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ALU is a Military Friendly University

Abraham Lincoln University’s faculty and staff offer their sincere appreciation to the veterans and service members who have selflessly and courageously served in the United States military.

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

Call us to learn more about our military education benefits and how you may use your Tuition Assistance or Veterans Education benefits to fund your education.

ONLINE DEGREES

Diploma/Certificate, Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees
The University offers diploma and certificates as well as undergraduate and graduate degrees in Business Administration, Criminal Justice, General Studies, and Legal Studies. ALU’s Master’s tuition has been reduced to $250 per credit hour for military students.

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 or as recorded and archived video from anywhere at any time.

Why ALU?

  • Flexible class schedules that adhere to demanding lifestyles.
  • No resident, on-campus attendance required.
  • Credit for military training and experience accepted, appropriate to the degree.
  • Credit for nationally recognized testing programs.
  • Affordable tuition and fee waivers (see below).

Benefits & Fee Waivers

Fees that are waived for military students (excluding DBA and JD programs) include:

  • Application
  • Registration (per program)
  • External Academic Resources
  • Transcript Credit Evaluation
  • Graduation fee
  • Transcript fee
Transfer Credit for Military Training (University level) – No Charge for Transcript Evaluation

ALU accepts the maximum allowable transfer credits from military training, plus credits earned at other accredited colleges and universities. This applies to all undergraduate and master’s, and DBA programs. To learn how to get a transcript evaluation, please contact your ALU Admissions Representative at www.alu.edu or (213) 252-5100.

Transfer Credit for Military Training (Juris Doctor)

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.

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.

Tuition Assistance is not a loan that you need to repay after graduation. To learn more about Military Tuition Assistance, contact our Admissions team by phone at (213) 252-5100 or email at admissions@alu.edu.

Veterans Education Benefits and GI Bill® CSAAVE-Approved

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 catalogs.

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 website.

To be compliant with the standards issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), a student utilizing GI Bill® education benefits must have the following enrollment status:

 SEMESTER COURSE LOADSTUDENT STATUS
UNDERGRADUATE: 8-WEEK COURSES12 semester hoursFull-time
 6 semester hoursHalf-time
GRADUATE: 8-WEEK COURSES6 semester hoursFull-time
 3 semester hoursHalf-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. ALU has a single point of contact for academic and financial advising for military students. The Veteran Affairs Certifying Official can be contacted by emailing registrar@alu.edu

Membership & Affiliation

DoD Armed Forces Tuition Assistance (TA)
ALU is a qualified school for the Department of Defense’s Armed Forces Tuition Assistance (TA). Armed Forces TA is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard, which may pay up to 100% of tuition.

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 (GI Bill®) through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as an institution of higher learning (IHL).

GoArmyEd
ALU’s diploma and degree programs are listed by GoArmyEd, the virtual gateway from the Army Continuing Education System (ACES). GoArmyEd is used by soldiers to pursue postsecondary educational goals, Army Education Counselors to provide educational guidance, and schools to deliver degree and course offerings as well as soldier progress.

Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA)
ALU meets Department of Defense (DoD) eligibility requirements for participating in MyCAA. The MyCAA (Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts) program provides up to $4,000 over two years of financial assistance for military spouses who are pursuing degree programs, licenses, or credentials leading to employment in portable career fields.

Western Association of Veteran Education Specialists (WAVES)
ALU is an institutional member. WAVES is an association that serves the needs and interests of veterans, faculties and administrators in member institutions, which consist of educational institutions of higher learning and those offering non-college degree programs engaged in the administration of veterans education benefits within the geographic areas served by the Muskogee Regional Processing Office.

Military FAQ's

A: Find out about basic requirements for the different available GI Bill® chapters here.

A: Fill out your VONAPP application with the VA to activate your GI BILL® benefits if you have not already done so. Here is the link to fill out your 22-1990: http://www.vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/default.asp

 

If you’ve already used your GI BILL® before, you’ll need to fill out a 22-1995 here.

A: Please click on the links below to get in-depth information on each program from the VA’s website.

 

 

Many Armed Forces veterans seeking educational benefits are governed by the Post-9/11 GI Bill®, which became effective August 1, 2009. The Post-9/11 GI Bill® provides education and housing financial support to individuals with at least 90 days of service on or after September 11, 2001. An honorable discharge is required to take advantage of these military veteran correspondence courses, military veteran online education programs, and other benefits.

 

The Post-9/11 GI Bill® will pay for full tuition and fees directly to the school for all public, in-state institutions for military veteran college courses. Those attending private or foreign schools for military veteran college enrollment have a tuition cap of $17,500 per year. The costs at Abraham Lincoln University fall well below this number. In addition, there is an annual books and supplies stipend of $1,000 based on enrollment. Some veterans may transfer their Post-9/11 benefits to dependents (spouses or children) for military veteran college education.

A: Active duty soldiers request TA and enroll in courses online through GoArmyEd. Here is the step-by-step procedure:

  1.  Request TA through GoArmyEd.
  2.  TA is requested course-by-course.
  3.  GoArmyEd notifies soldiers whether or not TA has been approved.
  4.  All drops/withdrawals take place through GoArmyEd. Failing grades mean TA must be repaid.
  5.  Soldiers submit a new signed TA statement of understanding each year.
  6. TA only pays $4,500 per fiscal year so you can only take one class at a time.

A:  Air Force airmen must apply for Air Force education assistance benefits through the Air Force itself, not with Abraham Lincoln University. The Air Force Portal allows airmen to apply for Air Force TA in six steps:

  1.  Select Reason for Request.
  2.  Select the School Name.
  3.  Enter Term Dates.
  4.  Enter Course Information.
  5.  Enter Registration Fees.
  6.  Verify TA Information and Submit Request.

A: Here is the application process for Navy Tuition Assistance:

  1.  Contact the Navy College Office to determine courses for TA funding.
  2.  Complete application form NETPDTC 1560.
  3.  Return to Navy College Office for processing.

A: Here is the application process for obtaining Marines education assistance via Marines Corps Tuition Assistance:

  1.  Students complete a TA Orientation Class prior to using TA (if a marine has used TA before, this is not required).
  2.  Marines apply for and receive written TA authorization prior to enrollment, using this form: NETPDTC 1560.
  3.  Abraham Lincoln University will bill the NETPDTC for payment once accepted directly. The military advisors on our Admissions team will provide you with the proper course information and degree plan to enable you to apply for Tuition Assistance with the Marine Corps.

A: Guardsmen apply for Tuition Assistance and other forms of Coast Guard education assistance through the USCG Institute through the processing system run by The U.S. Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center (NETPDTC) in Pensacola, FL. The institute approves the TA Application (CG-4147), which is then given to the institution (ALU) during registration. ALU will then bill the NETPDTC for the government’s share of the tuition.

 

The military advisors on our Admissions team will provide you with the proper course information and degree plan to enable you to apply for Tuition Assistance with the Coast Guard.

A: Yes, the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) is available and there are three aspects to this program:

  1. Training and Education Financial Assistance: The program provides a maximum education benefit of $4,000 with an annual fiscal year cap of $2,000 to assist military spouses in acquiring professional credentials, ranging from licenses and certificates to associate degrees.
  2. Employment Readiness Counseling: Counseling services help military spouses identify additional sources of federal, state and local financial assistance, expanded career choices and opportunities, and necessary support resources ranging from child care and transportation to books, computers, equipment and other supplies.
  3. Employment Assistance and Career Services: Referrals are made to military-friendly employers for MyCAA spouse participants who have completed their programs of study using MyCAA college funding and are ready to seek gainful employment.

 

The education benefits of funds and counseling are there for military spouses to use, but many spouses fail to take advantage of any of the aspects of the program. Even if spouses are eligible for other sources of financial aid, MyCAA can be used (with the costs applied to tuition only).

 

To take advantage of MyCAA access, military spouses should obtain an Education & Training Plan (E&TP) from the career counselor at the base or facility where stationed. The counselor will help figure out the right career options, as well as the path to those particular career options and schools nearby, or offering online distance learning, to develop and approve the E&TP.

 

From there, spouses must request MyCAA schools funding for their courses/program by submitting a MyCAA Financial Assistance (FA) request online. This should be done at least fifteen days before the start of the program as the forms may take up to fourteen days to process.

 

Before beginning studies, it is important to verify FA document information, which will prevent invoicing errors and make sure that spouses receive the funds they need for course and program payment.

 

Military spouses interested in MyCAA will do most of their funding requests and account management at the AI Portal online.

 

For specific information about GI Bill® eligibility for military veteran correspondence courses, veterans are advised to contact their VA representative or visit www.gibill.va.gov. To learn more about the program at Abraham Lincoln University and how to use VA Educational Assistance Benefits, call Admissions at (213) 252-5100 or email admissions@alu.edu.

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