Grand Canyon University Serves the Military Community

With honor, Grand Canyon University (GCU) proudly serves military service members, veterans, Department of Defense personnel and their dependents. The demands of military life, with deployments and irregular schedules, can make school complex. In addition to traditional campus classes, GCU offers flexible online and evening degree programs to help you enhance skills, and gain a competitive edge in military and civilian markets. Forge your path at GCU, one of the nation's top military-friendly colleges.

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Military Tuition Assistance and Costs

Eligible members of the Army, Army National Guard, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard may use military TA benefits at GCU. We also offer a special military rate per credit hour to support active service members and their spouses, in addition to scholarships for other military members and their dependents.

Benefits Processing

GCU follows military policies and processes for the Tuition Assistance (TA) program and other military benefits. Get started on your benefits process by speaking with your military university counselor. Call 855-GCU-LOPE for more information.

Veterans Affairs Office

The GCU Veterans Affairs Office offers dedicated advisors and military benefit liaisons who can help you learn how to use your benefits to earn your degree at GCU. Explore your benefits and learn the steps to apply.

For service members and veterans, choosing the right college can be a difficult task. GCU aims to provide clear and concise information to aid in your research. Complete the shopping sheet to estimate the financial investment to achieve your academic goals at GCU.

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FAQs for Military and Veteran Students

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. We follow the American Council on Education guidelines when determining transferability. GCU provides 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.

What are the steps to getting admitted as a student veteran?

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.

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 GCU a military friendly school?

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

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Benefits Rank High Among Military Students

GCU offers degree programs in today's high-demand fields, such as accounting, business, counseling, justice studies, education, leadership, nursing and more. As a leading military university, we understand you need convenience and balance. We offer a large variety of online programs to support your path toward higher education.

With small classes taught by industry experts and rigorous curricula, we prepare you to become a critical thinker, effective communicator and responsible leader. For questions about enrollment or benefits, call 855-GCU-LOPE and ask to speak to the military university department. GCU also offers the following benefits to members of the military community:

A Dedicated Military Team

From guiding you through the enrollment process to assisting with benefits, we are honored to serve you. Our dedicated military university team, comprised mostly of veterans, serves as a knowledgeable resource for military students and their families.

Reduced Academic Residency

Transfer credits from another university or from the military to help you earn your degree. Complete 25 percent or more of your degree requirements with GCU to uphold our residency requirement (30 percent for online programs).

Credit for Military Training and Non-Traditional Learning

GCU supports the Executive Order on Establishing Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service Members, Veterans, Spouses and Other Family Members, and follow the American Council on Education (ACE) guidelines in awarding credits for military experience.

Transfer Military Credits

Military members and veterans may have earned college credits through military training and experiences. Explore the resources available to help you determine how your experience can transfer to your GCU degree program.

Military Benefit Forms

Students eligible for an online military tuition scholarship must complete and submit the appropriate memorandum of understanding (MOU) during the admissions process. Contact your military university counselor at 855-GCU-LOPE to obtain a copy of the MOU.

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Lopes Credit Evaluation

Save time and money attaining your degree by requesting a free LOPES Credit Evaluation. At GCU, military students may transfer up to 60 credits from training (up to 30 military credits, plus 30 alternative transfer credits), as well as approved certificates or national exams.

Military Spouses

Military spouses and child dependents of active military members and veterans can take advantage of special scholarships off tuition and a special military rate per credit hour. Call 855-GCU-LOPE to speak with a university counselor and learn more about this opportunity.

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