you can start and complete your coursework while your spouse is on Title 10 military orders. This includes spouses married to members of the National Guard and reserve components in these same pay grades.

Visit the MyCAA Spouse Portal online to apply. A real-time eligibility check will confirm if you meet MyCAA eligibility requirements.

Visit our Help Center for details on using your MyCAA benefits here at the university. You can also call an admissions representative 877-755-2787 or email mycaa@apus.edu for more help.

Veterans

You served our nation. Now it’s time for us to serve you.

As a veteran, you might be searching for “veteran friendly” colleges to advance your education. But what exactly does that mean? At APU, it means we have 300 military veterans on our faculty and staff, and a dedicated veteran's support team. Here you'll find:

  • Individual help activating your veterans benefits, as well as academic and career support.
  • Flexible, online course schedules that let you study whether on a rotating work shift, business trip or a re-activation.
  • A school that’s ranked as Best for Vets by the Military Times and participates in the G.I. Bill Yellow Ribbon program.
  • 65,000 other veteran and military students just like you.

Additional Resources

Visit our Veterans Benefits page to learn how you can use your benefits to pay for school.

Check out the VA GI Bill comparison table to understand which benefits are right for you.

Complete your GI Bill application on the VA Benefits website. Note: Enrollment verification cannot be submitted until the university receives a copy of your completed VA paperwork and you have successfully enrolled in a class. Once your paperwork is processed and you have started classes, the VA Certifying Official will electronically submit your Certification of Enrollment (22-1999).

Join the Student Veterans of America – a coalition of student veteran groups from college campuses across the U.S. that advocate on behalf of student veterans at the local, state, and national level.

Steps to Get Started

  1. Choose Your ProgramSelect your desired academic program from our 200+ degrees and certificates. Use our program finder to compare programs or call us for help if you’re not sure which program is right for you.
  2. Apply Online There is no fee to apply. Our easy online application takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete.
  3. Complete Admissions RequirementsAfter you submit your application, an admissions representative will walk you through the follow-up steps you need to get started.
  4. Register for CoursesOur classes start monthly, so you can begin soon after being admitted to the university.