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Military Benefits

TECHNOLOGY CHANGES EVERYTHING®

Technology changed the way you deploy overseas, and the way you talk to your loved ones and hear news from home. Every day, innovations connect people across space and time. What if technology connected you to a college degree? It's possible. You have the technology to belong to a worldwide learning community. That community is Ashford University where you can earn your degree at home or abroad. Military advisors will support you while you earn your Associate's, Bachelor's, or Master's degree.

You may be eligible for the Ashford Military Grant, which reduces tuition for all undergraduate courses to $250 per credit. Doctoral courses will be reduced to $920 per credit. In addition, this grant also covers Sales Tax, Technology Fees, and all required material when ordering through the Ashford bookstore with free standard shipping for all degree levels, including master’s students.

Ashford University offers these benefits to:

  • Active Duty, National Guard, or Reservists
  • Spouses of Active Duty, National Guard, and Reservists
  • Students using VA Education Benefits
  • Department of Defense employees
  • Civilian employees of the US Coast Guard
  • Veterans Affairs employees

ACCREDITATIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS

  • Air University Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative (AU-ABC, for selected degree programs)
  • Air University General Education Mobile (GEM) partner with USAF
  • Concurrent Admissions Program for Army Enlistees (ConAP)
  • Council of College and Military Educators (CCME)
  • Department of Defense Voluntary Education Partnership
  • GoArmyEd Letter of Instruction (Army LOI)
  • Placement on 2015 Military Friendly Schools List by Victory Media
  • Placement on 2015 Military Advanced Education Guide to Military – Friendly Colleges and Universities
  • Yellow Ribbon Program

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MONTGOMERY GI BILL ®

The updated GI Bill (Chapter 33) or “Post-9/11 GI Bill,” boasts the most comprehensive education benefits package since the original GI Bill was signed into law in 1944. This benefit went into effect August 1, 2009. If you are eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other GI Bill benefits such as the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) you will at some point be required to make an irrevocable choice of which benefit you wish to receive.

There are many things to consider before you choose which benefit you wish to receive and whether or not to participate in the Active Duty or Reserve GI Bill programs. Consider these important factors when making your choice: your preferred type of training and the amount of benefits you will get under each benefit.

Please note that even if you are an Ashford military student using tuition assistance benefits, this legislation will negatively impact you upon separation or retirement, as it does not take into account the 64% of the active duty force who currently prefer to study online. Ashford University encourages everyone currently under Chapter 30 benefits to carefully compare and choose before switching to Chapter 33.

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 http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

YELLOW RIBBON PROGRAM

Ashford University is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program. The Yellow Ribbon program is a voluntary agreement between Veterans Affairs and the University that allows eligible students (current and newly admitted) to have 100% tuition covered. The Yellow Ribbon benefits include a 50/50 grant between Veterans Affairs and the University to cover any tuition and required fee charges. The grant will be applied after Post-9/11 GI Bill® funds, equaling 100% tuition coverage for you. The grant is applicable only during the University's participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Grant terms and coverage amounts are subject to change every academic year.

  • Tuition grants will be applied for courses with future start dates following full authorization status from the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Continuing Yellow Ribbon students will have course materials covered. Any applicable fees not covered by this grant must be paid in accordance with the terms of the selected finance option(s) as stated in the student's enrollment agreement.

Who is Eligible?
Only individuals entitled to the maximum Post-9/11 GI Bill benefit rate (based on service requirements) are eligible for Yellow Ribbon funding. Therefore, you may be eligible if:

  • You served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001 of at least 36 months;
  • You were honorably discharged from active duty for a service-connected disability and you served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001; and
  • You are a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on a veteran's service under the eligibility criteria listed above.

To qualify for the Yellow Ribbon program, you must:

  • Have served 36 months on active duty in the United States military after September 10, 2001 thus making you 100% eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
  • Submit an application for the Post-9/11 GI Bill to the Department of Veterans Affairs online at www.va.gov and provide a Certificate of Eligibility (COE) to your Admissions Counselor.
  • Obtain admission to Ashford University.
  • Remain enrolled or return as scheduled from an approved break. Should you lose eligibility for not maintaining continuous enrollment, any future grant benefit(s) will be forfeited. Online students must remain enrolled without breaks in attendance greater than 14 days. If you plan to take a break in attendance that is greater than 14 days from your last date of attendance but less than 45 days from the end of the course you last attended, then you must provide a written confirmation of your intent to return. Providing this documentation will ensure that you are not administratively withdrawn or forfeit grant benefits, provided you return as scheduled. Written confirmations must be provided via the Break Request form (found in the Student Portal) within 14 days of the last date of attendance.

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 http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

MILITARY TUITION ASSISTANCE

You can trust Ashford University to provide military-friendly service at all levels and aid you with military tuition assistance. To start, you work with a specialized division of Ashford University that focuses on the educational needs of the military community.

All books required for your program of study and purchased through Ashford University’s textbook partner will be covered, including shipping costs, by Ashford University.

To determine your benefit status, contact a benefits counselor at the Department of Veterans Affairs at 1.888.GIBILL.1 (1.888.442.4551) or visit www.gibill.va.gov. Once your benefit status has been determined, speak to an Ashford University Miilitary Admissions Counselor to learn how your benefits can best be applied to your education at Ashford University. You have earned these benefits, so be sure you use them. You’ll find the process quick, easy and informative.

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 http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

MILITARY SPOUSES, DEPENDENTS, AND SURVIVORS

As the spouse, dependent, or survivor of a member of the military community, you may be eligible for benefits as well, including the Montgomery GI Bill®, the Yellow Ribbon Program, and Ashford University military benefits. Ashford recognizes the important role military spouses and military dependents play in the success of our country, and we want to help you use the education benefits for which you are eligible.

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 http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

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