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Military FAQ

No. You can enroll in an online Associate's or Bachelor's degree program at Ashford University if you meet all of our admission requirements, even if you have never attended a college or university before.

No, you get to choose when and where to log in for participation in your class, which allows you to fit your class requirements into your busy schedule. Your online classroom takes place in an asynchronous environment, which means that you are free to participate at your own pace, so long as you meet the minimum attendance and academic participation requirements for your courses.

Students taking online courses at Ashford are expected to attend every week of the course. Attendance is defined as posting in a graded discussion forum or submitting a written assignment, journal entry, quiz, or exam. In most cases, you should expect to academically participate in your course at least two times per week. Failure to meet academic participation requirements may negatively impact an assignment or course grade. 

In addition, you must meet minimum attendance requirements. Students enrolled in undergraduate introductory courses must attend at least once in any seven consecutive day period. Students enrolled in non-introductory courses must attend at least once in any fourteen consecutive day period in order toa void being administratively withdrawn. 

Failure to meet academic participation requirements may negatively impact an assignment and/or course grade.

Yes, Ashford University is accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission, 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510.748.9001, www.wascsenior.org. You can find the current list of other regionally accredited colleges by WSCUC on that website.

Regional accreditation is more widely recognized than national accreditation. Regionally accredited schools place a different emphasis on their coursework in comparison to nationally accredited schools that focus on trade and vocational offerings.

You will have your own personal Military Enrollment Services Advisor who will support you through the entire process, and to whom you can direct your questions. You will find all your instructors very understanding, supportive, and easy to contact. Since Ashford University's online degree programs are specifically designed for adult learners, these academic support systems are built in to help you succeed in your classes.

Call us today toll-free at 1.800.877.1192. An experienced Military Enrollment Services Advisor is ready for your call.

If you are eligible for Military Tuition Assistance and/or veterans education benefits, you will have the opportunity to work with one of our experienced Military Financial Services Advisors to move through the process. 

To determine your eligibility for military tuition assistance please consult your base education office. While you are there, many education offices provide scholarship and grant information specifically created for service members, spouses and DoD employees. 

If you find you still need additional assistance, Ashford's Military Financial Services Advisors can determine whether you can benefit from the various financial aid options offered. Financial aid programs include the Federal Stafford Loan, the Federal PLUS Loan and in some cases, the Federal Pell Grant.

Yes, Ashford University recognizes your experience. Talk to your Military Enrollment Services Advisor to see how much credit your experience is worth.  

There are three ways to apply transfer credits toward your degree program. 1) Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) allows you to earn credit for college-level learning that occurs outside a traditional classroom. 2) Transfer up to 75 credits* from approved national testing programs such as CLEP (College Level Exam Program) and DSST (DANTES Subject Standardized Tests). 3) Military and training experience is of great value and may also help you get closer to a degree. Transfer up to 75 military credits* to Ashford University where experience in the military is recognized. * Transferring credits is always subject to Ashford University transfer credit policies and requires the submission of official transcripts. The official transcripts will be evaluated to determine the credits that will officially apply toward an Ashford University degree program.