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We are the #1 provider of higher education to the U.S. military and the top choice nationwide for veterans using their GI Bill® benefit.*

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We take great pride in our rich military heritage and have been committed to educating those who serve since 1991. Our military-friendly online university offers 200+ undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates, as well as multiple resources to help our military students and their families maximize their benefits. Undergraduate classes average 19 students, and master’s-level classes average 11 students.

Whether you are stationed, deployed or transitioning from the military to civilian workforce, our flexible online programs allow you to learn anywhere and anytime, enabling you to fulfill your commitments to your family, the military and your career.

*Based on FY 2019 Department of Defense tuition assistance data and Veterans Administration student enrollment data, as reported by Military Times, 2020.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by the VA is available at the official

A Few Reasons Why We Are #1 APU Removes Barriers

$0 Application Fee*
$0 Transfer Credit Fee
0 Entrance Exams
$250 Cost Per Credit with Military Grant**
$0 Textbooks & eBooks**
Undergraduate and Master's-level textbooks and ebooks provided at no cost 

*A $100 fee is required for all doctoral applications.

**To minimize out-of-pocket costs, U.S. active-duty servicemembers, National Guard members, Reservists, and their spouses/dependents receive a tuition grant that covers undergraduate and master's-level tuition above the military TA cap of $250/credit hour. In addition, the University provides no-cost textbooks and ebooks for all undergraduate, doctoral, and military-tuition-grant-eligible master’s-level students. APU also waives the technology fee for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, National Guard members, and Reservists.

APUS has a faculty and staff that are supportive and go the extra mile in helping those in the military achieve goals that sometimes seem too far off and unattainable. The support and flexibility provided help active adults who have careers, family and life challenges reach the goals they set to better themselves in higher education.
Ross Patterson
BA, Emergency and Disaster Management
MA, Emergency and Disaster Management

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 *Active Duty ♦Veteran ≈Spouses and Dependents

APU Military Grant

APU's military grant covers tuition above the military TA cap of $250 per credit hour for all undergraduate and master's-level programs. The grant is available to all U.S. active-duty servicemembers, National Guard members, and Reservists.

To further minimize education costs, APU also offers these benefits:

  • $0 book costs for all undergraduate and master's-level courses for those eligible for the military grant
  • $0 technology fee for active-duty military servicemembers, National Guard members, and Reserve personnel

The grant is applied automatically for those who are eligible.


Get the Credit You Deserve

Turn your prior education, military service or work experience into academic credit at American Public University (APU).

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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 programs


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. If you are enrolling here to transfer credits back to CCAF, select "non-degree-seeking student" when you complete the admissions application.

View approved GEM 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

Please note: Military ID cannot be accepted.


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



If you are an active-duty Army soldier and plan to use Tuition Assistance (TA) or Credentialing Assistance (CA) to pay for school you must create an ArmyIgnitED student account.

At the ArmyIgnitED portal, you can:

  • Identify your chosen degree/certificate program and request TA
  • See a record of courses previously taken
  • View your available TA balance

Learn more about creating a and an ArmyIgnitED account with the Army's Creating a Student Account How To Guide.

Once your account is set up, you may begin to request TA or CA through ArmyIgnitED for April sessions and beyond.

Should you have any questions or need additional assistance, please contact us at

ID Verification

The university will automatically submit a government-issued joint services transcript (JST) for all applicable servicemembers.

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


Credentialing Assistance (CA)

As a CA provider we offer on-demand courses that support your pursuit of in-demand industry credentials available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Learn more about credentialing assistance

Coast Guard

ID Verification

The university will automatically submit a government-issued joint services transcript (JST) for all applicable servicemembers.


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.

Learn more about tuition assistance

Marine Corps


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

The university will automatically submit a government-issued joint services transcript (JST) for all applicable servicemembers.


Tuition Assistance

Marine Corps 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


Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership

This program allows all active, retired, or reserve members of the U.S. Navy to pursue rating-relevant degrees in the Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership (NCPDLP) in associate and bachelor degree programs. Please contact one of our regional education coordinators located near you.


ID Verification

The university will automatically submit a government-issued joint services transcript (JST) for all applicable servicemembers.


Tuition Assistance

Navy tuition assistance (TA) is offered to active duty sailors and selected Reservists on active duty for 120 continuous days who have completed a minimum of two years of service (Cannot be waived). Additionally, TA is capped at twelve (12) semester hours per fiscal year and you can be reimbursed up to 100% of the course cost, not to exceed $250 per semester hour.

Learn more about tuition assistance

Military Spouses

As an military spouse or dependent, you qualify for these benefits at APU:

  • tuition grant. After the grant is applied, undergraduate and master's-level tuition is $250/credit hour.
  • Textbooks and ebooks provided at no cost to military spouses/dependents enrolled in undergraduate and master's-level programs.
  • Opportunity 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 supplements this award with an additional $500 grant that can be applied to career-oriented associate degrees.
  • APU waives our $65/course technology fees when you use the scholarship to pay for courses.


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 MyCAA Scholarship page for details on using your MyCAA benefits here at the university. You can also call an admissions representative 877-755-2787 or email for more help.


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 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 4,000-member strong Student Veterans of America chapter.


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