As a yellow ribbon school and a proud participant of the Air Force Community College (CCAF) Mobile General Education (GEM) Program, National University offers Air Force tuition assistance to Airmen in active service all year round. With over 75 degree programs available, our military-friendly month-long course format offers a variety of degree programs, certification programs, and credentialing programs online, on-site, or on-site.
United States Air Force University Education
As an Air Force-Friendly University, we are proud to offer the military the opportunity to earn a degree. Our month-long courses have been designed specifically for military students of all branches so you can attend class without disrupting your duties.
Air Force Admission Process
At National University, applications are reviewed throughout the year, so you can start classes any month of the year online, on-site or on-site. Please take a few minutes to review our five-step admissions and registration process before submitting your application. For more information, contact Military Online at (877) 628-6828.
Step 1: Determine Level of Tuition Assistance (TA)
Contact your base’s base education office to complete a Department of Defense Tuition Assistance Application. Completing this form will get you started and get a degree.
Step 2: Apply online to National University
Complete the online National University registration form.
Once the TA Authorization Form is completed and signed, you can fax, email, or hand deliver the TA forms to your advisor. To ensure you get the most out of your tuition assistance, see the Financial Aid section.
Requests are processed within one week, but AT authorization will take longer to process. A verification of your registration and a welcome letter will be emailed to you once everything has been processed.
Step 3: Take Placement Tests
If you are a first-time student, you must take the ACU placement test online or on-site within the first 30 days of enrolling.
Step 4: Select a study program
Determine the degree or program that interests you. See our list of online programs available to take classes anywhere in the world, or check out the locations page for on-site or on-site programs.
Step 5: Textbooks and course materials
Once you have submitted your registration form, received registration confirmation, and submitted your technical support forms and payment, you can order your textbooks, CDs, and other course materials online from the library. ‘university.
Air Force Tuition Assistance
Air Force Tuition Aid will cover your tuition for your bachelor’s and/or master’s degree, but will not pay for any fees, books, materials, or exams. Funding restrictions are the same as the standard limitations for all military. However, the hourly limits are 16 semester hours, 24 quarter hours or 240 clock hours per person. If you are unable to maintain a specified grade point average (GPA) or have an incomplete for a course, you will be required to repay the aid you have already received.
Air Force Tuition and Fees
As of March 1, 2022, the National University military tuition rates are as follows:
|On the basic course||Online course|
|Undergraduate (per unit trimester)||$166||$166|
|Graduated (per unit trimester)||$182.67||$218|
In addition to our military tuition discount, you may be eligible to apply for veterans benefits under existing veterans programs. The National University also participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program.
Note that some service branches have established specific guidelines or limits for their members that do not reflect standard policy. Please check with your Educational Services Manager to find out what benefits are available to you. For more information on tuition assistance, visit the DANTES website or contact our Veterans Affairs office at (858) 541-7970 or [email protected].
Benefits of Air Force Education
Just like the Army and Marine Corps, the United States Air Force encourages you to use this benefit at any type of educational institution, including schools that offer online degrees. Again, the only requirement if you choose a virtual learning environment is that the school must be accredited.
Air Force Transfer Information
Get the credit you deserve. National University offers transfer-friendly degree programs to help you maximize as much of your already earned credits as possible, including college credits from other accredited institutions, professional or technical certifications, and training and military experience. For more information on transferring to NU, contact our veterans office at (858) 541-7970 or [email protected].
Air Force Community College Partnership (CCAF)
National University is proud to be one of a select group of academic institutions invited to participate in the Air Force Community College (CCAF) Mobile General Education (GEM) program. Through National’s partnership with the Community College of the Air Force, Airmen can take 15 semester hours of general education.
National University Approved Programs GEM Approved Courses
COM103 – Public Speaking
ENG240 – Advanced Composition
MTH210 – Probability and Statistics
MTH215 – Collegiate Algebra and Trigonometry
MTH220 – Calculation I
ECO204 – Principles of Macroeconomics
ECO203 – Principles of Microeconomics
HIS220A – United States History I
HIS220B – United States History II
POL100 – Introduction to Politics
POL201 – American Politics
PSY100 – Introduction to Psychology
SOC100 – Principles of Sociology
SOC260 – Cultural anthropology
ART100 – Introduction to Art History
MUS100 – Fundamentals of Music
THR200 – Theater Arts
LIT100 – Introduction to Literature
SPN100 – Beginner Spanish I
SPN101 – Early Spanish II
SPN200 – Intermediate Spanish I
Military Tuition Rates (4.5 Quarter Unit Classes)
- On-site undergraduate courses: $166.00 per unit or $747.00 per course
- On-Site Graduate Courses: $182.67 per unit or $822.00 per course
- Online undergraduate courses: $166.00 per unit or $747.00 per course
- Online graduate courses: $218 per unit or $981.00 per course
Contact a military advisor at [email protected] or 877-628-6828How to Apply/Register: Admissions A typical National University course is four weeks long.
National University Accreditation
National University has been regionally accredited by the WASC Higher Colleges and Universities Commission (WSCUC) since 1977. As a regionally accredited institution, NU has met the highest standards of educational quality. Learn more about our regional accreditation.
The Best Air Force Education Programs Selected by Airmen
The National University offers a program that suits everyone! As an Air Force friendly university, we have students from across the country. Some of the most popular educational programs selected by Airmen are:
Frequently Asked Questions
A: To qualify for Air Force Tuition Assistance, you must first have your application approved by your supervisor through the Air Force Virtual Education Center (AFVEC). This approval must also fall within the TA request window of 45 calendar days before, and no later than 7 calendar days before, the start date of the mandate.
A: The Air Force AT application must be completed through the Air Force portal at https://www.my.af.mil/. Start by creating a username and password, then complete the six-step online application.