Technology Changes Everything®
Technology changed the way you deploy overseas, the way you talk to your loved ones, and the way you earn your college degree. At Ashford University, you can earn your Associate's, Bachelor's, or Master's degree at home or abroad. Join the thousands of military and veteran students who have moved ahead in their lives with help from Ashford University.
If you want to pursue an undergraduate degree, you may be eligible for the Ashford Military Grant. This grant reduces tuition for all undergraduate courses to $250 per credit and covers Technology Fees.*
Required course materials are completely covered for eligible members of the military community, and when ordered through the Ashford bookstore, standard shipping is free.*
Ashford University offers certain benefits to students who are:
- 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
You could be awarded credits for your military training by submitting your Joint Services Transcript (JST) or CCAF Transcript to Ashford University. Your experience in the military can give you a head start on your Bachelor's degree.
You can also transfer credits from community colleges and universities. Through articulation agreements with community colleges and course review, Ashford may honor your educational achievements so you won't have to repeat coursework.
As a benefit to you, Ashford University will facilitate the request of all your college and military transcripts on your behalf. Get started today.
Ashford University is dedicated to serving military students and is proud to be a recognized member of the following:
- Air University Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative (AU-ABC, for selected degree programs)
- Concurrent Admissions Program for Army Enlistees (ConAP)
- Council of College and Military Educators (CCME)
- Department of Defense Voluntary Education Partnership
- GoArmyEd Letter of Instruction (Army LOI)
- Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Degree Network School for the Coast Guard (SOCCoast)
- Yellow Ribbon Program
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Post 9/11 GI Bill®
The GI Bill (Chapter 33) or "Post-9/11 GI Bill," boasts the most comprehensive education benefits package since the original GI Bill was signed into law in 1944. This 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 benefit you wish to receive.
There are many things to consider before choosing which benefit you wish to receive and whether or not to participate in the Active Duty or Reserve GI Bill programs. Consider your preferred type of training, and the amount you receive under each benefit, when making your choice.
Even if you are one of our 7,000 military students using tuition assistance benefits, this new legislation will negatively impact you upon separation or retirement, as it does not take into account the 64 percent of the active duty force who currently prefer to study online. Ashford University encourages everyone currently under Chapter 30 benefits to carefully compare and choose before switching to Chapter 33.
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.
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 percent 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 percent 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 start 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 pecent 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 www.va.gov and provide a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to your Admissions Counselor.
- 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.
You can trust Ashford University, to provide military-friendly service at all levels and aid you with your veterans benefits. To start, you work with a specialized division of Ashford University that focuses on the educational needs of the military community. This division is composed primarily of prior military members, so you can trust their expertise.
Ashford will cover all books required for your program and purchased through Ashford University's textbook partner including shipping costs.
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 www.gibill.va.gov. Once your benefit status has been determined, speak to a Military Admissions Counselor to learn how your VA benefits can best be applied to your education at Ashford University. You have earned these benefits, so be sure you use them. You'll find the process quick, easy and informative.
Military Spouses, Dependents, and Surviors
As the spouse, dependent, or survivor of a member of the military community, you may be eligible for benefits as well, including the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the Yellow Ribbon Program, and Ashford University military benefits. Ashford recognizes the important role military spouses and military dependents play in the success of our country, and we want to help you use the education benefits for which you are eligible.
*The grant covers the 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. The cost of required electronic materials is also covered by the grant. When course materials are available in both electronic format and hard copy, students may opt to purchase a hard copy textbook and are charged the difference in cost plus shipping. Military students who reside in a forward location may opt for a hard copy textbook at no additional charge.
For more information about on-time completion rates, the median loan debt of students who completed each program, and other important information, please visit our website.