Veterans & Veteran Families

#1 Provider of Higher Education for Veterans using GI Bill® Benefits

Those Who Served and Their Families

As the top choice of higher education for veterans using GI Bill® benefits1, we have the knowledge and experience veterans need to help ease their transition to civilian life and excel in their next mission. Our courses are online with no set login times. Our student body includes 9,000+ veterans and 5,000+ active members in our Student Veterans of America chapter. Veterans also work on our faculty and staff, which means they understand the sacrifice and grit necessary to serve our nation.

American Public University is honored to recognize that service by offering all veterans and their families a tuition grant for undergraduate and master’s-level study. Family members eligible for this grant are parents, spouses, legal partners, siblings, and dependents. Veterans and their family members also receive no-cost undergraduate ebooks to further minimize educational costs. 

A Few Reasons Why We Are #11APU Removes Barriers

$0 Application Fee
For Undergraduate & Master's-Level Programs2
$0 Transfer Credit Evaluation Fee3
0 Entrance Exams
$292.50 Undergraduate Credit Hour
With Veteran tuition grant4
$382.50 Masters-Level Credit Hour
With Veteran tuition grant4
$0 Ebooks
provided at no cost for undergraduate programs5

1Based on FY 2019 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

2A $100 fee is required for all doctoral applications.

3Veteran and veteran family members are eligible for a tuition grant to reduce costs below the University’s standard rate. Eligible veteran family members are parents, spouses, legal partners, siblings, and dependents. Tuition grants cannot be combined and only one tuition grant can be applied per course registration.

4The University reserves the right to accept or deny credits according to policies outlined on our University website.

5Ebooks are provided at no cost to all undergraduate, doctoral, and military-tuition-grant-eligible master’s-level students. A hard-copy textbook is provided at no cost if an ebook is not available.

Data current as of December 31, 2022.

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Your Degree May Be Closer Than You Think

You may be able to turn your hard-earned military service into valuable college credit at American Military University. At no cost to you, AMU will review and apply eligible military service; prior training and on-the-job experience; and JST, CCAF, DSST, POST, ACE, and CLEP credits.* On average, veterans had 46 transfer credits applied to their program.**

*The University reserves the right to accept or deny credits according to policies outlined on our University website.

**Based on new veteran students pursuing a bachelor's degree in 2021.

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Veteran Benefits

At AMU, we have military veterans on our faculty and staff, and a dedicated veteran's support team. Here you'll find:

  • A school that provides GI Bill® options such as Top-Up and participates in the GI Bill® Yellow Ribbon Program
  • Individual help activating your veterans benefits, as well as academic and career support
  • Flexible online classes that let you study on your schedule, maintaining family, work, and travel commitments.
  • Veteran Readiness and Employment VR&E (formerly Vocational Rehabilitation)
  • 75,000+ other veteran and military students just like you

Data current as of June 30, 2022

Additional Resources



Learn how you can use your benefits to pay for school.


VA GI Bill Comparison Table

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


GI Bill Application

Complete the 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).


Student Veterans of America

Join the 5,000-member strong AMU Student Veterans of America chapter.


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Steps to Get Started


    Complete Admissions Requirements

    After you submit your admissions application, review the undergraduate or graduate Veterans Admissions ecampus tutorial and relevant tuition checklists (financial aid, Post 9/11 GI Bill, or Montgomery GI Bill). An admissions representative will walk you through the follow-up steps you need to get started.

Additional Admissions Info by Branch

Servicemembers, spouses, and veterans are subject to the same general admission requirements as all other  undergraduate students or  graduate students.

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