Military FAQs

Grand Canyon University 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 to get you familiar with the benefits process. If you have additional questions after browsing through these, contact a military university counselor at 855-GCU-LOPE or by filling out the information form on this page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Service members may transfer their GI Bill benefits to spouses under certain conditions. For more information, visit 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.

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Certification of benefits is handled on a course-by-course basis. Students request their certification of benefits by completing and electronically signing the required document on their student portal prior to being cleared to start each course. Benefits will be certified once students have posted attendance in each course.

Yes, as an active military or veteran student, you can take a break during your program. Work with your student services counselor for more information.

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

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

Yes, you may have the opportunity to double up if you meet GCU requirements according to the University Policy Handbook.

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

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

Students should refer to the Military Deployment Policy in the University Policy Handbook, and contact both their student services counselor and their instructor.

The appearance of U.S Department of Defense (DOD) or Military-themed visual information does not imply or constitute DOD endorsement.

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 website at

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