U.S. Coast Guard Admissions Process
The pathway to the future starts here.
At National University, applications are reviewed year-round, so you can begin classes any month of the year online, on base, or on location. Please take a few minutes to review the admissions and enrollment process before submitting your application. For more information, contact Military Online at (877) 628-6828.
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.
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.
Step 3: Take placement tests
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 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 or on-location programs.
Step 5: 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.