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Military Students

The Art Institutes system of schools proudly offers educational opportunities for military members and veterans who have honorably served and their families.

As a military-friendly school, we are committed to providing support for your education and career goals, whether during your military service or in civilian life. Our degree programs are designed to prepare you for a variety of fields.

Did you know?

  • GI Jobs Magazine selected many of The Art Institutes locations for recognition and inclusion in its list of Military Friendly Schools® for 2015. The list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students. Schools listed have a shared priority of providing military students with focused support.

    To view which locations have this recognition, please refer to this list: http://militaryfriendly.com/school-list

    Military Friendly School

  • The Art Institutes locations were named by Military Advanced Education Magazine as one of the "Top Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities" in 2015. This title is awarded by KMI media group based on research, enrollment rates, services offered, and financial opportunities available.

    To view which locations have this recognition, please refer to this list: http://www.kmimediagroup.com/maedir/

    MAE Top School 2015

Why choose The Art Institutes?

Find out why military students choose The Art Institutes for their education.

As a military-inclusive college, we are committed to providing support for your education and career goals. Our degree programs are designed to prepare you for a variety of careers with programs in the visual, creative, applied, and culinary arts operating at several locations and offers distance education. You can earn a certificate, undergraduate, or even a graduate degree at some of our locations.

At The Art Institutes, we value skills you have learned in the military, such as leadership, discipline and self-motivation.

Flexible learning options

We understand that frequent relocations and deployments can make it difficult to pursue your educational goals. That’s why The Art Institutes offer classes at our campuses throughout the United States and online, and even allows you to blend the two for a customized experience that meets your needs. Our fully online degree programs give you the freedom to log into your classes any time, so that you can interact with your class and your professor from anywhere around the world.

Experience credits

Military and veteran students bring invaluable real-life experience to The Art Institutes classrooms. Additionally, most military training courses have been evaluated for academic credit by the American Council on Education (ACE). At The Art Institutes, we will evaluate your Joint Service Transcript (https://jst.doded.mil/official.html) or corresponding official service transcript to determine if we can award college level credit for your prior learning.

Locations close to you

Click here to find a location near you.

The Art Institutes have more than 50 locations nationwide and offers a variety of degree programs online. All active military personnel, reservists, veterans, and their spouses will also have a team of dedicated admissions, financial aid and academic advisors, each focused on meeting your unique needs as a military student.

For in-depth information, please speak with an admissions representative at The Art Institutes at 1-888-624-0300 and 1‐877‐300‐3656 for online programs.

Military education benefits

Military education benefits offered at The Art Institutes

Learn more about the educational benefits offered for military personnel and veterans.

Military students who are serving on active duty or in one of the reserve or National Guard components and eligible family members may use their educational benefits at The Art Institutes.

The links below provide further information regarding the individual benefits and opportunities available through the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). While benefit and eligibility information is provided, the ultimate approval of a student’s ability to use a particular benefit is determined by the respective government agency offering the benefit.

In addition to the information we’ve provided, the knowledgeable staff at The Art Institutes are available to help guide you through the process. Speak with one of our experienced admissions representatives to get started. For further information on participation and eligibility, contact us at 1-888-624-0300 and 1-877-300-3656 for online programs.

Active Duty, Reserve and National Guard

Tuition Assistance

The Art Institutes have signed the Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Defense, which allows you to use Tuition Assistance. Each branch of the military and the National Guard administer the program and determine the eligibility requirements and the amount of assistance available. The service member must apply for the program and receive approval before starting classes.

For additional information on Tuition Assistance see your service branch website:

Army Tuition Assistance:
https://www.goarmyed.com/

Navy and Marine Corps Tuition Assistance:
https://www.navycollege.navy.mil/

Air Force:
https://www.my.af.mil/faf/FAF/fafHome.jsp/

Coast Guard Tuition Assistance:
http://www.uscg.mil/yotf/cgi/active_duty/pay_for_college/ta/default.asp

Coast Guard Reservists are not currently eligible for tuition assistance.
http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg1/cgi/reservist/tuition_and_grants.asp#1

The Art Institutes acknowledge that military students who are deployed away from their homes or permanent duty stations and students affected by a qualified natural disaster may experience difficulties with completing their degree requirements. The Art Institutes encourage service members and those students affected by natural disasters to continue with their education and will be flexible and responsive to their needs. In support of deployed forces and those impacted by qualified natural disasters, The Art Institutes have adopted the following refund and readmissions policies.

Top Up

Top Up allows a service member to use Tuition Assistance in conjunction with either the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) ® or the Post 9/11 GI Bill®* if the cost of tuition exceeds the amount covered. You must be eligible to use either Chapter 30 or Chapter 33 of the GI Bill® and meet the eligibility guidelines for tuition assistance. For more information, please visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/tuition_assistance.asp.

Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill®

This is an education benefit for service members who have served on active duty for at least 90 days after 9/10/2001, or were discharged with a service connected disability after 30 consecutive days. An honorable discharge (character of service) is required for veterans. Individuals who are entitled to 100% of this benefit can have their entire cost of tuition and fees covered when eligible. For more information, visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_gibill.asp.

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill®

Service members who have paid into this benefit while on active duty may have a significant portion of their tuition and fees covered. This benefit pays to the student, so you will need to arrange a payment plan with your The Art Institutes financial aid officer. For more information, visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/montgomery_bill.asp.

Chapter 1606: Selective Reserve Montgomery GI Bill®

This program is for members of the Selective Reserve and National Guard who have enlisted or re-enlisted in the select reserve with an obligation to serve 6 or more years on or after July 1st 1985. In order to be eligible for this benefit, the member will have had to complete their IDAT (initial date active training). Chapter 1606 expires once a service member has separated. This benefit pays directly to the student; arrangements for tuition and fees payment will need to be made with your The Art Institutes financial aid officer. For more information, visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/mgib_sr.asp.

Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

REAP is an education benefit to assist Reserve and National Guard members called or ordered to active duty in response to a war or national emergency (contingency operation) for at least 90 cumulative days after 9/11/2001. This benefit pays directly to the student and can be used toward the cost of tuition and fees, so you will need to arrange a payment plan with your financial aid officer. For more information, visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/reap.asp.

Kickers & Additional Contributions

A kicker is part of an enlistment contract and is a fixed dollar amount that will be disbursed in even installments over the course of the entitlement period for Chapter 30 and 1606 recipients. The VA should automatically pay this benefit as an addition to the normal entitlement amount paid each month to the veteran. If not, the veteran should contact the VA Regional Office processing his or her claim. No additional paperwork is needed.

Veterans

Chapter 33: Post 9/11 GI Bill®

This is an education benefit for service members who have served on active duty for at least 90 days after 9/10/2001, or were discharged with a service connected disability after 30 consecutive days. An honorable discharge (character of service) is required for veterans. Individuals who are entitled to 100% of this benefit can have their entire cost of tuition and fees covered while eligible. For more information, visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_gibill.asp.

Yellow Ribbon Program

The Art Institutes proudly participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program for all degree programs from the associate’s to the master’s level programs. The Yellow Ribbon Program provides assistance to veterans with 100% eligibility of Ch 33 Post 9/11GI Bill® whose cost of tuition and fees exceeded the annual cap. Once the annual cap is reached, half of the remaining cost for tuition and fees for the fiscal year will be covered by the school and the VA will match the other half. Some degree programs may be subject to a maximum tuition & fee reimbursement amount per academic year from the Yellow Ribbon Program. Active duty service members and their spouses are not eligible for this program. Child transferees of active duty service members may be eligible if the service member is qualified at the 100 percent rate. For more information, visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/yellow_ribbon.asp.

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill®

Service members who have paid into this benefit while on active duty may have a significant portion of their tuition and fees covered. This benefit pays to the student, so you will need to arrange a payment plan with your The Art Institutes financial aid officer. For more information, visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/montgomery_bill.asp.

Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation

This employment program provides educational support to eligible veteran’s who are entering the work force. Veterans will meet with their Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor to develop an education plan. This benefit may cover the entire cost of tuition and fees. To contact a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/eligibility_and_entitlement.asp.

Spouses and Dependent Children

Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MYCAA) Program

This program provides educational assistance to spouses of Active Duty members towards an Associates or Certificate program. Students who are eligible can qualify up to a $4,000 lifetime limit, with a maximum of $2,000 per Department of Defense fiscal year (Oct 1st – Sep 30th). For more information, please visit http://www.militaryonesource.mil/12038/MOS/Factsheets/SECO/MyCAA_Factsheet_Overview.pdf.

Transfer of Education Benefit (TEB) Post 9/11 GI Bill® to Dependents

Eligible active duty service members may be able to transfer their unused Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33) benefit to their spouses or dependent children, while on active duty. This benefit may cover 100% of tuition and fees up to $19,198.31 per fiscal year (Aug 1st – July 31st). For more information, visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_transfer.asp.

Fry Scholarship

This scholarship provides the Post 9/11 GI Bill® (Chapter 33) to children of service members who have died in the line of duty after 9/10/2001. Students who are entitled to this benefit may have a significant portion of their tuition covered. Effective January 1, 2015, the law expands eligibility for the Fry Scholarship to include surviving spouses of members of the Armed Forces who died or die in the line of duty after 9/10/2001. For more information, please visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill or http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/docs/factsheets/fry_scholarship.pdf.

Chapter 35: Survivor and Dependents Assistance

This program provides educational assistance to spouses and dependents of veterans who have died or are totally and permanently disabled, as a result of their service, and may be able to assist with the cost of tuition and fees. This benefit pays directly to the student, so you will need to arrange a payment plan with your financial aid officer. For more information, visit http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/survivor_dependent_assistance.asp.

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 Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Military and Veteran Institutional Scholarship Opportunities

The Art Institutes are proud to offer institutional scholarship opportunities to qualifying military and veteran students. Eligibility may be based upon current or former military affiliation or relationship to a current military service member. Documentation will be required to prove eligibility. School personnel will be able to advise you regarding available scholarships, eligibility requirements and required documentation.

Military Personnel

The Art Institutes are pleased to offer a military tuition scholarship of 10% to eligible Active Duty, Active and Drilling members of the Reserve and National Guard and service member spouses as well as dependent children who are receiving military education benefits.

In addition to the 10%, the online location’s military tuition scholarship will also offset the cost of the online lab fee for eligible Active Duty, Active and Drilling members of the Reserve and National Guard and service member spouses.

Veterans

For all programs at the online location, The Art Institutes offer eligible veterans as well as their dependents (spouses and children) who are receiving military education benefits the military tuition scholarship of 10%.

Application and Enrollment Fee Waiver

For all programs at the ground locations, the application fee and enrollment fee are waived for Active Duty, Active and Drilling members of the Reserve and National Guard, Veteran personnel, as well as for spouses and dependent children who are receiving military education benefits.

For all programs at the online location, the application fee will be waived for Active Duty, Active and Drilling members of the Reserve and National Guard, their spouses, and Veteran personnel. The enrollment fee is waived for Active Duty, Active and Drilling members of the Reserve and National Guard, and spouses of active duty service members.

Additional information

The Art Institutes also participate in other programs designed to provide financial assistance to specific groups of students as Military Education Benefits reviewed above.

For in-depth information, please speak with an admissions representative at The Art Institutes at 1-888-624-0300 and 1‐877‐300‐3656 for online programs.

Transfer credits

Learn more about military experience credits and how to transfer college credits.

Military and veteran students bring invaluable real-life experience to The Art Institutes classrooms. Additionally, most military training courses have been evaluated for academic credit by the American Council on Education (ACE). At the Art Institutes, we will evaluate your Joint Service Transcript (https://jst.doded.mil/official.html) or corresponding official service transcript to determine if we can award college level credit for your prior learning.

The Art Institutes recognize credit from non-traditional educational sources such as College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DANTES (Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support) Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) exams. Evaluation for award of credit based on these exams is done through the registrar’s office. The resources below can help you get started with planning for a CLEP exam or requesting your military transcript for a Transfer of Credit evaluation.

CLEP

The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) can help you earn credit for what you’ve learned from the military and your life experience. Learn more about CLEP or schedule an exam at http://clep.collegeboard.org/.

DSST (also known as DANTES)

The DANTES Subject Standardized Tests exams are college level examinations through which one can receive college credit for prior knowledge in particular subject areas. For a complete listing, visit the testing services office or www.getcollegecredit.com.

Military transcript requests

Joint Services Transcript (JST)

The JST (https://jst.doded.mil) will produce a uniform transcript of all military training and experiences to service members of all branches except the Air Force.

The school’s transfer of credit policy may be reviewed in our catalog and may be found on the Student Consumer Information web page in the Academics section, www.artinstitutes.edu.

To view this information, you will need to select the actual location that you plan on attending, www.artinstitutes.edu. The policy provides guidelines regarding what will be reviewed to determine whether the credits may be eligible for transfer into The Art Institutes.

For detailed instructions on how to request a Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) transcript, visit http://www.au.af.mil/au/barnes/ccaf/transcripts.asp. You may mail a transcript request to:

Community College of the Air Force/DESS 100 South Turner Blvd Maxwell Gunter AFB AL 36114-3011

For a minimum charge, you can also order a transcript through Credentials Inc. online or via telephone from virtually anywhere in the world and your transcript will be mailed out the next business day: https://www.credentials-inc.com.

Credentials can be reached by phone at 1-800-646-1858 / 1-847-446-1027 from 0700hrs to 1900hrs CST

To find out more about transferring credits, contact the school’s registrar.

Military brochure

We are committed to helping you—our military service members, veterans and your families—understand the financial investment you are making by pursuing a postsecondary education, along with helping you to understand and uncover the financial aid options for which you may be eligible. Our Military Brochure provides a summary of the most common military education benefits, including links to the federal sites for more detailed information.

In addition, the brochure describes the Financial Aid Shopping Sheet (Shopping Sheet) that will be provided to you to assist you as you make the important decision to continue your education. A personalized Shopping Sheet will be created for you in accordance with the Principles of Excellence as outlined in Executive Order 13607. For illustrative purposes, please review the Shopping Sheet template prescribed by the Department of Education to participating schools; your Shopping Sheet will follow this format.

The Art Institutes offer qualifying military students numerous military education benefits that can help you acquire the knowledge and skills you need. The Military Student Loan Benefits document provides you with an overview of the special benefits and repayment options for your student loans available from the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Defense. For additional information about military education and housing benefits, explore our Education and Housing Benefits Guidelines.

Military student FAQs

How do I apply for my GI Bill®?

You can apply for the GI Bill® by filling out the VA forms at http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp. You will complete VA form 22-1990 if you are applying for the first time and form 22-1995 if you are transferring your benefits from another institution.

What do I do if I used my GI Bill® at another institution?

You will need to fill out a VA Form 22-1995, Request for Change of VA Educational Program or Place of Training form. The form may be found at http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp.

Does The Art Institutes participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program?

The Art Institutes is proud to participate in the Post 9/11 GI Bill's "Yellow Ribbon" program. Depending on your benefit eligibility, you may find that you will be able to attend The Art Institutes without incurring any out-of-pocket expense for tuition. Contact your student financial aid officer for more details.

If I am deployed or transferred, will I be able to continue my education later?

The Art Institutes understands that military personnel are frequently deployed or transferred. If sudden deployments, relocations, or training missions interrupt your education, our military deployment policy provides for qualified military time off without financial or academic penalty. When your mission is complete, we are here for you. Upon readmission, we will help you to get back on track toward completing your degree.

Please also refer to our Military Deployment Refund and Readmissions Policy for additional information.

Which tuition policies are specifically related to veterans and military service members?

Veterans and military service members are charged the same tuition rate as all students and there is no instate or out of state tuition differential.

For a list of The Art Institutes military and veteran institutional scholarships and Federal military education benefits, Military Education Benefits reviewed above.

Are The Art Institutes accredited?

The Art Institutes is a system of over 50 schools throughout North America. Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school. Several institutions included in The Art Institutes system are campuses of South University or Argosy University. For information and contact details regarding The Art Institutes’ institutional accreditation, state licensing, programmatic accreditation and Veteran Affairs statements, please refer to our catalogs or visit our web pages at http://www.artinstitutes.edu/accreditation-and-licensing.aspx, or http://www.aionline.edu/accreditation/ for our online programs.

When can I get assistance from a The Art Institutes military advising point of contact?

Immediately, the student services department at each campus is available to assist with information on benefits and the admissions process. Military students are also encouraged to ask about academic support, financial aid advising, disability services and career services that are made available to our students.

What resources or tools are available to use in comparing schools when deciding where to attend school?

The following are resources and tools provided by the Department of Education (ED) and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to assist you in comparing institutions and making informed decisions about where to attend school. Please speak with your financial aid officer directly for additional guidance regarding the usage of these tools.

(1) The College Scorecard which is a planning tool and resource to assist prospective students and their families as they evaluate options in selecting a school and is located at: http://collegecost.ed.gov/scorecard/.

(2) The College Navigator which is a consumer tool that provides school information to include tuition and fees, retention and graduation rates, use of financial aid, student loan default rates and features a cost calculator and school comparison tool. The College Navigator is located at: http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/.

(3) The Financial Aid Shopping Sheet which is a model aid award letter designed to simplify the information that prospective students receive about costs and financial aid so they can easily compare institutions and make informed decisions about where to attend school. The Shopping Sheet can be accessed at: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/highered/guid/aid-offer/index.html.

(4) The “Paying for College” webpage which can be used by prospective students to enter the names of up to three schools and receive detailed financial information on each one and to enter actual financial aid award information. The tool can be accessed at: http://www.consumerfinance.gov/paying-for-college/.

As a military personnel or veteran, what resources are available to assist me in searching for a job?

Graduates of The Art Institutes will meet individually with a career advisor who specializes in their field of study to review career goals, job-search strategies, interview techniques and resume development to ensure that they are on the path to success. Please contact the Student Affairs office for additional information.

As military members or veterans, there are many additional resources that are available to assist you in your job search:

Veterans Employment Center: https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/jobs. The Veteran Employment Center (VEC) is a single source site designed by the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs and their federal partners to help veterans and service members looking for employment opportunities. This site integrates multiple tools and resources for both job seekers and employers. The site includes a military skills translator, a resume builder, a Veterans Job Bank, and other resources. By visiting the Veteran Resource Center, military members and veterans will be connected to employers looking to hire veterans. The site also contains a list of veteran specific career fairs.

U.S. Department of Labor – Veteran Employment and Training:
Veterans may find specialized employment support through the Department of Labor’s American Job Centers, which have veteran employment specialists who work only with veterans in their job search and employers who want to hire veteran talent. These specialized staff positions are known as Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program (DVOP) specialists and Local Veterans Employment Representatives (LVER). To find the American Job Center and the DVOP or LVER in your area visit the Department of Labor, CareerOneStop http://www.servicelocator.org/stateservices.asp

American Corporate Partners:
A mentor to help veterans in their job search is an important resource. American Corporate Partners (ACP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to assisting veterans in their transition from the armed services to the civilian workforce. With the help of business professionals nationwide, ACP offers veterans tools for long-term career development through mentoring, career counseling, and networking opportunities.

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 Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Military success stories

At The Art Institutes, we have a proud tradition and strong record of serving our nation’s veterans and their families and share a deep gratitude to the men and women who keep America safe.

Through a broad array of programs – in disciplines ranging from in the design, media arts, fashion and culinary arts fields – we provide active duty service members, reservists, veterans, military spouses and families the quality, flexibility and convenience they seek through courses both on campus and online.

Our schools offer courses and academic programs which provide real-world, hands-on training and experiential learning – not just textbook teaching and learning – and that prepares students well in a challenging and competitive economic environment.

With over 50 locations nationwide and distance education, we're here to help you get the education you need to start a career.

Link to current Ai Military Success Stories