Academy of Art University is authorized by the Department of Veterans Affairs to certify students enrolled in our degree programs for benefits under Chapter 30 (Montgomery G.I. Bill – Active Duty and Selected Reserve), Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 G.I. Bill and the Fry Scholarship), Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation), Chapter 35 (Veteran’s Spouses or Dependents), Chapter 1606 (Montgomery G.I. Bill – Selected Reserve), and Chapter 1607 (Reserve Educational Assistance Program). The Department of Veterans Affairs determines eligibility and chapter.
With gratitude and respect to the men and women who serve our nation:
If you are serving in the US Armed Forces (Active Duty, Reserves, or National Guard) or a veteran of the US Armed Forces (with other than dishonorable discharge) your Academy of Art University application fee will be waived.
Phone: 1-800-544-ARTS (2787)
To Apply to Academy of Art University:
To Use VA Education Benefits at Academy of Art University:
Official Transcripts – You must submit all transcripts of military service credit to:
Institutions of Higher Learning (Degree Granting Institutions) may elect to participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program to make additional funds available for students’ education programs without an additional charge to their GI Bill entitlement.
The University has elected to absorb 50%, which is the maximum, for 30 undergraduate units or 24 graduate units.
Undergraduate Student Example:
Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30)
VR&E's primary benefit program is vocational rehabilitation. VR&E also provides educational and vocational counseling to eligible service members, veterans, and veterans' dependents. The outcome of this counseling is assistance in the selection of an educational or vocational goal and/or assistance in the selection of training institutions where this goal may be pursued.
To receive the very best service, please contact the Department of Veterans Affairs directly and speak with a VA representative to determine eligibility at 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551).
Eligibility is determined by your local Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. If eligible, please submit your VA Form 28-1905 to the VA Certifying Official via fax (1-415-618-6273) or email (VA@academyart.edu).
MyCAA: The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Program
The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) program provides up to $4,000 (over 2 years) of Financial Assistance for military spouses who are pursuing degree programs, licenses or credentials leading to employment in portable career fields.
Click here to download the MyCAA FAQ booklet from Military OneSource
*** If you do not meet any of the above Chapters, but feel that you are eligible for VA benefits, please contact the Department of Veterans Affairs (1-888-442-4551) for other available chapters.***
In order to collect your VA Educational Benefits, you must complete and/or submit any and all required documents to the VA Certifying Official. Please refer to this guide to determine which forms you must turn in:
Make sure that you register for your courses on time to ensure prompt certification of your enrollment. Information about qualifying pay rate and payment dates is available only through direct contact between the student and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Visit Rate Tables or call 1-888-442-4551 for payment information.
Recipients of Chapter 30, Chapter 1606, and Chapter 1607 benefits must verify their attendance by calling the automated verification line at 1-877-823-2378, or by accessing the Web Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) online (http://www.gibill.va.gov/wave).
Please note that payments (except Chapter 33) are sent directly to you. Payments are sent to students after the month. For example, February’s benefits will be received in March and March’s benefits will be received in April.
Your payment rates are based on your enrollment status.
Military Tuition Assistance is a benefit paid to eligible members of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard.
Each service has its own criteria for eligibility, obligated service, application process' and restrictions. This money is usually paid directly to the institution by the individual services.
Additionally active duty members may elect to use the MGIB "top-up" in addition to their service provided TA to cover high cost courses.
TA is not a loan; it should be viewed as money you have earned just like your base pay.
Air Force Tuition Assistance
Army Tuition Assistance
Navy Tuition Assistance
Marines Tuition Assistance
Coast Guard Tuition Assistance
National Guard Tuition Assistance
Reserve Tuition Assistance
Army Reserve (USAR)
The Army Reserve offers opportunities for selected reserve soldiers to pursue their education on a voluntary basis.
The USAR offers:
Navy Reserve (USNR)
There are currently no Tuition Assistance programs for the Navy Reserve. However, if you are activated under Title 10 then you qualify for the active duty Navy Tuition Assistance.
Marine Corps Reserve (USMCR)
There are currently no Tuition Assistance programs for the Marine Corps Reserve. However, if you are activated under Title 10 then you qualify for the active duty Marine Corps Tuition Assistance.
Air Force Reserve (USAFR)
In an effort to support the professional and education goals of Air Force Reservists, the Air Force provides several voluntary education programs for its reserve members.
All TA for Active Duty, USAR, and ARNG Soldiers must be requested through GoArmyEd.
GoArmyEd is the virtual gateway for all eligible Active Duty, National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers to request Tuition Assistance (TA) online, anytime, anywhere for classroom and distance learning. Eligible members can use this site to access information about testing, transcripts, tuition assistance, and more.One resource provided is a list of Multi-use Learning Facilities (MLF)/Army Learning Centers (ALC) located worldwide.
Find out more about the training and education resources provided through each branch of service by exploring the following websites:
The Military Scholarship provides U.S. Servicemembers (Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, and Coast Guard) an opportunity to start preparing for a career in art and design. This art scholarship applies toward any* online undergraduate-level course.
Encourage and inspire transitioning servicemembers to become future artists and designers.
Program provides a tuition scholarship for a maximum of:
This scholarship is open to all U.S. Servicemembers (Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, and Coast Guard).
View academic course offerings or call 1.800.544.8551 to speak with a Military Admissions Representative.
* Undergraduate-level courses only
The following institutions are unaffiliated with AAU, but offer additional information on student financial aid.
Guide to Federal Student Aid
National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS)
California Student Aid Commission
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