Our Military

You‘ve supported us. It’s our turn to support you.

We believe it’s possible to earn your accredited degree while proudly protecting and serving our country, and we are here to help you achieve your goals. CIU has been honored by G.I. Jobs magazine as a Military Friendly School, which honors the top 15% of colleges, universities, and trade schools doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.

CIU cares about our military personnel and our veterans. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you achieve your academic and professional goals.

California Intercontinental University is committed to making education accessible to everyone, including members of our military, veterans, and their families. Our online degree programs offer the flexibility you desire and the resources you need to succeed in the career of your choice. We’ll also work to ensure you receive the financial aid opportunities available to active duty military members, veterans, and their families.

Do you offer scholarships or military tuition assistance (TA) for veterans and service members?

Yes! Military Tuition Assistance (TA) programs may cover up to 100% of the cost of our tuition fees. While military tuition assistance benefits are set by each branch of the military and requirements vary, your military branch’s Education Service Office (ESO) can advise you on the specific terms and requirements for military TA.

Note: Typically, a minimum “C” average is required for tuition coverage, and failed courses may have tuition funds recouped. Incomplete course grades may also cause a hold on your TA account.

What online degree programs do you offer for armed forces and veterans?

CIU is an accredited online university committed to offering quality degree programs to meet the needs of our armed forces, veterans, and their family members in the following disciplines:

  • Business Administration Marketing
  • Human Resource Management
  • Health Care Administration
  • Information Technology
  • Project & Quality Management

Benefits of Online Education for Military Members and Veterans

Specialized degree programs build upon the career experience of military service members, and online degree programs allow you to study 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from anywhere in the world. At CIU, we offer specialized and advanced online degree programs to fulfill the aspirations and lifestyle of military service members.

Online Education for Military Members and Veterans at CIU

Short academic terms and individual attention help our military students succeed. We are accessible, responsive, and service-minded. Our faculty and staff are available to answer questions and discuss coursework online or by phone. Our affiliations and memberships include:

Military Scholarship Program

Offering Scholarship Opportunities to Active, Retired, Reserve, and Veteran Service Members


At California Intercontinental University, we believe that the cost of education should not get in the way of your pursuit of improvement. The CIU Military Scholarship for Service Members is available to active duty, reservists, national guardsmen, veterans and other military service members. The application fee is waived ($75)*, and the registration fee is waived ($125)**. For more additional information regarding military fees please visit our Tuition and Fees page here.

Can I transfer credits from other schools and universities?

Yes! CIU will evaluate your training and previous college credits as well as your past experiences to award academic credit where applicable.

How do I sign up for military tuition assistance at CIU?

In order to take advantage of military TA, you’ll work with your Admissions Advisor and your local Education Service Office (ESO). After gaining admission to California Intercontinental University, you can begin the process of applying for military TA. For your first term with CIU, your ESO will need a Degree Plan signed by the Registrar and a Registration Summary to process your application. Your Admissions Advisor will furnish those documents. Military TA applications must be received by your military service ESO before the start date of each term.

How can I get in touch if I have questions about military TA at CIU?

California Intercontinental University’s Military Education Department staff can assist you with using military TA, VA education benefits, and other matters related to the military. Please contact us at 1-866-687-2258 or email us at military@caluniversity.edu or admissions@caluniversity.edu.

Scholarships + Financial Aid for Active Duty Service Members, Veterans, and Families

Various military branches and government agencies offer financial assistance for active duty military personnel and their families. We recommend our military students and their spouses and children take advantage of the following financial aid opportunities:

The Navy Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS)

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The Navy Marine Corps offers financial assistance for Navy and Marine Corps active duty personnel, retired personnel, and their spouses and dependents.

  • Must demonstrate a financial need and maintain a 2.0 GPA

  • Spouse Tuition Aid Program (STAP is available to your spouse if you are on active duty in the U.S. or an overseas (OCONUS) active military base or designated location.

  • Your spouse may be eligible if they are a full or part-time student studying toward a vocational certificate or an undergraduate or graduate degree.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: May 1

LOAN AMOUNT: Undergraduate maximum: $300 per semester and $1500 per year | Graduate maximum: $350 per semester and $1750 per year

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Vice Admiral E.P. Travers Scholarship and Loan Program

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The Vice Admiral E.P. Travers Scholarship and Loan Program offers interest free loans of up to $3000 per academic year which can be used for tuition expenses, books and supplies, course fees, and even housing.

  • Must be active duty member or the spouse or dependent child of an active or retired member of the Navy or Marine Corps to be eligible

  • Must have a demonstrated financial need. You may be required to provide proof of income, bank statements, or tax returns in order to demonstrate your need for financial assistance.

  • You must also be a full-time undergraduate student at an accredited college or university.

  • You must maintain a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 grading scale.

  • Loan repayment begins within 30 days and must repaid within 24 months

  • You must reapply each year in order to receive financial assistance for more than one academic term.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: May 1

LOAN AMOUNT: Up to $3000 per academic year

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Admiral Mike Boorda Loan Program

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The Admiral Mike Boorda Loan Program offers interest free loans of up to $3000 per academic year which can be used for tuition expenses, books and supplies, course fees, and even housing.

  • Must be a Marine or Sailor participating in one of the following:

    • Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP)

    • Medical Enlisted Commissioning Program (MECP)

  • Must be pursuing full-time education at an accredited university

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: May 1

LOAN AMOUNT: Up to $3000 per academic year

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Coast Guard Foundation Scholarships

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The Coast Guard Foundation offers scholarships for members of the U.S. Coast Guard and their families. Scholarships for spouses and children of U.S. Coast Guard members are also available.

  • The Fallen Heroes Scholarship is available to the children of fallen Coast Guard heroes pursuing a degree from an accredited university. The scholarship covers 100 percent of the education expenses of recipients.

  • Grants are available for active duty U.S. Coast Guard members and their spouses pursuing advanced degrees and certifications and can be used to pay for tuition expenses, the cost of books and other supplies, course fees, room and board, and other expenses.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: Varies

LOAN AMOUNT: Varies

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Veterans Association (VA) Scholarships and Grants

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The Veterans Association offers a number of scholarships and grants for active duty and retired military personnel. You can apply online, in person, or by mail once registered with an accredited university to receive financial assistance through the VA.

  • The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides up to 3 years of financial assistance for students pursuing degrees from accredited universities, technical training, certifications, and more. Financial assistance can be used to pay for tuition and expenses as well as room and board, books, and supplies.

  • The Montgomery GI Bill provides financial assistance for both active duty and reserve military personnel pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees from accredited universities.

  • The VA also offers financial assistance for veterans, their spouses, and their dependents pursuing advanced degrees and certifications from accredited universities.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: Varies

LOAN AMOUNT: Varies

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