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Navy Education Program & Tuition Assistance

Are you ready to plot a course to steer your future? At National University, applications are reviewed year-round, so you can begin your Navy education program when it’s convenient for you, whether you enroll online, on base, or on location. Our 75-plus programs and certifications offer a wide variety of options; whether you are working towards an associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree, we have something for every Sailor.

U.S. Navy College Education

As a Naval-Friendly university, we pride ourselves on providing sailors the opportunity to obtain a degree. Our one-month classes have been designed specifically for military students of all branches so you can attend class without disrupting your duties.

U.S. Navy College Admissions Process & Requirements

At National University, applications are reviewed year-round, so you can begin classes any month of the year online, on the naval base, or on-site at National University’s physical campus location. Please take a few minutes to review the US Navy College admissions and enrollment process before submitting your application. For more information, contact National University Military Admissions at (877) 628-6828.

Step 1: Determine Level of Navy Tuition Assistance (Navy TA)

Contact the Base Education Office on your base to complete a Department of Defense Request for Tuition Assistance. Completing this form will start you on your way to earning a degree.

Step 2: Apply Online to National University

Complete the National University registration form online. 

After the Navy TA authorization form is completed and signed, you can fax, email or hand carry the TA forms to your advisor. To ensure you are getting the most out of your tuition assistance, review the financial aid page on National University’s website for more information.

Applications are processed within one week, but TA authorization will take longer to process. Verification of your enrollment and a welcome letter will be emailed to you once everything has been processed.

Step 3: Take Placement Tests

If you’re a first-time college student, you must take the ACU Placement test either online or on base within the first 30 days after you enroll.

Step 4: Program of Study

Determine which degree or program you are interested in. See our list of online programs available to take classes anywhere in the world, or check the locations page for on-base or on-site physical location programs.

Step 5: Textbooks and Course Materials

Once you’ve submitted your registration form, received confirmation of registration, and submitted your TA forms and payment, you can order your textbooks, and any other course materials online at the University Bookstore.

US Navy Tuition Assistance

Navy tuition assistance will cover your tuition for both your bachelor’s and/or master’s degree but does not pay for any fees, books, materials, or exams. Funding restrictions are the same as standard limitations for all military personnel. However, the hourly limits are 16 semester-hours, 24 quarter-hours, or 240 clock hours per person. If you fail to maintain a determined grade point average (GPA) or obtained an incomplete for a course, you will be required to pay back the assistance you’ve already received.

Both enlisted sailors and officers are eligible to apply for Navy tuition assistance. Unlike enlisted sailors who do not incur any additional obligation, officers must serve at least two years following the completion of a course of study, or repay any tuition assistance used during the two years prior to leaving the United States Navy.

The Department of Defense’s standardized Tuition Assistance (TA) program provides financial assistance for voluntary off-duty education programs in support of servicemembers’ professional and personal self-development goals. The TA policy for the current fiscal year allows active-duty service members to receive tuition assistance of $4,500 per year.

U.S. Navy Tuition and Fees

As of March 1, 2022, the National University military tuition rates are as follows:

On Site CourseOnline Course
Undergraduate$747 $747
Undergraduate (per quarter unit)$166$166
Graduate (per quarter unit)$182.67$218

In addition to our military tuition discount, you may qualify to apply for Veteran benefits under existing Veteran programs. National University also participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Note that some service branches have established specific guidelines or limits for their members that do not mirror the standard policy. Please check with your Education Services Officer to determine the benefits available to you. For more information on Tuition Assistance, visit the DANTES website or contact our Veterans Affairs Office at (858) 541-7970 or Veteransaffairs@nu.edu.

US Navy Education Benefits

Just like the Army and the Marine Corps, the United States Navy encourages you to use this benefit at any type of educational institution, including schools that offer online degrees. Again, the only requirement if you choose a virtual learning environment is that the school must be accredited.

U.S. Navy Transfer Information

National University offers transfer-friendly degree programs to help you maximize as many previously-earned credits as possible, including college credits from other accredited institutions, professional or technical certifications, and military training and experience.
To learn more about transferring to NU, contact our Veteran’s Affairs Office at (858) 541-7970 or Veteransaffairs@nu.edu.

National University Accreditation

National University has been regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) since 1977. As a regionally accredited Institution, NU has met the highest education quality standards. Learn more about our regional accreditation.

Top Navy Education Programs Selected by Sailors

National University offers a program that fits everyone! As a Navy Friendly university, we have students from across the country. Some of the most popular education programs selected by Sailors are:

Frequently Asked Questions

You must have at least three years of time-in-service before applying, be on active duty for the whole course, and attend an accredited school. Other requirements may need to be met outside of what’s covered here.

If you are a Naval officer, enlisted on active duty, or reservist on continuous active duty, then you may be eligible to receive Navy tuition assistance.