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AIU Admissions Process: Returning Students

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1. Connect with an AIU Re-entry Advisor.

You may be eligible for AIU’s re-entry process if you previously attended AIU but didn’t graduate.

Returning students can work with our dedicated re-entry teams to assist them with the necessary steps to complete to come back to school.

AIU does not accept applications from residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, State of New York, or the European Union (EU).

Contact Us

To get started, call our Re-entry Advisors at:

Hardware and Software Requirements

Once you're enrolled at AIU, as an online student, you’ll be required to use a computer as part of your studies. Having reliable access to computer and internet are required to be successful in your program. Please view our Hardware and Software Requirements for more details. It's time to get ready for classes to start. Here are your next steps.

2. Complete the online application.

The online application is designed to be quick, and easy and there is no application fee. It takes 10-15 minutes to complete and our admissions advisors can guide you through the process if needed.

Don’t forget to create an account, so you can save your progress. You can start now and return later to finish if necessary.

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 need to complete an:

  • Enrollment Agreement
  • General Student Disclosure Form
  • Programmatic Disclosure Form (if applicable)

Were you previously dismissed from AIU?

Please contact your student management specialist to discuss whether we can assist you with your return.

3. Apply for financial aid.

Returning students who want to apply for financial aid need to complete the FAFSA application. Once the FAFSA is processed, our financial aid team can provide information on funding that you may qualify for. Check with your advisor to make sure your current FAFSA is on file.

Start your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application as soon as possible so you can be ready when the new term begins.

Resources to Get You Started

For help, contact Student Finance at 877-221-5800, Option 4.

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

During the re-entry process, one of AIU’s prior learning assessment evaluators will outline:

  • Your degree plan
  • Your course sequence
  • Prior learning credits you're eligible to receive

5. Get ready to start your classes.


Visit 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.

Atlanta and Houston Campuses

  • Stock up on basic school supplies: pens, pencils, highlighters, notebooks, sticky notes and a backpack or other carrying case. (Other supplies might be needed, based on your courses.)
  • Set up a home work environment where you can read, write, research, study and concentrate without clutter or distractions.
  • Even though computers are available for use on campus, we recommend that students have a personal computer with internet access and Microsoft Office or similar software.
  • 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.

Take the next step. Classes Start May 3, 2023

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