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American Public University System (APUS) is the unprecedented four-time recipient of the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Effective Practice Award. American Public University earned its reputation by ensuring each student is priority one.


American Public University System is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, 312-263-0456), a regional institutional accreditor recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Placing Students First

Our partnership begins the moment you make a commitment to pursue your education. Beyond personal support from your professors and classmates, you can engage anytime with APU’s academic advisors, librarians, mentors, career service professionals, and tutors. We are here at every step in your journey, helping you stay on track, build upon your learning experience, and achieve your goals. Help is never more than a click or phone call away.

Servicemembers, Veterans and their Families

American Public University has service members and veterans studying with us around the world, supported by a vast array of staff and faculty who are also veterans or reservists. As a result, APU truly understands the specific needs of our country’s service members, veterans and military families. To support you, we have dedicated advisors skilled at addressing the specific questions you may encounter when enrolling in school, such as how to utilize benefits for tuition assistance and other programs. And, if you are a veteran with a disability, you are not alone. American Public University has staff trained at empowering our disabled veteran students to succeed.

As a top veteran-focused online university, our goal is to make your decision to advance your education simple and straightforward by identifying the necessary steps and services available to you along the way. American Public University will help you navigate through questions such as: how to enroll, where to find support, and an explanation of veteran's benefits. At any time you can simply request additional information or to speak with a member of our admissions team.

Many universities say they are "military-friendly" or "veteran-friendly", but what does that really mean? Learn what to ask your school to see if they are truly military-friendly.

Talented and Engaged Community

When you choose APU, you join a community of students, alumni, and faculty where each member is dedicated to their profession and lifelong learning. The majority of students are working full-time while earning their degree. As a result, these students bring their diverse experiences and commitment to the classroom enhancing the learning environment. Many students are actively involved outside the classroom through affiliated organizations such as:

Students will find additional support online in via dozens of thriving social and professional communities including:

Faculty Scholar Practitioners

The strength of American Public University is reflected in both the caliber of our respected faculty and in the noteworthy accomplishments of our talented students and graduates. The faculty at American Public University is diverse, experienced, and dedicated. With a 100% online curriculum, we are able to attract scholars and practitioners from around the world.

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Our degree finder helps you find and compare a wide variety of undergraduate- and graduate-level degree programs across some of today’s most in-demand fields. Start your search here.

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An Affordable, Quality Education is Within Reach.*

Rising college costs have many of our nation’s hard-working professionals feeling left behind when it comes to making their higher education goals a reality. At American Public University, we believe it doesn’t have to be that way. At APU you’ll find programs that align with industry trends and are backed by individual support teams dedicated to helping you succeed. Our commitment to affordability doesn’t mean sacrificing quality.

Consistently Affordable Rates

APU prioritizes controlling costs and delivering value for students. At APU, you benefit from quality and affordability.

Tuition Cost Per Credit Hour Undergraduate $285 per credit hour $250/credit hour with military grant Master’s Degree & Graduate Certificate $370 per credit hour $250/credit hour with military grant
  • Earn credits for your experience. Don’t leave your hard-earned credits behind. We offer no-cost transfer credit evaluation so you can possibly fast-track your education by earning credit for prior life experiences, college courses, or military service.
  • Books online at no cost. Textbooks and ebooks provided at no cost to all undergraduate students and master’s-level students eligible for the military tuition grant.
  • Serving the military. Active-duty servicemembers, their spouse and dependents, National Guard members, and Reservists are eligible to receive the military tuition grant. Additionally, they’re eligible for our university book grant, which provides no-cost textbooks and ebooks for undergraduate and master’s-level courses.
  • Help when you need it. Our excellent support staff can walk you through ways to fund your education, including federal student aid, military TA, veterans’ benefits, scholarships, private loans, and employer contributions.

*To minimize out-of-pocket costs, eligible 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 master's-level book grant provides no-cost textbooks and ebooks for master’s-level courses to active-duty servicemembers, their spouse/dependents, National Guard members, and Reservists.

Learn from a nationally recognized leader in online education.

At American Public University, our expert faculty and industry advisors work to shape a quality, relevant, online education that responds to the needs of working adults looking to advance their education in order to meet professional goals. Come discover how our award-winning, accredited education can help you reach your next level.

Received “Best for Vets Colleges” distinction from Military Times since 2015.

Accredited by the Higher Learning Comission

Part of the accredited American Public University System (APUS).

Our Students Are Priority One

Heidi Boe Meinhart
Heidi Boe Meinhart
M.S., Sports Management

American Public University exceeded all of my expectations. The resources they provided me made me confident I could achieve my degree.

Martin Lawson
Martin Lawson
B.A., Transportation & Logistics Mgmt.

American Public University has opened my eyes to a whole new world of learning that I didn't even know existed.

Jennifer Deater
Jennifer Deater
B.A., Hospitality Management

American Public University was the answer for us. The online format, the courses – everything was a fit for what we needed.

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Classes begin February 3.

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