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Being in the military is a job like no other, but for many servicemembers, it’s not their last. Veterans and active duty personnel often return to school to prepare for another career, and finding an online college that’s military-friendly can make the transition far easier. These schools have flexible online programs that award course credit for time served in the military, give opportunities to remotely connect with other veterans, and provide benefits offered through the GI Bill. Continue reading to learn which online colleges are the most military-friendly, how to succeed in the digital classroom, and where student veterans and military can find internships.

Military-Friendly Online Colleges & Universities: 2017

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Choosing an online college can be a difficult decision, and military personnel – both active members and veterans – face an even greater challenge finding schools uniquely positioned to prepare them for the civilian workforce. The best colleges offer academic programs that let students capitalize on their military background, offer tuition discounts and credit for time served in the military, and have student organizations and other support services specifically targeted to vets. We looked at those factors and others to compile a list of which colleges are the most military-friendly.

Rank School Name Score Tuition Fees Alumni Earnings Student/Teacher Ratio Gift Financial AidDescriptionGraduation Rate Acceptance Rate # Online Programs # Total Programs Placement Services Credit for Experience
1
Laramie County Community College
99.79
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$32,400
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
31%

Military members and families at F.E. Warren Air Force Base can continue their education through a specially designed program offered by the Laramie County Community College. With a branch campus located on the base, LCCC conducts classes in two eight-week segments to accommodate the frequent travel of active military members. Classes offered on base include many general education subjects such as composition, history, math, public speaking and psychology. These courses can supplement a hybrid education as LCCC has more than 100 online classes available to all students. Additional support services offered at the base include standardized placement testing and academic advising.

14% N/A 17 65 No No
2
Western Wyoming Community College
99.00
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$31,100
16:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
39%

Military veterans pursuing higher education at Western Wyoming Community College can earn an associate degree entirely online in marketing, accounting, liberal studies, criminal justice, sociology, computer science, business administration, social science or social work. For financial support, WWCC assists veterans in obtaining and maintaining their Department of Veteran Affairs educational benefits. Active, reserve, disabled veterans and the dependents of deceased service members can complete and file an application for benefits on campus. In order to maintain VA benefits, students must prove attendance and participation and good academic standing. In addition, students wishing to alter their educational direction must register all changes with the veteran's representative.

53% N/A 32 55 Yes Yes
3
Dakota College at Bottineau
98.55
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$31,800
9:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
40%

Air force members ready to start or continue their education can begin with the general education mobile (GEM) program at Dakota College at Bottineau. GEM provides airmen intending to receive their Community College of the Air Force degree the required general education prerequisites in one block, all online. Military members of all branches studying at DCB can apply previous military experiences towards credits needed for program completion. For all active and veteran military members, DCB provides tuition assistance information and support in receiving VA benefits. Service members have a variety of online associate degree programs available.

28% N/A 20 23 No Yes
4
Mesa Community College
98.34
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$36,000
20:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
25%

As a "military-inclusive family" Mesa Community College provides service members with special assistance programs and a supportive community. Veterans could be eligible for one of six available education benefit programs and can receive housing assistance within the community. On campus, students can visit the veteran services office (VSO) to find resources for receiving health benefits and academic advice. In addition, the VSO provides a free textbook lending program and a private computer lab and lounge. Military students can achieve their degree or certificate online in at MCC in business, justice administration, education, technology and several other fields.

12% N/A 24 53 Yes Yes
5
Kansas City Kansas Community College
98.32
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$30,700
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
22%

Kansas City Kansas Community College provides on-campus support for military students located at the veterans' certifying official (VCO). Eligible veterans interested in receiving their education benefits and studying at KCKCC can apply online and receive further assistance at the VCO. Additionally, students may seek academic credit for military service in qualifying circumstances. After one successful semester completion at KCKCC, a student with military occupational specialties or service school experience can take the DANTES standardized tests in order to receive academic credit. A maximum of 15 military service credits are permitted.

20% N/A 24 27 Yes Yes
6
Western Oklahoma State College
98.07
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$31,100
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
63%

The Altus Air Force Base and Fort Still Army Post have a supportive education relationship with Western Oklahoma State College. WOCC has a campus located on the air force base that allows military members to complete an Associate of Applied Sciences in military studies completely from the base, taking into account the possible disruptions of military life. Similarly students can enroll in the AAS in applied technology with a military studies focus for students who have completed a warrant officer base course. With this qualification, students can accumulate 30 credit hours, almost half the total degree requirements.

20% N/A 8 19 No Yes
7
Casper College
98.05
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$32,900
12:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
42%

At Casper College in eastern Wyoming, former military members receive educational and emotional assistance, especially in readjusting to life outside of the service. The Casper College veterans center is a resource for all veteran students to connect with other service members, join a Department of Veteran Affairs work-study program and gain academic assistance. Casper was the first public school in Wyoming to partner with the VA Yellow Ribbon Program which offers additional benefits for out-of-state students. Veteran students can use their benefits toward online education at Casper to obtain an associate degree in diverse fields with eight 100 percent online degree programs available.

30% N/A 5 97 Yes No
8
Hutchinson Community College
97.93
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$31,700
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
59%

Service members planning to enroll in classes at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas can complete over 250 different courses entirely online. In addition, HCC's online education department has 10 completely online associate degrees and eight certificate programs. Classes taken online at HCC are designed to be flexible for a busy student and may have variable start dates. Veterans who need assistance in receiving education benefits, either for the first time or not, are encouraged to seek aid on campus. HCC has a representative available to veterans to ensure they receive the financial help needed.

29% N/A 18 56 Yes Yes
9
Cochise College
97.83
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$31,200
16:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
22%

The military programs established at Cochise College work with current and former service members to provide a seamless transition to education and completion of a degree program. Students can partake in a military occupational speciality credentialing program and are able to transfer credits to comply with the mobility demands of military service. The Associate in Applied Sciences in operational intelligence studies degree is a program created for active or veteran service members to increase specialization in intelligence, though it is open to all CC students. CC has an educational center located at Fort Huachuca which enables students to receive credit while at the army installation.

18% N/A 13 56 No Yes
10
East Mississippi Community College
97.66
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$25,700
12:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
78%

For veteran and active military members and their families, East Mississippi Community College recognizes federal and state education rights and benefits allotted to service members. Military members stationed in Mississippi who supply documentation can be considered residents of that state for college enrollment and can be applied to dependents. A number of courses and degree programs at EMCC can be completed via eLearning. Through the Mississippi Virtual Community College students have access to roughly 200 online courses offered by EMCC. All eLearning classes are available to all students and are conducted through the course management system Canvas.

27% N/A 64 79 Yes Yes
11
Sheridan College
97.48
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$32,300
16:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
54%

As part of the Northern Wyoming Community College District, Sheridan College offers active service members and veterans support through the veteran services office on campus. Recognized as a "military friendly" college, veterans and active duty members can benefit from assistance programs such as a computer and audio recorder lending program, day care assistance and veteran housing for those eligible. For students with a military disability, they can participate in a vocational training program that covers the cost of tuition and helps with living expenses. Military students can pursue any degree program offered, including online courses. Currently students can achieve 10 degrees completely online at Sheridan College.

26% N/A 7 47 No Yes
12
Shoreline Community College
97.46
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$40,500
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
19%

Military students at Shoreline Community College have multiple resources specific to veterans' needs available to them on campus such as an individual corporate mentorship program and access to the veterans resource center. Academic advisors at SCC guide military students through the process of claiming VA benefits and other possible deductions and offer career counseling. Students interested in receiving credit for military experience can submit their transcripts for up to 15 qualifying credit hours. SCC offers students two education options, an associate degree program or a transfer degree program in which the student will earn a bachelor degree at a university.

26% N/A 20 28 Yes Yes
13
Northeast Community College
97.25
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$33,000
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
38%

A small rural school, Northeast Community College provides veterans a flexible atmosphere for beginning or continuing their education. With two staff members on campus working on behalf of military students, NCC bridges the gap between students applying for education benefits and the Department of Veteran Affairs. After reviewing students' military transcripts, proven skills experience can be applied for college credit. NCC's student veteran organization provides social connectivity to service members and participates in community and school events. Students at NCC have 14 online degree programs available to them, three specialized Associate in Applied Science in business programs and 11 Associate in Arts programs.

43% N/A 16 65 Yes Yes
14
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
97.15
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$39,400
21:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
22%

Veterans and active military members studying at Chandler-Gilbert Community College have the support of an entire faculty dedicated to helping service members achieve their education goals. CGCC's veterans services office acts as the middle-man between students and the Department of Veteran Affairs and provides valuable assistance in receiving education benefits. This office is also responsible for supplying veterans with academic resources and for reviewing student transcripts in order to receive VA benefits. Credits may be awarded to students for previous military experience or other college work. Veterans at CGCC can opt for online learning and take courses from any time and place convenient.

19% N/A 13 26 Yes Yes
15
Barton County Community College
96.94
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$30,900
25:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
71%

Barton Community College in central Kansas has two secondary education facilities located at the Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth army installations. Cooperating with the armed forces to provide education for service members, BCC provides students with information to obtain VA benefits and enroll in classes either on campus or through BARTonline, the school's virtual campus. For service members with busy schedules, BARTonline has both associate degree and certificate programs available for completion totally online. Students can earn an AS degree in fields such as criminal justice, finance, economics, management or business. Three AA programs in history, political science and liberal studies are also currently available.

30% N/A 33 80 Yes Yes
16
Allen County Community College
96.93
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$29,300
20:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
68%

Whether a veteran student is enrolling in college for the first time or transferring credits from another institution, Allen Community College assist students in every step of the process. Students can access online FAQ sheets and virtually complete a simple data sheet in order to apply for VA benefits. Military students can take courses as a guest at ACC that will then transfer to the student's home college for credit. While enrolled at ACC, service members can benefit from online learning either by taking a few courses or by remotely completing an entire degree program.

23% N/A 75 53 No No
17
Rio Salado College
96.53
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$36,600
20:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
4%

With a military central department, Rio Salado College has been working for the needs of veteran students since 1978. In conjunction with four other Arizona community colleges, RSC is the center for the East Valley Veterans Education Center. Through the EVVEC, RSC provides support to students in obtaining financial aid, finding employment, health benefits and affordable housing. RSC offers military students a degree specialization in military leadership. Service members can complete either a certificate or an AAS degree in the field and can use military service as qualifying credit hours. General education classes may be completed online for this degree program.

17% N/A 44 34 Yes No
18
Mount Wachusett Community College
96.46
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$29,500
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
20%

The veteran student success center at Mount Wachusett Community College supplies veteran-assistance programs to military students such as textbook loaning, peer tutoring and transcript reviewal. Designed to help students transition to school life, the veteran student success center aids with tuition balancing and career counseling. MWCC offers over 70 degree programs as well as certificates and diplomas in versatile career fields. For military students seeking to lessen the coursework in their chosen program, credit hours can be granted for previous service experience. Online classes are available each semester, but on-campus attendance may be required for program completion.

15% N/A 10 28 Yes Yes
19
Mitchell Technical Institute
96.43
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$38,000
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
25%

The Mitchell Technical Institute in Mitchell, SD is a military-friendly school that does not penalize active military members for their deployment so long as the majority of coursework is completed. MTI recognizes the results of standardized tests such as CLEP and DSST in order to accumulate course credit for military service. With an enrollment under 1,300 students, intimate class sizes help generate a tight-knit community which the student veterans organization helps preserve. Military students can study anywhere through MTI's online classes and online degree programs. Currently online study options include business management, office administration, medical office professional and office technology specialist.

64% N/A 9 25 Yes Yes
20
Navarro College
96.16
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$31,100
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
26%

With a historic start in education, Navarro College first provided classes in late 1946 to many World War II veterans. Through the decades NC has maintained military students and today provides step-by-step instructions for service members and their families in applying to school and applying for VA benefits. NC veteran students can utilize the College Credit for Heroes organization to examine transcripts for class credit. Military students can enroll in completely online degree programs at NC in business, criminal justice, psychology, English, sociology, speech and general studies. In addition, hybrid degree programs are available that are between 50 and 85 percent online.

16% N/A 10 38 Yes No
21
Grayson College
96.15
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$32,200
18:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
20%

Committed to honoring those who have served, Grayson College in northern Texas has several programs and benefits available for military students. The Boots to Books and Beyond Campaign was formed to help veterans and veteran families succeed in their education and provide increased on-campus support, while College Credit for Heroes was created by the state to ensure veterans receive due course credit for their service. On campus students can access the veterans HUB and join the student veterans association. Veterans planning to study online at GC can enroll in a 100 percent virtual program in child development, criminal justice, education or general studies.

19% N/A 11 35 Yes Yes
22
Western Texas College
96.14
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$30,400
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
35%

Western Texas College is a member of Service members Opportunity Colleges, an organization that enables highly mobile military members to continue their education among participating schools. WTC also honors the Hazelwood act which grants any Texas-resident veteran free tuition. Military students can also find answers to questions concerning their VA benefits on campus and career information. Study programs offered at WTC include AA, AS and AAS degrees as well as a transfer option for those pursuing a bachelor degree. Distance learning courses are available WTC which are mostly online and require an extra fee.

57% N/A 6 52 Yes Yes
23
Central Texas College
95.96
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$33,700
18:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
13%

Central Texas College provides distance learning courses for active military through GoArmyEd which can be completed in the location in which the student is stationed. Army students can choose a degree plan from CTC that highlights military experience and could receive up to 49 college credits for service experience. Air force students can enroll in the general education mobile program and work on two degrees, the CCAF AAS degree and a general studies degree from CTC. Being truly flexible for military students, CTC has more than 70 online degree programs with varying start dates and has education centers around the globe.

14% N/A 43 51 Yes Yes
24
Lake Region State College
95.95
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$34,800
14:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
63%

Online and distance learning options for veteran and active military students at Lake Region State College include transfer programs as well as AAS and AA degree programs. Degrees in law enforcement, business, liberal arts, education and fitness can all be earned through LRSC's online campus. Additionally, LRSC has two physical campus locations, Devils Lake and Grand Force Air Base, providing military students the freedom to complete their degree when it is convenient. To assist students in claiming education benefits, a VA certifying representative on campus can help file the appropriate documents.

40% N/A 6 17 Yes Yes
25
Truckee Meadows Community College
95.91
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$32,500
19:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
22%

Truckee Meadows Community College supports service members in their transition to civilian life through establishing career goals and claiming VA benefits. TMCC can enroll veterans into the Veterans Upward Bound program to provide free online and on campus classes, tutoring, college prep and technical skills to service men and women who meet the requirement standards. On campus, TMCC has a veterans resource center that offers a private study room with computers and other help specific to service members such as getting transcripts, joining the TMCC veterans club and getting university referrals.

21% N/A 16 67 Yes Yes
26
GateWay Community College
95.85
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$29,800
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
32%

Veteran students attending Gateway Community College can receive and utilize Department of Veteran Affairs benefits for education so long as students' grades meet requirements. GCC has a veteran services office on campus that specializes in aiding academic counseling, tuition issues and making referrals for vets. Among Arizona's Maricopa Community College family, GCC has four locations in the Phoenix area and offers online and hybrid education classes. Students planning to transfer to a bachelor degree program can articulate into a partner university such as Arizona State or the University of Arizona.

13% N/A 8 48 No Yes
27
Yavapai College
95.78
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$28,200
18:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
15%

The seemingly confusing process of receiving VA benefits for military students is made clear at Yavapai College. With an on-campus veteran services department, YC lays out the nitty gritty and helps veterans enroll in school and complete their education. A program called Veterans Upward Bound is in place at YC to help veterans who feel intimidated or unprepared to enter college get back into the swing of things. VUB is free for qualifying veterans and offers tutoring services and courses in math, English, science and more. For the flexibility of studying anywhere, YC has nine completely online degree programs and a number of online certificate programs.

17% N/A 16 28 No Yes
28
Bunker Hill Community College
95.77
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$33,000
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
1%

The student veteran organization (SVO) at Bunker Hill Community College connects local military students and families with a national community and helps service members adjust to civilian life. BHCC is a military-friendly campus that, in addition to the SVO, offers support through the veteran center and orientation programs. In order to receive college credit for military service, BHCC abides by the American Council on Education's standards when evaluating transcripts for credit. Veteran students can earn an AA degree fully remote through BHCConline. At present BHCC has online business, general studies, communication, psychology and English AA degree programs.

11% N/A 8 56 Yes Yes
29
Eastern New Mexico University – Roswell Campus
95.67
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$30,200
14:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
5%

Perks for service members at Eastern New Mexico University range from free gym passes and entry to sporting events to tuition assistance for qualifying military students. ENMU has a VA certifying official on campus to directly help veterans and dependents of veterans claim their education benefits each semester. To turn military experience into college credits, students must pass standardized tests such as DANTES and can receive a maximum of 32 credits towards an associate degree and 50 credits towards a bachelor degree. ENMU provides more than 30 online degree programs, including certificates and bachelor and associate degrees.

20% N/A 11 50 Yes Yes
30
Metropolitan Community College
95.62
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$28,300
14:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
20%

On behalf of military students, Metropolitan Community College participates in the ACE's Veteran Friendly Toolkit program, an online resource for improving veteran education, and the Service Members Opportunity College organization. The latter establishment makes it easier for traveling military students to complete their degree at a number of different colleges around the country with easily transferrable credits. MCC also follows the ACE's standards for evaluating military transcripts to receive college credit for service. With classes every day of the week and online, MCC offers a study schedule that isn't rigid and can fit with a veteran or active military life commitments.

12% N/A 22 58 Yes Yes
31
Ozarka College
95.41
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$25,200
16:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
25%

Service members starting school at Ozarka College can find resources for obtaining their education benefits and how to use them on campus. A full-time veteran affairs representative helps military students on the path to graduation. With an enrollment around 3,100 students and a select number of study programs, Ozarka College offers a close and supportive community. Degree programs at Ozarka include general studies, nursing, culinary arts, aviation and technology associate programs. A number of certificates and technical certificates are available in education, administration, banking and health technology among others. Classes can be taken through Ozarka College's web campus in addition to four other locations.

22% N/A 15 10 No Yes
32
Cowley County Community College
95.40
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$30,900
23:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
44%

Cowley College, a two-year school in southeastern Kansas, offers veterans aid in receiving their VA benefits by outlining the criteria necessary to retain eligibility, which include declaring a major and keeping satisfactory grades. While federal benefits can be granted for tuition, students are responsible for paying for books and the remaining tuition fee. Veterans searching for a more affordable and flexible education can enroll in one of CC's online degree programs that are transferrable to a four-year institution. At present CC has more than 30 associate degree and certificate programs available entirely online. Additional programs are available that require some class attendance.

29% N/A 13 19 Yes Yes
33
Western Nebraska Community College
95.36
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$26,500
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
60%

The on campus military and veterans affairs office at Western Nebraska Community College helps students claim a host of VA benefits and acts as an information center for veterans and their families. WNCC provides veteran health services information and collaborates with Veterans Upward Bound to encourage and promote military students in their education journey. Veterans can be a part of the Student Veterans Organization and maintain social connectivity with other service members and their families. Spousal education benefits may also be pursued at WNCC as well as dependents. WNCC has online courses and degree programs as well as weekend and night classes.

23% N/A 9 54 Yes Yes
34
Prince George’s Community College
95.24
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$40,900
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
6%

Certified as a Service Member's Opportunity College, Prince George's Community College works with veteran students in order to achieve their successful college completion. Authorized by the Department of Veteran Affairs and the Maryland Higher Education Committee, the veteran services office provides high quality assistance in applying for VA benefits. PGCC is a participant in the Veteran's Upward Bound, a Department of Education program, to provide veterans with additional classes, tutoring sessions and trainings to be prepared for college. Students may be granted college credit toward their degree program for military service. PGCC requires official transcripts be provided for credit evaluation.

6% N/A 10 39 Yes Yes
35
Edmonds Community College
95.23
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$35,500
14:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
27%

Veterans searching for a supportive school can find many assistance services at Edmonds Community College's veterans resource center. The center is focused on helping military students certify their VA benefits, enroll in the right classes, and start their career after graduation plus free coffee and food donations. The student veterans association is another on campus support group for military students to convene and carry out projects within the community. Named a veteran friendly school six years running, ECC encourages students to submit their military transcripts for reviewal to determine credits for college.

27% N/A 8 43 Yes Yes
36
Amarillo College
95.22
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$31,300
22:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
17%

The veteran services department at Amarillo College provides detailed information for future military students on how to certify Department of Veteran Affairs benefits and use them. The department sticks with students throughout their education to offer assistance at every turn. Other benefits include a textbook scholarship program and the possibility for a dependent to inherit a veteran's unused education benefits. For a less restricted learning experience, AC provides two-year and certificate education programs through distance learning as well as traditional classes. Currently all students have the option to study completely online in six different disciplines.

15% N/A 19 56 Yes No
37
Aims Community College
95.01
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$31,700
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
22%

Dedicated to the education of military students, Aims Community College in northern Colorado has two veteran affairs certifying officials on campus to clarify education benefit eligibility requirements and help submit paperwork. Veteran students at ACC have numerous programs available to them such as veteran career advising, orientation programs, mental health counseling and free tutoring from teachers and other members of the community. The veterans club is another social opportunity for students to get involved, connected and supported. Online academics at ACC are for all students and offers the AA in arts degree fully online.

29% N/A 10 36 No Yes
38
Columbus State Community College
95.00
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$31,300
19:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
20%

The military and veterans service department at Columbus State College is the reference source for incoming service member students in their education needs. The department provides career and academic counseling tailored for veterans' needs, help from a VA coordinator to receive benefits, and a number of additional scholarships for both veterans and their family members to help with the cost of tuition. Military students can be awarded credits for their previous service experience that can be used for online or traditional learning. CSC offers online associate degrees that can be transferred to a number of universities to complete an online bachelor program.

8% N/A 28 61 Yes Yes
39
Rose State College
94.98
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$31,400
19:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
30%

With an office located on the Tinker Air Force Base, Rose State College has partnerships with military departments to offer education to veterans and their family members as well as active duty service members and military employees. The veteran student services office is the students' link to Veteran Affairs and understanding what benefits to apply for in the correct time frame. Recognizing the constraints of military involvement, Rose State has designed courses with service members in mind and has provided web courses for greater freedom in studying. Web degrees that are available to all students at include Associate in Arts degrees in history, English and business.

12% N/A 8 50 Yes No
40
Southwestern Oregon Community College
94.89
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$27,600
16:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
51%

Southwestern Oregon Community College works with military students to help them apply the education benefits they have earned. The Department of Veteran Affairs acknowledges all associate degree plans at SWOCC so veterans can use benefits as long as education requirements are met. A variety of study options exist at SWOCC to fit the needs of each student. Students can take courses completely online, attend a class on campus or chose a hybrid course which is a mixture of traditional class and distance learning. SWOCC has AA and AS degrees that prepare the student for articulation into a bachelor degree program.

20% N/A 18 20 Yes Yes
41
Lone Star College
94.77
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$32,900
18:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
13%

VetSuccess on Campus is the product of a partnership between the Department of Veteran Affairs and Lone Star College to create a college campus that demonstrates respect and care for military students. Lone Star College has seven campuses all housing a veteran affairs office to serve military students. LSC is participant in the College Credit for Heroes program, governed by the state of Texas, to award as many as possible credits to veterans for their military experience. LSC also provides veterans with a work study program to help supplement the cost of tuition.

11% N/A 17 45 Yes Yes
42
State Fair Community College
94.74
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$29,200
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
14%

Central Missouri's State Fair Community College helps veterans reduce their tuition cost by advising students through the complicated procedure at the on-campus veterans service center. Military students can receive specific career counseling in addition to discerning what benefits they are eligible to receive. SFCC participates in the Troops to Teachers, a program designed by the Department of Defense to employ veterans as teachers where they are needed most. With over 260 online classes, hybrid classes and complete online degree programs, SFCC enables veteran students to learn in a flexible environment.

21% N/A 28 29 Yes Yes
43
Phoenix College
94.68
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$32,500
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
13%

The veteran service office at Phoenix College is authorized to certify VA benefits for military students and their families. PC is proud to offer veterans a center that is "one-stop" in serving their educational and financial needs. Military students can seek benefit support and career advice tailored to his or her individual needs all at the veteran service office. Study programs at PC include many transfer programs to the Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona. PC currently has three fully online degrees available in general studies programs designed for articulation to one of three partner universities.

11% N/A 5 49 No Yes
44
Norwalk Community College
94.61
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$31,900
19:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
26%

Norwalk Community College has a veterans committee on campus devoted to successfully getting veteran students enrolled in school and using their VA benefits. NCC offers education and career counseling along the way to prepare service members for their life after graduation. Other unique benefits to veterans at NCC include access to the veteran lounge and free participation in an athletic program called College Military Rowing that currently has four partnered schools. Education at NCC is offered in a traditional classroom or through distance learning. Distance learning includes 100 percent online classes and hybrid courses which are both online and on campus.

8% N/A 16 30 Yes Yes
45
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
94.56
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$29,700
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
11%

At Cincinnati State, veteran students can take advantage of a referral program offered through the office of veteran student affairs. Veterans can seek referrals for continuing education at other universities, for employment or for admission to other service programs such as Veterans Upward Bound (VUB). VUB provides free tutoring and college prep courses for veterans returning to school and is funded by the Department of Education. Cincinnati State has a veteran student association that promotes the fluid transition from military to civilian life for both veterans and their family members.

16% N/A 12 68 Yes Yes
46
Southeast Community College
94.55
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$35,200
18:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
47%

With a new veteran connect center, Southeast Community College envisions a comprehensive resource facility for military veterans and families to receive assistance in their academic pursuits. Located on SCC's Lincoln campus, the veteran connect center is the gathering place for the student veterans organization which hopes to establish a supportive community for military students and family members. SCC provides the resources needed for veterans to apply for the VA benefits and other tuition assistance programs for which they are eligible. SCC has three campuses around Nebraska and more than 15 online degree programs, some requiring clinical or lab work attendance

27% N/A 6 33 Yes Yes
47
Craven Community College
94.55
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$29,100
14:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
5%

Taking into account the demands of military life, Craven Community College offers very flexible class schedules to accommodate active service members and veterans enrolling in college. CCC has online and traditional classes lasting in eight and 16-week intervals as well as Saturday classes. In addition military students may take one of several standardized tests to see if their service experience qualifies for college credit. Named a military friendly school, CCC's military affairs resource center is the hub for veteran students needing academic or financial counseling and works on behalf of students all the way until graduation.

12% N/A 19 21 No Yes
48
Quinsigamond Community College
94.51
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$32,300
18:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
13%

Quinsigamond Community College in eastern Massachusetts has a veteran affairs office on campus to serve veteran students in a number of areas from getting loaned textbooks to certifying for educational benefits. Additionally students can take part in a tutoring program, receive education counseling and further aid in financial services. QCC accepts transferred military credits from the following transcripts AARTS, SMART, CG and CCAF and may award college credit for satisfactory standardized test scores. Veteran students looking to avoid the stress of making it to class on time can choose an online study program with five associate degree and four certificate programs available.

16% N/A 6 39 Yes Yes
49
Fox Valley Technical College
94.40
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$35,200
12:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
12%

Veterans services provided at Fox Valley Technical College include securing the appropriate VA benefits and acting as the link between students and government agencies. FVTC helps students determine what benefits and aid they are qualified to receive and outlines the steps to take to maintain financial assistance. Military students could also be awarded college credits for their service and FVTC evaluates students' transcripts to determine qualification. With six campuses around the state of Wisconsin and several non-traditional learning options, FVTC aims to fit education in any student's busy schedule. FVTC offers online, interactive video, independent study, hybrid and accelerated learning classes.

38% N/A 7 56 Yes Yes
50
Sinclair College
94.37
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$27,000
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
28%

Ohio's Sinclair College has seven locations, including an online campus and the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base campus. Active military can take classes through Sinclair to earn their Community College of the Air Force degree or to work towards completion of one of Sinclair's 150 certificate and degree programs. Classes at Wright-Patterson can also fulfill general education requirements for articulation to a four-year university and can be taken on the weekend, online or in accelerated courses. For veterans of other military branches attending Sinclair College, the veteran services department handles all financial, educational and social advising for military students or dependents.

17% N/A 14 109 Yes Yes
Rank School Name Score Tuition Fees Alumni Earnings Student/Teacher Ratio Gift Financial AidDescriptionGraduation Rate Acceptance Rate # Online Programs # Total Programs Placement Services Credit for Experience
1
Drexel University
99.83
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$61,100
10:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
93%

Drexel University's Office of Veteran Student Services provides the support and mentorship veteran students need to be successful. In addition to a dedicated veteran orientation, the school offers networking and social activities for veterans. A veteran's lounge provides a safe space for veterans to gather and study with like-minded students, as well as at a wide range of social activities. In addition to its full range of on-campus programs, Drexel has online master's, bachelor's and certificate programs for students unable to be on campus for classes every day.

65% 76% 36 178 Yes Yes
2
University of Southern California
99.76
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$66,100
9:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
59%

The University of Southern California has military students top-of-mind, with programs designed specifically for their busy lifestyle. Students can enroll in programs such as military social work, public administration, geographic information science or cyber security, and complete the program online and while deployed. On campus, students can earn a master of business for veterans, helping veterans expand their education and their marketability after a life in the military. Support services for veterans, like the Veterans Resource Center, give students the support and camaraderie they know.

90% 18% 39 278 Yes No
3
Duquesne University
99.53
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$54,300
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
100%

Duquesne University is the education home to about 325 military and veteran students each year. It provides personalized service to each of these students, helping them to transition into college and beyond. Military and veteran students have access to all on-site and online programs available to traditional students, but with the added support of an active Office of Military and Veteran Students. The office helps students identify and use their GI Bill benefits, and provides commuter services, work study programs, counseling, law assistance and more.

74% 73% 11 153 Yes Yes
4
Regis University
99.21
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$53,100
14:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
95%

Regis University assists military veterans take their experience and passion and put it work in a new career. Veterans can use their GI benefits in the school's Troops to Teachers program, and may also be eligible for a stipend. Regis's staff can also help aspiring teachers to identify state certification requirements for teachers. Students may be eligible to earn undergraduate college credit for some of their military experience, through military training based on ACE guidelines, work experience and more. Military students are eligible to use their benefits for both on-campus programs and the university's wide range of online programs.

59% 96% 37 64 No Yes
5
Harvard University
99.07
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$87,200
8:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
56%

The Harvard Extension School allows everyday and military heroes to earn a quality, affordable degree through military and veterans' benefits. The school offers an open enrollment policy, so even those who aren't ready to seek a degree can earn credits. HES fully supports the Yellow Ribbon Program, Military Tuition Assistance, Post-9/11 GI Bill and Vocational Rehabilitation. In addition to more than 700 open enrollment courses both online and on campus, the school also has a premedical program, undergraduate degrees in liberal arts and management and graduate degrees in a wide range of areas.

97% 6% 31 164 Yes No
6
Iowa State University
98.72
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$47,200
19:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
75%

The Iowa State University Veterans Center has veterans' interests in mind, offering a number of services that meet veterans' unique needs. A counseling center allows students to get the help and direction they need on campus and disability resources allow for accommodations for students with disabilities. A dedicated veteran briefing (orientation) helps to familiarize students with the support available to them while attending ISU. Thursday Night Dinners for veterans, military personnel and their families, provides a venue for students and their families to get to know one another, building a community of support on campus.

71% 87% 17 198 Yes No
7
Texas A & M University-College Station
98.61
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$52,900
20:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
54%

Texas A&M University was founded as a military academy in 1876 and now serves student veterans and their dependents through a number of services and programs. The university provides more than 3,100 students with veteran services, including its Veteran Resource and Support Center. A Military Admissions Office helps veterans with necessary paperwork and guidance through the admissions process. Veteran services and resources include workshops and social events, community referrals, transition from military to student life and general assistance on campus. It's unique Peer Advisors for Veteran Education connects incoming veteran students with those already on campus, providing support and guidance during this sometimes challenging transition.

80% 71% 39 216 Yes No
8
Norwich University
98.60
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$45,300
10:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
99%

Norwich University Online takes into account all of its veterans' many commitments: a nontraditional work schedule, the balance of family and school, class requirements and more. Its online programs for military veterans allow students to integrate their work and military experience into their classwork. Norwich helps student veterans navigate the many funding opportunities available to them, including the Norwich University Military Scholarship, veterans scholarships, tuition assistance and GI benefits. A student services advisor helps to ensure each student's success, and a host of on-campus staff members help veterans succeed academically, professionally and personally.

53% 66% 11 43 Yes No
9
Illinois Institute of Technology
98.59
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$68,200
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
100%

The Illinois Institute of Technology offers assistance to new and returning veteran students as they apply and process their VA benefits. It offers online master's degree programs in areas like electrical engineering, intellectual property management and markets, health physics and computer science as well as a wide range of on-campus undergraduate and graduate programs. The school has five physical campuses in the Chicago-metro area. Veterans can take advantage of programs like the Reserve Educational Assistance Program, Survivors of Dependents Assistance and the Veterans Educational Assistance Program.

68% 51% 17 102 Yes No
10
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
98.25
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$57,900
12:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
47%

The military-friendly campus of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor provides opportunities for both veterans and active duty students to receive the education they're looking for. The school has a number of resources and offices for military students, helping them to navigate through the paperwork and applications to fully take advantage of their benefits. A U-M Student Veterans Assistance office is dedicated to the needs of veteran student and an on-campus chapter of the Student Veterans of America provides a link to networking and support. The university offers global, online and on-campus programs to meet the needs of any prospective student.

91% 32% 7 252 Yes No
11
Columbia University in the City of New York
98.14
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$72,900
6:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
46%

Created specifically for students with non-traditional backgrounds Columbia University in the City of New York's School of General Studies has been educating military veterans since World War II. The school participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program and the full range of benefits provided by the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Students can concentrate on a wide range of specializations, including chemical physics, African-American studies, economics, Hispanic studies and many more. Comprehensive advising services ensure that students get the support and mentoring they need to be successful in school and in life.

95% 7% 15 216 Yes No
12
Washington State University
98.13
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$46,400
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
51%

Educational assistance is available for veteran students at Washington State University. The VA office is available to help students who have been recalled to active duty or who need help locating all the resources and funding available to them. The Student Veterans Committee, which is part of the WSU campus programs, helps to raise awareness about veterans benefits and veterans legislation and provides a safe space for veterans to gather and communicate. Students can earn both online and on-campus degrees in psychology, accounting, criminal justice, management information systems and a number of other focus areas.

67% 82% 16 235 Yes No
13
University of Florida
98.03
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$51,300
21:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
29%

In an effort to better serve military veterans and other students with special circumstances, the University of Florida has unique offerings. Distance learning, flexible learning and professional development allow students the flexibility they need to continue their education and earn a degree to help move their careers forward, especially as a military veteran. The Office of Veteran Affairs serves as a liaison between students and the various agencies that offer veteran services, helping students to locate and utilize all the benefits for which they are eligible.

85% 46% 44 218 Yes No
14
Purdue University-Main Campus
97.97
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$52,600
12:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
47%

Purdue University's Veterans Success Center dubs itself a "one-stop shop" for veterans' support and success. A weekly visit from the Center for Career Opportunities, a student study lounge and access to a peer to peer and orientation program help to set veteran students up for success. The office also serves as the information hub for financial assistance through veteran benefits program. Veterans can earn a degree online and on-campus in education, communication, tourism, aviation and engineering, as well other available programs.

70% 59% 13 234 Yes No
15
University of Idaho
97.96
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$39,900
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
78%

The University of Idaho has participated in the federal Operation Education program since 2001, providing assistance and funding to military veterans who became permanently disabled while serving the country since 9/11. The school's Amos Veterans Center offers amenities for veterans who need a quiet place to study and relax. Also available is both on-campus and online job resources with veteran-friendly employers, helping students be more successful both during their program and after graduation. UI has expanded the Choice Act to include out-of-state veterans who have GI Bill benefits, no matter when they were discharged.

56% 67% 18 164 Yes Yes
16
Rochester Institute of Technology
97.93
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$56,900
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
90%

The Veterans Services Office at Rochester Institute of Technology has been around for more than 50 years, supporting active duty military members, veterans and their dependents. In addition to providing services for current students, RIT's Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education continues that support beyond graduation. Veteran students have access to the Yellow Ribbon Program, the Post 9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill and Vocational Rehabilitation as well as other programs that assist students financially through their education. A number of online degree and continuing education programs are available for students at all levels.

63% 57% 9 136 Yes Yes
17
University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus
97.89
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$46,600
18:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
61%

Student veterans at the University of Oklahoma can earn their degree completely online, thanks to the OU Outreach program. Students who have personal and professional obligations, including being deployed overseas, can take advantage of independent study, advanced programs and degree programs. In addition, the Veteran Student Services office offers assistance in applying for financial assistance and offers direct advisement on making the transition from military to student life. The Student Veterans Career Hub introduces students to military-friendly organizations that make it a point to hire veterans.

66% 81% 10 178 Yes Yes
18
University of Denver
97.88
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$51,400
11:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
81%

The University of Denver's Veterans Services office provides a number of different avenues for student success. A transition and student engagement assistance program ensures that incoming student veterans have the support and information they need to make the transition into student life. The office will help students apply for their benefits, cutting some of the red tape for them. Off-campus (online) students have access to off-campus resources for themselves and their families and all student veterans can receive assistance when it's time to look for a job after graduation. A strong Student Veterans Association chapter connects students with other veterans across the country.

76% 76% 14 153 Yes No
19
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
97.85
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$50,400
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
45%

Active duty military and veterans alike have options available to pursue higher education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition to its on-campus benefits and financial aid, students can advance their education through the UNC CORE Certificate Program. This program allows non-degree seeking students to take general education classes that may transfer to foundational undergraduate credits in the future. Physical fitness requirements and some leadership courses taken in the military may transfer to UNC for credit. The Veterans Services office is available to help veterans transition into life as a college student.

89% 28% 9 148 Yes No
20
Webster University
97.78
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$39,400
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
94%

As a global campus, Webster University makes it easy for veterans and active duty military students to earn their degree. It educates about 17,000 students on campuses on four continents and online. Veterans have access to all their traditional veteran benefits, including the Yellow Ribbon Program, the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Reserve Educational Assistance Program and other veteran-specific programs. The VetSuccess Program offers counseling and on-campus outreach for veterans and their dependents, ensuring their success in school and beyond. Academic programs include degrees in education, communications, fine arts and business and technology.

64% 72% 23 115 Yes Yes
21
Carnegie Mellon University
97.77
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$72,000
10:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
53%

Military veterans and their dependents have access to the assistance they need to apply for the many benefits for which they may be eligible for at Carnegie Mellon University. The school offers degrees in fine arts, engineering, public policy, the sciences, business and other areas, both online and on campus. Alumni veterans continue to receive support from the university through its alumni association and the Steel City Alumni Network, designed for CMU ROTC alumni. Current student veterans have access to non-educational resources such as childcare and early education, counseling and psychological services and job assistance.

87% 25% 12 216 Yes No
22
Creighton University
97.76
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$57,800
11:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
98%

Creighton University offers an online bachelor's degree in leadership for working adults, plus another 35 graduate programs in leadership, negotiation and conflict resolution, emergency medical services and business administration. Many of these graduate programs are online, a good fit for active duty military and student veterans. The school was founded in 1878 on Jesuit values and infuses these values into the curriculum of all its programs. As a military friendly school, veterans have access to a number of programs, such as the Yellow Ribbon Program, Post-9/11 GI Bill and other programs that assist veterans financially through their degrees.

75% 73% 7 86 Yes Yes
23
Auburn University
97.75
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$45,400
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
65%

The mission of Auburn University's Veterans Resource Center is to assist students in making the transition from military life to civilian life. The Auburn Student Veterans Association helps to promote the general welfare of veterans at the school as they continue their service to the community. It also serves to support veterans and their families through their unique challenges. Auburn offers distance education courses and programs in agriculture, education, liberal arts, veterinary medicine and other areas and also offers professional credit and personal enrichment programs.

68% 83% 18 154 Yes No
24
Lawrence Technological University
97.72
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$53,700
11:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
82%

Using military benefits gained from time in service, student veterans can earn a degree online in business or technology at Lawrence Technological University. These students must maintain satisfactory academic progress, however veterans have access to a number of support services to ensure their needs are met throughout their academic program. Federal benefits exist for veterans, we well as Air Force ROTC scholarships and Army National Guard tuition assistance. The school, which has been around for more than 80 years, prides itself on its "Theory and Practice" philosophy, helping students to solve tomorrow's problems through investigating today's abstract ideas.

52% 57% 10 60 Yes No
25
North Carolina State University at Raleigh
97.70
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$47,500
16:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
50%

North Carolina State University at Raleigh serves about 630 student veterans as they apply for VA Educational Benefits and continue utilizing those benefits. Its business and government partners help to keep the educational opportunities top-notch as veterans get the education they need to be the leaders of tomorrow. Those honorably discharged from military training can use some of their work experience as military credit, upon approval. A number of on- and off-campus resources are available to veterans, including distance education opportunities, financial assistance and vocational rehabilitation and employment.

71% 52% 34 194 Yes No
26
Hampton University
97.69
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$42,200
9:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
47%

Student veterans at Hampton University Online with at least two years of honorable service in the military can earn academic credits for their military training and experience. This is just one way Hampton supports military veterans and honors them for their service to the country. As part of the Service members Opportunity Colleges consortium, Hampton student veterans are required to take no more than 30 percent of their degree requirements from the school and transfer credit is maximized for military experience. The college offers a wide range of associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs as well as a handful of doctorates and certificates.

59% 29% 12 87 Yes Yes
27
Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
97.68
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$43,400
20:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
73%

The Veteran Benefit Services office at Oklahoma State University is available for student veterans as they transition from military life to life as a student and private citizen. They help veterans navigate through their educational benefits, including the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the Yellow Ribbon Program and military tuition assistance programs. OSU offers a number of online bachelor's and master's degree programs, including agriculture, engineering, human development and family science, communication, business administration and more career-advancing programs. In addition to traditional course offerings, veterans may also be able to use some of their military experience as college credits, upon approval.

62% 75% 17 154 Yes Yes
28
Missouri University of Science and Technology
97.60
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$65,500
18:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
81%

The Missouri University of Science and Technology's Registrar's Office works hand in hand with military veterans to ensure they take advantage of all eligible veteran and veteran dependent benefits. The office assists incoming students through the application process and helps them to acquire credits for their military service. The school offers 17 graduate degree programs and more than 50 graduate certificate programs through distance education, enabling students to earn their degree from anywhere in the world—even while deployed overseas.

65% 86% 15 57 Yes No
29
Canisius College
97.48
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$45,700
12:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
99%

As a Yellow Ribbon School, students at Canisius College who qualify can earn a degree with little or no money out of pocket. The college offers a first-year experience program for all students, GRIFF 101, to help students acclimate to the school environment and meet like-minded peers. Canisius, a Jesuit school, has 11 online degrees and 5 online certificates available and faculty members who hold PhDs or the terminal degree in their field. The college works with student veterans to minimize their debt after graduation.

68% 80% 21 116 Yes No
30
Dallas Baptist University
97.47
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$42,200
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
86%

Dallas Baptist University offers a Christ-centered education to military veterans. Qualifying students can use their military experience as college credit and make school more affordable through the Post-9/11 GI Bill and the DBU Patriot Veterans Opportunity Scholarship. Coursework is flexible with online, evening and hybrid options. The school offers 71 undergraduate degrees, 29 master's programs and 55 accelerated bachelor's and master's degree programs. DBU boasts small class sizes, allowing student veterans the support and attention they need in order to be successful in the classroom and after graduation.

54% 46% 23 69 Yes No
31
University of Mississippi
97.45
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$40,600
18:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
61%

As an unlimited Yellow Ribbon School, the University of Mississippi has comprehensive services and resources for veterans, active military and their dependents. Students attend a First Year Experience program to acclimate them to college life, where school personnel assists veterans with education entitlements. Students also receive additional advice and support to ensure their academic success. Through Ole Miss Online, students can earn a master's degree in business or education, in addition to the wide range of degrees available in a traditional setting.

60% 81% 14 115 Yes No
32
La Salle University
97.44
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$53,200
12:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
94%

LaSalle University supports military veterans and their dependents as they seek higher education. As part of its participation in Service members Opportunity Colleges, the college awards credit for military experience and helps to minimize the loss of credit due to duplicated coursework. LaSalle also participates in Troops to Teachers, an effort to help veterans transition into teachers at public schools serving low income families. Veterans have many resources available to them on campus, including career services, counseling and health services, support personnel and educational resources.

68% 78% 8 108 Yes No
33
Michigan Technological University
97.43
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$60,100
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
94%

Academic advisors at Michigan Technological University's Veteran Services Office are charged with helping to guide student veterans through their academic career. They help students find the resources and support they need, including financial aid assistance, disabilities services, academic support and counseling services. They also assist veterans in obtaining transfer credit for their military service, if eligible. Students can take general education courses online, which can be transferred to a degree or earn a graduate degree online in engineering, applied science education, integrated geospatial technology or another related field.

66% 76% 6 89 Yes No
34
University of Arizona
97.39
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$44,400
20:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
77%

The University of Arizona's Veterans Education and Transition Services helps students who are military veterans with the support and tools they need to obtain a degree. The two on-campus VETS centers help to educate and support students throughout their college careers. From career services and scholarship information to educational support and health care information, VETS has comprehensive help available for veterans. UA has more than 300 undergraduate and graduate degrees and offers a tuition waiver for Purple Heart recipients who were Arizona residents at the time (or deployed from an Arizona base).

61% 75% 12 241 Yes No
35
Saint Leo University
97.37
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$42,600
15:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
99%

Saint Leo University offers traditional, evening and online courses and programs for all students. Founded in 1889, the school also provides support and services for military students and veterans. They may earn their degree in an accelerated program in eight-week terms that start six times during the year. And students who start classes on campus but are deployed may finish online or at another location. The Catholic university has more than 40 degree programs and learning centers in seven states, mostly on military bases and community colleges.

43% 72% 37 58 Yes Yes
36
Arizona State University-Tempe
97.35
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$45,200
22:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
86%

The Pat Tillman Veterans Center at Arizona State University provides help to veterans, active military members and their spouses and dependents. They help to connect veterans with degree programs and services that will build their educational foundation and help them transition from military life to civilian life and beyond. Counselors meet with new students to assist them in getting their veterans benefits started and serve as a military advocate in class and on campus. ASU has multiple campuses and online programs, with a total of more than 450 degree programs available.

58% 84% 12 190 Yes No
37
Syracuse University
97.32
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$56,600
16:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
66%

Central to the Syracuse University's mission is supporting and connecting student veterans in its 200 majors within 11 schools and colleges. The school's VetSuccess program provides additional guidance and support as well as career assistance when selecting a program of study. An on-campus legal clinic helps veterans and their families who are trying to obtain benefits from the Department of Veteran Affairs. The Student Veterans Organization is a place to find support among like-minded individuals who have had similar life experiences.

82% 53% 10 240 Yes Yes
38
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
97.31
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$47,500
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
37%

The Military Support Team at Pennsylvania State University supports military students, helping them obtain their qualified benefits and ensuring their academic success. The school has more than 125 online programs, giving veterans the flexibility they need to finish their degree. It also offers an on-base learning center at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. In addition to traditional military benefits like the GI Bill and the Department of Defense tuition assistance, Penn State has its own scholarships and funding opportunities to help support qualifying veteran students.

86% 50% 31 252 Yes Yes
39
George Mason University
97.25
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$57,000
16:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
20%

George Mason University has a number of services available to ensure the success of military and veteran students. Battle Buddies is one such program, partnering new students with someone with more classes under their belts or with a professional in the field of study. The Veterans Society of George Mason University is a support group that helps veterans transition from the military into the university. There are a number of military-related degrees and programs available at the school as well as a number of accelerated and online programs.

66% 67% 10 147 Yes Yes
40
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
97.24
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$56,600
19:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
42%

The mentoring program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign supports military veterans who are transitioning from active duty to life as a civilian. The student works with a mentor in a similar academic program, which helps to ensure retention and academic performance as well as a smooth transition. The school works with students who are deployed mid-semester so they can finish their coursework when they're ready. Family resources, like child care and preschool services, help to ensure that every member of a military family is taken care of. Veteran students can earn an online bachelor's degree in sustainability or a graduate degree or certificate in a number of fields.

84% 59% 21 245 Yes No
41
Lewis University
97.22
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$47,100
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
99%

Lewis University offers nearly 20 fully online degrees that are compatible with military service. These degrees range from aviation and transportation to criminal/social justice to nursing. There are also a variety of individual online classes in the undergraduate, adult accelerated undergraduate and graduate programs. This school has a dedicated office of veterans' affairs and recruitment that is tasked with supporting both active duty and veteran students in achieving their academic goals; several of this office's resources are available for online access. Lewis University will also accept certain military training, projects and programs towards degrees, allowing students to graduate in less time.

59% 62% 7 107 Yes Yes
42
Miami University-Oxford
97.20
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$45,800
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
64%

Miami University classifies veteran students as transfer students and will accept transcripts from the military or previous studies. Through eLearning Miami, students at Miami University can pursue undergraduate courses as well as fully online master's and certificate programs. Fully online bachelor's degrees are not available here. Miami uses the Canvas Learning Management System for distance education and offers digital library resources, IT help and writing support. For students who need them, Miami's Office of Disability Services will assist with accommodations. There are refund procedures available for military students who are called to active duty in the middle of a semester.

80% 66% 6 170 Yes Yes
43
Southern Methodist University
97.19
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$52,200
11:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
72%

Southern Methodist University believes that military personnel enhance the school community through their experiences and commitment to education. Whether veteran or active duty, military students have access to specialized resources covering disability accommodations, counseling, academic advising and more. Online courses are offered individually and span a range of disciplines, from coding to project management. Online students can pursue a career-enhancing education at their own pace, and can work with SMU staff to identify the right courses for their life and needs. For local military personnel, the Veterans Support and Services office provides connections to on-campus resources as well.

80% 52% 15 150 Yes No
44
University of the Incarnate Word
97.13
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$42,700
14:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
99%

As an active participant in programs such as GoArmyEd and the Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership, the University of the Incarnate Word is committed to providing a quality online education for military personnel. UIW's adult education program provides classes 100 percent online, with undergraduate, graduate and associate degrees available. Unlike many online programs, UIW does not require proctored exams, allowing for even more flexibility in military students' schedules. The school guarantees that military students will always find two classes needed for their programs each term. There are also no fees or expenses and textbooks are free.

48% 93% 16 82 Yes Yes
45
University of Missouri-Columbia
97.07
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$46,000
20:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
62%

Mizzou offers numerous 100 percent online degree programs across many of its colleges, and all online courses are taught by the same faculty who teach on-campus. While working toward an online degree at Mizzou, military students have the option to earn some credit for their military service. Mizzou also offers a 10 percent tuition award to veterans, active duty personnel and National Guard members toward their online degrees. There is a wealth of military and veteran resources available on-site at the university, but Mizzou Online also has a dedicated military specialist for support, information and connections to resources.

71% 78% 15 153 Yes No
46
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
97.03
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$47,800
17:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
54%

Online programs at the University of Minnesota are equivalent to the school's on-campus programs, generally with the same instructors, requirements and curriculum. Online students can pursue undergraduate degrees and certificates, graduate degrees and certificates and doctorate degrees. Military students have access to designated scholarships and support including veteran career service guidance. Local students can seek on-campus health and psychology VA services. For technical support with distance learning, there are online and phone resources, plus a computer and device support line to connect students with discounted hardware and software. Credits for military experience are granted very conservatively at the University of Minnesota.

73% 45% 17 311 Yes Yes
47
Azusa Pacific University
96.98
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$49,000
11:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
93%

This Christian university offers 35 online degree and certificate programs. Associate, bachelor's and master's degrees can all be earned remotely at Azusa Pacific University. Veterans and active/reserve military personnel are all encouraged to apply, with tuition discounts ranging from $300 to $500 per unit available in recognition for service. Online courses are offered through a learning program called Sakai, where students can manage coursework, deadlines and exams. Technical support, career resources and a number of educational and religious tools are available online to Azusa Pacific University's distance learners. Military students can also request a service transcript for the potential to translate training and experience into college credit.

63% 82% 10 57 Yes Yes
48
Baker University
96.97
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$48,900
10:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
100%

Military students at Baker University can pursue either undergraduate or graduate degrees online. Programs are held year-round, with classes delivered over flexible weekly modules that students can access via Moodle, Baker University's online learning management system. Along with working professionals, overseas military personnel constitute a significant portion of Baker University's online students. This school takes pride in being named one of the top military-friendly schools by Military Advanced Education magazine. There is a student veterans' organization to promote and support the military community at Baker, as well as the SALUTE Veterans' honor society to recognize the academic success of student veterans.

55% 70% 5 47 Yes Yes
49
Boston University
96.95
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$60,600
13:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
51%

Online students can pursue master's, doctorate and certificate programs online through Boston University, or complete a bachelor's degree. Available programs range from cybersecurity to art education, with individual classes also offered online. Military students can reach out to Boston University's Veterans Service Manager for information on admissions and education benefits, plus access online tutoring, disability accommodations for distance learners and digital resources through the BU library system. Military students interested in continuing education can additionally look to BU's Metropolitan College, which offers full- or part-time learning in online and blended formats. BU's Metropolitan College will also come directly to military students, with programs offered at a small handful of military bases.

84% 35% 11 297 Yes No
50
Loyola University Chicago
96.94
Published in-state tuition and fees for undergraduate students.
$$$$$
Annual median earnings 10 years after entering the college. Only includes former students who received federal financial aid.
$50,600
14:1
First-time, full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid directly from the postsecondary institution.
93%

With study resources, legal assistance, community organizations and more, Loyola University puts an emphasis on supporting its military students in all facets of their education. Loyola also participates in a number of military-related educational benefit programs, such as the Yellow Ribbon School program to supplement the Post 9/11 GI Bill. In some cases, students can transfer academic credit that was earned in the military. Loyola's expansive online course catalogue encompasses undergraduate and graduate degrees from a dozen of its colleges and schools. Loyola University uses Sakai as its online learning system as well as Adobe Connect Meeting for webinar instruction, discussions and presentations. An ITS Help Desk is available for technology support, and distance learners can also take advantage of online library tools, tutoring, career development and military veteran student services.

70% 63% 11 180 Yes Yes

5 Clear Signs an Online College is Military-Friendly

Military-friendly online colleges and universities can show their dedication to military students through programs that recognize their service experience and offer them concrete benefits in return. Below are five key features veterans and military members should look for when choosing a school.

1 Credit for Military Training

Military Occupation Specialties (MOSs) and other training acquired during military service can be worth credit toward a degree. The American Council of Education (ACE) evaluates military jobs and training, and then suggests the number of credits each course is worth, whether those credits should apply to upper- or lower-division courses, and in which category they should be assigned. The number of credits accepted varies by individual school; in general, those that cater to military students are more generous.

2 Institutionally Accredited

Only students who attend accredited colleges and universities qualify for federal financial aid, so attending an accredited institution is key for veterans who plan to take advantage of financial benefits offered through the GI Bill. Most schools are accredited through one of the nation’s six regional agencies that are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Accreditation is also important for students who may wish to transfer credits to another college down the line; many institutions will not recognize coursework completed at unaccredited schools.

3 Principles of Excellence Participant

To ensure quality education for veterans, in 2012 the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs instituted its Principles of Excellence for schools receiving VA funds. Qualified schools meet the following criteria:

  • Provide a printed personalized form showing the total cost of schooling

  • Offer an educational plan for each student

  • Guard against deceptive and fraudulent practices

  • Have a deployment-hold process in place to accommodate Selective Reservists or other servicemembers who are deployed during the course of their education

  • Provide each military or veteran student with a specific point of contact for academic or financial counseling

  • Ensure new programs are properly accredited before enrolling students

  • Confirm school refund policies are in line with Title IV directives

Students can use the GI Bill® Comparison Tool to check whether specific schools are in accordance with the VA’s Principles of Excellence.

4 VA Approved

The VA must evaluate and approve a school before it is eligible to receive any funding from the agency. The WEAMS search tool allows users to check whether a specific school has been approved; it’s also possible to access a list of the more than 2,000 VA-approved schools, and to filter by state. Users may also select a specific school to find out whether it participates in the agency’s Principles of Excellence, and whether it has Yellow Ribbon status.

5 Veterans Affairs Office with Comprehensive Support Services

Schools that work to accommodate military veterans will have either a campus veterans’ office or a chapter of a veterans’ organization – such as Student Veterans of America (SVA) or Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) – where student vets can seek advice, get counseling, or talk with other veterans who have similar experiences. Online students can stay in contact by phone or the internet.

Key Benefits of Online College for Military Personnel

Military students are often nontraditional, coming to the educational scene at an older age and with a different complement of life experiences than typical freshmen. The oft-cited benefits of online learning – such as flexible scheduling and the ability to tailor coursework to individual students – are especially suited to both veterans and active duty servicemembers. Below we take a look at some of the specific ways online learning can dovetail with the lives of military students.

Benefits for Active Duty
Benefits for Veterans
No Geographical Constraints

Active duty personnel frequently have to relocate for different assignments, making attending a brick-and-mortar school problematic. In some cases, credits may not be transferable to a different institution, forcing students to repeat coursework. Online programs circumvent those problems, allowing students to continue their schooling in the same program as long as they have internet access.

Scheduling Flexibility

Online students are not locked into a specific weekly schedule like resident students. Even if a mission takes a student away from coursework for a period of time, it’s usually possible to catch up after returning.

Faster Time to Earning a Degree

Fulfilling military training and deployment commitments along with getting an education can be a hectic and time-consuming process. Attending on-campus locations may lengthen the process of getting a degree as students are forced to put their educations on hold due to scheduling restrictions. With the online option, students can continue their schooling with fewer interruptions.

Time Flexibility

Many veteran students try to manage a job, a family, and an education all at the same time. Online classes give them more options for balancing these commitments, allowing them to do coursework at convenient times, whether it’s after the kids are in bed or a marathon homework session on Saturday afternoon.

Budget-friendly

The absence of a commute saves not only time, but money. Money spent on gas, car maintenance, or bus fare – not to mention the daily coffee from a drive-through – adds up fast. Students trying to cut costs can redirect money saved in travel expenses to cover other bills.

Increases Family Time

For veteran students also trying to manage the responsibilities of being stay-at-home parents, online schooling can be a very attractive option. It allows students more time to spend with their families, and can eliminate pricey day care.

How to Transition from Military to Online College Life

The benefits of online learning can far outweigh the challenges, but that’s not to say the road is completely smooth. For many veterans and transitioning servicemembers, online schooling can be a startling contrast to the military environment. New students may suffer from feelings of isolation from the lack of face-to-face interaction, and may struggle with issues related to self-motivation and time management. They may need to learn new habits in order to handle coursework in a timely fashion, or brush up on their technical savvy in order to get the most out of e-learning. Fortunately, these potential problems are neither new nor uncommon, and there are numerous strategies students can use to overcome them. Here we look at a few.

Learning online can feel isolating for former soldiers and other servicemembers who are accustomed to the camaraderie of military life.
Challenge
Join a student support group for military/veteran students, such as Student Veterans of America or the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. Many campus veterans’ organizations offer opportunities for in-person meetings, even for online students, and also have online chat rooms or forums for vets to discuss issues and support one another.
Compared to the strictly-regimented, top-down environment of military life, servicemembers may have trouble adjusting to the self-paced nature of online learning.
Challenge
Make a schedule and stick to it. Establish a daily routine with blocks of time allocated to various activities, and then set weekly or monthly goals to help you move forward. Experiment with different scheduling approaches until you find one that works best. For example, you may find that a concentrated two hours of studying every morning is best, or you may find that you prefer to work on a project all day and then take some time off.
Technology changes with lightning speed, and even those who use it daily may find themselves behind on the “next big thing.” Students who are less technically proficient may struggle to keep up.
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While frustrating in the beginning, it’s not insurmountable to learn the protocols for downloading coursework, uploading assignments, accessing video lectures and podcasts, or navigating electronic databases for research. Most online schools offer tech support; other students facing the same issues are also good resources.

Getting Help Paying for Military-Friendly Colleges

Veterans and military members have several potential sources of financial aid, including the Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (MGIB-AD) or the Post 9/11 GI Bill, which offer up to 48 months of education benefits. The Yellow Ribbon feature of the Post 9/11 GI Bill can reduce costs for students attending private or foreign schools. It’s important to note that GI benefits may be limited to half for online schools.

Students may also receive scholarships offered through their specific military branch, or take advantage of their branch’s Tuition Assistance (TA) program, which pays a certain amount per credit hour up to a yearly cap. For more information on college funding for veterans and military members, visit our financial aid page.

10-Step College Success Plan for Online Military Students

Benefits offered through the GI Bill are a financial boon for veteran students, but they’re only offered once. To make the most of the college experience, it’s vital to find the right school and then to make a plan for getting the best education. Here’s a look at some key steps to take before and after enrolling in a program:

Planning for College

Select a Career Path
1

Put some thought into the future before using your GI Bill benefits. If you decide to change career paths, some classes may not transfer to a different degree.

Choose a Degree
2

Your chosen career path will narrow your degree choices significantly, but if you’re not sure, talk to an education counselor about which option is best.

Research and Compare Colleges
3

Research schools to find one that offers a quality program in your chosen field. LearnHowtoBecome’s online college search tool can help narrow the search using criteria such as tuition costs, degree offerings, and acceptance rate.

Create a List of Top Schools
4

With a short list of schools in hand, delve deeper into the top candidates. Ask questions of other students or admissions counselors, and use the VA’s GI Bill Comparison Tool to find those that cater to veterans.

Make Final Preparations and Apply
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Prepare your applications and apply to several schools. You may be offered a wide variety of financial aid packages, so having multiple options can help you find the best fit both academically and financially.

In College

Apply for GI Bill Benefits
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Go to eBenefits.com or talk with your school’s VA Certifying Official to apply for GI Bill benefits. VA Certifying Officials may be able to certify you immediately if you supply your DD214.

Get Organized
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Plan out when you’ll do your coursework, and put it on a weekly planner. Set up a dedicated place – a file cabinet or a folder on your computer – to keep school-related paperwork.

Do the Work
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Dropping a course may result in wasted GI Bill benefits and could even mean you owe money back to the VA. Decide how many credits you can handle before registering.

Join an Online Club for Veterans
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Make the education process easier by finding like-minded people who can help with problems or provide a social outlet.

Stay Healthy
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Between school, family and work, life can get hectic – putting added stress on your body and mind. Make sure you are getting enough sleep at night, eating nutritious food and exercising on a regular basis.

Bonus Step: Think Ahead
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Colleges are gold mines for professional advancement opportunities, so take advantage. Look for internships, research projects or other activities that can jump-start your career.

Finding Military-Friendly Schools With Quality Career Services

By offering workshops, one-on-one counseling, and access to a network of employers, schools with thorough job placement services can help students uncover the perfect opportunity. Here are some helpful things to know when evaluating how schools are serving their veteran students, as well as a look at two colleges that are doing things right.

3 Questions to Ask a College’s Veterans Affairs Office

Can you help locate jobs/internships in my hometown or where I’m stationed?

Look for schools that have extensive employer or alumni networks and are prepared to place students in a variety of locations.

Do you offer online resume services?

If education and experience are the substance, then the resume is the style. It’s sometimes the only chance a candidate has to get noticed, so find a college that has a resume writing service to make sure yours contains the right information and presents it in the best way.

Do you offer career coaching to veterans?

Veterans transitioning into the civilian workplace may have trouble pinpointing exactly what they want to do. Military-friendly schools will have career coaches specially equipped to deal with the issues facing veterans, and can help them choose a career that factors in their military experience.

College Spotlight: Schools With Standout Veteran Career Services

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University of Kansas

Veterans can find comprehensive information on job leads through this school, which lists numerous employers, both public and private, who are actively seeking military veteran employees. The site also includes tips for creating online profiles and writing a resume, and has links to university-based groups that serve vets.

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The Universities at Shady Grove – Maryland

A number of schools within the University of Maryland system offer resources to veterans through the Virtual Resources page. The site offers links to job search engines, resumes services, and internship opportunities, and has a special section for veterans that includes advice for transitioning from military to civilian life, understanding how to best transfer skills, and exploring networking opportunities.

10 Employers With Great Student Military Internships

Veterans bring both experience and adaptability to the workplace. Some companies are especially on the lookout for that combination, and offer internships for student veterans as a way to evaluate them for potential full-time jobs once they finish school. Here are 10 companies that have great internships for veterans.

Private Sector

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Walmart

Walmart offers two types of internships, Leadership and eCommerce, that target veterans and recently transitioned military members. The internships are designed to draw on veterans’ military experience and training, and further develop their talents in a retail setting.

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Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

With two locations, internships for IAWA veterans focus on business opportunities in New York City, and on legislation and political issues in Washington, D.C. Candidates must commit to work at least 20 hours per week, and their schools must award credit for the internship.

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Goldman Sachs

Open to not only U.S. veterans but those from Britain and Europe as well, the company’s Veterans Integration Program aims to help veterans build professional skills and increase their knowledge of the financial industry through two-month internships.

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Oracle

Specifically targeting injured veterans of the Iraq or Afghanistan wars, Oracle’s paid programs help vets develop the skills needed to integrate into one of the company’s many fields of work, such as finance, human resources, information technology, and systems consulting.

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Microsoft

Student veterans pursuing a degree in a STEM field are eligible for internships at this computer industry giant. Software development and hardware engineering are just two of the fields open to interns.

Public Sector

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Los Angeles County

The Human Resources Office of LA County offers a number of 12- to 24-month internships exclusively for veterans, in areas ranging from information technology to heavy equipment maintenance.

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Veterans Affairs

The VA offers hundreds of internships nationwide, in numerous career fields. The duration varies from 12-week summer internships to two years for longer programs. Certain programs are focused on specialized populations such as minority students or students with disabilities.

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Department of Defense

The nation’s largest employer of veterans, DOD’s paid internships are one way to continue service to the country while exploring another career in the public realm.

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U.S. Congress

This 10-week paid internship offers a glimpse into the workings of the Congressional Legislative and Budget process. Interns gain the experience necessary to move into full-time roles afterward.

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San Diego International Airport

The Annual Veterans Fellowship Program consists of a 6-month paid internship designed to provide short-term employment and help veterans transition into the workplace. Internships may focus on technical work, skilled crafts, or professional or administrative services.

Online College Resources for Veterans, Active Military and Their Families

For more information on online college options and transitioning from military life, veterans can check out some of the many resources available. We’ve listed just a few here.

American Council of Education

Offers a guide on how to convert military training into college credits, saving time in getting a degree and conserving GI Bill benefits.

Career One-Stop

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, this site allows users to search for jobs, as well as offers advice on writing resumes and networking. A special section for veterans focuses on applying military skills in the general workplace.

GI Bill

An overview from the VA of the current GI Bills, with links to each.

Higher Education Resources for Veterans by Accredited Schools Online

Accredited Schools Online provides a resource-intensive listing of financial, academic, social and medical sources where military families and veterans can seek help.

MyCAA

Spouses of lower-graded enlisted, Warrant and Commissioned Officers can get up to $4,000 to pursue a certificate, certification, license or up to a two-year associate’s degree in one of many “portable” career fields.

U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs

The agency’s Choosing a School guide gives a good overview on the process of selecting the proper school.

Veterans Career Transition Program

The Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University offers this program for post-9/11 veterans and their families to take free classes on transitioning into the civilian education or working world.

Yellow Ribbon Program Information 2016/2017

A current list, by state, of colleges and universities that participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.