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

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. 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.

Benefits for AH&LA Educational Institute

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)

APU benefits include a Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE) fee waiver ($50 savings). Note: Fee waivers 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 Receive Your Benefits

Future Students: Select American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute as your employer when you complete our enrollment application.
Current Students: Confirm that American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute is listed as the employer on record with the university. Learn how.

Tuition Cost per Credit

  • $270/undergraduate credit hour
  • $350/graduate credit hour
  • *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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