Bridgepoint Education's Ashford University Named to the Top 50 Military Friendly List by Military Times Edge Magazine

Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (NYSE: BPI) a provider of post-secondary education services focused on providing higher access to higher education, announced today that Ashford University was honored as one of the "Top 50 Military Friendly Schools" in the August edition of The Military Times Edge magazine.

More than 645,000 active duty service members enrolled in voluntary education programs in 2008, and of those, at least 450,000 took college-level courses. The list was compiled using information received by the military from service members, including veterans and members of the reserve, who applied for educational G.I. benefits.

"We realize the importance of providing a quality education to our nation's military, and offering programs that meet their unique needs," said Chris Spohn, senior vice president and chief admissions officer for Bridgepoint Education. "We feel privileged that so many members of the military choose Ashford University, and we are honored to be included on this prestigious list."

Ashford University provides education benefits to all qualified military personnel and their spouses. The university's military grant also waives application and technology fees and pays for all books and applicable shipping costs for qualified military students. In addition, Ashford University provides a specialized team of advisors who assist students with enrollment, academic and financial needs.

For additional information about Ashford University, visit or call 800.877.1192.

About Ashford University

Founded in 1918, Ashford University is a coeducational institution regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, with programs in education, business, accounting, criminal and social justice, computer animation and graphic design, and other areas. The University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, as well as a range of student activities and athletics, at its Clinton campus. Online degree programs are available in education, organizational management, business administration, and psychology. The University is known for its high quality yet highly affordable on-campus and online programs, with tuition fees among the lowest in the U.S. compared to other private institutions. Its tagline is: "Higher Education Made Affordable"(SM). For more information, please visit or contact Shari Rodriguez, director of Public Relations, at 858.513.9240 x2513.

About Bridgepoint Education

Bridgepoint Education's postsecondary education services focus on offering associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in the disciplines of business, education, psychology, social sciences and health sciences. Bridgepoint Education's regionally accredited academic institutions - Ashford University and University of the Rockies - deliver their programs online as well as at traditional campuses located in Clinton, Iowa, and Colorado Springs, Colorado. For more information about Bridgepoint Education, visit or call Shari Rodriguez, director of Public Relations at 858.668.2580.