Frequently Asked Questions for Military Students

Get answers to questions about becoming a military student at Purdue University Global.

  • As of October 1, 2011, eligible veterans who meet certain conditions can receive 50% of the basic housing allowance average. Visit Military Benefits and Financial Aid to learn more.

  • Yes. Speak with your base education officer first to see if you qualify for military tuition assistance

    Our military tuition rates are designed so that servicemembers and veterans can fund their education using military educational benefits in most cases. The Military Student Service Center can provide additional details about military educational benefits.

    If you are not eligible for military benefits, Purdue Global can assist you with other forms of financial assistance available for those who qualify such as Title IV federal financial aid and federal, state, and private lending programs. Visit our Paying For School page to learn more.

  • We accept eligible transfer credits that are applicable to your specific program from regionally and nationally accredited colleges and universities. Please see the University Catalog for the Transfer of Credit policy.

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    Yes. All military training that has been reviewed by the American Council on Education (ACE) and meets the requirements of an undergraduate degree plan may be eligible for transfer credit. In addition, through our PME2Degree program, military occupations are mapped to specific degree programs to help ensure your prior military training transfers into Purdue Global as college credit. Additional opportunities to earn credit, including challenge exams, could bring your degree even closer.

  • Determining the cost, if any, for dropping course will vary based on the following situations:

    • Dropping due to a change in orders or deployment
    • Dropping a course but maintaining enrollment in the University
    • Withdrawing from the University entirely

    Dropping Due to a Change in Orders or Deployment

    If you are an active-duty servicemember, in the National Guard or Reserves, or are a military family member, you may take a military leave of absence for a period of up to 12 months. You may also have the option to renew this status one time for up to a total of 24 months of leave; however, if you exercise this option, you will return to the version of the degree program in effect at the time of your return.

    Dropping a Course but Maintaining Enrollment in the University

    Students who drop a course but continue their studies can drop courses without any financial obligation during the first 7 days of the term. After this, you will be 100% responsible for the cost of the course.

    Withdrawing From the University Entirely

    Please refer to the University Catalog for the Military Students Using Tuition Assistance Refund Chart.

  • Yes. Purdue Global is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLCommission.org). Learn more about our accreditation and approvals.

  • Many military students are awarded college credit for military training, CLEP or DANTES examinations, or previous coursework, and earn their degrees much sooner. Full-time students will generally complete their degree as follows:

    • Associate's degree in approximately 2 years
    • Bachelor's degree in approximately 3.5 years
    • Master's degree in approximately 18 months to 2 years

    See the University Catalog for Transfer of Credit policy.

  • Excluding certain programs, your entire program, including posting assignments, interacting with faculty and classmates, and conducting research, is 100% online. Some courses also have online seminars, which are real-time learning experiences that happen at the same time for all students in a section. Learn more about the online student experience.

    Plan on spending at least 2 to 6 hours per week online in class, and another 3 to 6 hours per week studying offline. Advanced courses worth an increased number of credit hours usually require more study time. Attending a professor's office hours is optional.

    If you have a military obligation that prevents you from attending a live seminar, notify your Education Advisor and professor, and obtain information about alternate assignments.

  • Yes. Purdue Global is authorized to certify VA benefits.

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    Yes. Purdue Global participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program for our graduate programs. Because our undergraduate programs are covered by the base benefits provided by the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the Yellow Ribbon Program is not needed for those degrees.

  • The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides benefits derived from the highest in-state tuition and fee rate for a public institution in a given state. For online schools, the rate is based on the state in which the school is located, not your state of residence. For students attending Purdue Global, these maximums are based on the state of Florida. Both the tuition costs and term expense maximums in the state of Florida are higher than the costs associated with Purdue Global undergraduate programs.

    For graduate programs, Purdue Global participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Learn more about our Yellow Ribbon Award.

  • Purdue Global reduces graduate tuition between 17% and 30%, depending on program of study. Please visit our academic programs page and select your program of interest for more information.

  • Purdue Global reduces graduate tuition by 14% for military veterans. Please visit our academic programs page and select your program of interest for more information.

  • Purdue Global is committed to providing higher education to students with disabilities and to making the online programs, activities, and facilities at the University accessible to students of all abilities.

    All accommodations for students with disabilities are handled via the Center for Disability Services (CDS), a division of the Academic Success Center (ASC).

    Purdue Global makes every effort to provide reasonable accommodations to students presenting a documented disability. In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the implementing regulations 34 CFR part 104 (barring discrimination on the basis of disability), and the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the implementing regulations in 29 CFR part 1630 (1992), Purdue Global has established specific guidelines for students who are enrolled in our online programs and are seeking accommodations.

    To lean more please visit the Center for Disability Services.

  • The Air University Associate-to-Baccalaureate Cooperative (AU-ABC) program is designed to assist Community College of the Air Force graduates who want to pursue a bachelor’s degree to identify potential options, including how many additional credits would be required to complete the program. Please refer to the University Catalog for our Transfer of Credit policy.

    Purdue Global participates in the AU-ABC program for the following degrees:

    • Corrections
    • Criminal Justice
    • Fire and Emergency Management
    • Fire Science
    • Health and Wellness
    • Health Care Administration
    • Health Science
    • Liberal Studies
    • Nutrition Science
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    Yes—Purdue Global offers a course option(s) within each of the five areas of general education. These can be completed to provide the general education requirements for an associate’s degree through the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF). Visit our GEM page to learn more.

  • Yes. We award credit in all of the military branches and we have recently announced special credit for medical occupations in the Coast Guard. Learn more about our PME2Degree program, which maps Coast Guard training to specific degree programs.

Military Shopping Sheet FAQs

The Shopping Sheet is a federal-sponsored consumer tool for military students and their families designed to simplify information about education costs and financial assistance students are expected to receive. The Shopping Sheet was created to help students make an informed decision about funding their education.

Please see below for frequently asked Shopping Sheet questions.