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#1 provider of higher education to the U.S. military*

We Honor Your Service and Support Your Academic Goals

At American Military University (AMU), we understand the unique challenges you face as you strive to fulfill your military service obligations while pursuing higher education. Our classes are 100% online with no set login times and our programs start every month, so you can begin on your schedule.

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

A Few Reasons Why We Are #1 AMU Removes Barriers

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

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

**To minimize out-of-pocket costs, U.S. active-duty servicemembers, their spouse/dependents, National Guard members, and Reservists receive a tuition grant that caps undergraduate, master's degree, and graduate certificate tuition at $250/credit hour. In addition, a university book grant provides no-cost textbooks and ebooks for all undergraduate and doctoral students and all military-tuition-grant-eligible master’s-level students.

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Find Your Local Military Education Manager

If you cannot find a representative in your area please email info@apus.edu or call

855-929-5264

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

 

AMU Freedom Grant®

AMU has created the Freedom Grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, their spouse/dependents, National Guard members, and Reservists providing tuition that caps at the military TA rate:

  • $250 per credit hour for all undergraduate, master's degree, and graduate certificate programs

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

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

Grant is applied automatically to those who are eligible. 

 

Additional Resources

Military Tuition Assistance (TA)

We are committed to helping our military students find additional savings beyond the military TA. We help you limit out-of-pocket costs by offering low tuition rates, a tuition grant, an undergraduate and masters-level book grant, and much more.

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Transfer Credit

Each military branch has specific methods they use to document military training that the American Council on Education (ACE) has evaluated for college credit. You may be eligible to apply your documented military training, prior education or non-academic experience to your degree program at AMU.

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.

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AMU’s Army Credentialing Assistance (CA) Program

The Army’s credentialing assistance program is a training program that supports your professional development in your current MOS or in an occupation that you decide to pursue when you leave military service.

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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)

AMU 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 AMU 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

Army

ArmyIgnitED

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 Login.gov 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.

Questions?
Should you have any questions or need additional assistance, please contact us at ta@apus.edu.

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

CBIRF

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 AMU 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 AMU.

 

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

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

Active Duty Spouses

As an active duty spouse or dependent, you qualify for these benefits at AMU:

  • tuition grant that caps undergraduate, master's degree, and graduate certificate tuition at $250/credit hour.
  • Textbooks and ebooks provided at no cost to undergraduate, master's degree, and graduate certificate students.
  • Ability 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.
  • AMU provides an additional $500 grant, with $250 applied to the third course and the last course of an undergraduate certificate program when using the MyCAA Scholarship.
  • AMU waives our $65/course technology fees when you use the scholarship to pay for courses.

 

Qualified MyCAA Programs

MyCAA will cover tuition costs for programs leading to an associate degree (excluding associate degrees in general studies, liberal arts and interdisciplinary studies that do not have a concentration) or a certificate program.

 

Eligibility

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 mycaa@apus.edu for more help.

Veterans

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 AMU, 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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