Military Student Admissions

Military Student Resources

With honor, Sessions College is committed to providing a military friendly environment for U.S. servicemembers, veterans, and their families. Since 1997, we have gone beyond the convenience of “anywhere, anytime” online education to provide a high-quality creative education that meets your military and civilian career goals.

At Sessions College, eligible military service members, veterans, and their families may take advantage of education funding that includes GI Bill ®, Tuition Assistance (TA), MyCAA, Federal Student Aid, and scholarships. We recommend that all Service members speak with their Educational Services Officer (ESO) or equivalent counselor prior to enrolling.

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What Programs are Eligible?

At Sessions College, we offer a range of online art and design programs that are designed for flexible learning and work well for active service members, veterans, their families, and other military-affiliated students. Below are our career training and degree programs that are VA approved and eligible for military education benefits.

Associate of Occupational Studies (AOS) Degree programs are available in: Graphic Design, Web Design, Digital Media, Illustration, Advertising Design, and Digital Photography.

Undergraduate Certificate programs are available in: Graphic Design, Web Design, Digital Media, Illustration, Advertising Design, Digital Photography, Print Design, and Advanced Web Design.

Are Programs Approved?

When you enroll at any college, it’s important to know that the school is respected throughout the field of higher education. At Sessions College we work hard to maintain our accreditations and institutional approvals.


Accreditation, Licensure, and State Authorization

Sessions College is accredited by DEAC and MSA-CESS, licensed by the Bureau of Private Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education, and a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement.


Veteran's Agencies

All Associate Degree and Undergraduate Certificate programs are approved by the Arizona Veterans Education and Training Approving Agency. This includes Chapters 30, 33, and 35 of the GI Bill® as well as Vocational Rehab (Chapter 31).


President's MOU Signatory

Sessions College is an approved Department of Defense College and a signatory of the 2014 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and the President’s Executive Order #13607.


Title IV Institution

All Degree and Undergraduate Certificate programs are approved for Title IV funding under FAFSA by the Department of Education.

“For a long time, no schools offering degrees in digital arts or photography were recognized by the Army Education program. While working through my Digital Arts Certificate program I found out about the Sessions Bridge Program, which allowed me to transfer classes from my certificate to my Associates program. The staff and military liaisons have been phenomenal in their response times and assistance.”

Robert Penner

Associate Degree in Graphic Design

What Services Are Available to Military-Affiliated Students?

When you enroll at Sessions College, you’ll work with a team dedicated to your success. We make it our mission to understand the requirements and responsibilities for participating in a range of education benefits programs: including tuition assistance (TA) programs, VA education benefits, MYCAA, and Federal Student Aid.

Military Student Liaison

Our Military Student Liaison acts as a single point of contact for all military program students from enrollment to graduation, in coordination with Admissions, Financial Aid, and Student Services departments. A designated Military Student Advisor is assigned to all military program students for academic advising.


Our Admissions team of trained designers is dedicated to helping you find the right program for your career goals and schedule. Take our Virtual Tour to sample the online student experience before you start.

Financial Aid

Our Financial Aid staff are there to help you understand how to pay your education, making responsible use of any education benefits or financial aid you may be eligible for. Our Financial Aid Manager is an expert in helping you coordinate education benefits with Federal Student Aid. Check out our Federal Financial Tools page for official resources on college costs.

Student Services

Our Student Services team is dedicated to supporting your progress from your first class to your final assignment.  We are experienced in addressing the needs of servicemembers and their families, which can range from scheduling, advisement, and deployment, to providing information about disability counseling and job search activities.

“Our team stands ready to help you understand your program and funding options and complete all the necessary paperwork to begin your course of study. We’ve helped hundreds of military service members, veterans, and their spouses achieve their creative education goals.”

Louis J. Schilt

Executive Vice President and Military Student Liaison

Staff Point of ContactEmail AddressPhone Number
Executive Vice President and Military Liaison
Louis J. Schilt
Lou@sessions.edu480 212 1704 ext 100
Financial Aid Manager
Debra Richards
Debra@sessions.edu480 212 1704 ext 166
Military Student Advisor
Brian Lorti
BrianL@sessions.edu480 212 1704 ext 162
Senior Director of Student Services
Tyler Drake
Tyler@sessions.edu480 212 1704 ext 150

Tuition and Fees

For complete information on tuition, fees, and other program expenses, please visit the Tuition and Fees page for your selected program:

Education Benefits

As a military friendly college we are dedicated to helping military families understand their rights and responsibilities with regard to their education benefits. Take a moment to explore some of the programs available.

GI Bill

The GI Bill® provides education financial support to U.S. military veterans and their families.

Eligible programs:

  • Associate Degree
  • Undergraduate Certificate

Tuition Assistance

Active U.S. military service members can fund their programs using Tuition Assistance (TA). Eligibility guidelines vary by military branch.

Eligible programs:

  • Associate Degree
  • Undergraduate Certificate


Military spouses who are pursuing qualifications in portable career fields are eligible for financial assistance.

Eligible programs:

  • Vocational Certificate
  • Undergraduate Certificate

Yellow Ribbon Program

Sessions College is a Yellow Ribbon Program participant. For eligible students in Associate Degree or Undergraduate Certificate programs, this means we will work with the VA to meet any gap between a Post-9/11 GI Bill award and unmet tuition and fees.

Financing Your Education

At Sessions College, we are here to help you explore all options for financing your educational goals. This includes understanding how education benefits work and how different sources of funding can be combined to help you go to school without incurring excessive debt.

Transfer of Education Benefits

Eligible active duty servicemembers may be able to transfer GI Bill benefits to a spouse or dependent child who meet the requirements for the post 9/11 GI Bill. In order to complete this transfer, you must meet the GI Bill Eligibility Rules.

Payment Plans

Students in Sessions College Vocational Certificate programs can use monthly payment plans to pay as they go. Plan options vary depending on program length and down payment.

GI Bill Online Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)

Eligible veteran students of online colleges may receive a monthly housing allowance. This is a monthly benefit paid by direct deposit while attending school under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.


Our Louis H. Schilt Scholarship program provides Vocational Certificate scholarships for severely injured veterans and their spouses.

Talk to Your Counselor

Before enrolling in any program, Active Duty and Reserve military members and their families should always speak with their assigned educational services officer (ESO) or approved installation staff before enrolling. For more information, please visit the education office on your military installation for your respective service branch. National Guard and Reserve members who don’t have an ESO on their installation should contact a regional office to receive support.

Here are some official resources for military service members:

Air Force Virtual Education Center

United States Coast Guard

Army Education Centers

Navy College Virtual Education Center

Getting Started at Sessions College

There are plenty of reasons for you to pursue your education with Sessions College. Individuals and families of the military find our online courses affordable and flexible. If you’d like to begin your journey now, contact our admissions department Monday through Friday at 10am-9pm Eastern Time.

  • Study Graphic Design, Web Design, Digital Media, Photography, Illustration, and more.

  • Choose from a range of Degree and Vocational programs.

  • Expert advisors help make your application process simple and convenient.