Military Education Benefits

You deserve an education worthy of your military service. Make your investment in your education count when you attend Ashford University as we offer the ability to use multiple military education benefits. These military benefits are tailored to help the active duty and veterans, and also provide tuition assistance for military spouses.

You'll find that Ashford University offers one of the lowest tuition costs available online and is approved for Military Tuition Assistance and veterans GI Bill benefits. Whether you use Military Tuition Assistance, veterans' benefits, tuition reimbursement, cash, third-party billing or financial aid, you'll have help every step of the way during your education.

Military Grant

You may be eligible for the Ashford Military Grant, which reduces tuition for all undergraduate courses to $250 per credit and doctoral courses to $920 per credit. This military grant also covers the Sales Tax, Technology Fees, and course materials, including standard shipping costs where applicable, required for an eligible student's program of study and purchased through Ashford University's bookstore or textbook partner for all degree levels, including master's students.

Course Materials

As an added benefit to both undergraduate and graduate-level military-affiliated students, all required course materials are completely covered for eligible members of the military community, and when ordered through the Ashford bookstore, standard shipping is free.


Eligible military-affiliated students include:

  • Active Duty, National Guard, or Reservists
  • Spouses of Active Duty, National Guard, and Reservists
  • Students using VA Education Benefits
  • Department of Defense employees
  • Civilian employees of the US Coast Guard
  • Veterans Affairs employees

Active Duty

Military Tuition Assistance (TA)

If you are active duty, Reservist, or a member of the National Guard, you may be eligible to receive Tuition Assistance (TA). To determine your eligibility for TA, please contact your Education Service Officer (ESO) for details. Note: If you are a Reservist or National Guard personnel, you should also seek any tuition assistance or reimbursement that your respective military employers may offer as this could lower your total out-of-pocket expenses.

Active Duty military service members please visit your service-specific portal to learn more about tuition assistance policies.

Tuition Assistance "Top-Up"

If you are active duty military, pursuing a master's degree, and are using TA, you may be eligible for Top-Up. Since Tuition Assistance will not cover the complete cost of tuition, you'll appreciate this military education benefit. Top-Up (the Floyd D. Spence Act) permits the VA to pay the difference between your actual tuition and what Military Tuition Assistance will not cover.

Veterans' Benefits

Why am I required to submit a Veterans Benefit letter to your office?

You reported on your FAFSA that you are a veteran, or that you receive veteran education benefits. Although your VA education benefits were not used in the EFC calculation, we do need to count them as a resource when putting together your Financial Aid package. The total of all your resources, including your Financial Aid awards, cannot exceed your Cost of Attendance (COA) at this school.

I am not a US veteran at this time, but will be by the end of the academic year for which I am requesting Financial Aid. I was asked to provide a copy of my DD-214, but I will not receive it until I am officially discharged. What should I do?

You cannot claim that you are a veteran until your status has changed with the military and is reflected by your DD-214.

I no longer have my DD-214. Is there any other form of documentation I can provide?

Your DD-214 is the only acceptable documentation to prove that you qualify as a Veteran of the US Armed Forces. A military ID is not acceptable, because it does not show your discharge status. For a duplicate copy of your DD-214, contact the nearest Veterans Affairs office.

How can I make sure my VA education benefits aren't interrupted?

You are responsible for self-certifying at the end of every month to prove your attendance at Ashford University. If you fail to self-certify, there is a possibility that your VA education benefits will be interrupted. Please contact your Financial Services Advisor to make sure you are aware of your responsibilities to ensure that you continue receiving veteran benefits.

To determine your benefit status, contact a benefits counselor at the Department of Veterans Affairs at 1-888 -GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551) or visit http://www.gibill.va.gov/. You have earned these military education benefits so be sure you use them.

Once your benefit status has been determined, speak to a Military Enrollment Services Advisor to learn how they can best be applied to your education at Ashford University.

Post 9/11 GI Bill vs. Montgomery GI Bill

The new GI Bill® (Chapter 33) or "Post 9/11 GI Bill," boasts the most comprehensive military education benefits package since the original GI Bill was signed into law in 1944. This new benefit went into effect August 1, 2009. If you are eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill and other GI Bill benefits such as the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB), you will at some point be required to make an irrevocable choice of which education benefit you wish to receive.

There are many things to consider before choosing which education benefit you wish to receive and whether or not to participate in the Active-Duty or Reserve GI Bill programs. Consider these important factors when making your choice: your preferred type of training and the amount of benefits you will get under each education benefit.

The Post 9-11 GI Bill will pay eligible individuals a monthly housing allowance (MHA) based on the Basic Allowance for Housing for an E-5 with dependents at the location of the school.

For those enrolled solely in distance learning the housing allowance payable is equal to ½ the national average BAH for an E-5 with dependents, and then is prorated to your percentage of eligibility under Post 9/11 GI Bill and rate of pursuit (1/2 time, 3/4 time, or full-time).

To receive the full Basic Allowance for Housing amount while attending Ashford University you must participate in the Concurrent Enrollment plan under the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

Note: Ashford University encourages everyone currently under Chapter 30 benefits to carefully compare and choose before making the irrevocable decision of switching to Chapter 33.

Yellow Ribbon Program

Ashford University is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program. The Yellow Ribbon program is a voluntary agreement between Veterans Affairs and the University that allows eligible students (current and newly admitted) to have 100% tuition covered. The Yellow Ribbon benefits include a 50/50 grant between Veterans Affairs and the University to cover any tuition and required fee charges. The grant will be applied after Post-9/11 GI Bill funds, equaling 100% tuition coverage for you. The grant is applicable only during the University's participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Grant terms and coverage amounts are subject to change every academic year. Tuition grants will be applied for courses with future starts dates following full authorization status from the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Continuing Yellow Ribbon students will have course materials covered. Any applicable fees not covered by this grant must be paid in accordance with the terms of the selected finance option(s) as stated in the student's enrollment agreement.

Who Is Eligible?

Only individuals entitled to the maximum Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit rate (based on service requirements) are eligible for Yellow Ribbon funding. Therefore, you may be eligible if:

  • You served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001 of at least 36 months;
  • You were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability and you served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001; and
  • You are a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on a veteran's service under the eligibility criteria listed above.

To qualify for the Yellow Ribbon program, you must:

  • Have served 36 months on active duty in the United States military after September 10, 2001 thus making you 100% eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
  • Submit an application for the Post-9/11 GI Bill to the Department of Veterans Affairs online at http://www.va.gov and provide a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to your Enrollment Services Advisor.
  • Obtain admission to Ashford University.
  • Remain enrolled or return as scheduled from an approved break. Should you lose eligibility for not maintaining continuous enrollment, any future grant benefit(s) will be forfeited. Online students must remain enrolled without breaks in attendance greater than 14 days. If you plan to take a break in attendance that is greater than 14 days from your last date of attendance but less than 45 days from the end of the course you last attended, then you must provide a written confirmation of your intent to return. Providing this documentation will ensure that you are not administratively withdrawn or forfeit grant benefits, provided you return as scheduled. Written confirmations must be provided via the Academic Leave Request form (found in the Student Portal) within 14 days of the last date of attendance.

Vocational Rehabilitation

The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) service (also known as the Chapter 31 program) is vested with delivering timely, effective vocational rehabilitation services to veterans with service-connected disabilities. These services enable our injured marines, sailors, airmen, and other veterans with disabilities to make a seamless transition from military service to a successful rehabilitation and on to suitable employment after service to our Nation.

VR&E's primary education benefit program is vocational rehabilitation. VR&E also provides educational and vocational counseling to eligible service members, veterans, and veterans' dependents. The outcome of this counseling is assistance in the selection of an educational or vocational goal and/or assistance in the selection of training institutions where this goal may be pursued.

To receive the very best service, please contact the Department of Veterans Affairs directly and speak with a VA representative to determine eligibility at 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551).

Information for Military Spouses

There are many different tuition assistance options for military spouses to obtain an education. (MyCAA) The My Career Advancement Account Scholarship Program is a workforce development program that provides up to $4,000 of financial assistance to eligible military spouses who are pursuing a license, certification, or Associate’s degree in a portable career field and occupation.

Sign up for MySECO (Spouse Education and Career Opportunities) which focuses on education and career preparation for military spouses.

Additional Military Payment Information

Financial Aid

Financial aid assistance is provided through the Federal Pell, SEOG Grant Programs and/or the Direct Lending Program (Direct Subsidized, Direct Unsubsidized, and PLUS Loans). You must be admitted to an Ashford University degree program to be eligible for federal financial aid assistance.

Military Tuition and Fees

Undergraduate Tuition $250 per credit ($235 per credit savings)
Master's Tuition $635-$705 per credit
Doctoral Tuition $920 per credit ($162 per credit savings)


Technology Fee (per course)* $0 ($95 per course savings for undergraduate students and $125 per course savings for graduate students)
Course Materials**^ (estimate per course) $0 ($115 per course savings for undergraduate students and $145 per course savings for graduate students)
Graduation Fee (except doctoral programs) $150
Graduation Fee (doctoral programs) $500
Education Records - Per Page $50
Insufficient Funds Fee $10
Transcript Fee $10 (Official) $5 (Unofficial)
Sponsored Professional Training Assessment $30 per credit hour evaluated
Prior Learning Assessment Essay (per evaluation) $125 (does not guarantee credit will be awarded)

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* Effective for students starting January 1, 2019 or later. The Technology Fee is a $95 (undergraduate) or $125 (graduate) per course charge that covers access to University systems such as the online classroom, the Student Portal, and other academic resources. The Technology Fee is fully refundable if a student does not attend beyond Day 3 of a course (Week 3 if covered under the Ashford Promise Refund Schedule). After this time, the fee becomes non-refundable. Students are charged the Technology Fee for repeated coursework.

**^ For courses where digital materials are provided in lieu of textbooks, a Course Digital Materials fee is applied directly to the student's account concurrent with the charge for tuition. The Course Digital Materials (CDM) fee is fully refundable if a student does not attend beyond Day 3 of a course (Week 3 if covered under the Ashford Promise Refund Schedule). After this time, the fee becomes non-refundable. Students are not charged the CDM fee for repeated coursework if previously charged. When course materials purchased through the Ashford Bookstore are available in both electronic format and hard copy, students may opt to purchase a hard copy textbook and are only charged the difference in cost and shipping.

Shopping Sheet

Ashford University knows that students face a difficult task in deciding where to enroll for higher education, and that understanding the cost of college—and how to pay for it—can be daunting. Too often, students are left without a clear explanation of what the costs mean or how they compare to other colleges they are considering, and as a result, many students leave college with debt that they didn't fully understand at the time they entered school. Ashford University is committed to ensuring that our prospective military service member and student veterans are aware of the financial investment they are making from the beginning and have adopted the Financial Aid Shopping Sheet to assist in making an educated decision on where to attend school. In accordance with the Principles of Excellence outlined in Executive Order 13607, Ashford University is proud to increase services to service member and student veterans and their families. The Financial Aid Shopping Sheet, part of our commitment to increasing the quality of information for military students, will allow you to see simplified financial aid information in a standardized format from all institutions of higher education that are adhering to the Principles.

Contact a Military Enrollment Services Advisor at 1.800.877.1192 for more info.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

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