Military FAQs

Grand Canyon University (GCU) is a military-friendly university and a proud participant in many Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits, including the Yellow Ribbon program. Our goal is to help you successfully apply your benefits and transfer your experience and previous college credits to your degree program at GCU. To help you, we have compiled a list of military FAQs so that you can get familiar with the benefits process. If you have additional questions after browsing through the ones below, contact a military university counselor at 855-GCU-LOPE.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost per credit hour at GCU?

Military students (Active Duty, Active Reserve, Active Guard) with TA are eligible for a special military cost per credit hour in our GCU Online and Evening programs. This rate also applies to spouses of active service members. In addition, GCU waives the Learning Management System Fee and Canyon Connect Fee for these students, including spouses. Veteran students are granted a 10 percent scholarship off tuition.

Do you accept military credits?

Yes! GCU is proud to serve the military community as a military-friendly institution.

GCU follows the American Council on Education guidelines when determining transferability. We provide a free pre-evaluation of the service member's Joint Service Transcript. We also provide a free pre-evaluation of Air University credits for Air Force service members. This is in addition to evaluating any other college credits earned.

Is GCU a Yellow Ribbon school?

GCU is a Yellow Ribbon school. This allows GCU to provide agreed upon VA education benefits. For more about the Yellow Ribbon program, visit our VA College Benefits page.

Is an online program considered full-time?

Yes, in regards to your financial aid tuition benefit. In regards to a chapter benefit, this can vary based on the program of study. Speak with a military university counselor by calling 855-GCU-LOPE to discuss your specific degree program and benefits.

Do military spouses get tuition assistance (TA)?

Military spouses are not eligible for TA. Service members may transfer their GI Bill® benefits to spouses under certain conditions. We do offer spouses of active service members the same cost per credit hour as the active service member, regardless of the spouse's method of payment.

Yes, GCU is a military friendly school and offers many benefits for current military members as well veterans and their dependents.

To start your path toward a degree as a student veteran, contact GCU at 855-GCU-LOPE and ask to speak with a military counselor. For questions on military benefits and tuition visit our Military Tuition Assistance page.

You can apply for financial aid even if you are using your VA benefits. By filling out the FASFA you may find that you are eligible for loans in addition to using your benefits.

Book stipends are prorated and included with the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) stipend.

Certification is submitted on a course-by-course basis once a student posts attendance into each course. You can email militarybilling@gcu.edu for more information on this topic.

Yes! GCU is proud to offer a wide range of degree programs online.

This number varies based on the individual. Please refer to VA.gov for more information.

Yes, you may be eligible. Visit VA.gov for more information and to view the current rate.

Yes, you can double up if you meet GCU requirements according to GCU policy handbook.

Yes, you can take a break during your program. Work with your student services counselor for more information.

Yes, we have a prescribed process to handle deployments. Your student service counselor will assist you if a deployment occurs.

No, GCU has a Military Deployment Policy which will assist our Active Duty service members with tuition costs.

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

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