The Admissions Process
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1. Connect with an AIU Military Admissions Advisor.

Our Military Admissions Advisors focus on the unique needs of active duty, Reserve, and National Guard students—as well as veterans, military spouses and families.

The advisor can:

  • Find out about your goals and interests
  • Answer your questions
  • Help you choose a degree program
  • Guide you through the admissions process

Call 855-377-1888, Live Chat, or Schedule a Phone Interview
to take the first step.

You’ll also have the chance to discuss:

  • What online learning is like
  • How military students can fit pursuing a degree into their schedule
  • What to expect from your classes
  • Computer access for your courses
  • How to take the next step
  • Other questions you might have

2. Complete the online application.

The application is quick, and easy and there is no submission fee.

Be ready to tell us:

  • Basic information about yourself
  • Where you’ve gone to high school and/or college
  • What degree program you’re interested in

You'll also need to:

  • Complete the VA Shopping Sheet

Don’t forget to create an account, so you can save your progress.

3. Meet with your Education Services Officer.

Be prepared to speak to your Education Services Officer about your reasons for pursuing a degree as well as the details of your Tuition Assistance (TA) paperwork, Top-up benefits eligibility, and GI Bill® benefits eligibility. You can also share some of the reasons AIU meets your needs:

  • AIU is regionally accredited through the Higher Learning Commission and was named a Top Military Friendly® School.
  • AIU military students can earn college-level credits through the ACE program, CLEP exams, DSST exams and transfer credit review.
  • AIU Online offers a 45% tuition discount to active military undergraduate students.
  • AIU is a signatory of the Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding for Post-Secondary Educational Institutions (DoD MOU) and a Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) member.
  • AIU complies with all requirements of the President’s Executive Order “Establishing Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Servicemembers, Spouses and Other Family Members.”

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at​gibill.

4. Submit proof of high school graduation or equivalent as well as any college transcripts.

Please provide one of the following:

  • High-school transcript
  • High-school diploma
  • GED transcript or certificate

If applicable, please also provide:

  • College transcripts
  • Military transcripts

You will have the opportunity to submit these documents during the online application process.

See Admissions Requirements for more details.

Once you're enrolled at AIU Online, it’s time to get ready for classes to start. These are the next steps you’ll want to take.

5. Apply for financial aid.

There are a variety of options available for eligible students to help fund your education, including federal loans, scholarships and grants.

Start your financial aid application as soon as possible so you can be ready when the new term begins.

6. Learn what prior learning credits you may be eligible to receive.

AIU offers several options for servicemembers to earn credit that fulfills degree requirements before classes even begin.

Options such as ACE Credits, the CLEP exam and DSST exams, along with the opportunity to have your potential transfer credit reviewed by one of AIU’s prior learning assessment evaluators, can help you earn college-level credits for your current knowledge as well as your military and professional experience. The more credits you start with, the sooner you can complete your degree.

7. Get to know the Virtual Campus.

This is the hub for all your online AIU classes, so take some time to explore its features before classes start. You’ll receive login information once your AIU admissions documentation is complete.

Call 855-377-1888 for assistance.

8. Participate in the orientation classroom.

Your new student orientation will take place online before your first session begins. In it, you can:

  • Learn how to use the Virtual Campus
  • Explore the online classroom
  • Submit sample assignments
  • Begin your time-management routine
  • Learn how to use AIU’s online tools and resources

Be sure to:

  • Check that your Virtual Campus login works.
  • Plan for access to a backup computer, if possible, in case you need it.
  • Complete your orientation assignments.
  • Familiarize yourself with intellipath, our adaptive learning technology that customizes lessons to you.
  • Bookmark the Virtual Campus in your browser.

9. Get ready to start your classes.

Keep visiting the Virtual Campus to stay up-to-date about your upcoming courses. Block out time on your calendar for school and homework, and let your friends and family know you’re pursuing your degree so they can provide encouragement and support.

You can also check out these helpful resources to get prepared to go back to school: