Crystal G., Class of 2020, Military Servicemember

Military and Family Members

Crystal G. Class of 2020, Military Servicemember

Online or On-base Degree Programs for Military Personnel

As a veteran-founded, military-friendly college, National University is committed to providing military students with opportunities to pursue their education without putting their lives on hold.

A winner of the prestigious Ray Ehrensberger Award for Institutional Excellence in Military Education, we recognize the unique needs of students in the military, offering over 75 degree programs, certificates, and teacher credentialing programs available online or on-site at locations across California or at select military bases nationwide. With our one-month class format, you can start sooner and finish faster — no matter what military life brings your way.

If you’re serving in the U.S. military, you may be eligible for Tuition Assistance (TA), which covers 100 percent of tuition and fees, not to exceed $250 per semester hour and $4,500 annually. If you are a veteran, please visit our dedicated page for U.S. military veterans.

Military tuition discounts are available for qualified students, including active-duty servicemembers and their dependents, active Reserve members and their dependents, and National Guard members and their dependents. Learn more about our military tuition discounts.

Why Choose National University?

Here are just a few benefits of enrolling at NU:

  • Over 75 undergraduate and graduate programs
  • One-month classes offered online, on base, or on-site
  • Military tuition discount and scholarships for those who qualify
  • Veteran Student Success Center, offering counseling, strategies, and tools to ease the transition to college life
  • Accredited by WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC)
  • Yellow Ribbon School
  • 24/7 tech support

Active-Duty Military Information

Select your branch from the list below to view important information about the admissions process.

Admissions Process

At National University, applications are reviewed year-round, so you can begin classes when it’s convenient for you, whether you enroll online, on base, or on campus. Please review the admissions and enrollment process before submitting your application.

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

  • 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 or on-site programs.
  • Next, complete the National University registration form online.
  • After the TA authorization form is completed and signed, you can fax, email, or hand carry the TA forms to your advisor. To ensure you are getting the most of your tuition assistance, review the financial aid section.
  • Applications are processed within one week, but TA authorization will take longer to process. Verification of your enrollment and a welcome letter will be emailed to you once everything has been processed.

Please note: If you’re a first-time college student, you must take the ACU Placement test either online or on base within the first 30 days after you enroll.

Step 3: Get Textbooks and Course Materials

Once you’ve submitted your registration form, received confirmation of registration, and submitted your TA forms and payment, you can order your textbooks, CD, and any other course materials online at the University Bookstore.

Tuition and Fees

National University believes in affordable, accessible higher education. For a more detailed look at what you can expect to pay per course, visit the U.S. Air Force Tuition and Fees page.

Admissions Process

At National University, applications are reviewed year-round, so you can begin classes when it’s convenient for you, whether you enroll online, on base, or on campus. Please review the admissions and enrollment process before submitting your application.

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

  • 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 or on-campus programs.
  • Next, complete the National University registration form online.
  • After the TA authorization form is completed and signed, you can fax, email, or hand carry the TA forms to your advisor. To ensure you are getting the most of your tuition assistance, review the financial aid section.
  • Applications are processed within one week, but TA authorization will take longer to process. Verification of your enrollment and a welcome letter will be emailed to you once everything has been processed.

Please note: If you’re a first-time college student, you must take the ACU Placement test either online or on base within the first 30 days after you enroll.

Step 3: Get Textbooks and Course Materials

Once you’ve submitted your registration form, received confirmation of registration, and submitted your TA forms and payment, you can order your textbooks, CD, and any other course materials online at the University Bookstore.

Tuition and Fees

National University believes in affordable, accessible higher education. For a more detailed look at what you can expect to pay per course, visit the U.S. Army Tuition and Fees page.

Admissions Process

At National University, applications are reviewed year-round, so you can begin classes when it’s convenient for you, whether you enroll online, on base, or on campus. Please review the admissions and enrollment process before submitting your application.

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

  • 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 or on-campus programs.
  • Next, complete the National University registration form online.
  • After the TA authorization form is completed and signed, you can fax, email, or hand carry the TA forms to your advisor. To ensure you are getting the most of your tuition assistance, review the financial aid section.
  • Applications are processed within one week, but TA authorization will take longer to process. Verification of your enrollment and a welcome letter will be emailed to you once everything has been processed.

Please note: If you’re a first-time college student, you must take the ACU Placement test either online or on base within the first 30 days after you enroll.

Step 3: Get Textbooks and Course Materials

Once you’ve submitted your registration form, received confirmation of registration, and submitted your TA forms and payment, you can order your textbooks, CD, and any other course materials online at the University Bookstore.

Tuition and Fees

National University believes in affordable, accessible higher education. For a more detailed look at what you can expect to pay per course, visit the U.S. Coast Guard Tuition and Fees page.

Admissions Process

At National University, applications are reviewed year-round, so you can begin classes when it’s convenient for you, whether you enroll online, on base, or on campus. Please review the admissions and enrollment process before submitting your application.

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

  • 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 or on-campus programs.
  • Next, complete the National University registration form online.
  • After the TA authorization form is completed and signed, you can fax, email, or hand carry the TA forms to your advisor. To ensure you are getting the most of your tuition assistance, review the financial aid section.
  • Applications are processed within one week, but TA authorization will take longer to process. Verification of your enrollment and a welcome letter will be emailed to you once everything has been processed.

Please note: If you’re a first-time college student, you must take the ACU Placement test either online or on base within the first 30 days after you enroll.

Step 3: Get Textbooks and Course Materials

Once you’ve submitted your registration form, received confirmation of registration, and submitted your TA forms and payment, you can order your textbooks, CD, and any other course materials online at the University Bookstore.

Tuition and Fees

National University believes in affordable, accessible higher education. For a more detailed look at what you can expect to pay per course, visit the U.S. Marine Corp Tuition and Fees page.

On-base Education Locations

  • Marine Corps Air Station Miramar Learning Center, SD
  • Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton Learning Center, SD
  • Marine Corps Recruit Depot Learning Center, SD
  • Twenty-nine Palms Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Center Learning Center

Admissions Process

At National University, applications are reviewed year-round, so you can begin classes when it’s convenient for you, whether you enroll online, on base, or on campus. Please review the admissions and enrollment process before submitting your application.

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

  • 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 or on-campus programs.
  • Next, complete the National University registration form online.
  • After the TA authorization form is completed and signed, you can fax, email, or hand carry the TA forms to your advisor. To ensure you are getting the most of your tuition assistance, review the financial aid section.
  • Applications are processed within one week, but TA authorization will take longer to process. Verification of your enrollment and a welcome letter will be emailed to you once everything has been processed.

Please note: If you’re a first-time college student, you must take the ACU Placement test either online or on base within the first 30 days after you enroll.

Step 3: Get Textbooks and Course Materials
Once you’ve submitted your registration form, received confirmation of registration, and submitted your TA forms and payment, you can order your textbooks, CD, and any other course materials online at the University Bookstore.

Tuition and Fees

National University believes in affordable, accessible higher education. For a more detailed look at what you can expect to pay per course, visit the U.S. Navy Tuition and Fees page.

On-base Education Locations

  • Fleet ASW Training Center Learning Center
  • Naval Air Station North Island Learning Center
  • Naval Base Coronado Learning Center
  • Naval Base San Diego Learning Center
  • Naval Hospital San Diego Admissions Office
  • Naval Submarine Base Admissions Office

Tuition Assistance Scholarship

The Tuition Assistance (TA) Scholarship is designed to allow military service members, eligible for TA, to take a full-time course load over the course of an academic year provided their military operational commitments also allow them this flexibility.

The Department of Defense authorizes each branch of service to provide up to $4500 per year to service members to use in TA. This, combined with the Military Tuition rate at National University equates to 6 classes, provided the service branch provides the full authorization to each member. (Currently the Navy only provides enough for Sailors to take 4 classes per year.)

The TA scholarship is established to provide 2 free classes to students that have used their full TA entitlement for a particular year. As funds permit, Navy students would currently be eligible to receive 4 courses under this scholarship. Students are eligible to receive $748 for undergraduate tuition. Graduate students will receive $822 for onsite or $981 for online courses.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Must still be actively serving
  • Must be eligible for TA per respective service guidelines
  • Must have used all their TA eligibility for current Federal Fiscal Year
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Cannot use the free classes to retake courses

National University has set aside a specific fund for the TA Scholarship. These funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis while funds remain. Students are also reminded that taking advantage of these classes may also have a favorable impact on Federal Financial Aid eligibility, so all students are encouraged to complete the FAFSA application annually. A completed FAFSA is not a requirement to receive this scholarship.

Coordination of this scholarship will be initiated through your academic advisor.

Ordering Your Transcripts

National University’s transcript provider is Parchment. We do not accept transcript requests by phone, e-mail, or fax. Transcripts are $5 for paper copy and $7 for e-transcript with options for expedited shipping, for an additional cost. Official transcript orders can be placed at the Parchment website.

Transfer Information

National University offers transfer-friendly degree programs to help you maximize as many previously-earned credits as possible, including college credits from other accredited institutions, professional or technical certifications, and military training and experience.

For more than 40 years, National University has proudly served active-duty and veteran students from all military branches who are earning their college degrees at home, on base, and abroad. As a military-friendly college and Yellow Ribbon school, NU accepts the post 9/11 GI Bill®. In addition, our Veteran Center provides support and guidance to help ease the transition from military to civilian life.

To learn more about transferring to NU, contact our Veteran’s Affairs Office at (858) 541-7970 or veteransaffairs@nu.edu.

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