CIU is ranked among the most military-friendly colleges and universities.

Military Friend School Badge Military Transfer Students

CIU is proud to be consistently ranked among the most military-friendly institutions of higher learning in the nation. Military transfer applicants complete the same application as non-transfer students.

CIU Military Discount

Columbia International University offers active duty service members, veterans and their eligible spouses educational benefits in the form of a tuition discount. This discount is available to online undergraduate students, residential and online graduate students, and doctoral students who qualify and are in good academic standing. Students receiving VA Education Benefits are not eligible. A military discount rate of $250 per credit hour will be awarded at the undergrad and graduate level and a 25% discount will be awarded at the doctoral level once the student has been deemed eligible and is registered for courses for the semester. Other discounts or scholarships cannot be applied.

Military Transfer

  • Credit is awarded based on the official transcript from the military.
  • ACE recommendation must be submitted for the course.
  • Military credit is designated as upper or lower division by ACE.

Courses Eligible for College Transfer

  • In order to receive full credit for a course, the course must be completed at a college/university accredited by or having candidate status with a Regional Accrediting Organization, ABHE, TRACS, or other accrediting agency recognized by the American Council on Education (USDE).
  • Courses must be submitted on an official transcript.
  • Courses must be college-level.
  • The student must have an earned grade of C or above. (Note: A grade of S or P may not constitute a C or better.)
  • A two-hour course can meet the requirement of a three-hour course, but the student must make up the additional hour.

Courses Eligible for Graduate-Level Transfer  

  • Courses must be earned at the master’s level. Bachelor’s-level courses may serve to meet prerequisites only.
  • Courses must be earned at an accredited institution with a grade of C or above.
  • The courses must fit into your program choice at CIU.

Complex Transfer Situations

Decisions are made by the associate provost. At the graduate level, decisions are made by the academic dean of each college.

Transfer Policies PDF Download

Download a PDF of CIU’s transfer policy.

The Military Tuition Assistance Program

The Military Tuition Assistance Program (TA) is available to active duty, National Guard and Reserve Component service members. All four branches and the U.S. Coast Guard offer financial assistance. The Tuition Assistance Program can be used to fund your college tuition and certain fees with the following limits:

  • Not to exceed $250 per semester credit hour
  • Not to exceed $4,500 per fiscal year, Oct. 1 through Sept. 30

Tuition assistance may be used for the following programs:

  • Undergraduate programs
  • Graduate programs
  • Independent study
  • Distance-learning programs

For more information or to find out how to apply for this benefit visit the Military Tuition Assistance page on the Military OneSource website as well as speak with your Educational Service Officer. You can also download the Military Tuition Assistance Info PDF below for more detailed information about applying for and using this benefit at CIU.


CIU Financial Aid Contact:

Laura McCall

VA Benefits Coordinator/Online Financial Aid Counselor