Education Benefits for U.S. Army


“Be disciplined in your studies because it will always help prepare you for the future." – Thomas Gonzalez

You have sacrificed a great deal to serve our country with honor and distinction. In return, National American University would like to support you in pursuing your education to further your career. NAU offers special education benefits for U.S. Army personnel, spouses, dependents, and retired veterans. Our staff is devoted to helping you balance your education with your personal and professional obligations – it’s our commitment. Through flexible class scheduling, dedicated career advisors and quality programs, NAU strives to provide a caring and supportive learning environment to ensure your success as a student. Just ask Thomas Gonzalez, NAU graduate 2013. Thomas works full-time in the National Guard. With his busy schedule and deployments he knows what it means to try to balance life and school. He loves the family oriented community at NAU and the flexibility helped him fit school into his schedule. His advice “be disciplined in your studies because it will always help prepare you for the future."

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All unexpired United States Uniformed Services ID card carriers are eligible for the military tuition rate. This includes all active military servicemembers, including National Guard and Reserve, spouses, dependents, and retired veterans:

  • Reduced tuition rate
    • $166.66 per undergraduate quarter credit hour
    • $260 per graduate quarter credit hour
  • No charge for any instructional or technology fees
  • Military benefits accepted to assist funding your education

*The reduced military tuition rate and instructional and technology fee waiver currently apply to all programs except MCITP Network Management and Network and Server Administrator.

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Transfer your years of military experience into college credit.

National American University offers services to meet your unique needs by offering flexible class schedules, credit for life, work and military experience, and free military evaluations. You may be surprised at just how fast you can complete your studies. NAU arranges the quickest path to a degree and full credit for your military education by taking advantage of American Council on Education (ACE) credit assessment services. ACE continuously evaluates military schools, correspondence courses and occupations to determine the amount and level of academic credit each should be awarded. Through ACE credits, you may earn academic credit for most of the training you have received, including basic training, and you can reduce the time required and cost for your studies. Joint Services Transcript (JST) is an academically accepted document approved by ACE to validate a service member's military occupational experience and training along with the corresponding ACE college credit recommendations. The Army is now producing a Joint Services Transcript that can be accessed by all Active Duty, Reserves and Veterans.

A student may obtain up to 50 percent of the required credit hours toward graduation from non-traditional methods including:

  1. experiential learning/portfolio credit awarded by National American University,
  2. evaluated corporate training certificates, and
  3. non-transcripted military training.


National American University offers College Level Examination Program (CLEP) for credit in a number of courses. Students may earn credit hours as indicated but no grades.

Click here for a list of CLEP exam accepted by NAU, as well as the equivalent courses and number of credit hours.

DSST Examinations

The nationally recognized DSST program (formerly DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) helps students receive college credit for learning outside of the traditional classroom through credit by examination. Click here for a list of the DSST exams for which National American University has equivalent courses, and credit hours toward graduation may be earned.

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC)

National American University is part of the Service Members Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Degree Network System. NAU has committed itself to easing the transfer of relevant course credits providing flexible academic residency requirement for active duty servicemembers of no more than 25% of the total credit hours required for graduation, and credits for learning from appropriate military training and experiences.

As a participating institution of the SOC Degree Network System, these are several of the membership benefits:

  • Guaranteed Course Transfer - SOC Degree Network System (DNS) Core member institutions guarantee transfer of courses in SOC DNS Course Categories, so that courses may be transferred back to the home college without prior approval.
  • Student Agreement - Your home college agrees to issue a Servicemember Opportunity Colleges Army Degree (SOCAD) Student Agreement (evaluation of completed and remaining degree requirements) by the time you complete six semester hours of credit with that college.
  • Credit for Non-Traditional Learning - SOC Degree Network colleges award credit for military experience and training based on American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations, and standardized tests such as CLEP and DANTES, where it is appropriate to your degree plan.


National American University is also a member of the Concurrent Admissions Program (ConAP) for Army enlistees. ConAP is a partnership between over 1,900 participating colleges, the Army Recruiting Command and Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC). As a ConAp member we’ve agreed to use good academic practice in accepting courses from other colleges, use the American Council on Education Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services (ACE Guide) to award credit for military courses that fit a student's curriculum and award credit for at least one nationally-recognized testing program.


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. It allows Soldiers to manage their education records including college classes, testing, on-duty classes and Army Education Counselor support. All Army personnel must use the GoArmyEd portal at

Military One Source

Military OneSource is a 24-hour, 7-days-a-week, toll-free information and referral telephone service available worldwide to active duty, Reserve, and National Guard military members and their families. Military OneSource provides information ranging from everyday concerns to deployment-related issues. Also, Military OneSource offers three kinds of short-term, non-medical counseling services to active-duty, Guard, and Reserve members (regardless of activation status) and their families. In addition, Military OneSource offers a Web site at for information on a variety of topics and issues. Users may also use the Web site to order educational materials (booklets, CDs, etc.) at no charge and access consultants online on a 24/7 basis.

Stateside- 1-800-342-9647
Overseas - (Country Code) 800-3429-6477