Frequently Asked Questions
Start your education with the answers you need. Below you will find answers to some commonly asked questions about Allied American University. Learn about accreditation, the admissions process, Military Tuition Assistance, transfer credit, and more. If you find that you still have questions after reading this page, please feel free to call (888) 384-0849 to speak with our helpful staff – we're here to assist you!
Q Is Allied American University accredited?
Allied Schools is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC). The Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally-recognized accrediting agency. The DETC can be reached at: 1601 18th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20009; (202) 234-5100; www.detc.org.
For more than a century, DETC institutions have been leaders in the field of distance education. Accreditation brings the institution recognition through the extension of special status by several states under their legislation and regulations, as well as recognition given by federal, state, and local agencies in referring students to accredited institutions.
Q What degree programs do you offer?
AAU offers four degree programs for both associate and bachelor's degree students: business administration, computer information systems, criminal justice and general studies. Additionally, there are degree concentration options available in: California real estate sales, real estate and solar energy. Learn more about Allied's online degree programs.
Q What benefits do you provide to your students?
Students at AAU receive personalized student support, 100% online courses, convenient payment plans, the ability to study from anywhere in the world and so much more! For military students, we accept Military Tuition Assistance. Learn more about using your Military Tuition Assistance benefit at AAU.
Q Will I have support during my time at AAU?
Yes. We assign each student at AAU a Program Success Advocate (PSA) who will help you with both academic questions, as well as technical issues regarding software for your computer, for example. Your Program Success Advocate (PSA) is the person you can call, email or fax when you have a question. You will also be able to sign on to our computer platform, iBoard, and contact your course instructor who will respond by email.
Q How do I apply?
Applying to Allied American University is quick and easy. Your first step is to complete an online application; you'll soon be contacted by an admissions representative to guide you through the enrollment process. You'll learn about AAU's transfer credits process and our degree programs; you'll also be assigned an academic progressive advisor, who will be your number one contact person during your time at AAU. Call (888) 384-0849 to learn more.
Q Can I enroll if I am in the military?
Yes, you can! AAU welcomes service members! Our 100% online degree programs are well-suited for military personnel, who face deployments and high operational tempos. Allied American University accepts Tuition Assistance.
Q As an active-duty service member, can I use Tuition Assistance at AAU?
Yes. Active-duty service members qualify for Tuition Assistance benefits at AAU. Click here for more information.
Q Can Guard and Army Reserve soldiers use Tuition Assistance at AAU?
Yes. Both traditional Army National Guard Soldiers and Army Reserve Soldiers on active-drilling status qualify for Tuition Assistance.
Q How do I get the Tuition Assistance process started?
Your first step is to complete an online application; you'll then be contacted by an admissions representative to guide you through your Tuition Assistance paperwork. We'll take you step-by-step through the process, helping you submit the correct paperwork to your service branch's education office.
Q Can I receive credit for my military training and education?
Yes, you can. You must, however, provide AAU with documentation so we can properly evaluate it. Click here to learn more about AAU's documentation requirements.
Q What if I get deployed and cannot finish my courses?
If you're in the military and your unit is suddenly deployed, please contact Allied American University and let your Program Success Advocate (PSA) know about your new status. We'll contact your Education Service Officer (ESO) and inform him/her that you're on a "deployed status" for the time being. When your deployment ends, you will be able to resume your studies!
Q Does AAU accept international students?
International students are welcome at AAU. To enroll, an international student who is not a native-speaker of English, must demonstrate proficiency in English by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and submitting the results to Allied American University.
Q Where do I mail my official transcripts?
You can mail your official transcripts to:
Allied American University
Attn: Admissions Department
22952 Alcalde Drive
Laguna Hills, CA 92653
Q Can I just take a course or two at AAU?
Yes, you can just take the courses you need at AAU, including one or two courses. The only requirement is that you complete prerequisites, if any, before enrolling in your course(s).
Q Do you offer students financial options?
Yes, Allied American University is proud to offer several financial options to make your university education more affordable. First, if you are a military member, AAU accepts Military Tuition Assistance
. Contact your ESO or AAU admissions representative to find out how you can get started with no out-of-pocket costs.
AAU also offers convenient payment plans, which enable you to make a down payment followed by monthly installment payments. Additionally, you can receive a pay-in-full discount when you purchase multiple courses at Allied American University.(Note: Anyone utilizing third-party funding is not eligible for the discount. Payment must be received at the time of enrollment.) Learn more about AAU's convenient financial options today or call (888) 384-0849 for complete details.
Q How do I get my previous education and training evaluated for credit?
To receive a transfer credit evaluation for any previous education, you must submit your transcripts (prior college courses and/or military training) to the Allied American Univeristy admissions office along with your enrollment agreement. AAU evaluates courses on a case-by-case basis as long as there is an equivalent AAU course and you received at least a grade of "C" for the course in question (restrictions apply).
Q Will credits taken at AAU transfer to other schools?
For AAU students transferring to another university, transfer credits are determined by the receiving institution. You will need to contact the Admissions Department at that school for further details.
Q What does my tuition include?
At AAU, we realize that you need a university education that you can afford. That is why we have created degree programs that are designed to give you everything you need, while fitting in with your budget.
Your tuition includes:
- Education-focused courses
- Personalized student support
- Guidance from a Program Success Advocate (PSA)
- Dedicated staff and faculty
- 24/7 access to courses (via iBoard)
Q How much will it cost to get my degree at AAU?
The cost of the degree programs vary depending on the type of degree you want (associate or bachelor's) and the program you wish to study. Please click here to request information; a helpful admissions representative will contact you and provide the answers you need.
Q When can I start my courses?
Allied American University is proud to offer open enrollment with courses available on a monthly basis. This means that you can start almost as soon as you complete your enrollment.
Q How much time do I need to finish each course?
Each course is eight weeks in length. This provides more than enough time to complete your assignments, quizzes and tests.
Q How do the online classes work?
The classes are entirely web-based. This means that your courses are hosted through your computer. You will log onto iBoard using a password and have direct access to your course and instructor. The assignments, quizzes and tests are all online - you complete your reading and coursework 100% online.
It is an innovative way to complete your university education - one that enables you to study when and where you want. The online programs are user-friendly, intuitive and interactive. You have access to all of the resources you need as well as direct contact with your instructor.
Click here to inquire further about iBoard and how the courses work.
Q Who teaches the courses?
As in any university or college, you will have different instructors assigned to each course. These faculty members are professional, experienced and knowledgeable, with advanced degrees and/or superior credentials in their given fields. They will guide you through your course material and provide answers to any questions that you have along the way.
Q Do I ever have to visit a physical campus?
No, you never have to go to a physical campus. Everything is done online - from your initial enrollment to completing your final exams. You complete all of the coursework from your computer - at home, at the office or anywhere you choose. This idea is to provide a flexible way for you to complete your degree program and transition into your new career.
AAU's knowledgeable instructors, helpful staff and your own personal academic progress advisor are available to help you with anything you need during your enrollment - just like at a physical campus.
Q How long will it take to earn my degree?
When you enroll at AAU, you have the opportunity to learn at your own pace. If you choose to take an accelerated path, you can complete your studies faster than if you choose to study part-time. How soon finish the program is based on the program you choose (associate or bachelor's) and the amount of time you dedicate each week to your studies. Click here to inquire about completion times for your degree program.