Grantham University is a private for-profit university located in Kansas City, Missouri that primarily offers its academic programs in the online format. It was founded by Donald Grantham as the Grantham Radio License School in 1951. He initially offered Federal Communications Commission License Certification Courses to veterans of World War II before the school was formally recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in 1961 through the national accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC).
The original school was located in Los Angeles, California. It established additional learning sites and campuses in Seattle, WA; Kansas City, MO; Hollywood, FL; and another campus in Los Angeles as it expanded its academic offerings. It underwent several name changes and was for a time known as the Grantham School of Electronics, and Grantham College of Engineering. It eventually consolidated all its educational activities in one campus in Los Angeles and decided to offer only distance learning programs. It relocated to Louisiana in 1993 and became the Grantham University in 2002. It again had to relocate to its present location after Hurricane Katrina destroyed its school facilities.
Accredited as a degree-granting institution, Grantham University offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Its programs are organized under its four schools namely the Mark Skousen School of Business, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and the School of Nursing and Allied Health. Offered areas of study include Criminal Justice, Medical Coding and Billing, General Studies, Multidisciplinary Studies, Health Systems Management, Multidisciplinary Studies, Healthcare Administration, Business Administration, Business Management, Project Management, Business Intelligence, Information Technology, Information Management, Performance Improvement, Engineering Management Technology, Computer Science, Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology, Information Systems, Information Systems Security, Nursing, and the RN to MSN degree program. The university’s programs are available to traditional students and non-traditional students such as active servicemen.
Grantham University has been designated as a SOC (Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges) institution. SOC is a consortium of national higher education associations that works in coordination with the Department of Defense and the Military Service to address the higher education needs that are voluntarily sought by service members including members of the National Guard and the Coast Guard. The university is also an institutional member of the National Association of Institutions for Military Education Services (NAIMES).
Financial aid is provided by Grantham University through tuition grants as well as textbook and software grants for active duty service members, veterans and military spouses, law enforcement and first responders, and wounded warriors. Tuition rate for military, employees of Department of Defense (DOD), and veterans, after application of scholarship is $ 250.00 per credit hour. Regular tuition rate $ 265.00 per credit hour for undergraduates. Students who have registered through an online military portal have the responsibility of withdrawing from the university through the same portal. The DOD computes refund based on the date a student has officially withdrawn. Some government agencies offer employer tuition reimbursement option such as the Air Force ISR Agency and the Commander Naval Surface Warfare Center Division, among others. Other financial assistance programs available to military personnel include the Military Spouse Financial Assistance Program, DANTES Reimbursement, the Tuition Assistance Top-Up Benefit, and various scholarships. Traditional students can avail of federal grants, loans, and institutional scholarships.
The total student population is approximately 6,150. Student/faculty ratio is 49:1. Grantham University is not presently affiliated with any intercollegiate athletic conference.