Department of Defense Admissions Process
The pathway to the future starts here.
Applications are reviewed year round, and qualified applicants can begin classes any month of the year online and on-base. Enrollment in on-base classes depends on course offerings at the chosen location. Please take a few minutes to review the admissions and enrollment process before submitting your application.
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Step 1: Determine Level of Tuition Assistance (TA)
Contact the Base Education Office on your base to complete a Department of Defense Request for Tuition Assistance. Completing this form will start you on your way to earning a degree.
Step 2: Apply to National University
Complete the National University registration form online, fill it out and return it to the address below. In order to process your registration request, you must submit your signed application and Tuition Assistance authorization form or payment.
After you complete and sign the Tuition Assistance authorization form, fax or mail the completed form to:
Military Base Programs
Marine Corps Recruit Depot
San Diego, CA 92140-5000
Phone: (619) 563-7482
Fax: (619) 563-2592
To ensure that you are getting the most of your tuition assistance, please be sure to see the financial aid section. Applications are processed within one week. The Tuition Assistance authorization will take longer to process. Verification of your enrollment and a welcome letter will be sent to you via e-mail once everything has been processed.
Step 3: Take placement tests
You must take the ACU Placement test either online or on-base within the first 30 days after you've enrolled.
Step 4: Select program of study
Determine which degree or program you are interested in. See our list of online programs available to take classes anywhere in the world, or check the locations page for on-base programs offered if you are based in San Diego County, CA.
Step 5: Get textbooks and course materials
Once you've submitted your registration form, received confirmation of registration, and submitted your Tuition Assistance forms and payment, you can order your textbooks, CD, and any other course materials online at the University Bookstore.
Online Students Only:
Step 6: Take an online course demo
Students taking online courses should go through the course demo to familiarize themselves with the online learning environment.
Step 7: Log onto your course website at www.nu.edu.