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Founded by a retired Marine Corps officer, American Public University (APU) has educated those who serve since 1991. Our classes are 100% online with no set login times and our programs start every month, so you can begin on your schedule. We 're committed to saving you time and money by awarding transfer credit from your Joint Services Transcript, prior college coursework, and Marine Corps experience. We offer preliminary transfer credit reviews at no cost.

Steps to Get Started

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    Complete Admissions Requirements

    After you submit your admissions application, review the undergraduate or graduate admissions ecampus tutorial and relevant tuition checklists (financial aid and military TA). An admissions representative will walk you through the follow-up steps you need to get started.
After years of service in the USMC and more than one career, I decided to go back to school for my bachelor's degree at the age of 47. Every time I speak with the staff, I am treated like a dear friend, the professors are supportive and encouraging and the students are completely different from any college students I've ever seen.
Jodi Truelove
BA, Management
Marine Corps Chemical Biological Incident Response Force

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


The APU Military Grant is available to all U.S. active-duty servicemembers, National Guard members, and Reservists.
$250 $250

APU's military grant covers tuition above the military TA cap of $250 per credit hour for all undergraduate and master's-level programs

$0 $0

Textbooks and ebooks for all undergraduate and master's-level courses for those eligible for the military grant

$0 $0
Application or Transfer Credit Fees
$0 $0
Technology fee for active-duty military servicemembers, National Guard members, and Reserve personnel
The grant is applied automatically for those who are eligible.


Additional Resources

Military Tuition Assistance (TA)

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. Marine Corps students must submit an application through the Navy College Office's Virtual WebTA portal to use their military TA.

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Transfer Credit

You may be eligible to apply your documented military training, prior education or non-academic experience to your degree program at APU.  We accept undergraduate professional military education transfer credits from the U.S. Marine Corps Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Counterintelligence (CI)/Human Intelligence (HUMINT) Basic Course.

Learn More About Transfer Credit

Returning Military Students

You can return to your program if you submitted a request to place your program on hold prior to a military deployment or if you did not make any progress on your academic program for a full year.

Learn More About Returning

A Few Reasons Why We Are #1 APU Removes Barriers

#1 provider of higher education for the U.S. military*
94% of military and military-affiliated undergrads applied transfer credit
100% online coursework, accessible while deployed or wherever life takes you

*Based on FY 2019 DoD tuition assistance data, as reported by Military Times, 2020

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Find Your Local Military Education Manager

If you cannot find a representative in your area, please email or call


Mon - Fri:  8 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET
Sat - Sun: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET


Next Steps

Courses Start Monthly

Next Courses Start July 4
Make sure to apply for Military Tuition Assistance 7 days prior to start date.
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