December 7, 2022

Air Force Tuition Assistance | Online, on site or on site

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
First cycle $747 $747
Graduate $822 $981
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

Oral communication

COM103 – Public Speaking

Written communication

ENG240 – Advanced Composition


MTH210 – Probability and Statistics

MTH215 – Collegiate Algebra and Trigonometry

MTH220 – Calculation I

Social science

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

Social science

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 Start by creating a username and password, then complete the six-step online application.