AIU Welcomes U.S. Marine Students
With admissions and financial-aid staff who are well-versed in the USMC’s educational benefits—as well as options for transferring and earning credit toward your degree—we’re here to help you get what you need from enrollment through graduation.
AIU’s online learning platform offers Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve students a highly flexible way to access education, even if you are deployed or transferred to a new location. With a choice of putting your education on hold during deployments or continuing your studies while deployed, we’ll work with you to help keep your education on track.
AIU is a signatory of the Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding for Post-Secondary Educational Institutions (DoD MOU). AIU complies with all requirements of the President’s Executive Order "Establishing Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service members, Spouses and Other Family Members".
USMC Tuition Assistance
AIU Online offers a 45% tuition reduction to active Marines undergraduate students. In addition, we’ll help you get the most from the following federal benefits:
Post-9/11 G.I. Bill
Provides up to 36 months of education (four school years) to eligible veterans and service members who have served at least 90 days of active duty since September 10, 2001. Educational benefits can include tuition, fees, books and some living expenses. Learn more
Montgomery G.I. Bill
Provides up to 36 months of education (four school years) to eligible veterans and to service members who have served at least two years of active duty. Learn more
This benefit pays up to 100% of the cost of tuition to eligible active-duty service members. Virtually all military service members can receive tuition assistance, but eligibility varies by service branch.
AIU Grants for U.S. Marines Students
AIU Freedom Grant
AIU has established a grant for all active-duty and reserve members of the U.S. Marines and their immediate family members attending an AIU ground campus.
Online Veterans Grant
AIU has established a grant for all honorably discharged veterans of the U.S. Marines to assist in providing the opportunity to attend a degree program of study at AIU Online.
Online Military Spouse Grant
AIU Online has established a 10% grant for all spouses of active-duty and reserve members of the U.S. Marines to assist in providing the opportunity to attend a degree program of study at AIU Online.
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.
Get College Credit for Your USMC Experience & Training
You can also save time and money on your degree at AIU by receiving prior-learning credit for your past training, experience and coursework.
With AIU’s MOS Promise program you can get maximum credit for your previous military training and experience.
Receive college credit for previous work or military experience that relates to your degree program.
On average, 7 out of 10 AIU military students earn transfer credit based on past college and military experience.
Flexible, Career-Focused Degree Programs
Our powerful, specialized curricula can help you strengthen your knowledge both in and out of the Marines, with personalized education technology and customized course content that allows you to read, watch or listen based on how you learn best.
You’ll study under professors who are industry specialists, learning the relevant skills, fundamental practices and specific knowledge related to your field.
Skip What You Already Know
Spend your time focusing on what you need to learn, not reviewing the topics you already know. Our one-of-a-kind intellipath™ learning technology makes it possible.
Internships & Other Career Support
Our Career Services team helps students find internships and transition to the workplace, with resume help, practice interviews, and more.
A Military-Friendly School
At AIU, military students are an essential part of our community. That’s why our faculty and staff go the extra mile to understand the unique needs of our military student body.
Learn more about your military benefits and how to get the most from them at these official websites:
Frequently Asked Questions
If I am deployed or transferred, will I be able to continue my education later?
Yes. AIU understands that USMC personnel are frequently deployed and transferred. If you think you might 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.
How will my USMC training and experience be applied to my chosen degree program?
Your 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 USMC training and experience applied towards transfer credit?
Absolutely not. The university will evaluate all of your training and experience for the consideration of possible transfer credit whether you are on Active Duty, Inactive, Retired, or Separated from your branch of service.
Besides USMC 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 USMC training and experience?
It varies. Each student 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 exams?
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.
Classes Start May 30, 2018