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Since September 11, 2001, enrollment and subsequent retirement of U.S. military has surged, producing millions of new veterans. Our nation is now home to a larger population of veterans than those on active duty, yet American military veterans and current service members alike face a number of challenges as they make plans to attend college and advance their career.

Our goal in highlighting the best colleges for veterans is to provide a resource for veterans, active service members, reservists and military dependents to find comprehensive support in the form of military-specific financial aid and student services on campus. With a number of obstacles affecting veterans’ abilities to pursue a college education and adjust to post-military life, the percentage of veterans graduating from college has been marginal, at best. Such statistics have led lawmakers and higher-learning institutions to adopt measures that not only enable veterans to attend college, but also aid their transition into the classroom and out into the world. In line with these methodologies, the following military-friendly colleges, both online and on campus, offer special counseling services, financial aid and veteran-oriented career consultation.

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School
Location
Tuition
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University of La Verne

La Verne, CA
$35,000 annually

University of La Verne has a 45 year history of supporting higher education programs for active service members and veterans. A recipient of the Military Friendly® designation for five consecutive years, the university's Office of Veterans Students Success serves as advocate and liaison to both military and VA-affiliated students. At La Verne, both on-campus and online veteran students receive guidance from a dedicated VA-certified official, as well as an academic advisor, to assist them in completing their degree. The university offers career services, counseling and psychological services, learning enhancement and disability services and VA-specific aid to veteran students.

Testimonial

"La Verne's accelerated degree programs teach the necessary skills for career advancement and careers beyond active duty service." -Terrace Diaz, bachelor of science in biology

Quick Facts

  • La Verne offers 50 Yellow Ribbon Program spots, with no cap on financial contributions to this program.
  • The university also supports the Montgomery GI Bill, Post 9/11 GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation, Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program, Reserve Educational Assistance Program and Montgomery GI Bill for Reserves.

Address

1950 Third St
La Verne, CA 91750-4401
(909) 593-3511
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University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL
$9,450 in state;
$23,950 out of state

Nationally recognized as a "military- and veteran-friendly university," University of Alabama is home to a variety of comprehensive programs and services to ease veterans into college life and assist them in completing their degree. In addition to unique on-campus programs, including the Campus Veterans Association and Veteran Work Study Program, the University of Alabama offers support to veterans in the form of a VA Certification Program, Outreach Mission, special housing options and Transition Assistance, which comprises career transitioning and family support services. The university offers financial aid options for veterans, service members, dependents and survivors.

Quick Facts

  • UA offers unlimited slots for the Yellow Ribbon Program and does not cap financial contributions to the program.
  • In addition to the Yellow Ribbon Program, UA offers the Fry Scholarship to children of active duty members of the Armed Forces who have died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001.
  • The university also supports the Leadership Scholar Program through a partnership between UA and the U.S. Marine Corps.

Address

739 University Blvd
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0166
(205) 348-6010
3

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA
$20,768 annually

Liberty University offers a variety of services geared toward veterans. Through partnerships with the Virginia Wounded Warrior program and We Are Virginia Veterans, Liberty is home to VetLink, an organization dedicated to bringing together and sharing resources among servicemembers and veterans. VetLink is designed to provide comprehensive academic and community support to veterans and their families through job placement assistance, scholarships and financial aid, peer support and community and outreach activities.

Quick Facts

  • In addition to the Yellow Ribbon Program, Liberty offers veteran-specific scholarships, including the Army National Guard Scholarship.
  • LU is home to a variety of military assistance programs, including the ACE Credit and VetSuccess on Campus.

Address

1971 University Blvd
Lynchburg, VA 24515
(434) 582-2000
4

University of South Carolina - Columbia

Columbia, SC
$10,816 in state;
$28,528 out of state

At University of South Carolina - Columbia, academic and emotional support for veterans is the priority among military-oriented resources on campus. Columbia is home to the Green Zone, a safe haven for all veterans and active-duty service members. The Green Zone is designed to help veterans transition into campus life and better understand the educational resources available to them. The university also hosts an inclusive Student Veterans Association, as well as a comprehensive transfer/veteran cross-campus advising network to "facilitate academic exploration."

Testimonial

"I learned so much about Student Veterans and Active Service Members that will help me tremendously whenever I meet with students. It was also very beneficial to understand the military experience and how it might impact their college experience." -Green Zone Volunteer

Quick Facts

  • USC offers VA-funded work study positions to student veterans who qualify.
  • Veterans may be eligible for reimbursement of tutoring costs by the USC Veterans Services department.

Address

Columbia-Campus
Columbia, SC 29208
(803) 777-7000
5

University of Oklahoma

Norman, OK
$8,916 in state;
$21,105 out of state

Home to a variety of student resources specifically for veterans and active-duty service members, the University of Oklahoma hosts numerous on-campus programs and organizations designed to merge scholastic advancement and veteran support. The UO campus offers Green Zone services to students and provides online Green Zone training to faculty and staff looking to become counselors and/or mentors. The university also supports the Warrior-Scholar Project and the Veteran Support Alliance Fund and is home to a local chapter of the national Student Veterans of America. Overall, the UO Student Veterans Association aims to "create a culture of trust and connectedness across the campus community to promote well-being and success."

Quick Facts

  • OU was named among the nation's Best Colleges for Veterans 2015 by Military Times.
  • UO offers unlimited slots for the Yellow Ribbon Program and does not cap financial contributions to this program.
  • The university sponsors a variety of memorial scholarships, as well as scholarships through a partnership between UO and the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation.

Address

660 Parrington Oval
Norman, OK 73019-3072
(405) 325-0311
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Northwood University - Michigan

Midland, MI
$22,130 annually

As a school consistently called "military-friendly" by national organizations, Northwood University aims to offer veteran student resources above and beyond the usual standards. The school has held military programming at various satellite locations since the 1980s and has served over 2,200 service members, veterans and military families since opening its doors in 1959. In addition to honoring the Post 9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program, Northwood began offering additional tuition discounts to qualifying military personnel as of fall 2011.

Quick Facts

  • In addition to being named a military-friendly school for three consecutive years by Victory Media, in 2015 Northwood was ranked among the top 15% of all colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide by Victory Media president, Rich McCormack.
  • Northwood University offers 250 Yellow Ribbon slots, and a maximum contribution of $3,500.

Address

4000 Whiting Dr
Midland, MI 48640-2398
(989) 837-4200
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Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS
$8,585 in state;
$21,530 out of state

Kansas State University offers a long list of available veterans assistance programs, as well as extensive support to navigate student eligibility via its Office of Veterans Affairs. In addition to participating in GI Bills and the Yellow Ribbon Program, K-State offers a number of other financial support programs, including the Veterans Educational Assistance Program and the Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program. Through its Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation Program and Military One Source for Spouses and Families, K-State aims to engage student veterans via specialty work-study designed to encourage rehabilitation and ease the transition into college life.

Quick Facts

  • K-State honors the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Program, which provides up to $4,000 over a two-year period of financial assistance to military spouses pursuing eligible degree programs.
  • The university's Non-Traditional & Veteran Student Services and Office of Veterans Affairs work together to offer students the latest updates on veteran-specific aid and opportunities.

Address

Anderson Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
(785) 532-6011
8

Regis University

Denver, CO
$32,424 annually

Regis University is committed to supporting veterans' educational endeavors across a number of innovative platforms. Through the university's Virtual Veterans Resource Center, students can explore benefits and resources, browse degree programs geared toward military students and connect with other student veterans. Each campus hosts its own veterans resource center, and the university is home to the Regis Student Veteran Association. In addition to offering career services, counseling and personal development programs, veterans may choose to engage in unique opportunities through the Center for the Study of the War Experience or connect to other student veterans through the school's dedicated Facebook and Twitter pages.

Quick Facts

  • GI Jobs named Regis University a Top Military Friendly® Schools for 2013.
  • Regis offers unlimited slots to students eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program, with a maximum financial contribution of $4,270.
  • Regis was ranked ninth among the nation's Best Colleges for Veterans in 2015, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Address

3333 Regis Blvd
Denver, CO 80221-1099
(800) 388-23662111
9

St. Joseph's College - New York

Brooklyn, NY
$21,878 annually

The Brooklyn campus of St. Joseph's College is home to a vibrant liberal arts atmosphere, including unique and innovative programs for veterans and military service members from all walks of life. In addition to financial aid and housing assistance provided by the college's participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program and GI Bills, veteran students may qualify for a reduced per credit tuition rate through Tuition Assistance. The college hosts a number of student-led organizations for veterans to share resources and experiences, including the on-campus chapter of Student Veterans of America and the Armed Forces Club.

Testimonial

"As a veteran of World War II, studying liberal arts was a dream for me. I had read Shakespeare on my own, but I never read it with a scholar ... it's been so enriching to have these experiences." -Michael Pope, class of 2016, Lieutenant, U.S. Merchant Marines

Quick Facts

  • SJC was named among the nation's Best Colleges for Veterans 2015 by Military Times.
  • The college offers 450 slots to students eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program, with a maximum financial contribution of $7,000.
  • SJC offers a semi-annual Veterans Open House for students and their families to explore military and veterans programs, tuition assistance and other benefits.

Address

245 Clinton Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11205-3688
(718) 940-5300
10

Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, KY
$8,722 in state;
$22,248 out of state

The Office of Veteran Affairs at Western Kentucky University is committed to helping student veterans advance their career and transition into life both on-campus and outside the classroom. As part of the university's involvement in the federal Veterans Upward Bound program, WKU supports veteran enrollment and success in postsecondary education through free and low-cost programming. The university is home to a comprehensive Veterans Resource Center, helping student veterans explore special course credits and tuition assistance, free textbooks and supplies through Textbooks for Troops and the Vet-2-Vet peer counseling program, among other resources. This department also assists in organizing weekly meetings of the Student Veterans Alliance on campus.

Quick Facts

  • WKU was named a Best for Vets 4-Year College for five consecutive years by Military Times.
  • The university has been designated a military-friendly school every year since 2009 by Victory Media.
  • As part of the Textbooks for Troops program, WKU boasts the largest lending library of its kind and provides free textbooks to all military students during their time at WKU.

Address

1906 College Heights Blvd
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1000
(270) 745-0111
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Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne, FL
$36,020 annually

Florida Institute of Technology is committed to providing student veterans and their families with comprehensive financial aid, housing assistance and other services specifically for veterans and military service members. As a Tuition Assistance participant, FIT may cover up to 100% of tuition costs for qualifying students, though limits may apply per credit and/or semester. The school also provides career development and employment assistance for the spouses of veterans through its Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Program. FIT is proud to honor the Yellow Ribbon Program and the Post 9/11 GI Bill.

Quick Facts

  • GI Jobs has consistently named FIT a Military Friendly® School.
  • FIT was listed among the nation's Best Colleges for Veterans in U.S. News and World Report's inaugural 2013 ranking.

Address

150 West University Boulevard
Melbourne, FL 32901-6975
(321) 674-8000
12

Fort Hays State University

Hays, KS
$4,358 in state;
$12,821 out of state

Ft. Hays State University features a dedicated Military and Family Friendly Committee to oversee programs for student veterans and active-duty military on campus. The university offers a number of financial aid programs, including federally sponsored programs like the Yellow Ribbon Program, GI Bills, Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program and Veterans Education Assistance Program, as well as the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship and Vocational Rehabilitation. In addition, Ft. Hays supports development and employment assistance for spouses of veterans through its Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Program.

Quick Facts

  • The university features a convenient online class schedule/financial aid form specifically for student veterans.
  • Ft. Hays was ranked 15th among the nation's Best Online Bachelor's Programs for Veterans by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.

Address

600 Park St
Hays, KS 67601-4099
(785) 628-4000
13

Wayland Baptist University

Plainview, TX
$12,550 annually

Wayland Baptist University offers a variety of financial aid options to both veterans and active-duty military. The university recommends veterans schedule a free evaluation with an academic/VA advisor to discuss benefits and complete the appropriate applications for Tuition Assistance. WBU honors the Post 9/11 GI Bill, as well as numerous other forms of financial aid that support higher education and personal development of veterans and their families. The university also offers qualifying students up to 12 additional credit hours for work experience.

Testimonial

"The Army's tuition assistance makes it affordable. The classes are taught here on Fort Wainwright and are easy access for me. I am a Christian and appreciate the positive Christian teaching environment. I know I am getting a good, quality, accredited education that I can use should I decide to continue my education after retirement." -Bill Carmichael, Business major, Master Sergeant, US Army (Fairbanks)

Quick Facts

  • WBU offers academic support to veterans' spouses through the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts program.
  • The university has no cap on financial contributions to its 500 student spots available through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Address

1900 W 7th St.
Plainview, TX 79072
(806) 291-1000
14

Southwestern College - Kansas

Winfield, KS
$23,886 annually

Southwestern College offers numerous services designed to assist veterans and military service members in financing and completing their degree, as well as adjusting to academic life. In addition to its support of initiatives like the Yellow Ribbon Program and other GI Bills, Southwestern offers a special grant in the form of the Alan Bradford Veteran Award, available to any active military personnel or veteran who enrolls at Southwestern College's main campus in Winfield. Dedicated admissions counselors are available in-person, by phone or via the college's website for individualized academic planning and tuition assistance focused on student veterans and their families.

Quick Facts

  • Military Advanced Education named Southwestern among its Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities in 2015.
  • Southwestern was ranked a Military Friendly® School by Victory Media in 2015.
  • GI Jobs named Southwestern a Top Military Friendly® School for 2013.

Address

100 College Street
Winfield, KS 67156-6224
(620) 229-6000
15

Southern New Hampshire University

Manchester, NH
$28,884 annually

Student veterans at Southern New Hampshire University are eligible for the school's unique traditional undergraduate day program at the Manchester, NH campus. SNHU honors the Post 9/11 GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program. The services of a dedicated veteran certifying official provide counsel regarding how to maximize financial benefits available to student veterans. SNHU campus is also home to the exclusive DeColfmacker Veterans Lounge. Created through a partnership between VA organizations in the local community and SNHU Veterans Affairs, this space is designed to offer a comfortable place for veterans to relax. Representatives from the SNHU Career Development Center and a Military Academic Advisor have regularly scheduled office hours in the Lounge to assist with additional benefits and services.

Quick Facts

  • SNHU was named a Top Military Friendly® School by Victory Media in 2013.
  • GI Jobs ranked SNHU among the nation's top Military Friendly® schools in 2012.
  • SNHU offers both online and traditional on-campus options for veteran education.

Address

2500 N River Rd
Manchester, NH 03106
6036269100
16

Saint Martin's University

Lacey, WA
$30,284 annually

Serving veterans and military students on its campus for over 40 years, St. Martin's is a member of the DoD Voluntary Education Partnership, a Memorandum of Understanding that guarantees high-quality postsecondary education programs are provided to all U.S. service members seeking academic advancement. For comprehensive academic support, St. Martin's Center for Student Learning, Writing and Advising offers a dedicated team of advisors to assist veterans. The university also supports a variety of efforts to help veterans transition into the workplace, offering the services of advisors knowledgeable in veterans issues through the Office of Career Development. St. Martin's is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program, with no cap on available slots for participating students.

Quick Facts

  • St. Martin's University was named a Top Military Friendly® School by Victory Media in 2015.
  • Military Advanced Education ranked St. Martin's among its Top Military Friendly® Colleges and Universities in 2014.

Address

5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, WA 98503-7500
(360) 491-4700
17

St. Thomas Aquinas College

Sparkill, NY
$26,340 annually

At St. Thomas Aquinas College, students have a variety of options for tuition assistance and financial aid centered on serving the needs of veterans and military service members. In addition to supporting the Post 9/11 GI Bill and the Yellow Ribbon Program, St. Thomas Aquinas offers Veterans Tuition Awards, providing financial assistance to eligible veterans matriculated in an approved undergraduate, graduate or vocational training program in New York State. The college also provides financial assistance to children, spouses and financial dependents of veterans and servicemembers through several additional scholarships and grants, including the Federal Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant, NYS Military Service Recognition Scholarships and NYS Regents Awards for Children of Deceased and Disabled Veterans.

Quick Facts

  • St. Thomas Aquinas was named a Military Friendly® School by GI Jobs in 2013.
  • The college offers participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program to an unlimited number of students, with a financial contribution of up to $3,697.49.

Address

125 Rte 340
Sparkill, NY 10976-1050
(845) 398-4000
18

Saint Joseph's College of Maine

Standish, ME
$30,990 annually

At St. Joseph's College, students are encouraged to take advantage of the flexibility and generous prior college credit transfer policy that have helped the college remain among the nation's top Military Friendly® Schools for decades. Since the inception of its comprehensive programs for veterans and military service members in 1976, St. Joseph's was among the first educational institutions to start eArmyU and partner with the U.S. Navy to offer dedicated programming to students in this area. In addition to participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program and GI Bill, St. Joseph's offers an additional tuition discount of 15% to qualifying students in the tuition assistance program.

Quick Facts

  • St. Joseph's promises easy transfer of college credits between Saint Joseph's College and other SOC schools, through its membership and active participation in the Servicemember Opportunities College (SOC) network of SOCAD-4 and SOCNAV-4 programs.
  • The college offers participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program to 100 students, with a financial contribution of up to $6,265.00.

Address

278 Whites Bridge Rd
Standish, ME 04084-5236
(207) 892-6766
19

Chaminade University of Honolulu

Honolulu, HI
$20,090 annually

Chaminade University offers a variety of unique education options to its veteran and military students, including both graduate and undergraduate day programs, as well as programs affiliated with PACE. Veterans, military students and their dependents are eligible for a dedicated nursing program and may complete coursework at a satellite military campus, if preferred. In addition to supporting the Yellow Ribbon Program and GI Bill, Chaminade honors numerous other government-sponsored tuition assistance programs, as well as various scholarships and grants. Student veterans may also be eligible for dedicated work-study positions.

Quick Facts

  • Students eligible for the PACE discounted military tuition rate may also be eligible for Pell grants, as well as federal and private alternative loans.
  • Chaminade offers unlimited slots for the Yellow Ribbon Program, and does not cap financial contributions to this program.

Address

3140 Waialae Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816-1578
(808) 735-4711
20

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, FL
$19,920 annually

St. Leo University offers comprehensive programs for veterans and military students designed to enhance academic and vocational skills. In addition to honoring the Yellow Ribbon Program, Post 9/11 GI Bill and Vocational Rehabilitation, St. Leo offers a Veteran Student Emergency Fund for those facing unexpected additional financial hardship. As part of its commitment to serve the veteran student holistically, St. Leo provides a Student Veteran Transition Course, as well as the annual Oktobervets social event, hosted by the university's Veteran Student Services. In addition, the university aims to provide extensive career and transition support through its career counseling and veteran-oriented employment opportunities and recommendations.

Quick Facts

  • St. Leo is an active member and participant in the Student Veterans of America.
  • The university was named a Top Military Friendly® School by Victory Media in 2014.
  • St. Leo offers participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program to unlimited students, with a financial contribution of up to $2,500.00.

Address

33701 State Road 52
Saint Leo, FL 33574-6665
(352) 588-8200
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Campbell University

Buies Creek, NC
$26,240 annually

Campbell University offers a variety of benefits and services for veterans on campus. In addition to honoring the Yellow Ribbon Program, Montgomery GI Bill, REAP, VEAP, Survivors and Dependent Assistance and membership in the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges network, Campbell also supports the Marine Gunnery Sergeant John David Fry Scholarship. As part of its many available financial assistance options, students may be eligible for a monthly housing allowance, an annual stipend for books and supplies and a one-time rural benefit payment. The Campbell campus is home to the Student Veterans Club, providing socializing and networking opportunities for veteran students.

Quick Facts

  • The university was named a Top Military Friendly® School by Victory Media in 2015.
  • Campbell offers participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program to 260 students, with a financial contribution of up to $3,647.00.

Address

450 Leslie Campbell Ave
Buies Creek, NC 27506
(910) 893-12001265
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Hawaii Pacific University

Honolulu, HI
$20,180 annually

Hawaii Pacific University offers extensive veterans benefits, as well as flexible course scheduling and a variety of veterans support services to assist student veterans in achieving their academic and personal goals. In addition to honoring the Yellow Ribbon Program and Post 9/11 GI Bill, HPU offers dedicated VA coordinators to assist students throughout the admissions process, provide explanation of benefits and help navigate the transition into student life. The HPU campus hosts the Student Veterans Club, bringing veterans, military dependents, spouses and friends together.

Quick Facts

  • The university was named a Top Military Friendly® School by Victory Media in 2015.
  • Military Times ranked HPU among its Best for Vets Colleges in 2015.
  • In 2014, HPU was listed among the best colleges for veterans by U.S. News and World Report.

Address

1164 Bishop Street, Suite 800
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 544-0200
23

Lamar University

Beaumont, TX
$7,429 in state;
$15,925 out of state

Veterans benefits available to students at Lamar University include the Yellow Ribbon Program, Post 9/11 GI Bill and Montgomery GI Bill, in addition to Dependent Educational Assistance and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment. The on-campus Lamar Veterans Organization represents the local chapter of the Student Veterans of America, maintaining their own Facebook page to keep student veterans informed of future events and opportunities 24/7. Specialists and advisors in Veterans Affairs at Lamar are available to assist student veterans in understanding their benefits and adjusting to academic life.

Quick Facts

  • In addition to federally sponsored aid, student veterans may be eligible for the Texas Hazlewood Exemption Act, intended for Texas veterans who reside within the state of Texas.
  • Lamar doesn't have a cap on the number of students eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program, and offers unlimited financial contributions.

Address

4400 MLK Blvd
Beaumont, TX 77705
(409) 880-7011
24

University of the Incarnate Word

San Antonio, TX
$24,790 annually

The University of the Incarnate Word provides a wide variety of services and incentives for student veterans on its campus. Incarnate Word participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program at the maximum level, matching 50% VA contributions and funding 50% of the remaining unmet tuition & fee charges for all eligible students. UIW's Center for Veterans Affairs aims to provide benefits assistance and academic support to all veterans attending the university. Veterans at UIW are eligible for the special honor of wearing a Tribute stole during the university's graduation ceremony, which recognizes student veterans' service to our country.

Quick Facts

  • The university was named a Top Military Friendly® School by Victory Media in 2015.
  • Military Times ranked UIW among its Best for Vets Colleges in 2015.
  • In 2015, UIW was ranked among the nation's top colleges by Military Advanced Education.

Address

4301 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78209
(210) 829-6000
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Averett University

Danville, VA
$27,500 annually

Located in Virginia, the Averett University campus is near several major military sites, but the school's history of military-friendly policies truly set it apart. In addition to supporting the Yellow Ribbon Program, Averett is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity College network, SOCMAR and SOCCOAST at the bachelor's degree level, and the Degree Service Network. The university also proudly accepts Vocational Rehabilitation Education students, and offers additional tuition discounts to eligible veterans and military students. Dedicated staff are available to assist with admissions, financial aid and specialty support for veterans and their families.

Quick Facts

  • Averett has no cap on the number of students eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program, and offers financial contributions up to $8,745.00.
  • For five consecutive years, Averett has been ranked in the top 20% of the most military-friendly schools in the U.S. by G.I. Jobs.

Address

420 W Main St
Danville, VA 24541
(434) 791-5600
26

University of South Carolina - Beaufort

Bluffton, SC
$8,972 in state;
$18,824 out of state

The University of South Carolina is proud to serve its student veterans through a variety of financial aid and tuition assistance programs. In addition to honoring the Yellow Ribbon Program, Montgomery GI Bill, REAP, Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Program and Survivors & Dependent Assistance, USC supports several specialized scholarships, including both merit- and need-based awards for veterans and qualifying dependents. USCB offers easy credit transfer through its membership in the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges network, and may provide additional tuition discounts to veterans and active-duty military students, depending on individual requirements.

Quick Facts

  • USCB was named a Top Military Friendly® School by Victory Media in 2015.
  • The university has no cap on the number of students eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program, and offers unlimited financial contributions.

Address

1 University Boulevard
Bluffton, SC 29909
(843) 208-8000
27

Mount St. Mary College

Newburgh, NY
$26,250 annually

Mount St. Mary College aims to encourage a positive academic experience for its student veterans by supporting comprehensive financial aid and tuition assistance programs. The university participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program, and Survivors and Dependent Assistance. New York State also offers the Veterans Tuition Award to those who qualify for either full-time or part-time study. Mount St. Mary also supports the Military Housing Program for qualifying individuals.

Testimonial

"The college is light years ahead of a lot of other colleges when it comes to veteran's education...Choosing the Mount makes adjusting to the college life easier because you feel supported...Overall, my experience with the college has been nothing but positive. It is a great college with great staff that make the entire experience a wonderful memory." - Timothy Johnson, Mount alumnus

Quick Facts

  • In 2014, Mount St. Mary College and the Women's Bureau of the U.S. Department of Labor hosted a workshop for organizations interested in improving their capacity to work with women veterans.
  • The university has no cap on the number of students eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program, and offers financial contributions up to $3,450.00.

Address

330 Powell Avenue
Newburgh, NY 12550
(845) 561-0800
28

Methodist University

Fayetteville, NC
$27,830 annually

Methodist University offers an extensive array of tuition assistance, scholarships and grants geared toward veterans and their families. To help facilitate higher education for all aspiring student veterans, Methodist participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, among many others, as well as sponsors a number of awards available to dependents and spouses, including the Our Family Foundation Military Spouse Scholarship; the Pat Tillman Foundation Scholarship for veterans, active-duty, spouses and children; AMVET scholarships; American Legion Scholarship Programs for veteran nursing students; and the Horatio Alger Military Veterans Scholarship. The university is home to the unique Veterans Writing Collective, encouraging creative expression through writing for all veterans, servicemembers, and spouses on campus.

Quick Facts

  • GI Jobs has named Methodist University a Military-Friendly School for the past four consecutive years.
  • The university is home to a local chapter of Chi Delta Chi, the Honor Society for Veterans and Military family members.
  • The university offers 1,000 available slots for students in the Yellow Ribbon Program, and provides financial contributions up to $6,200.00.

Address

5400 Ramsey St
Fayetteville, NC 28311-1420
(910) 630-7000
29

Regent University

Virginia Beach, VA
$15,838 annually

Regent University offers numerous forms of incentive for aspiring veteran students to enroll in a college program, complete a degree and seamlessly transition into student life. Veterans applying to Regent University may be eligible for some or all of the many tuition assistance programs the school has to offer, including the Post 9/11 GI Bill, Survivors & Dependents Assistance and Vocational Rehabilitation. Financial aid specifically for veterans of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and United States Public Health Service may also be available as a provision of the Montgomery GI Bill and Post 9/11 GI Bill.

Quick Facts

  • U.S. News and World Report ranked Regent among the best online bachelor's programs for veterans in 2014.
  • The university offers unlimited slots for students in the Yellow Ribbon Program, and provides unlimited financial contributions.

Address

1000 Regent University Dr
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
(757) 352-4127
30

Colorado Technical University

Colorado Springs, CO
$7,327 in state;
$17,649 out of state

At Colorado Technical University, a dedicated team of military education benefits specialists is in place to assist veteran students through explanation of benefits, transferring credits and navigating tuition rates to achieve personal and academic success. Veterans at CTU, as well as qualifying spouses and dependents, are eligible for numerous financial aid awards, including the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the Yellow Ribbon Program, the Montgomery GI Bill, VEAP, REAP and the Liberty Grant. CTU also supports the Wounded Warrior Scholarship for veterans, spouses and, beginning in 2016, non-medical attendants or caregivers.

Testimonial

"When I graduated from high school more than 40 years ago, I had no desire to attend college. I figured if I had a trade, I would be able to work. I entered the Air Force and became a police officer. During my tour, I realized that getting a college degree would enhance my chances for advancement. That is when I decided to go to college. The classes not only prepare you for your specialty but also round out your knowledge. College makes you think critically, which is something that I never did before." - Curt K.

Quick Facts

  • GI Jobs has named CTU a Military-Friendly School for six consecutive years.
  • The university was ranked a Best for Vets College by Military Times for two years in a row, as of 2014.
  • Military Advanced Education ranked CTU among its Top Colleges and Universities in 2015.

Address

4435 N Chestnut Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80907-3812
(719) 598-0200
31

University of Great Falls

Great Falls, MT
$20,960 annually

University of Great Falls offers numerous resources for veterans and their spouses and dependents. UGF honors the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the Yellow Ribbon Program and the Montgomery GI Bill, among other federally sponsored awards and grants. Dedicated staff at the university's Veteran Support Center are trained to assist veterans and military students with all aspects of their education and the transition into student life. Through the Veteran Support Center, students may participate in the peer-to-peer Veteran Mentor Program, as well as seek counsel about financial aid and available supplemental benefits. Academic support is also available, including veterans orientation, priority registration and academic tutoring.The UGF campus is home to a local chapter of the Student Veterans Association.

Quick Facts

  • The university offers specialized career services for veterans, new transfers, and other nontraditional students.
  • The university offers unlimited slots for students in the Yellow Ribbon Program, and provides up to $30,000.00 in financial contributions.

Address

1301 Twentieth St S
Great Falls, MT 59405-4996
(406) 761-8210
32

Brandman University

Irvine, CA
$8,800 annually

Brandman University offers a variety of incentives for veterans and active-duty military students. Veterans may participate in one-on-one academic counseling, as well as personal executive coaching from a Military Services Specialist to assist veterans transitioning into student life. Disabled veterans services are provided through Brandman University's Office of Disability Services on a voluntary, self-identifying basis, however students must submit documentation of their disability from Veterans Affairs, a psychologist, physician or other appropriate professional. The university provides financial assistance via the Yellow Ribbon Program, Post 9/11 GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and survivor benefits.

Quick Facts

  • U.S. News and World Report ranked Brandman among Best Online Programs for Veterans in 2014.
  • The university was ranked a Top Military-Friendly University in 2014 by Military Advanced Education.
  • Victory Media named Brandman a Military-Friendly School in 2015.

Address

16355 Laguna Canyon Road
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 341-9800
33

Pierce College - Ft. Steilacoom

Lakewood, WA
$3,777 in state;
$8,967 out of state

Pierce College offers the expertise of dedicated specialists at its Veterans Education Benefits offices to help students understand their benefits through the national Department of Veterans Affairs. Federally supported financial assistance initiatives available at Pierce include the Yellow Ribbon Program, Post 9/11/ GI Bill and more. Pierce offers academic and personal counseling specifically geared toward veterans' needs, as well as supports a convenient credit transfer process through an active membership in the Servicemember Opportunities College network. Flexible scheduling, academic tutoring and career services are also available to veterans and military students.

Quick Facts

  • Pierce College was ranked a Military-Friendly School by Victory Media in 2015.
  • The university offers unlimited slots for students in the Yellow Ribbon Program, and provides unlimited financial contributions.

Address

9401 Farwest Dr SW
Lakewood, WA 98498-1999
(253) 964-6500
34

National University

La Jolla, CA
$12,096 annually

National University - La Jolla recently expanded its veterans services facilities to include the Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success, a national hub for military personnel located in nearby San Diego. To operate out of this facility, the university established its Veteran Student Support Team to assist with easing veterans' transition into campus life and helping them meet educational and professional goals. In addition to participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program, Post 9/11 GI Bill and Montgomery GI Bill, the university offers the Veterans' Victory Scholarship as well as the Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program. Career development, academic support, health & wellness and community-building services are available specific to veterans and military students.

Quick Facts

  • As of 2012, GI Jobs had named National a Military-Friendly School for three consecutive years.
  • The university was ranked a Military Friendly® School and one of America's Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities by Military Advanced Education in 2011.
  • The university offers unlimited slots for students in the Yellow Ribbon Program, and provides unlimited financial contributions.

Address

11255 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037-1011
(800) 628-8648
35

Granite State College

Concord, NH
$7,065 in state;
$7,545 out of state

Granite State College offers a variety of services and resources dedicated to veterans as well as those currently serving in the armed forces. In addition to supporting the Yellow Ribbon Program and select GI Bills, GSC provides numerous forms of financial assistance via grants, scholarships, work-study programs and Vocational Rehabilitation. Through its partnerships with both Easter Seals Military & Veterans Services and Veterans First/Harbor Homes, Granite State offers additional community and housing support services to student veterans on campus.

Quick Facts

  • U.S. News and World Report ranked GSC among the Best Online Programs for Veterans in 2015.
  • GSC was ranked a Military-Friendly School by Victory Media in 2015.

Address

25 Hall Street
Concord, NH 03301-3471
(603) 228-3000
36

Honolulu Community College

Honolulu, HI
$2,766 in state;
$7,614 out of state

Veterans benefits at Honolulu Community College are designed to honor veterans from all wars and international conflicts since the GI Bill's 1944 signing. HCC supports the Yellow Ribbon Program, Post 9/11 GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and various forms of financial aid for veteran spouses and dependents, including chapters 33 and 35 of federal VA benefits, Tuition Assistance and MYCAA. Honolulu Community College is approved to provide education and training under the Veterans Educational Assistance Act, the Veteran's Readjustment Act and the Dependents' Educational Act.

Quick Facts

  • MilitaryFriendlySchools.com ranked HCC among its list of top military-friendly schools in the U.S. in 2013.
  • HCC was ranked a Military-Friendly School by Victory Media in 2013.

Address

874 Dillingham Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96817-4505
(808) 845-9211
37

Bellevue University

Bellevue, NE
$6,300 annually

Bellevue University offers comprehensive veterans services both on campus at its Military-Veterans Services Center and online via a dedicated sub-site of the university Website. BU is a proud supporter of a range of federal assistance programs, including the Yellow Ribbon Program, Post 9/11 GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Service, Survivors and Dependents Assistance and the Veterans Educational Assistance Program. Knowledgeable specialists and advisors are available through the Veteran Services Office to provide academic tutoring, career guidance and other assistance geared toward student veterans and active-duty military personnel.

Quick Facts

  • The university was ranked among the nation's Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities by Military Advanced Education in 2014.
  • Bellevue was ranked a Military-Friendly School by Victory Media in 2014.
  • The university was ranked a Best for Vets College by Military Times in 2015.

Address

1000 Galvin Rd S
Bellevue, NE 68005-3098
(402) 291-8100
38

Technical College of the Lowcountry

Beaufort, SC
$4,660 in state;
$8,812 out of state

Technical College of the Lowcountry aims to serve the wide range of financial needs of its student veterans and military service members, as well as their families and dependents. As a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program, Montgomery GI Bil and Veterans Educational Assistance Program, TCL not only supports federal funding of veterans' educational goals, but also helps to serve widows, war orphans and disabled vets through additional dedicated grants and awards. TCL's Veterans Benefits Coordinators are trained specifically to help meet the financial, academic and personal needs of veterans and their families on campus.

Quick Facts

  • TCL was ranked a Military-Friendly School by Victory Media in 2015.
  • Technical College of the Lowcountry offers unlimited slots for students in the Yellow Ribbon Program, and provides unlimited financial contributions.

Address

921 Ribaut Road
Beaufort, SC 29901-1288
(800) 768-8252
39

Savannah Technical College

Savannah, GA
$2,644 in state;
$4,780 out of state

At Savannah Technical College, student veterans are offered unique services and support resources specific to their needs. In addition to its participation in federally supported benefits programs such as the Yellow Ribbon Program, Post 9/11 GI Bill and Veteran Education Assistance Program, STC offers specialized services including the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program and a provision of the Post 9/11 GI Bill dedicated to dependents of veterans. The college also honors a variety of scholarships through the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation for qualifying students.

Quick Facts

  • MilitaryFriendlySchools.com named STC a military-friendly school in 2013.
  • STC offers unlimited slots for students in the Yellow Ribbon Program, and provides unlimited financial contributions.

Address

5717 White Bluff Rd
Savannah, GA 31405-5594
(912) 443-5700
40

Anne Arundel Community College

Arnold, MD
$7,170 in state;
$11,700 out of state

AACC is committed to a holistic approach to veteran education. In addition to participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program, Post 9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill and Vocational Rehabilitation, AACC also offers customized training to veterans transitioning from the military into academia, as well as full personal enrichment opportunities and dedicated scholarships for both veterans and their families. The college honors a variety of scholarships through the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation for qualifying students. The AACC campus is home to the Military and Veteran Center, providing full support via resources such as PTSD awareness services and spouse/dependent benefits, as well as a local chapter of Student Veterans of America.

Quick Facts

  • GI Jobs has named AACC a Military-Friendly School for five consecutive years.
  • AACC was ranked a Military-Friendly School by Victory Media in 2015.

Address

101 College Pky
Arnold, MD 21012-1895
(410) 777-2222
41

Cameron University

Lawton, OK
$5,055 in state;
$12,495 out of state

Cameron University offers a variety of resources to honor and encourage academic and personal success among its student-veteran population. In addition to participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program, Post 9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Post-Vietnam Era Veterans' Educational Assistance Program and Vocational Rehabilitation, Cameron also supports the Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program. The university provides tutoring and work-study opportunities specific to veterans on campus. Cameron is home to a local chapter of Student Veterans of America, as well as Veterans Grove, a campus memorial dedicated on Veterans Day, 2012.

Quick Facts

  • GI Jobs has named Cameron a Military-Friendly School in 2014.
  • The university was ranked among the nation's Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities by Military Advanced Education for the second consecutive year in 2012.

Address

2800 West Gore Blvd
Lawton, OK 73505-6377
(580) 581-2200
42

Central Texas College

Killeen, TX
$2,790 in state;
$6,270 out of state

Central Texas College has implemented the VetSuccess on Campus program, designed to assist veterans and their dependents in understanding benefits and pursuing counseling, leading to completion of their degree and preparedness for their career. In addition to participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program, Post 9/11 GI Bill and Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment, CTC also advises student veterans on disability compensation, life insurance, home loan guaranty, vocational exploration and mental health services. Student veterans may take advantage of specialist services via the VetSuccess Center and the school's Student Veteran Organization chapter, as well as easily transfer credits through the college's membership in the Servicemembers Opportunity College network.

Quick Facts

  • In 2015, Military Times ranked CTC among the nation's best colleges for veterans for the fifth consecutive year.
  • The university was ranked among the nation's Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities by Military Advanced Education in 2015.
  • GI Jobs has named CTC a Military-Friendly School in 2011.

Address

6200 West Central Texas Expressway
Killeen, TX 76549-4199
(254) 526-7161
43

Franklin University

Columbus, OH
$10,681 annually

Franklin University aims to provide comprehensive veteran benefits in combination with already-affordable tuition rates to support a complete educational experience for this student group. The university offers financial assistance through the Yellow Ribbon Program and Post 9/11 GI Bill, in addition support for qualifying spouses and dependents through the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Program, as well as the special programs for widowed spouses and reservists. The Office of Military and Veterans Affairs at Franklin University serves as liaison between veterans and the VA, helping to develop both academic and personal skills.

Quick Facts

  • Franklin was ranked a Military-Friendly School by Victory Media in 2014.
  • The university was ranked among the nation's Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities by Military Advanced Education in 2015.
  • Franklin offers unlimited slots for students in the Yellow Ribbon Program, and provides unlimited financial contributions.

Address

201 S Grant Ave
Columbus, OH 43215-5399
(614) 797-4700
44

City University of Seattle

Seattle, WA
$14,880 annually

City University of Seattle offers a variety of incentives to veterans and military service members wanting a higher education. On-campus initiatives designed around veterans' needs include special discounted tuition rates and available scholarships, credit for prior learning experience and benefits for qualifying spouses and dependents. In addition to participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program, Post 9/11 GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and survivors' and dependents' benefits, CityU also supports numerous partnerships with local and national military organizations to maximize resources for veterans and active-duty military.

Testimonial

"Everyone at CityU is very knowledgeable when it comes to assisting transitioning vets." - Arjay Protacio, Student

Quick Facts

  • GI Jobs has named CityU a Military-Friendly School in 2015.
  • The university is an active participant in the Camo2Commerce program.
  • CityU is a member of the Goodwill Veteran Services network, providing military to civilian support.

Address

521 Wall Street, Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98121
(800) 426-5596
45

University of Maryland - University College

Adelphi, MD
$6,552 in state;
$12,336 out of state

UMUC provides extensive services for veterans through the VetSuccess on Campus program, staffing its Academic Center at Largo with experienced, full-time counselors via the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Washington, D.C. regional office. Dedicated counselors at UMUC are in-place to support student-veterans' needs in the form of academic, vocational and adjustment advice. The college participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, Post 9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Veterans Educational Assistance Program, in addition to Restored Entitlement Program for Survivors and Survivors & Dependents Benefits. Student veterans may also be eligible for free or low-cost tutoring as part of UMUC's on-campus VetSuccess resources.

Quick Facts

  • MIlitary Times ranked UMUC No.1 Best for Vets College in 2015.
  • UMUC was ranked a Military-Friendly School by Victory Media in 2015.
  • The university was ranked among the nation's Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities by Military Advanced Education in 2015.

Address

3501 University Blvd East
Adelphi, MD 20783-8010
(301) 985-7000

Active U.S. military personnel often encounter hardships on the road to pursuing a college education. Prospective students enrolled in the military may not fully understand the options available to them and may struggle with inconsistent travel/deployment schedules which affect their ability to attend classes on campus. Our list of the best online colleges for military offers a convenient solution to both scheduling and transition issues: through an online program, students may complete coursework on their own time, while off-campus study allows for a smoother transition into daily life once they have completed their college degree.

Rank
School
Location
Tuition
1

University of La Verne

La Verne, CA
$3,500 annually

For 45 years, the University of La Verne has provided comprehensive programming designed to meet the needs of the nation's active-duty military. La Verne's extensive military degree programs serve not only online students, but also military enrolled at the university's central campus in La Verne and the school's ten regional campuses. Online military students receive the same assistance as on-campus students from certified officials trained in addressing the unique academic, financial and personal needs of veterans and military personnel. Through its flexible online programs, La Verne active-duty military students are offered convenient scheduling and accelerated degree options to fit into their active lifestyles. Tuition Assistance and Top Up programs are available for financial assistance.

Testimonial

"The convenient course schedule is perfect fit for any military lifestyle." - Christina Marie Greenwood, B.S. Criminology 2013

Quick Facts

  • GI Jobs had named La Verne a Military-Friendly School for five consecutive years as of 2015.
  • MilitaryFriendlySchools.com named La Verne a military-friendly school in 2013 for over 40 years of excellence in military programming and support.

Address

1950 Third St
La Verne, CA 91750-4401
(909) 593-3511
2

University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL
$9,450 in state;
$23,950 out of state

The University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa developed its own extensive distance learning system with the needs of military personnel and other non-traditional students in-mind. Active-duty service members may complete a range of degrees in an online format designed to accommodate unpredictable deployment schedules. Through a partnership with GoArmyEd, the university offers special tuition assistance for both undergraduate and graduate military students enrolled in distance learning programs. In addition to federal benefits, the Leadership Scholar Program and the Fry Scholarship are also available, among other forms of financial aid specific to military students.

Quick Facts

  • UA offers unlimited slots for the Yellow Ribbon Program, and does not cap financial contributions to this program.
  • In addition to the Yellow Ribbon Program, UA offers the Fry Scholarship to children of active duty members of the Armed Forces who have died in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001.
  • The university also supports the Leadership Scholar Program, through a partnership between UA and the U.S. Marine Corps.

Address

739 University Blvd
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0166
(205) 348-6010
3

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA
$20,768 annually

Liberty University offers a variety of unique online courses specifically designed for active-duty military personnel, including Career and Community Transition and Military Mental and Behavioral Health. The university is home to over 70 associate and bachelor's degree programs that are included in a partnership with the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Degree Network System. Tuition Assistance is available for all men and women currently serving in every branch of the armed services, as well as military spousal support via the MyCAA program.

Quick Facts

  • GI Jobs ranked Liberty among the nation's Military-Friendly Schools in 2010.
  • The university was ranked among the nation's Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities by Military Advanced Education in 2013.

Address

1971 University Blvd
Lynchburg, VA 24515
(434) 582-2000
4

University of Oklahoma

Norman, OK
$8,916 in state;
$21,105 out of state

The University of Oklahoma's UO Outreach division is dedicated to supporting the educational pursuits of active-duty military students and their families through comprehensive undergraduate and graduate degree programs delivered completely online. UO's virtual campus offers coursework in Liberal Studies, certificate programs in career training, and select Advanced Programs. The university supports additional programming for military personnel through NCPACE and GoArmyEd programs, as well as for spouses through MyCAA. Financial aid is provided by both federally funded programs as well as UO's military-specific scholarships and grants.

Quick Facts

  • UO provides special scholarships for active-duty military, including the Air Force Aid Society Scholarship the AMerican Patriot Scholarship.
  • The university offers Army Emergency Relief Educational Assistance Programs to qualifying students.
  • The university offers numerous memorial scholarships, as well as available scholarships through a partnership between UO and the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation.

Address

660 Parrington Oval
Norman, OK 73019-3072
(405) 325-0311
5

Northwood University - Michigan

Midland, MI
$22,130 annually

As a university consistently called "military-friendly" by national organizations, Northwood aims to drive excellence among online programs for military students. NU supports a variety of online resources to provide a comprehensive education for students serving our country, including convenient, virtual coursework that fits into a rigorous military lifestyle, and special tuition rates for military personnel with a policy designed to maximize the transfer of military-experience credits. In addition to digital resources centered on active-duty military students, including dedicated admissions advisors and counseling services available online, military students may be eligible for additional tuition discounts and reduction of fees for online tutoring, books and other supplies.

Testimonial

"Last year I had to leave, and they let me take all my exams early. I was gone for eight months and they let me keep my scholarships." - Mr. James Leiter

Quick Facts

  • In addition to being named a military-friendly school for three consecutive years by Victory Media, in 2015 Northwood was ranked among the top 15% of all colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide by Victory Media president, Rich McCormack.
  • Northwood University offers 250 Yellow Ribbon slots, and a maximum contribution of $3,500.00.

Address

4000 Whiting Dr
Midland, MI 48640-2398
(989) 837-4200
6

Regis University

Denver, CO
$32,424 annually

Regis University offers a variety of online programs catering to the military lifestyle. Online adult programs available at Regis include flexible degrees and certificates, ideal for military and other non-traditional students. Additional courses are also available through a partnership between Regis and the Online Consortium of Independent Colleges and Universities. Financial assistance specifically for military students includes the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the Montgomery GI Bill and the GoArmyEd. Tuition Assistance and preferred military tuition rates are provided to CPS active-duty members enrolled in one of seven select undergraduate programs, and both CPS graduate and MBA students in the military receive special tuition discounts toward their respective degrees.

Quick Facts

  • GI Jobs named Regis University a Top Military Friendly® School for 2013.
  • Regis offers unlimited slots to students eligible for the Yellow Ribbon Program, with a maximum financial contribution of $4,270.00.

Address

3333 Regis Blvd
Denver, CO 80221-1099
(800) 388-23662111
7

Western Kentucky University

Bowling Green, KY
$8,722 in state;
$22,248 out of state

Western Kentucky University is committed to helping military personnel complete their education through a wealth of academic resources. Active-duty military enrolled in online programs at WKU may enjoy course credit for military experience and a special tuition rate for active service members in all branches of the armed services, as well as benefit from WKU's participation in Textbooks for Troops. The university also offers the services of a dedicated military programs counselor. WKU provides flexible online programs at every level to accommodate unpredictable military schedules, as well as programs that incorporate a combination of web, independent learning and Interactive Video Services courses.

Quick Facts

  • The university has been designated a military-friendly school every year since 2009 by Victory Media.
  • As part of the Textbooks for Troops program, WKU boasts the largest lending library of its kind and provides free textbooks to all military students during their time at the university.

Address

1906 College Heights Blvd
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1000
(270) 745-0111
8

Fort Hays State University

Hays, KS
$4,358 in state;
$12,821 out of state

The dedicated Military and Family Friendly Committee at Ft. Hays helps military students "...start or finish a degree program no matter where you're stationed or where you might be transferred." The university offers numerous financial aid options for active-duty military, including the Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Educational Assistance Program, Fry Scholarship and Kansas Military Service Scholarship, as well as MyCAA, for military spouses. Ft. Hays' Virtual College offers individual courses, bachelor's degrees and master's degrees to military students in need of a flexible schedule and affordable tuition rates.

Quick Facts

  • In 2011, Ft. Hays was named among the nation's Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities by Military Advanced Education for the third consecutive year.
  • GI Jobs named Ft. Hays a Top Military-Friendly School every year between 2010 and 2013.

Address

600 Park St
Hays, KS 67601-4099
(785) 628-4000
9

Wayland Baptist University

Plainview, TX
$12,550 annually

Active-duty military students are afforded a variety of academic options at Wayland Baptist University. Flexible online programs for military personnel at WBU are designed to enable excellence through a combination of academic training, vocational experience and career advancement. The university's Air University Associate-to-Baccalaureate Cooperative Program allows Air Force CCAF credit transfer, as well as the ability to obtain a bachelor's degree with only 60 additional semester credits. Military Education Online at WBU also offers general education core classes and a customizable Bachelor of Applied Science specifically for military students. WBU honors the Post 9/11 GI Bill, the Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and special Reserves-oriented financial assistance. WBU offers both Military Education Counselors and online academic advisors to serve this student group.

Testimonial

"Since I am in the Navy, I travel quite a bit. It is difficult finding a quality school that has course schedules and programs that are conducive to my dynamically changing schedule. The short terms in-class, supplemented by a couple online classes and a couple of hybrid classes, enabled me to complete my degree with ensuring that I received quality face-to-face instruction and mentoring." - Charles Bering, HI Grad, MAM

Quick Facts

  • WBU offers academic support to military spouses through the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts program.
  • The university has no cap on financial contributions to its 500 student spots available through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Address

1900 W 7th St.
Plainview, TX 79072
(806) 291-1000
10

Southwestern College - Kansas

Winfield, KS
$23,886 annually

Southwestern College offers convenient online degree programs designed to help military students complete their education from anywhere, at any time. Whether students are looking to transition into a civilian career, advance their military rank or pursue professional training, Southwestern allows for maximum transfer of credits accrued from military experience in every branch of the armed services. In addition to its support of programs like the Yellow Ribbon Program and other GI Bills, Southwestern offers the Alan Bradford Veteran Award, available to both active military personnel and veterans at Southwestern College's main campus in Winfield. Dedicated admissions counselors are available to address the specific needs of online military students. Accelerated degree programs are also available.

Quick Facts

  • Military Advanced Education named Southwestern among its Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities in 2015.
  • Southwestern was ranked a Military Friendly® School by Victory Media in 2015.
  • GI Jobs named Southwestern a Top Military Friendly® School for 2013.

Address

100 College Street
Winfield, KS 67156-6224
(620) 229-6000
11

Saint Martin's University

Lacey, WA
$30,284 annually

St. Martin's has proudly served veterans and military students on its campus for over 40 years, and continues its service through the DoD Voluntary Education Partnership, a Memorandum of Understanding that guarantees that high-quality postsecondary education programs are provided to all U.S. service members. As part of its Extended Learning Division, St. Martin's offers online programs in education, software development and teaching certification, among others, for active-duty military and their families. The university supports a variety of efforts to help military service members transition into academic life and/or a civilian career. In addition to a number of federal aid options, St. Martin's offers several scholarships specific to military students in online programs.

Quick Facts

  • St. Martin's University was named a Top Military Friendly® School by Victory Media in 2015.
  • Military Advanced Education ranked St. Martin's among its Top Military Friendly® Colleges and Universities in 2014.

Address

5000 Abbey Way SE
Lacey, WA 98503-7500
(360) 491-4700
12

Saint Leo University

Saint Leo, FL
$19,920 annually

St. Leo University offers comprehensive online education programs designed to allow skill-building in both academic and vocational endeavors for military students. In addition to facilitating a wide variety of course options through partnerships with GoArmyEd and eArmyU, St. Leo supports consortiums specifically for students in the Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Marine Corps. Because St. Leo understands that deployment schedules can be unpredictable, military students are encouraged to complete their degree or certificate programs via the university's convenient distance learning system, which provides CD-ROM-based course work for military students in active-duty with no internet connection.

Quick Facts

  • In 2015, St. Leo was named a Military-Friendly School by both GI Jobs and Military Advanced Education.
  • The university was named a Top Military Friendly® School by Victory Media in 2014.
  • St. Leo offers participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program to unlimited students, with a financial contribution of up to $2,500.00.

Address

33701 State Road 52
Saint Leo, FL 33574-6665
(352) 588-8200
13

Hawaii Pacific University

Honolulu, HI
$20,180 annually

Hawaii Pacific University offers flexible course schedules and numerous financial aid options to help military students reach their goals. HPU offers a wide variety of associate and bachelor's degrees completely online, accommodating the unpredictable military lifestyle that often complicates traditional, on-campus program. In addition to offering Tuition Assistance for military students via several major federal programs, HPU offers the services of online learning specialists and academic advisors, fully online student orientation sessions and a special scholarship for military spouses to advance their education.

Testimonial

"HPU had a proven history of being a military friendly institution and they have a complete understanding of the need of our service members and their families. It was really helpful knowing that there was a Spouse Scholarship program." - Priscilla Lanuzo, Military Spouse, BSBA

Quick Facts

  • The university was named a Top Military Friendly® School by Victory Media in 2015.
  • Military Advanced Education ranked HPU among its Military-Friendly Schools in 2015.
  • CLEP recently ranked HPU's Hickam Air Force Base among its Top 25 military testing centers in the U.S.

Address

1164 Bishop Street, Suite 800
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 544-0200
14

Lamar University

Beaumont, TX
$7,429 in state;
$15,925

Tuition Assistance for active-duty military service members in the Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and Marines is available in many forms at Lamar University. The school participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, Post 9/11 GI Bill and Montgomery GI Bill, as well as numerous scholarships and grants for members of the military and their families. Military students at Lamar may choose from online bachelor's degrees in subjects including Criminal Justice, Applied Arts and Sciences, General Studies, Education and more. In addition to offering flexible course work through its innovative virtual classroom, Lamar's academic counselors and new student coordinators provide personalized academic and IT advice to help military students adjust to the online learning environment.

Quick Facts

  • The university was named a Top Military Friendly® School by GI Jobs in 2013.
  • Military Advanced Education ranked Lamar among its Military-Friendly Schools in 2013.

Address

4400 MLK Blvd
Beaumont, TX 77705
(409) 880-7011
15

University of the Incarnate Word

San Antonio, TX
$24,790 annually

The University of the Incarnate Word supports numerous financial aid services as well as several non-traditional academic programs designed for its military student population. Incarnate Word offers a variety of 100% online, asynchronous degrees and certificates for active-duty military and their spouses. UIW online currently features nine undergraduate degrees and five graduate degrees. In addition to enjoying the convenience of fully online programs, special discounted tuition rates and free books for all course work, active-duty military service members in all branches and their spouses are not charged additional fees and have no out-of-pocket expenses while completing their degree.

Quick Facts

  • The university was named a Top Military Friendly® School by Victory Media in 2015.
  • In 2015, UIW was ranked among the nation's top colleges by Military Advanced Education.

Address

4301 Broadway
San Antonio, TX 78209
(210) 829-6000
16

Regent University

Virginia Beach, VA
$15,838 annually

At Regent University, military students are provided the resources needed to complete their education and transition into student life. In addition to non-Regent financial aid such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill, active-duty military service members may be eligible for the Military Service Award, ROTC Award and NOAA/USPHS Awards. Tuition Assistance for spouses of active-duty military is also available through the MyCAA network. Regent caters to military students, offering fully online undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as an online feedback forum specifically for military personnel at the university. Regent also offers military chaplaincy programs and the services of a dedicated Military Benefits Coordinator.

Quick Facts

  • The university was named a Top Military Friendly® School by GI Jobs in 2013.
  • Military Advanced Education ranked Regent among its Military-Friendly Schools in 2014.
  • Victory Media named the university among the nation's Military-Friendly Schools in 2014.

Address

1000 Regent University Dr
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
(757) 352-4127
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Brandman University

Irvine, CA
$8,800 annually

A variety of incentives are available at Brandman University for active-duty military students. The university staffs its military services division with specialists trained to assist active-duty military service members in navigating online programs and transitioning into student life. Military students may choose from a variety of bachelor's and master's degrees offered completely online to accommodate erratic deployment schedules. Brandman specializes in online active-duty programs for the Air Force and Navy through AU-ABC and GEM, and NCPDLP partnerships,, as well as participates in SOC and Troops to Teachers. The university also offers MyCAA coursework entirely online for spouses of active-duty military personnel.

Quick Facts

  • The university was ranked a Top Military-Friendly University in 2014 by Military Advanced Education.
  • Victory Media named Brandman a Military-Friendly School in 2015.

Address

16355 Laguna Canyon Road
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 341-9800
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National University

La Jolla, CA
$12,096 annually

National University - La Jolla offers versatile online programs for military students that can be completed from anywhere, at any time. Active-duty National students have the advantage of a one-course-per-month format with new classes starting each month. Online programs for military students are designed to help build the skills needed to complete a degree as well as enter the workforce, comprising majors like business, management, criminal justice, engineering, information technology and education. A dedicated military admissions advisor is available to assist military students in every aspect of their academic pursuits, including recommendations for career development support and tutoring services.

Quick Facts

  • As of 2012, GI Jobs had named National a Military-Friendly School for three consecutive years.
  • The university was ranked a Military Friendly® School and one of America's Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities by Military Advanced Education in 2011.
  • The university offers unlimited slots for students in the Yellow Ribbon Program, and provides unlimited financial contributions.

Address

11255 North Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037-1011
(800) 628-8648
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Granite State College

Concord, NH
$7,065 in state;
$7,545 out of state

Granite State College is committed to providing excellent academic resources to students currently serving in the armed forces. In addition to supporting Tuition Assistance, such as the Yellow Ribbon Program and select GI Bills, GSC employs a generous credit transfer program which honors previous military experience, as well as credits from CLEP, DSST and Excelsior Examination Programs. Numerous GSC associate, bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as a post-baccalaureate teacher certification, are approved for the special needs of military students and may be completed online. Granite State College also supports the Air University program, which enables Air Force service members to complete an Associate in Applied Science toward a baccalaureate degree.

Quick Facts

  • In 2015, U.S. News and World Report named GSC No.1 in New Hampshire for Best Online Degree Programs.
  • GSC was ranked a Military-Friendly School by Victory Media in 2015.

Address

25 Hall Street
Concord, NH 03301-3471
(603) 228-3000
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Bellevue University

Bellevue, NE
$6,300 annually

Active-duty military students at Bellevue University are afforded comprehensive services via the school's Military-Veterans Services Center and dedicated sub-site on the Web. Bellevue's online degrees are available to active-duty military at a special discounted rate, with bachelor's programs including Leadership, Criminal Justice, Investigations, IT Operations Management and Management. BU supports federal assistance programs including GI Bill Education Benefits and Military Tuition Assistance, as well as additional grants, scholarships and financial aid. The university welcomes students with experience or on active-duty in the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard, along with qualifying spouses and dependents.

Quick Facts

  • The university was ranked among the nation's Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities by Military Advanced Education in 2014.
  • Bellevue was ranked a Military-Friendly School by Victory Media in 2014.

Address

1000 Galvin Rd S
Bellevue, NE 68005-3098
(402) 291-8100
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Savannah Technical College

Savannah, GA
$2,644 in state;
$4,780 out of state

Savannah Technical College offers military students a variety of services and resources specific to their needs. Students on active-duty who are unable to complete their degree on campus may participate in one of STC's unique fully online degree or certificate programs, in majors including Criminal Justice, Emergency Medical Services and Logistics Management, among others. In addition to its support of federal benefits programs such as the Yellow Ribbon Program and Post 9/11 GI Bill, Savannah Technical College offers the Landings Military Spouse Academic Assistance Fund through a partnership with Armstrong State University, which provides financial support to local-area military spouses. The college also honors a variety of scholarships through the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation for qualifying students.

Quick Facts

  • STC was named a Military-Friendly School by Victory Media in 2015.
  • MilitaryFriendlySchools.com named STC a military-friendly school in 2013.
  • STC offers unlimited slots for students in the Yellow Ribbon Program, and provides unlimited financial contributions.

Address

5717 White Bluff Rd
Savannah, GA 31405-5594
(912) 443-5700
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Anne Arundel Community College

Arnold, MD
$7,170 in state;
$1,846,434 out of state

AACC approaches education for military students from a holistic perspective. In addition to participating in federal tuition assistance programs via the Yellow Ribbon Program, Post 9/11 GI Bill and Montgomery GI Bill, AACC offers select financial aid, grants and scholarship opportunities. AACC's Virtual Campus offers a number of associate degrees that may be completed entirely online--ideal for military students stationed on-base or who are unable to attend courses on campus. Much of the AACC coursework is also available in interactive format, allowing students in a remote location to interact with peers and faculty on campus via full-motion, real-time two-way audio and video.

Quick Facts

  • GI Jobs has named AACC a Military-Friendly School for five consecutive years.
  • AACC was ranked a Military-Friendly School by Victory Media in 2015.

Address

101 College Pky
Arnold, MD 21012-1895
(410) 777-2222
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Cameron University

Lawton, OK
$5,055 in state;
$12,495 out of state

Cameron University promotes academic and personal success among its military student population. Active-duty military may choose from 39 bachelor's degree programs, ten associate degree programs, and six master's degree programs, available in convenient online format for those stationed on-base, weekend or lunch classes and on-post at the Fort Sill location. In addition to participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program, Post 9/11 GI Bill and Montgomery GI Bill, Cameron supports the Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program. Among the many military-friendly resources facilitated by CU, Army education counseling is available through the GoArmyEd Ft. Sill Education Center.

Quick Facts

  • GI Jobs has named Cameron a Military-Friendly School in 2014.
  • The university was ranked among the nation's Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities by Military Advanced Education for the second consecutive year in 2012.

Address

2800 West Gore Blvd
Lawton, OK 73505-6377
(580) 581-2200
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Central Texas College

Killeen, TX
$2,790 in state;
$16,270 out of state

Central Texas College aims to provide a well-rounded education experience "for students of the real world." CTC is home to a variety of online degree programs and certificates designed specifically for individual military branches, including the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy, offering distance learners the same student support services available to those on campus. The college supports Military Tuition Assistance and Department of Defense Civilian Tuition Assistance for active-duty military students, in addition to the Yellow Ribbon Program and Post 9/11 GI Bill. Credits for past military experience may be easily transferred through the CTC's participation in the Servicemembers Opportunity College network.

Quick Facts

  • The university was ranked among the nation's Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities by Military Advanced Education in 2015.
  • GI Jobs has named CTC a Military-Friendly School in 2011.

Address

6200 West Central Texas Expressway
Killeen, TX 76549-4199
(254) 526-7161
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Franklin University

Columbus, OH
$10,681 annually

Franklin University supports a nurturing educational experience for active-duty military students, combining a wide variety of online programs with affordable tuition rates for military students and their families. The university offers financial assistance for military personnel, spouses and dependents through GoArmyEd, Federal Tuition Assistance and the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Program, as well as military scholarships and special discounts. Franklin offers a comprehensive online program that is "reputable, flexible and affordable" for military students, including numerous undergraduate and graduate degrees that can be completed entirely via distance learning.

Quick Facts

  • Franklin was ranked a Military-Friendly School by Victory Media in 2014.
  • The university was ranked among the nation's Top Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities by Military Advanced Education in 2015.
  • Franklin offers unlimited slots for students in the Yellow Ribbon Program, and provides unlimited financial contributions.

Address

201 S Grant Ave
Columbus, OH 43215-5399
(614) 797-4700
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City University of Seattle

Seattle, WA
$14,880 annually

City University of Seattle offers numerous incentives enabling active-duty military service members to pursue higher education and eventually transition into civilian life. CityU provides a variety of fully online programs, in Business and Management, Health and Human Services, Information Technology and more, to accommodate active-duty military who cannot study on campus. In addition to participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program and Post 9/11 GI Bill, CityU also supports numerous partnerships with local and national military organizations including Troops to Teachers and MyCAA, among others. Military students pursuing an online CityU education may enjoy the benefits of extensive academic, technical and financial support in order to complete their degree.

Quick Facts

  • GI Jobs has named CityU a Military-Friendly School in 2015.
  • The university is an active participant in Camo2Commerce and Troops to Teachers programs.
  • CityU participates in the Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership.

Address

521 Wall Street, Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98121
(800) 426-5596

Information & Data

While both military veterans and current service members may have reservations about pursuing a college education, there are numerous benefits available to those seeking higher education. While in service, military personnel may receive tuition assistance of up to $4,500 per year, in addition to other financial assistance programs for active duty and veterans including various GI bills, loan repayment programs, vocational rehabilitation and employment programs. Financial aid is also available specifically for military reserves, as well as survivors and dependents of veterans.

In addition to financial assistance, many potential active-duty students are at the mercy of an uncertain schedule, with no time to plan on-campus course work. Online classes present an ideal way to overcome this challenge. Those enrolled in online classes may also experience increased ease of adjustment into a sustainable career once they complete their degree.

Just how valuable is a college education for veterans and those in the military? While many who have served or are currently serving our country are not aware of the increased enrichment opportunities that may be available through a college degree, the proof is in the numbers. Under the GI Bill, introduced after 9/11, more than 50% of military veterans seeking a college degree completed a program in higher education, a major increase from single-digit percentages in recent years. According to a study released in 2014 by the Student Veterans of America, the 3.5 million veterans who used education benefits between 2002 and 2010 to obtain college degrees in popular subjects such as business, social sciences, and homeland security were more successful post-graduation than other non-traditional student groups attending college or graduate school during those years.

Financing Your Online Degree

Despite the relative affordability of online programs, the need for financial aid is still a reality for most students. But rest assured, loans aren’t your only option. Explore our collection of financial aid resources or dig into one of the following guides to read more about financing your education.

An Overview of Financial Aid

Approximately two-thirds of today’s college students rely on loans to fund their education, but there are plenty of overlooked financing options savvy students can use to reduce the total costs of their education.

Understanding the FAFSA

Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first and most crucial step for any student seeking financial aid. Follow our step-by-step guide for answers to frequently asked questions.

Financial Aid for Online College Students

Financial aid for online learning is equivalent to what you’ll find for campus-based learning, but that hasn’t always been the case. Learn about the changes that have taken place and funding opportunities for online students.

Scholarships for Veterans

Millions of dollars in free money is available to U.S. Veterans, but much of it goes unused. Learn more about the educational benefits available to you as a valued veteran of America’s armed forces.

Scholarships for Military Dependents

Military spouses and children are often faced with uncertainty, making online education a good option for those on the move. We’ve compiled a list of scholarships specifically for military dependents.

Scholarships for Single Parents

Online programs can provide an affordable and flexible option for single parents looking for a more secure financial future for their children. We’ve compiled a list of scholarships for these hard-working parents.

Resources to Help You Succeed

Are you considering a return to school? Do you feel uncertain about your ability to pick up where you left off? Browse our collection of student resources for a little peace of mind. Our guides are designed to help students at any level enter the classroom with confidence. Whether at home or on campus, find the help you need to get the most out of your education. Below you’ll find some of our more popular resources.

Guide to Online Research

There’s a lot of misinformation circulating online for inexperienced researchers. With the help of our online research guide, you can learn how to find reputable sources and discern fact from fiction.

Guide to Academic Writing

For those returning to school, the thought of academic writing can feel intimidating. From research papers to essay exams, our guide provides a high-level overview of how to tackle the usual suspects.

Information on Choosing a Major

Choosing a major can feel overwhelming, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Let us walk you through the process of narrowing your choice and take the next step with confidence.

Understanding Stress

Returning to college? Know that stress comes with the territory, especially if you’re trying to also balance the demands of work and family. Let us help you better understand stress and how to manage it.