Active Duty Service Members

Active-Duty Military Student Support

The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) provides educational opportunities for active-duty military seeking to develop their personal and professional goals. UIW offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in both traditional and non-traditional formats.

UIW welcomes all service members and their families, and appreciates those serving to protect the rights and freedoms of our country. We are active members of ArmyIgnitED, Air University Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative (AU-ABC) and GEM programs. We are also proud to participate in several collaborative programs with the Navy and the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). We understand your unique needs and are fully committed to being military-friendly.

Benefits at the School of Professional Studies

The UIW School of Professional Studies (SPS) offers certificates, associates, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees tailored to busy adults. Benefits for students include free undergraduate textbooks, no academic fees, accelerated courses and reduced tuition rates. You will have a personal advisor who will help along the way of achieving your degree. You can complete a regionally accredited degree from an institution founded in 1881 without ever coming to campus — but we would love to have you come to commencement!

Tuition Assistance Servicemember Benefits for SPS Students

Active-duty students attending the School of Professional Studies using tuition assistance pay $0 (zero dollars) either for an undergraduate or graduate level degree. That’s right!

Undergraduate level average number of credits for completion: 120 credits

  • Price to active-duty using tuition assistance: $0 (zero dollars)

Graduate level average number of credits for completion: 30 credits

  • Price to active-duty using tuition assistance: $0 (zero dollars)

Additional SPS Benefits

  • FREE textbooks. SPS will supply your textbooks at no charge to you whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student. Visit the free textbooks page for details.
  • No academics fees
  • Accelerated 8-week courses with six terms a year
  • Accelerated 4-week Winter courses for completion of prerequisites.
  • No proctored exams for online coursework. All of your work is done online when your class is held in the online format.

What if I would rather pursue a UIW degree not offered by the School of Professional Studies?

While Tuition Assistance covers tuition, the School of Professional Studies is the only UIW school that provides free textbooks. Moreover, only active-duty students paying with tuition assistance are guaranteed removal of fees and the $250.00/per credit hour tuition rate. Otherwise, a 15% discount on the published Broadway Campus tuition rates is applied to the student’s account, and fees do apply.

Every military branch has their own guidelines, therefore students should always consult their service education office before engaging in any voluntary education endeavor.

Steps to Enroll at UIW

Apply to the UIW academic school of your choice. 

School of Professional Studies Admissions or Broadway Campus Admissions

*Air Force students applying for an AU-ABC degree program should type "AU-ABC" on the “Provide any additional information” field located on the "Certification & Signature" tab in the UIW application.
**Active-duty students receive additional benefits through the School of Professional Studies

Request and Submit Official Transcripts

Submit electronic transcripts to admissiondocs@uiwtx.edu

*JST transcripts are requested by UIW

Once you have been admitted and welcomed via email by the school, you will be assigned an academic advisor and provided further instructions.

Register for Courses

Log into Cardinal Apps to access Bannerweb to begin the registration process.

Visit the Online Registration page to find registration instructions.

Info by U.S. Military Branch

Each military branch has their own guidelines to request tuition assistance, so, students should always consult their service education office before engaging in any voluntary education endeavor.

AUBC logo

The University of the Incarnate Word is proud to serve as an educational provider in the Air University's AU-ABC Program and UIW GEM Program. We are pleased to provide programs and courses that are airman friendly.

AU-ABC

The AU-ABC program is an initiative between Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) and regionally accredited civilian academic institutions to complete a four-year degree. The program maximizes the utilization of military credit career education and training. The AU-ABC program is directed to active-duty members in the United States Air Force.

AU-ABC Degree Programs Offered by SPS

  • Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Administration (BA-ADM)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources (BA-HR)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Development (BA-OD)
  • Bachelor of Science in Leadership Studies (BS-LS)

Tuition Assistance

Learn about Air Force Tuition Assistance (TA) benefits.

Active Duty Air Force members should apply for Tuition Assistance through their Air Force Portal account at the Air Force Virtual Education Center site.

TA must be required during a 7-45 day window prior to the term start date.

The University of the Incarnate Word is proud to serve as an educational provider for Army soldiers, National Guard, Army Reserve, Army Civilians, and the ROTC program. We will not charge you or require you do a certain number of classes in order to have us evaluate your JST. We do it immediately and for free!

After you have completed an admissions application, Army students will need to create an ArmyIgnitEd user account to confirm their degree choice and to request tuition assistance. To apply for degrees not offered by the School of Professional Studies, visit the GoUIW page.

To apply for TA, Army eligible active and reserve members must submit their tuition assistance request through ArmyIgnitED prior to the term start date.

The University of the Incarnate Word is proud to serve as an educational provider for the Coast Guard. We are pleased to provide programs and courses that are military friendly.

Learn about or apply to Coast Guard Tuition Assistance (TA) benefits.

TA must be required no later than 14 days prior to the term start date.

The University of the Incarnate Word is proud to serve as an educational provider for the Marine Corps. We are pleased to provide programs and courses that are military-friendly and fit your current lifestyle.

Learn more about the Marines Corps process to request tuition assistance (TA). Marine Corps request TA through the WebTA website (login required).

TA must be authorized prior to the term start date.

University of the Incarnate Word is proud to offer educational excellence with the most flexible online options to help you meet your goals—whether you are on shore or at sea.

Learn more about the Sailors process to request tuition assistance (TA).

TA must be required at least 14 days prior to the term start date.

Paying UIW with Tuition Assistance

TA must be submitted to the Business Office (once approved and signed) for processing. Students who fail to turn in their approved TA forms will be held responsible for the balance. Army students would need to refer to ArmyIgnitED to complete their tuition assistance request.

Submit the Tuition Assistance Form

Military Related Policies

If you are using TA to pay for your education and withdraw from a class prior to completing 60 percent of the class, the Department of Defense (DoD) requires that UIW return any unearned TA funds to the DoD based on how much of the course you completed and that you pay a portion of those returned funds. You may owe a portion of your tuition to UIW and a portion to your military branch.

Military Related Policies page