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As part of our mission to make higher education accessible to all types of learners, Azusa Pacific Online University welcomes military service members, veterans, and spouses of active or reserve military service members to enroll in our online programs.

Azusa Pacific Online University participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program and is a Servicemembers Opportunity College to offer military and veteran students help in covering tuition expenses.

Choose your program:

How to apply to APOU:

Visit Admissions to learn more about deadlines and requirements.

Ready to apply? Fill out this simple form and a program representative will contact you shortly to send you an online application.

First steps after applying to APOU:

    1. Apply for your GI Bill benefits online (VONAPP).
    2. Request your Certificate of Eligibility (you will be able to do this step once your have applied for your benefits through VONAPP).
    3. Contact APOU’s Military Student Liaison Ellen Hoffer at 626-857-2456 or ehoffer@apou.net for additional details or questions about applying to APOU or how to use your military benefits at APOU.

Tuition Discount

The military tuition discount is available to military service members, veterans, and spouses of active or reserve military service members. For the purposes of this tuition discount, military service members are defined as:

“Active” is defined as after basic training is complete. Veterans must have an honorable/general discharge.

Understanding Your Benefits

The Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill (VA) has information regarding your educational benefits. You can read about recent changes to your benefits and learn about the many benefits available to you. Please visit the Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill website to learn more.

Changes to the Post-9/11 GI Bill: There are many important changes that may affect a student using their VA educational benefits. Keep up to date on the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Yellow Ribbon Program: The Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2008. The program provides an agreement to award scholarships to qualified students by funding tuition and fees that exceed benefits available under the Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33).

Licensing and Certification: You can receive reimbursement for licensing and certification tests. The VA will only pay for the cost of the tests, up to $2,000.00. Please visit the VA for eligibility requirements and other relevant information.

National Testing Program: The VA will reimburse eligible students for National tests. Under the Post-9/11 GI Bill you will be charged one month of entitlement for each test taken or each $1,460 reimbursed (whichever is less). Please visit the VA for a current list of approved National tests.

Benefit Comparison Chart: There are various educational benefits available to veterans. Please see the VA Benefit Comparison Chart to make the most informed decision.

Records and Training Transcripts

ACE (American Council on Education), explains how your military training and experience can be translated into academic credit. Learn more in the military guide.

Each branch of the service has their own transcript service. Please visit the appropriate transcript service below in order to receive your official transcript.

Resources

There are a number of resources available to veterans. The VA, AMVETS, and DAV offer many services to veterans and their dependents. Whether it be for your education or disability benefits, these organizations can help with the benefits you have earned.

Troops to Teachers: The purpose of Troops to Teachers is to assist eligible military personnel to transition to a new career as public school teachers in “high-need” schools. Financial assistance may be provided to eligible individuals as stipends up to $5,000 to help pay for teacher certification costs or as bonuses of $10,000 to teach in schools serving a high percentage of students from low-income families. For more information, please visit the Troops to Teachers website.

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC): Azusa Pacific Online University is a member of the SOC. The SOC was created in 1972 to provide educational opportunities to servicemembers who, because they frequently moved from place to place, had trouble completing college degrees. Please visit the SOC website in order to see service specific information.

Military One Source is a 24/7 resource for military members, their spouses and veterans. Visit the Military One Source website for more information.

Transition Assistance Program (TAP): There are many transitional resources available to veterans. TAP can help whether you are about to separate or have already separated from active duty service. Visit the TAP website for more information.

Translating military experience: The military has unique terms and job descriptions. In order to succeed in the civilian world, veterans must translate military terms into civilian language. There are websites devoted to help the veteran in this transition.


*Please contact a program representative at 1-855-APOUNOW or online@apou.net for more detailed information about tuition benefits for APOU’s certificate programs.

At a Glance

Cost for 100-200 level
$275/unit
Cost for 300-400 level
$325/unit
Accreditation
WASC
Format
Online

All stated financial information is subject to change.

For a detailed estimate or more information, please contact a program representative at
1-855-APOUNOW or financialaid@apou.net.

From student,
Kristen Vaca, U.S. Coast Guard reservist:
“My experience at APOU has served to prepare me to communicate effectively, persevere, and strive for perfection, all attributes that will allow me the opportunity to advance in my Coast Guard career.”

Read more about
Vaca's experience.

From Tammy Oluvic, director of the Office of Military and Veterans Outreach:
“An online institution, such as APOU, gives the military student the flexibility to earn their degree no matter where they live.”