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 www.ahlei.org

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.

Per Credit Tuition Cost

  • $250/undergraduate credit hour
  • 325/graduate credit hour

Note: Tuition will increase to $270/undergraduate credit hour and $350/graduate credit hour at 12 a.m., July 1, 2015.  Take advantage of the lower current rates by registering for future courses now.

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