Military & Veterans

Military & Veterans

MACU Active Military & Veteran Services

A military-friendly college located in Oklahoma City, Okla., Mid-America Christian University (MACU) offers more than 89 accredited associate’s, bachelor’s, and graduate degree programs, including many available 100 percent online.

If you are a veteran or on active duty, MACU is ready to help you maximize your VA education and training benefits. All of our online, on-campus, and combination degree programs are eligible for VA tuition assistance.

All military (not using Tuition Assistance) will receive a 15% tuition discount.

Military Program Covers Tuition 100% for Active Military

If you are an active military member, you could qualify for up to 100 percent tuition coverage for your undergraduate degree at MACU.

At MACU, we have a long history as a military-friendly college and are a proud participant of the Post-9/11 GI Bill® Yellow Ribbon Program, designed to help pay for higher out-of-state, private school, or graduate school tuition that the Post-9/11 GI Bill doesn’t cover.

Get Started With MACU’s College Military Program

When you reach out to an enrollment counselor, you can begin exploring how your VA Education Benefits and MACU can help you achieve your educational goals. We will assist you every step of the way!

Fill out the form below for more information, or complete your free application now.

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 https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

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Military Life Experience

To help our military members earn their degree faster, MACU provides life experience credit based on past military service.

MACU awards credit for educational experiences during military service according to the recommendations of the American Council on Education as published in “The Guide to the Evaluation of Military Experiences in the Armed Services.” Students are responsible for providing the Office of the Registrar official military joint services transcripts (JST) for review.

Any student who served in the Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Navy and are using Department of Defense funding including but not limited to tuition assistance or VA education benefits is required to provide an official Military Joint Services Transcript (JST) for evaluation. The maximum number of ACE military credit hours a student can earn is established at 30, this is in combination with credit from other ACE, CLEP, DSST, and AP credit. This maximum credit does not include credit awarded through CDC or ACT evaluations.

For more information or to see what you qualify for, please contact MACU’s Office of the Registrar by phone at 405-692-3201 or email [email protected].

Military Education Benefits

Using VA Education Benefits

If you are a veteran or active military member eligible for GI Bill® education benefits, college tuition assistance can help make higher education affordable for you.

MACU participates in the U.S. Department of Defense tuition assistance program and serves as a liaison to the Department of Defense in processing tuition assistance and other military education benefits, which can cover a significant portion (in some cases, up to 100 percent) of your tuition for a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

Before you receive veterans affairs education benefits and enroll in your classes, you may be required to develop an education plan or complete tuition assistance orientation. Please keep the following in mind when you apply for enrollment:

  1. Military college benefits may only be used to pursue degree programs at colleges and universities in the United States that are regionally or nationally accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. You can verify a school’s accreditation status by visiting the U.S. Department of Education.
  2. Your service’s education center must approve your VA education benefits before you enroll in a course. Learn more about tuition assistance for your service:

Using Tuition Assistance

For students using Military Tuition Assistance for undergraduate courses, MACU will reduce their tuition per semester credit hour (SCH) to $250 per SCH and waive fees.

Tuition Assistance Top-Up

VA Tuition Assistance Top-Up allows funds from the Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty or the Post-9/11 GI Bill to be used for tuition and fees for high-cost courses not fully covered by tuition assistance funds.

Eligibility: To use Tuition Assistance Top-Up, your service branch must approve you for tuition assistance. You must also be eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill or the Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty.

Application: First apply for tuition assistance in accordance with the procedures of your service branch. After applying for tuition assistance, you will need to complete VA Form 22-1990 to apply for Department of Veterans Affairs education benefits. The form is available online from the VA. Make sure you specify “Top-Up” on the application and mail it to one of the education processing offices listed on the form.

Other Supplemental Funding Possibilities

Aside from using the MGIB-AD or Post-9/11 GI Bill for items such as tuition and fees not covered by tuition assistance, there are other funding opportunities available to service members, including federal and state financial aid.

The federal government provides $150 billion per year in grants, work-study programs, and federal loans to college students. The aid comes in various forms, including need-based programs such as Pell grants, subsidized Stafford Loans, Supplemental Educational Opportunity grants, and federal work-study programs. You can also get low-interest loans through the federal government. Visit Federal Student Aid to find out more or complete an online application for FAFSA at no cost to you. Please keep FAFSA deadlines in mind.

Cpt. James Ahn Special Forces Memorial Scholarship
Gain Service Academy Admission is sponsoring the Cpt. James Ahn Special Forces Memorial Scholarship, a $1,000 annual scholarship for military students named in honor of Captain James Ahn. Captain Ahn died tragically in a parachuting accident while with his unit in Washington state in 2015. To learn more about the scholarship and apply, click here.

Important Phone Numbers for VA College Benefits

VA Education Hotline: 1-888-442-4551

Monthly Verification of Attendance: 1-877-823-2378

Direct Deposit: 1-877-838-2778

Other VA Benefits: 1-800-827-1000

Get Started With MACU’s Military Education Assistance Program

Reaching out to an enrollment counselor is the first step in finding out how armed forces tuition assistance can benefit you at MACU. We’ll guide you every step of the way!

Fill out the form below for more information, or complete your free application now.

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 https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Military Leave of Absence

Mid-America Christian University is supportive of a student who is a member, or the spouse of a member if the member has a dependent child, of the National Guard or reserve forces of the United States and who is ordered to National Guard duty or federal active duty. Upon verification of orders requiring active duty, you may select from several tuition credit options. Additional information regarding tuition credit may be obtained by contacting the Registrar’s office.

Options available to qualified students: Upon meeting with the Registrar to verify orders, MACU will work with you to determine the best plan for your circumstances. MACU has three options to review and consider with you:

  • Withdraw from the student’s entire registration and receive a refund on a proportional basis through at least the 60 percent portion of the period for which the funds were provided.
  • Make arrangements with the student’s instructors for course grades, or for incompletes that shall be completed by the student at a later date. If such arrangements are made, the student’s registration shall remain intact and tuition and mandatory fees shall be assessed for the courses in full.
  • Make arrangements with only some of the student’s instructors for grades, or for incompletes that shall be completed by the student at a later date. If such arrangements are made, the registration for those courses shall remain intact and tuition and mandatory fees shall be assessed for those courses. Any course for which arrangements cannot be made for grades or incompletes shall be considered dropped and the tuition and mandatory fees for the course refunded on a proportional basis.

For more information, please contact MACU’s Office of Veteran Services at 405-692-3147 or email LaHonda Toussaint at [email protected].

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