Military Education Benefits

Military Education Benefits

Abraham Lincoln University’s faculty and staff offer sincere appreciation to the veterans and service members who have selflessly and courageously served honorably in the United States military. Veterans have earned education benefits for their service that may be applied toward earning a college degree.

As a pioneer of distance learning for law students, we understand the needs of today’s military service members and their families. ALU is committed to providing the highest level of service in pursuit of your educational goals, and takes pride in delivering an online experience that meets your high standards.

To speak to one of our experienced and helpful Admissions Representatives, call 866-558-0999 to learn more about our military education benefits for college and how you may use your Tuition Assistance benefits to fund your education.

• Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree

The ALU School of Law was founded in 1996 as one of the nation's first online law schools. The School of Law provides military service members with a focused and practical online legal education. For military students on the move, the curriculum may be accessed live online, as recorded and archived video, and as archived MP3 audio files. For additional information regarding the law school, please see this link: How It Works

• Diploma, Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s

The University offers diploma programs as well as undergraduate and graduate degrees in General Studies, Paralegal and Legal Studies, Criminal Justice, Business Administration and Information Technology.

Why ALU?
  1. Reasonable transfer-of-credit policies applied
  2. No resident, on-campus attendance required
  3. Credit for military training and experience accepted, appropriate to the degree
  4. Credit for nationally recognized testing programs
  5. Affordable tuition and elimination of fees that raise out-of-pocket expenses
  6. ALU covers costs of textbooks through our Grant Program

Opportunities for Federal Aid Programs

On April 27, 2012, the President of the United States signed Executive Order 13607, Establishing Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service Members, Veterans/Spouses, and Other Family Members. This Executive Order addresses key areas relating to Federal military and veterans educational benefits programs.

  • Military or affiliated students may qualify for federal assistance or student loans under Title IV federal financial aid programs (Juris Doctor Program only)
  • Federal Financial Aid Programs (Juris Doctor Program only): The University participates only in the Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Direct Loan program. For more information about how to apply, eligibility, and maximum award amounts, please visit the Department of Educations’ Federal Student Aid website
  • The terms and conditions of federal student loans under Title IV may be more favorable than the provisions of private educational loans. Private loans are not subsidized or guaranteed by the federal government. The University recommends private loans only be considered after applying for federal financial aid.
  • If you served on Active Duty, you might be eligible for education benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. For example, the Post-9/11 GI Bill provides financial support for educational and housing expenses to individuals with at least 90 days of aggregate service after September 10, 2001, or individuals discharged with a service-connected disability after 30 days. You must have received an honorable discharge to be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
  • If you are currently serving in the military, you may be eligible for funding offered through the Department of Defense Tuition Assistance program. Check your eligibility status and the amount for which you qualify with your Service prior to enrolling.
  • If you are the spouse or child of a service member who is serving on active duty Title 10 orders in the paygrades of E1-E5, O1-O2, or W1-W2, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the Department of Defense for education, training, and/or the occupational license and credentials necessary for a portable career. If you are the spouse or child of a service member, you may be eligible for transfer of the service member’s Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to you.


ALU provides an annual tuition scholarship up to four years of $1,000 for the Juris Doctor (J.D.) law degree to military students who enroll using tuition assistance (TA).

Fees Waived

Fees that are waived for military students using tuition assistance include transcript evaluation, application, external academic resources, change of program, transcript and graduation. A $100.00 one-time, non-returnable fee is charged only to students who cancel or withdraw from the J.D. program. Please see the Cancellation, Withdrawal and Refund Policy page for details.

Transfer Credit Evaluation – No Charge for Transcript Evaluation

ALU undergraduate and master’s level degree programs are designed to accept the maximum allowable transfer credits from military training and credits earned at other accredited colleges and universities. To learn how to get a free transcript evaluation, please contact your ALU Admissions Representative at or toll free at (866) 558-0999.

Transfer Credit for Military Training

Transfer credit policy for the Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree is prescribed by the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California. Transfer credit is typically limited to coursework from other law schools that are registered or accredited with the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California.

Membership and Affiliation

Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)

ALU is a participating member in the DANTES Catalog of Nationally Accredited Distance Learning Programs (NADLP).
The DANTES Catalog is available at education centers for branches of the military and Coast Guard or online at For more information about eligibility for education benefits, see your education services officer (ESO).
The DANTES mission is to support the off-duty, voluntary education programs of the Department of Defense and to conduct special projects and development activities in support of education-related functions of the Department.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Abraham Lincoln University (ALU) is approved through the California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education (CSAAVE) to train eligible veterans and to certify students for payment of VA Educational Assistance by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as an institution of higher learning (IHL) to certify students for payment of VA Educational Assistance Benefits (GI Bill) through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Council for College and Military Educators (CCME)

ALU is a CCME institutional member. CCME, a not-for-profit organization, was founded 36 years ago to promote, encourage, and deliver quality education to service members and their families in all branches of the armed services.
CCME membership comprises military educators, civilian educators, post -secondary educational institutions, and suppliers of quality education products and services. CCME's mission is to promote and provide educational programs and services and to facilitate communication between the membership and the DoD educational support network.

Military Tuition Assistance

Abraham Lincoln University is eligible to accept Military Tuition Assistance (TA) for active duty soldiers, which may pay up to 100% of tuition. ALU also accepts MyCAA (Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts), a program delivering up to $4,000 over two fiscal years to military spouses in certificate, diploma and degree programs leading to greater portable career opportunities.

Textbook Grant Program

At Abraham Lincoln University, active duty military using TA and spouses using MyCAA need not worry about the cost of textbooks. In 2010, college students spent an average of more than $1,000 per year Military Education Benefits on textbooks. Whether undertaking a diploma program online or studying for an associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree, textbooks that are required for course completion are provided at no additional charge to military TA students through the Abraham Lincoln University Textbook Grant Program. ALU may provide eBooks, used or new textbooks depending upon publisher’s availability and inventory stock.

For more information regarding your specific service's eligibility with regards to benefits for education at Abraham Lincoln University, use the links below:

Tuition Assistance

Tuition Assistance is not a loan that you need to repay after graduation.

To learn more about Military Tuition Assistance, visit Military Education Benefits, an invaluable resource for Armed Forces service members seeking to continue their education, or contact our Admissions team by phone at 866.558.0999 or email at

Veterans Education Benefits and GI Bill

Abraham Lincoln University is approved through the California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education (CSAAVE) to train veterans and eligible persons in the diploma and degree programs listed in the law school or university catalog.

Student eligibility for VA education benefits through the G.I. Bill is determined solely by the Department of Veterans Affairs. To inquire about eligibility for G.I. Bill education benefits as a veteran or service member, please call 888-442-4551 or visit this websiteMilitary Education Benefits.

To be compliant with standards issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), a student utilizing GI Bill education benefits enrollment status is based on the following table:

  Semester Course Load Student Status
Undergraduate: 8-Week Courses 6 semester hours Full-time
3 semester hours Half-time
Graduate: 8-Week Courses 6 semester hours Full-time
3 semester hours Full-time

Veterans are advised to consult with the VA to determine their part-time or full-time enrollment status in an academic program.

Designated Point of Contact

Abraham Lincoln University provides assistance for veterans, active duty military personnel, dependents and survivors seeking educational benefits through the Veterans Administration. A single point of contact for academic and financial advising has been established at the Registrar’s Office, Elizabeth Gomez, Veteran Certifying Official.

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