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Designated as a Military Friendly® School, Lionel University is committed to helping active duty service members and veterans achieve their education goals. Our programs are specifically designed to be flexible so you can easily manage your coursework during your service.

Lionel is the ONLY University in the country devoted solely to fitness education. The 100% online curriculum focuses on real-world principles, and is specifically created to help you apply your knowledge to make a lasting impact on the lives of others.

  • 100% online with flexible start dates

  • $0 application fee and $0 transfer credit evaluation

  • Federal student aid available

  • Aid for active duty military, veterans, and their families

  • No SAT/ACT scores required

Branch Specific Benefits

Air Force

  • Use Air Force TA to earn your bachelor’s degree in exercise science. Up to 10 industry-recognized certifications are included in the curriculum.
  • Applicants with an associate degree begin as juniors in our bachelor’s degree program!*
  • Our Active Duty Military Discount covers remaining tuition after the per-credit TA cap. That means no out-of-pocket tuition costs.**
  • Lionel will evaluate your CCAF and other college transcripts at no charge.

Ready to begin?

Contact a Lionel Military Specialist for next steps!

Already have a degree? Approaching your separation date?

Air Force TA may cover certificate programs related to your job in the Air Force. Consult your education department counselor to learn if your job qualifies. Connect with a Lionel Military Specialist for assistance every step of the way.

*Subject to authorization from the Office of Registrar. Transfer credit evaluation of official transcripts required. Only courses with a C or higher qualify for transfer. Students must complete the lower-level requirements of the Lionel BS degree program before advancing to upper-level coursework. 

**The Lionel Active Duty Military Discount supplements the per-credit cap, but does not extend beyond the annual ceiling.

Army

  • Use Army TA to earn your associate or bachelor’s degree in exercise science. Up to 10 industry-recognized certifications are included in the curriculum.
  • Our Active Duty Military Discount covers remaining tuition after the per-credit TA cap. That means no out-of-pocket tuition costs.*
  • Lionel will evaluate your JSTs and other college transcripts at no charge.

Ready to begin?

Complete your ArmyIgnitED application, then contact a Lionel Military Specialist for next steps!

Already have a degree? Approaching your separation date?

Utilize Credentialing Assistance (CA) towards a certification course.** Connect with a Lionel Military Specialist for assistance every step of the way.

*The Lionel Active Duty Military Discount supplements the per-credit cap, but does not extend beyond the annual ceiling.
**Both TA and CA funds count toward a service member’s annual ceiling of $4,000.

Coast Guard

  • Use TA to earn your Master Trainer certificate, associate degree, or bachelor’s degree. Up to 10 industry-recognized certifications are included in the degree curriculum.
  • Our Active Duty Military Discount covers remaining tuition after the per-credit TA cap. That means no out-of-pocket tuition costs.*
  • Lionel will evaluate your JSTs and other college transcripts at no charge.

Ready to begin?

Contact a Lionel Military Specialist for next steps!

Already have a degree? Approaching your separation date?

Coast Guard service members are eligible to obtain one TA-funded certificate during their careers. Choose a single certification or enroll in one of our Advanced Trainer programs, which combine personal training and industry-relevant specializations. Connect with a Lionel Military Specialist to find the program that fits your goals.

*The Lionel Active Duty Military Discount supplements the per-credit cap, but does not extend beyond the annual ceiling.

Marines

  • Use Marine TA to earn your associate or bachelor’s degree in exercise science. Up to 10 industry-recognized certifications are included in the curriculum.
  • Our Active Duty Military Discount covers remaining tuition after the per-credit TA cap. That means no out-of-pocket tuition costs.*
  • Lionel will evaluate your JSTs and other college transcripts at no charge.

Ready to begin?

Contact a Lionel Military Specialist for next steps!

Already have a degree? Approaching your separation date?

Marines are eligible to obtain one TA-funded certificate during their careers. Choose a single certification or enroll in one of our Advanced Trainer programs, which combine personal training and industry-relevant specializations. Connect with a Lionel Military Specialist to find the program that fits your goals.

*The Lionel Active Duty Military Discount supplements the per-credit cap, but does not extend beyond the annual ceiling.

Navy

  • Use Navy TA to earn your associate or bachelor’s degree in exercise science. Up to 10 industry-recognized certifications are included in the curriculum.
  • Our Active Duty Military Discount covers remaining tuition after the per-credit TA cap. That means no out-of-pocket tuition costs.*
  • Lionel will evaluate your JSTs and other college transcripts at no charge.

Ready to begin?

Contact a Lionel Military Specialist for next steps!

*The Lionel Active Duty Military Discount supplements the per-credit cap, but does not extend beyond the annual ceiling.

GI Bill® & VA Benefits

Lionel is an approved institution for higher learning through the Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans can use their VA benefits toward tuition in our master's degree, bachelor’s degree, associate degree, or Master Trainer certificate programs. 

Here are the steps to getting started:

  1. Activate benefits or change the place of training. 
  2. Send your certificate of eligibility (COE) to military@lionel.edu.
  3. Apply to the associate or bachelor’s degree program.
  4. Submit all past transcripts (required by the VA).

Post-9/11 GI Bill (Chapter 33): After the school certifies your enrollment, the VA sends your eligible portion of tuition directly to the school. If you are less than 100% eligible, you will submit the remaining portion of tuition during the second week of class.

Montgomery GI Bill (Chapter 30, 1606) and Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (Chapter 35): Students utilizing Chapters 30, 1606, and/or 35 pay tuition directly to the school. After the school certifies enrollment and you verify your attendance, the VA will reimburse you according to your eligibility, course load, and the portion of the month that you attended. Monthly attendance verification may be required.

*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 website.

Military Spouse (MyCAA)

The My Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) discount program provides up to $4,000 toward a Lionel associate degree.

Here are the steps to getting started:

  1. Connect with a Military Specialist to identify the right program for your goals. 
  2. Set up your MyCAA account to access your benefits.
  3. Lionel University will evaluate any past college coursework at no charge.
  4. Up to two-thirds of the associate degree program can be accepted in transfer.

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We’re proud to be in the top 8% of Military Friendly® schools.

The Military Friendly® Schools list is based on public data sources for nearly 9,000 schools nationwide, input from student veterans, and survey responses. Only 8% of these schools (747) earned the designation in 2021-2022.

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