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Move with a purpose

Be The Captain Of Your Future

You are always ready when you challenge the status quo and advance your knowledge. Trust American Public University (APU) to support you in your mission to earn a respected degree that is affordable, convenient, and flexible.

Founded by a retired Marine Corps officer, APU has educated those who serve since 1991. We believe all Coast Guardsmen like you deserve the opportunity to learn without the burden of debt. That’s why APU created the Freedom Grant®. This grant gives all U.S. active-duty servicemembers, National Guard members, and Reservists the freedom to pursue undergraduate and master’s-level education for potentially ZERO out-of-pocket tuition. Move with a purpose at APU, where you may be able to turn your Coast Guard service into academic credit.

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

How APU Gives You The Freedom To Learn

$250
Per Credit Hour

For undergraduate and master’s-level programs with APU’s Military Tuition Grant for eligible students

$0
Application Fee

There is no cost to apply for undergraduate and master’s-level programs.

$0
Textbooks & Ebooks

We provide no-cost textbooks and ebooks for all undergraduate, doctoral, and Military Tuition Grant-eligible master’s-level students.

$0
Technology Fee

We waive the per-course technology fee for all U.S. active-duty servicemembers, National Guard members, and Reservists.

0
Entrance Exams

No standardized test scores required. Classes start monthly.

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For Return on Investment

Reflecting our commitment to deliver value.

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A University That's Got Your Six

A Team Approach

Military education managers are located near military installations around the U.S. and available virtually for servicemembers overseas. Our academic advisors are available seven days a week. They work with you to help you reach your goals. Contact us to find a rep near you.

TA and GI Bill® Help

Our trained financial aid advisors help you navigate and maximize your military tuition assistance (TA) and other options, like federal student aid and the Post-9/11 GI Bill®

Supportive

Veterans work on our faculty and staff. They bring their battle-tested knowledge and experience from the military, government, and defense sectors. We also have a staff chaplain to support you when you need it most.

Get the Credit You Deserve

APU evaluates and applies transfer credit for military service, training and job experience, previous college credits, JST, DSST, POST, ACE-evaluated training, and CLEP exams.

Accessible Learning

Plan around your work and life responsibilities with courses that are online and feature weekly class schedules with no set login times.

Be in Control

You can quickly turn your ambitions into reality because classes begin every month. Most classes are 8 weeks long.

Active Veterans Community

Our student body includes 9,000+ veterans and 5,000+ active members in our Student Veterans of America chapter.

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Supporting Our Nation’s Maritime Defenders With 200+ Programs

Explore some of our most popular programs with Coast Guardsmen: BA Criminal Justice, BA Homeland Security, BA Intelligence Studies, BS Sports and Health Sciences, . You can also use our program finder to learn about any of our 200+ undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates.

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We Help Military Spouses Achieve Their Goals

APU supports the ambitions of military spouses by supplementing funds available through the My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) Scholarship program. Find out who’s eligible and how military spouses can pursue a career-oriented associate degree or certification. Learn more.

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There is no cost to apply for undergraduate and master’s-level programs