APUS offers several educational financing options including Federal Student Aid, grants and loans, alternative loans, and an automatic debit payment plan. Students are encouraged to begin their application process by establishing a Federal Student Aid (FSA) Academic Year online and entering the online Financial Aid Office at least 21 days prior to the start of the semester. Additionally, APUS is authorized to accept funds from the U.S. Department of Defense Tuition Assistance (TA) programs as well as the Veterans Administration GI Bill® programs (including REAP and Vocational Rehabilitation). Students employed in the private sector should consult with their Human Resources department regarding employer-based tuition assistance programs.