Educational Partnerships

Columbia Southern University | Trident University | Ashford University | Waldorf University | Herzing University

California Southern University | Bethel University | Allied American University | Univerity of the Southwest

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Sheriff Training - Columbia Southern University


Partner since 2006.


National Sheriffs' Association Tuition Discounts

Members of the National Sheriffs' Association, along with their spouses and children, can receive a 10% tuition discount at Columbia Southern University, an online university with unlimited possibilities. To take advantage of this discount, please submit your application and enrollment forms via the National Sheriffs' Association page on the CSU website.

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Discounts for NSA Members

10% tuition discount

No application fee ($25 Value)

Exceptional Service

Beginning with your initial contact, you'll find that our personalized service is second to none. Faculty and staff are dedicated to the principle that it is only through your success that we succeed. We are available to assist you with information from the application process to graduation requirements.


CSU Book Grant

Textbooks are provided at no cost through CSU Book Grant as long as the student successfully completes the course.


Flexible Learning

Forget the days of scheduled online sessions and on-site test taking! At CSU, coursework can be completed at times that are most convenient for you. Faculty and staff offer flexible individualized instruction designed to provide each student with the guidance and support necessary for successful course completion.


No Entrance Exams Required

CSU does not require minimum entrance scores for the ACT, SAT, GRE or GMAT to be accepted for admission into our programs.


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Police Education - Trident University


Partner since 2010.


Founded in 1998 and located in Cypress, California, Trident University International (TUI) is the only 100% online University that is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). TUI offers 15 Baccalaureate, Master's and Doctoral degrees in 82 concentrations across its Colleges of Business Administration, Education, Health Sciences, and Information Systems. In addition, to complement and complete the Bachelor degree programs, TUI offers General Education courses in six (6) competency areas: Arts/Humanities, English Composition, Health & Wellness, College Mathematics, Physical & Biological Sciences, and Social & Behavioral Sciences. See the University Catalog for more information on our programs.


Learning Platform

The TUI distance learning platform is highly regarded, bringing traditional teaching methods to the online world by employing case-based methodology in all courses. This proven approach helps students develop critical thinking and strategic skills that can enhance their lives and further their careers. In addition, TUI offers eight session starts every year, and almost every class is offered in each session, making it easier for students to complete degree requirements and earn their degrees in an efficient manner. For a student’s perspective on Trident University please view a video found here.


World Class Education

More than 90% of our Faculty has earned a Ph.D. or the highest equivalent degree in their respective fields. This helps ensure world-class instruction that continually meets and exceeds the rigorous accreditation requirements of WASC. TUI faculty and staff are committed to providing individual feedback and support to every student. In particular, Academic Advisors are assigned to guide students to their immediate educational goals as well as their long-term development and success as a TUI student.


Little Things That Mean A Lot

We understand the little things mean a lot for distance learners. 100% online courses mean students do not have to consider commute time, gas or parking costs. TUI also offers a high degree of flexibility. Technical support is fast, friendly and responsive. TUI considers credits from any regionally or nationally accredited college or university, as well as ACE, CLEP, DANTES, CAEL and Excelsior.

Detailed information on transferring credits can be found here.


Career Services

The goal of the Career Services Center is to provide high quality, relevant resources and services to assist Trident students and alumni worldwide with career planning and job search.

The Career Services Center seeks to add value to students, alumni, staff and faculty, and to the community by providing innovative, timely, ongoing career-related support. While Trident University International’s Career Services Center is a virtual Center, students will find that the support and service provided is personal and individualized.

For General Admission questions, check out our FAQ or call 800-451-2269.


Law Enforcement - Ashford University
Partner since 2010.


Ashford University is proud to partner with National Sheriffs' Association!

All NSA members who successfully apply to and attend Ashford University will receive:

15% tuition grant | Technology fee waived | Free required course materials for all mandatory courses

For more information or to receive these benefits visit or call 888.805.6911 to speak to a dedicated Admissions Counselor at Ashford University.

Be part of the solution and contribute to a just society when you earn your Associate's, Bachelor's, or Master's degree from Ashford University.  Ashford University is a supportive community that combines a traditional college campus with effective learning online. The Ashford experience brings together four ideas:


Engaging Curricula

Pursue a course of study that covers the full spectrum of modern knowledge – from eMarketing and Cognitive Studies, to Health Informatics and Sustainable Enterprise Management. No matter your job title, you’ll build the skills that matter most in your industry.

Modern Digital Tools

Your professors use computerized assessment to measure your learning. In many courses, you’ll study and learn from a suite of digital materials, rather than expensive textbooks. And the Ashford Mobile app lets you keep in touch with your professors and fellow students on-the-go.

Vibrant Community

At Ashford, you’re never alone! The Ashford student body is a diverse family where everyone is welcome. Students, faculty, and alumni interact and support each other from across the country and the world. Social media tools allow you to connect and network whenever you wish.

Cherished Tradition

Ashford University is devoted to maintaining its rich history and heritage. Commencement ceremonies are one important tradition at Ashford, when the campus in Clinton, Iowa welcomes thousands of students from across the country to receive their degrees. All graduates, campus and online, are welcome to participate, and many of them enthusiastically join in this celebration.

Transfer up to 90 approved credits to accelerate your degree completion. Any training programs you’ve participated in could translate into college credits. Find out how to combine your previous coursework with corporate training to make the maximum transfer impact. For more information, visit Transfer to Ashford.


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Sheriffs - Waldorf College

Partner since 2010

For more than 100 years, Waldorf University has provided academic excellence to thousands via its traditional programs. Based in Forest City, Iowa, Waldorf offers regionally accredited residential and online degree programs. The online programs, taught by an intelligent and caring faculty who value the student’s success, feature popular career fields such as organizational leadership, criminal justice, communications, homeland security, emergency management and more.

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Discounts for NSA Members

10% tuition discount

No application fee ($25 Value)


Waldorf Book Grant

Textbooks are provided at no cost through Waldorf Book Grant as long as the online student successfully completes the course.


No Scheduled Online Sessions

There are no group projects and courses are totally asynchronous. Study offline anytime and anywhere that works best for you and simply log back on to submit the prepared assignments by the due date.


Certificate Programs

From criminal justice to business administration to psychology, we offer a multitude of regionally accredited online certificate programs designed to enhance your career options.  The flexibility of these programs allows you to take classes on your schedule, when and where you want.


Visit to apply and enroll today!



Police - Herzing University

Partner since 2011.


Herzing University is a recognized educational partner of the National Sheriffs Association and offers exclusive benefits to its members and all sworn law enforcement professionals.




Badge-to-Grad Scholarship Award

Sworn law enforcement professionals and corrections officers are eligible to receive a tuition reduction scholarship of nearly 50% for most undergraduate programs. They are also eligible for a tuition reduction scholarship of almost 20% on graduate degrees.


NSA Member Scholarship Award

For those NSA members who are not sworn, Herzing University offers a 10% tuition reduction scholarship on all undergraduate and graduate programs. This benefit applies to the immediate family of all NSA members.

To learn more about the scholarship options visit or call toll free (866)255-7607.


Credit for Academy Training & Prior Learning

Herzing University can grant up to 32 semester credit hours for your academy training and will perform a FREE non-committal evaluation of previous college experience and military transcripts to determine if additional transfer credits are available.


Additional Benefits for NSA Members and Their Immediate Family

  • No application or enrollment fees
  • A dedicated admissions team and support from career development specialists


To learn more about the scholarships, credit for academy training and additional benefits visit call toll free (866)255-7607.

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About Herzing University

Forty-seven years and 40,000 alumni speak to the quality and consistency of Herzing University.

With twelve physical locations and an online campus, Herzing University delivers education with a focus on flexibility. Students can attend classes exclusively on campus, online, or a combination of both.



Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. The Higher Learning Commission can be contacted at or 800-621-7440.













New Orleans





Akron Institute of Herzing University, 1600 S. Arlington Street, Suite 100, Akron, OH 44306 - OH REG # 04-01-1704T

Herzing University Toledo – 5212 Hill Avenue, Toledo, OH 43605 – OH REG# 08-09-1874B

To learn more about the scholarships, credit for academy training and additional benefits visit call toll free (866)255-7607.


Law Enforcement - Columbia Southern University
Partner since 2011
California Southern University is honored to be the newest educational partner of the National Sheriffs’ Association and to serve its members by providing them with greater access to affordable, quality online higher education. 

Members of the NSA will receive many benefits as students of CalSouthern, including 100-percent online learning, one-one-one faculty mentoring, flexibility, and affordable tuition.  

Members will also receive a 10-percent NSA member tuition discount.    

Benefit from career-relevant degree and certificate programs:  CalSouthern is an accredited university that offers online degree and certificate programs in business, psychology and law.  Study areas include criminal and juvenile justice, criminal law, leadership, ethics, management, supervisory management, human resources, domestic relations, and the psychology of violence and trauma.  CalSouthern serves students at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate level.   Doctorate degrees include the Doctorate of Business Administration, the Doctorate of Psychology and the Juris Doctor within the School of Law.  

Receive unbelievable one-on-one faculty mentoring:  Faculty are gifted educators as well as leaders in their fields who will mentor students with one-on-one, personalized instruction. Students receive prompt attention, and CalSouthern prides itself on the level of accessibility students have with its faculty and professional staff.  

Enjoy flexibility that enables learning on your own schedule:  Certificate and degree programs are affordable and delivered 100-percent online and 100-percent asynchronous meaning that students are able to complete every aspect of their coursework on their own schedules.  CalSouthern offers monthly enrollments and flexibility around its eight-week course terms so students can make steady progress towards their degree at the pace that works best for them.  

Save time and money: NSA members will receive a 10-percent tuition discount through this partnership. CalSouthern will also work with you to maximize the value of your transfer credits and save you time and money.  Up to 90 transfer credits may be applicable towards our bachelor degree programs.

For more information or to speak with an enrollment advisor, contact 1-800-477-2254 and mention the code: NSAMember. 

About California Southern University: CalSouthern has a long history of educating adult learners worldwide with practical certificate and degree programs in areas that directly affect professional performance.  CalSouthern is committed to being the school of choice for professionals who are seeking the very best in online education, while maintaining its commitment to making its courses and programs accessible and affordable to those with busy schedules and tight budgets.  

CalSouthern is accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC).  The Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Contact information: 
California Southern University
930 Roosevelt, Irvine, California, 92620



Partner since 2012
At Bethel University College of Criminal Justice you have the convenience of online courses through our Virtual Campus, with a schedule structured for working adults. We understand the unique pressures facing working professionals, and we design our programs with this in mind. 
Because You Serve, You Deserve To:
Be Rewarded
  • College credit for your training
  • Textbooks are included in tuition
  • An Apple iPad is provided to every student
  • Military discount rate available
  • Tuition Assistance & other veterans benefits accepted

Be Respected
  • Attend anytime, anywhere; classes are completely online
  • Instructors are experts in the field with real experience as criminal justice professionals
  • Personal academic advisors partner with students to ensure success
  • Some students can finish their degree in as little as 18 months

Be a Leader
  • Use your education to advance in your career
  • Bachelor and Master degrees are available
  • Earn your degree from an accredited, non-profit university with a rich 170 year history

Bethel University College of Criminal Justice
Partner since 2013
Allied American University (AAU) is a nationally accredited, online college offering associate and bachelor's degrees, and college-level certificate programs especially designed for busy, working adults seeking to advance their careers through higher education.

AAU has developed specialized areas of study in the criminal justice field and is a dedicated partner of various law enforcement organizations. For example, AAU is a proud educational partner of the National Sheriff’s Association (NSA) and the Military Police Regimental Association (MPRA), as well as being recognized as an MPRA "Preferred School.”

The university has also been recognized as a Top Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine for four consecutive years and has been acknowledged by Military Advanced Education magazine for accommodating the education needs’ of active duty service members. 

Education partners, such as the National Sheriff’s Association (NSA) members, spouses and children, can benefit from attractive educational perks at AAU. These perks include:

  • Lower Tuition Rate
    • Save up to $2,400 on a bachelor's degree program
    • Save up to $1,200 on an associate degree program
  • Waived Fees
  • Live Support from a Personalized Support Team
    • Admissions Specialist
    • Program Success Advocate
    • Registration Representative
  • Flexibility to balance education goals with work/family responsibilities
  • Spouses and children of NSA members also qualify for AAU discounts

At AAU, students can pursue an associate or bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, Computer Information Systems, Business Administration or General Studies. A variety of certificate programs, such as Homeland Security, Criminal Investigations, Law Enforcement, Corrections, Management and more, can provide a competitive edge to a law enforcement career, as well as reinforce a degree program.

With staff and faculty members that have prior law enforcement and/or military experience, AAU understands the types of benefits that help criminal justice students succeed.  These benefits include:

  • 100% Online Programs.  All courses are online, 24/7.
  • 8-Week Courses. Finish faster.
  • Student Aid. Federal student aid accepted.
  • Interest-Free Pay Plans. Graduate debt free.
  • AAU Scholarships. Earn up to $6,000 in scholarship funds.
  • Education Partner Benefits. NSA members save money.
  • No Waitlists. Classes are always available.
  • Open Enrollment.  Choose from multiple start dates.
  • No Entrance Exams. SAT scores and exams don’t determine eligibility.
  • Live Support. Education support from trained staff when you need it.
  • Transfer Credits. Fast credit transfer reviews.
  • Accredited. Nationally accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC).

AAU looks forward to servicing the needs of all NSA members, spouses and children. To learn more about taking advantage of NSA education partner benefits at AAU, please call (888) 384-0849 or visit



Partner since 2013

Established in 1962, University of the Southwest is a faith-based university located in Hobbs, New Mexico. University of the Southwest is an accredited member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, one of the six regional agencies that evaluate educational institutions. This is the highest form of accreditation a university is bestowed. At University of the Southwest, you'll receive more than an education! Whether in the traditional college setting or in an online program, USW's top-quality courses are designed to build character and strengthen skills for serving others.

Our Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree is a 120 credit hour program offered fully online allowing students the flexibility of completing coursework on their time. In addition to this flexibility, our program offers the following advantages to adult learners who work full time and are looking to advance their career:
  • USW will give up to 30 credit hours toward a student’s degree in criminal justice upon verification of the applicant’s successful completion of academy training
  • USW will give additional credit for on-the-job training and continuing education using the following formula – 30 training contact hours = 1 credit hour
  • Small class sizes – Student/Teacher ratio is 15:1
  • Criminal Justice courses are offered during ten 5-week terms per year allowing students to complete this program quicker than a traditional program.
  • ALL law enforcement officers, regardless of the state of residence is given a $200 discount
  • No application fees
  • No out of state tuition fees
  • No textbook fees. E-books are embedded in each course and included in the course tuition
  • New students in the Criminal Justice program will be provided a Samsung Chromebook to complete their studies
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Partner since 2014


The Department of Justice Administration at the University of Louisville (UofL) offers a scholarship for all members of the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA) who qualify, when they enroll in the Master of Science in Criminal Justice online program at UofL. The scholarship represents 15% of the tuition per credit hour rate for the online programs.

To be considered for the scholarship, applicants must be current members of NSA and maintain their membership in good standing throughout the duration of the academic program.

To receive the scholarship benefits, NSA members must apply to the online criminal justice graduate program at UofL. Upon acceptance and successful enrollment, students must contact the Justice Administration department at UofL to process their scholarship application.

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Discounts & Benefits for NSA Members

  • 15% tuition discount
  • No application fee
  • No technology fee
  • No GRE*

*Applicants who have earned a master’s degree or a minimum of 12 applicable graduate credit hours from a regionally accredited institution are eligible for a GRE waiver.

Learning Excellence

The University of Louisville (UofL) is a state-supported and nationally-recognized research university, regionally accredited by SACS and a proud member of ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference). UofL’s achievements in sports and academics, research and innovation make our university the institution of choice for students residing in the U.S. and around the world.

The Justice Administration department at UofL extends the university’s mission by offering high quality educational programs in criminal justice. To meet the needs of our adult learners, we offer our programs in a flexible format, online and on campus. Our online programs include a Bachelor’s in Science in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice. A doctoral program is also available on campus only.

Our faculty and staff are professionals with extensive expertise in their field and are ready and eager to help you achieve your professional and personal goals through advanced education. At every step of the way, from admission to graduation, our team provides customized guidance on an individual basis, so you are knowledgeable about the learning process and you have all the tools necessary to stay on track and graduate on time.

Our Master’s in Criminal Justice innovative curriculum and award-winning faculty provide an educational experience you won’t find anywhere else. The core curriculum focuses on criminal justice system, theories of crime and delinquency, legal issues in criminal justice, and advanced statistics and research methods. You can also choose from several elective courses that allow you to gain specialized knowledge in areas such as emergency management, capital punishment, homeland security and computer applications in criminal justice.

Our accelerated online course format in our master’s program is structured on 6-week terms, so you can take one course at the time and focus on the specialized materials you are studying. Throughout each course, your professor is available to answer course questions, provide guidance and learning resources or facilitate group projects and discussions.

Join our global learning community at UofL and prepare for career and personal success.
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