Military Student FAQs

If you are a member of our military considering the benefits of enrolling at American InterContinental University, questions may arise that are specific to the requirements for you to pursue an education while you serve your country.

A few of the most common questions posed by military students appear on this page. To learn more about AIU, our degree programs or how to apply for admission, please contact us for more information.

Does AIU offer any grants or scholarships to military students?

Yes. University grants or scholarships are based on established criteria as published in the University’s catalog and are awarded after verification that the conditions of eligibility have been met. American InterContinental University strongly supports the commitment, dedication and bravery exhibited by members of the U.S. Military, and the University has established the following grants:

  • The AIU Freedom Grant

    AIU has established a grant for all active duty and reserve members of the U.S. military and their immediate family members attending an AIU ground campus.

  • The AIU Online Veterans Grant

    AIU has established a grant for all honorably discharged Veterans of the U.S. military to assist in providing the opportunity to attend a degree program of study at AIU Online.

  • The AIU Online Military Spouse Grant

    AIU Online has established a 10% grant* for all spouses of active duty and reserve members of the U.S. military to assist in providing the opportunity to attend a degree program of study at AIU Online.

  • The AIU Online Yellow Ribbon Grant

    In accordance with the Yellow Ribbon Program, a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008, the University has established a Yellow Ribbon Grant

For details and full eligibility requirements, please see the AIU Catalog.

Is American InterContinental University an accredited university?

Yes. American InterContinental University® is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. To contact the Higher Learning Commission please visit

Are books, materials and fees included in the tuition cost?

Yes. At AIU, there are no surprise charges or additional fees for a copy of your books, materials or supplies. Tuition at most schools typically excludes many fees and expenses, such as books and lab fees, which can add up to a lot of money. Be aware of all the additional costs you may have to pay out of pocket. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify.

If I am deployed or transferred, will I be able to continue my education later?

You could continue your education. AIU understands that military personnel are frequently deployed and transferred. If you are unsure or know that you will not be able to continue your coursework for the length of your deployment or while en route to your new assignment, just contact your Student Advisor for further guidance and support.

Will I have University support throughout my academic career?

Absolutely. Once you have started to progress through your first course, and through the remainder of your degree program, you can count on an entire team of people to support you throughout your student experience.

How will my military training and experience be applied to my chosen degree program?

Your military training, occupations and experience are evaluated by ACE (American Council on Education), which recommends awards of semester hours. Our degree programs are designed under a quarter hour system, and your credits are converted to this system. When you apply for enrollment, your Advisor will prepare a degree program that can maximize your training and experience.

Do I need to be on active duty to have my military training and experience applied towards transfer credit?

Absolutely not. The university will evaluate all of your military training and experience for the consideration of possible transfer credit whether you are on Active Duty, Inactive, Retired, or Separated from any branch of service, including the National Guard and Reserves.

Besides military training and experience, what else can be applied as transfer credit towards the degree I want to pursue?

The university will evaluate any previously completed college coursework (C or better) for transfer credit, when applicable. We will also evaluate any certifications (e.g., MSCE, MCP, etc; and DSST examinations) and work experience prior to, during or after your military service.

How many credit hours can I expect to get for my military training and experience?

It varies. Each military person will have varying amounts of transferable credit based on years of service and specific training.

Your Prior Learning Assessment Specialist can help you get the most credit for your program and develop the best personal degree plan so that you have an opportunity to achieve your educational needs and goals.

What are DSST examinations, and do they count as credit towards my degree?

DSSTs are the DANTES Subject Standardized Tests that provide another avenue to demonstrate proficiency in a subject area in a non-traditional way. DSSTs are offer in a variety of subject areas, such as Business, Physical Science, Humanities, Social Science and Applied Technologies.

Where can I take DSST exams?

Military personnel can take DSSTs free of charge. Talk to your Education Services Officer or Test Control Officer for more information and testing procedures. Study materials and practice examinations are available at most of these offices.

Will I be getting the same education as I would get in a traditional classroom?

Online universities can be a good choice for military students. Many degree programs, such as those offered at AIU Online, have been designed to help you graduate faster than at a traditional college. Additionally, your classes can travel with you as long as you have Internet access.

Research comparing distance education to face-to-face schooling indicates that online education can be as effective as traditional instruction, when there is student-to-student interaction and when there is good teacher-to-student feedback. Based on your academic experiences, you may realize how important being proactive about this type of interaction can be.

The course content at most accredited online universities is comparable to that at brick-and-mortar colleges. AIU faculty members hold advanced degrees and bring years of knowledge and practical experience to every course, which means you can receive a relevant education that you may be able to apply in your current military or future civilian life.