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Higher Education That Is Accessible

Welcome to your gateway to educational benefits designed to help you make an impact. American Public University (APU) is proud to be breaking barriers to higher education by providing access to high-quality learning through 200+ degree and certificate programs. Access starts with affordable tuition, monthly program starts, and 100% online courses

APU is part of American Public University System, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org).

Helping You Turn Ambition Into Reality

Affordable Tuition

Your tuition will be $285/credit hour for undergraduate courses and $370/credit hour for master's and graduate certificate courses.

Textbooks & Ebooks

We provide textbooks/ebooks at no cost to all undergraduate, doctoral, and military-tuition-grant-eligible master’s-level students.

Entrance Exams

We have lifted barriers that can prevent from you starting your educational journey quickly.

Application Fee

Our application can be completed at any time during the year at no cost. Programs start monthly. Apply today!

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Quality Higher Education is Within Reach

Accessible Learning

Plan around your work and life responsibilities with courses that are 100% online. Most courses run in 8-week formats and feature weekly schedules with no set login times. Programs start each month, so you can decide when to begin.

Save Time

Transfer credit can enable you to complete your program more quickly and save money. At no cost to you, APU will evaluate and apply transfer credit for previous academic coursework, job experience, and professional training. We also consider ACE-evaluated training and credits by exam.

Value for the Long Term

APU ranks in the top 2% for a return on investment compared to colleges and universities nationwide, according to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce report, A First Try at ROI: Ranking 4,500 Colleges, 2020, based on the 20-year net present value (NPV) for completers who received federal financial aid.

Recognized for Quality

APU is part of the accredited American Public University System (APUS). Several APU programs also have specialty accreditation from external organizations. Specialty accreditation adds a level of rigor to the curriculum and demonstrates to employers that graduates of these programs have achieved the required knowledge and skills to perform in their professions.


Need an ally to help you stay motivated? APU’s peer mentoring program may provide the support you need. Plus, our academic advisors are available to answer your questions 7 days a week. You also have access to our vast network of working professional students and alumni.

Real-World Knowledge

You’ll be guided by faculty who are skilled in providing an engaging learning journey rooted in their real-world experiences. They bring their professional insights from government, Fortune 500 companies, healthcare, defense agencies, technology firms, and the military.

Your Time To Shine

You always have a front row seat in APU's online classroom. Undergraduate classes average 18 students, and master’s-level classes average 10 students.

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200+ Degrees & Certificates – Find the Right One for You

Affordable, online programs representing today’s most career-relevant fields.

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