CalSouthern Statement Regarding U.S. Department of Defense Changes to Military Tuition Assistance Policy

United States Department of Defense (DoD) policy requires that educational institutions wishing to participate in the DoD Tuition Assistance (TA) Program sign a Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in order to receive TA funds. Recently, the DoD revised the MOU, requiring, among other things, that institutions offer Title IV federal financial aid (FFA) in order to continue participating in the DoD’s TA program.

After careful consideration, California Southern University has chosen not to offer Title IV FFA and, as a result, will be unable to accept TA funds after September 5, 2014. This decision reflects the university’s long-standing belief is that FFA too often subjects students to unmanageable debt and contributes significantly to the rising cost of education. In addition, participation in FFA would require CalSouthern to greatly reduce the flexibility offered by the university’s 100-percent online learning format. This flexibility is a hallmark of CalSouthern’s learning methodology, and its benefits are relied upon heavily by the university’s military learners and veterans, as well as the rest of its student body.

CalSouthern will continue to offer tuition adjustment to military service members and veterans, as well as spouses and immediate dependents of active-duty service members, and will remain approved to accept GI Bill® and other education benefits offered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. In order to minimize the impact of the new DoD requirements on its military learners, CalSouthern also has implemented a customized monthly payment plan available to those learners who previously utilized TA.

*GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Veterans/Military tuition rate adjustment program:

Veterans/Military with verified documentation required as part of the application process.
Spouse of veterans.

  • $75.00 application fee required
  • 15% tuition rate adjustment on appropriate or applicable tuition rate for those that qualify.

Please contact the Admissions Team for more information regarding the Veterans/ Military tuition rate adjustment program. Thank you for your service!

Contact Office of Admissions: admissions@calsouthern.edu | 1.800.477.2254 Ext. 1