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Classes begin August 5.

Move with a purpose

Educating Those Who Serve.

Join a community that values your service. With American Public University (APU), you can be prepared for whatever comes next through 200+ affordable, flexible, and accessible online programs.

Through APU's Preferred Military Rate, all U.S. active-duty servicemembers, National Guard members, and Reservists can have the freedom to pursue high quality higher education at a reduced tuition rate, and potentially ZERO out-of-pocket tuition at the undergraduate level. Benefits are available for military family members too.

APU is part of American Public University System (APUS) which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

How APU Gives You The Freedom To Learn

Per Credit Hour

For undergraduate tuition with APU’s Preferred Military Rate. Master's tuition is $290/credit hour with the Preferred Military Rate.

Top 10
Best Online

We are dedicated to offering high-quality, affordable, and workforce-relevant education to our students. That's why we've been named one of the top 10 online colleges by ZDNet. It publishes technology news for professionals who need to stay informed about how technology impacts their careers.

Mental Health Support

We offer comprehensive cognitive and mental health resources, plus 24/7 real-time support through our partner TalkCampus to provide our students the mental health support they need.

Technology Fee

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

Entrance Exams

No standardized test scores required. Classes start monthly.

Top 11%
For Return on Investment

Reflecting our commitment to deliver value.

Survey respondents who say their APUS program met their expectations

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A University That's Got Your Six

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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.

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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®

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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.

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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.

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Accessible Learning

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

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Be in Control

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

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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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Go From Combat to Classroom With Confidence

Explore some of our most popular programs with active-duty military members: BA in Criminal Justice, BS in Sports and Health Sciences, BA in Intelligence Studies, and BBA in Business Administration. You can also use our program finder to learn about any of 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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Classes begin August 5.

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