American Military University, established in 1991, is a member of the American Public University System (APUS) along with its sister university, the American Public University. A 100% online university, its headquarters are located in Charles Town, West Virginia. The original focus of the university, as the name implies, was to meet the unique educational needs of the military to help them prepare for post-military careers. However, they have also expanded their mission to reach out to and meet the educational needs of the greater public service community, primarily police, fire, emergency management personnel and national security professionals. With such a thrust it is not surprising that together with its sister university, AMU is the United States’ largest providers of higher education to the armed forces, with more than 50,000 working adults comprising its student body.
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Currently the American Military University offers 155 Associate, Bachelor, Master’s degree programs and certificate programs, all of which are fully online programs. All academic programs of the university are administered by its 7 schools, which are the School of Arts and Humanities, School of Business, School of Education, School of Management, School of Public Service and Health, School of Science and Technology, and School of Security and Global Studies.
Courses at the American Military University are indeed flexible with their asynchronous delivery format and all of the programs not based on a semestral schedule, but the each of the courses starting monthly. Most of the classes are also offered as 8 or 16-week sessions, giving students the option of choosing their pace based on learning styles and schedule constraints.
In keeping with their military-friendly policy, tuition fees are kept at an affordable price at the university with tuition for undergraduate programs only at $250 per credit hour or $750 per 3 credit course. Tuition for graduate programs is also kept at a reasonable $325 per credit hour or $975 per 3 credit course. Tuition rates for audit programs are just $230 per 1 credit hour course and $300 per 3 credit hour course. Note though that the listed tuition above do not include additional fees such as exam fees, late fees, and course materials. There is no admission fee or registration fee charged to ALL applicants and students at the university, which really encourages those in financial difficulty to at least try to see if they can get into a program.
On top of the affordable tuition and fees, the American Military University does it best to make sure that everyone can indeed afford an education by accepting and supporting financial aid in the form of Federal Student Aid (grants and loans), Military Tuition Assistance, Veterans Benefits, outside scholarships, private loans, and employer benefits. Students who will be paying their tuition themselves also have the option of paying via credit card,
e-check, and can also take advantage of several payment plans.
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APUS is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council.