2017 Top Military-Friendly Online Colleges

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These 68 online colleges meet SR Education Group's 2017 criteria for military-friendly online schools. These accredited schools provide strong military communities and support networks for their online students as well as exceptional financial assistance and flexibility. Each of these schools offers 10 or more online degree programs across the bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree level. In addition to our comprehensive list, we also highlight our top Yellow Ribbon online schools, which support an unlimited number of students and offer unlimited financial contributions, as well as the most affordable military-friendly online colleges, with annual tuition rates under $12,000.

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Comprehensive List of Military-Friendly Accredited Online Schools (68)

School Annual Tuition Military-Friendly Score
Argosy University Online Annual Tuition $16,724 Military-Friendly Score 68.11
Arizona State University Annual Tuition $12,000 Military-Friendly Score 65.56
Ashford University Annual Tuition $13,790 Military-Friendly Score 93.64
Austin Peay State University Annual Tuition $29,940 Military-Friendly Score 78.48
Baker College Online Annual Tuition $11,500 Military-Friendly Score 84.07
Bellevue University Annual Tuition $12,300 Military-Friendly Score 91.75
Berkeley College Online Annual Tuition $25,650 Military-Friendly Score 88.58
Bowling Green State University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $12,090 Military-Friendly Score 83.61
Colorado State University-Global Annual Tuition $10,500 Military-Friendly Score 79.93
Columbia College Annual Tuition $8,700 Military-Friendly Score 97.22
Columbia Southern University Annual Tuition $6,600 Military-Friendly Score 89.17
Creighton University Annual Tuition $13,856 Military-Friendly Score 73.01
Eastern Kentucky University Annual Tuition $12,000 Military-Friendly Score 91.46
ECPI University Online Annual Tuition $12,960 Military-Friendly Score 94.64
Excelsior College Annual Tuition $15,300 Military-Friendly Score 98.31
Fayetteville State University Annual Tuition $7,406 Military-Friendly Score 78.54
Georgia Southern University Annual Tuition $6,120 Military-Friendly Score 75.40
Granite State College Annual Tuition $10,050 Military-Friendly Score 76.72
Grantham University Annual Tuition $7,950 Military-Friendly Score 86.59
Idaho State University Annual Tuition $21,024 Military-Friendly Score 80.40
Jacksonville University Annual Tuition $14,550 Military-Friendly Score 78.48
Kaplan University Annual Tuition $7,763 Military-Friendly Score 88.84
Keiser University eCampus Annual Tuition $17,488 Military-Friendly Score 73.61
Lewis University Annual Tuition $19,200 Military-Friendly Score 88.84
Liberty University Annual Tuition $11,700 Military-Friendly Score 88.87
Maryville University Annual Tuition $25,558 Military-Friendly Score 69.37
Mercy College Annual Tuition $17,772 Military-Friendly Score 76.69
New England College Annual Tuition $12,150 Military-Friendly Score 75.20
New Mexico State University Annual Tuition $21,234 Military-Friendly Score 75.17
Northern Arizona University Annual Tuition $19,410 Military-Friendly Score 78.61
Northwood University-Michigan Annual Tuition $13,485 Military-Friendly Score 79.87
Norwich University Annual Tuition $10,875 Military-Friendly Score 68.81
Old Dominion University Annual Tuition $10,650 Military-Friendly Score 80.13
Park University Annual Tuition $11,730 Military-Friendly Score 94.93
Pennsylvania State University-World Campus Annual Tuition $13,174 Military-Friendly Score 79.70
Regent University Online Annual Tuition $11,850 Military-Friendly Score 96.52
Saint Leo University Online Annual Tuition $14,100 Military-Friendly Score 92.75
Southeast Missouri State University Annual Tuition $7,950 Military-Friendly Score 86.69
St Petersburg College Annual Tuition $11,607 Military-Friendly Score 91.56
Stratford University Annual Tuition $16,650 Military-Friendly Score 95.13
Thomas Edison State University Annual Tuition $9,352 Military-Friendly Score 90.70
Trident University International Annual Tuition $11,250 Military-Friendly Score 88.15
Troy University Annual Tuition $10,140 Military-Friendly Score 85.66
University of Arizona Annual Tuition $15,190 Military-Friendly Score 66.13
University of Central Missouri Annual Tuition $7,951 Military-Friendly Score 88.58
University of Colorado Boulder Annual Tuition $8,805 Military-Friendly Score 85.20
University of Florida Annual Tuition $16,060 Military-Friendly Score 76.75
University of Georgia Annual Tuition $16,860 Military-Friendly Score 83.91
University of Kansas Annual Tuition $11,310 Military-Friendly Score 83.87
University of Maine at Augusta Annual Tuition $8,130 Military-Friendly Score 79.37
University of Mary Annual Tuition $13,640 Military-Friendly Score 79.40
University of Maryland University College Annual Tuition $14,970 Military-Friendly Score 98.31
University of Massachusetts-Lowell Annual Tuition $11,250 Military-Friendly Score 81.52
University of Missouri Annual Tuition $10,641 Military-Friendly Score 81.92
University of Nebraska at Omaha Annual Tuition $10,050 Military-Friendly Score 90.07
University of Nebraska-Lincoln Annual Tuition $11,700 Military-Friendly Score 91.75
University of Nevada at Las Vegas Annual Tuition $20,127 Military-Friendly Score 90.96
University of North Texas Annual Tuition $13,174 Military-Friendly Score 82.81
University of Southern Mississippi Annual Tuition $8,149 Military-Friendly Score 97.22
The University of Texas at El Paso Annual Tuition $11,250 Military-Friendly Score 78.34
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Annual Tuition $19,850 Military-Friendly Score 86.49
University of Wisconsin-Platteville Annual Tuition $11,100 Military-Friendly Score 74.83
Upper Iowa University Annual Tuition $12,900 Military-Friendly Score 88.84
Utah State University Annual Tuition $9,300 Military-Friendly Score 84.57
Webster University Annual Tuition $21,920 Military-Friendly Score 80.17
Western Carolina University Annual Tuition $15,082 Military-Friendly Score 89.67
Western Governors University Annual Tuition $5,780 Military-Friendly Score 74.01
Western International University Annual Tuition $7,500 Military-Friendly Score 68.61

2017 Top Yellow Ribbon Online Schools

Beyond our comprehensive list of military-friendly online colleges, we have created a list of the top 14 online schools that support an unlimited number of students and offer unlimited financial contributions through the Yellow Ribbon program. The Yellow Ribbon Program allows colleges and universities to choose to support a certain number of veterans with funds that go towards tuition, which the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs then agrees to match.

Our internal scoring system is based on schools’ answers to the 2017 Military Advanced Education & Transition Survey which evaluates colleges’ military culture and the support services and financial assistance programs that are available to military students. You can read our full methodology here.

  • Online Degrees: 112
  • Annual Tuition: $14,970
  • Military-Friendly Score: 98.31
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The University of Maryland University College (UMUC) offers more than 90 programs in a fully online format at a reduced tuition rate for military students. Veteran and active duty students can work with special admissions advisers who can help them seek out all the benefits for which they are eligible. All students who are enrolled in UMUC online degree programs will benefit from a collaborative online learning environment in which students and instructors collaborate in their virtual classrooms. The eight-week course schedule and the multiple class start dates each year give students increased flexibility and the ability to accelerate their paths to degree completion.

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  • Online Degrees: 58
  • Annual Tuition: $8,700
  • Military-Friendly Score: 97.22
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Columbia College is a Yellow Ribbon participating school with a variety of benefits available for its active military and veteran students, such as tuition discounts and scholarships. In addition to financial benefits, military students can earn academic transfer credit from various military-based educational institutions, like the Coast Guard Institute. Online degree programs at Columbia College are available at the associate, bachelor's, master's, and certificate levels and have been approved by the Veterans Administration. Topics of study for online degrees include criminal justice, human services, American studies, nursing, computer information systems, and education.

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  • Online Degrees: 218
  • Annual Tuition: $11,850
  • Military-Friendly Score: 96.52
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Regent University Online offers a wealth of support services and benefits for active duty students and veterans, as well as spouses and dependents of service members. There is a wide variety of discounts and scholarships available for military students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Regent University Online also offers a Military Resource Center staffed by four experienced administrators who provide ongoing support to students as they transition from the military to academia. For example, the center provides a detailed step-by-step process explaining how military-affiliated students can maximize their benefits when applying for enrollment.

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  • Online Degrees: 26
  • Annual Tuition: $16,650
  • Military-Friendly Score: 95.13
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Military and veteran students at Stratford University can receive assistance navigating the available benefits from the school's dedicated Military Student Office. Services provided by the Military Student Office range from guidance in the process of applying for benefits to help adjusting to being a student. The university was founded by a Navy veteran so it is uniquely dedicated to helping veterans and active duty military members meet their education goals. Online degrees can be earned at the associate, bachelor's, and master's level and include programs such as hospitality management, software engineering, accounting, and medical insurance billing and coding.

  • Online Degrees: 76
  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • Military-Friendly Score: 91.75
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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) takes part in various programs that help active duty military and veteran students, such as Concurrent Admissions Program for Army Enlistees and the Yellow Ribbon Program. The university also has a Veteran Students Task Force that works to improve the support programs for enrolled military students and a Student Veteran's Organization which provides students, including online students, with the opportunity to connect with other military students at the school. Online degree programs at UNL can be completed at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels. Certificates and endorsements are also available. Some unique online degree topics include agronomy, community college leadership, and floriculture and nursery production management.

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  • Online Degrees: 85
  • Annual Tuition: $12,000
  • Military-Friendly Score: 91.46
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Eastern Kentucky University's (EKU) 2010 initiative Operation Veteran Success created a range of programs and services at the school that are serve active duty and veteran students. Benefits for military students at EKU include waived admissions fees, priority registration, credit for military experience, and a Vet-2-Vet mentoring program. Online students will also be given an advisor to help them plan out their education so they can graduate on time. Those who are interested in completing a fully online degree program can choose from associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and certificate programs. Courses are taught by the same professors that teach on campus, and there are six start dates during the year, allowing students to begin their studies when it is convenient for them.

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  • Online Degrees: 34
  • Annual Tuition: $10,050
  • Military-Friendly Score: 90.07
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The University of Nebraska at Omaha has a variety of online undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates from which students can choose. Classes are taught by the same professors who teach on campus. Topics of study include library science, aviation, fire service management, critical and creative thinking, and social gerontology. The Office of Military and Veteran Services provides various resources to military students, and the staff that works in the office is specifically trained in the needs of military students so that they can better serve this population. There is also a VA employee that works for the office who can help students in accessing resources through the Department of Veterans' Affairs.

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  • Online Degrees: 48
  • Annual Tuition: $6,600
  • Military-Friendly Score: 89.17
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From financial benefits to online social support groups, Columbia Southern University provides an array of services to military members and their families. Online students at Columbia Southern University who are associated with the military, whether they are active members, veterans, spouses, or children of military members, have their application fees waived. In addition to offering Armed Forces Tuition Assistance, Columbia Southern University provides a 10% tuition discount to all spouses and children of military personnel and two internal scholarships for military spouses. Columbia Southern University also has a “Military Support Team” which includes a military admissions group, a military support group who can be contacted via email, and military representatives who travel across the country to answer students’ questions and provide in-person guidance to online students. Beyond the institutional dedication to providing an affordable and satisfying educational experience to military members, the military student community at Columbia Southern University is vibrant and supportive. Military students can join the Columbia Southern University Student Veterans Association which provides a virtual community for student veterans.

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  • Online Degrees: 322
  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • Military-Friendly Score: 88.87
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Liberty University demonstrates its commitment to serving military members and their spouses in a variety of ways. Military members at Liberty University are supported by a variety of staff whose role is to provide guidance and answer questions specific to military students, such as how to apply for Tuition Assistance. One example of the multiple support programs is the VetSuccess on Campus (VSOC) program which guides veterans through the process of applying for and taking advantage of VA benefits. Liberty University’s dedication to supporting military members is also evident in the academic offerings of the institution. The Institute for Military Resilience (IMR) provides online trainings for military members, spouses, and caregivers as well as a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a focus on military resilience.

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  • Online Degrees: 84
  • Annual Tuition: $11,250
  • Military-Friendly Score: 88.15
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The over 22,000 military and veteran alumni of Trident University International speaks to the institution’s dedication to and support of service members. The multiple financial aid offerings and the Trident Military Assistance Center (TMAC) work in conjunction to make online education feasible for service members and their family. Trident University International offers a military student tuition reduction of 33% for bachelor’s, 36% for master’s, and 14 to 18% for doctoral. Discounts are also available for spouses and dependents of military personnel. These financial benefits are available in addition to federal financial assistance and scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon program. In the realm of social and academic support, the TMAC provides a vast array of resources to guide students through their higher education experiences. From career advising and tutoring to financial management tools, TMAC makes online degrees at Trident University International accessible to all service members.

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  • Online Degrees: 93
  • Annual Tuition: $10,140
  • Military-Friendly Score: 85.66
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Armed Forces members and veterans may first hear of Troy University because of its reputation for its outstanding services for military affiliated students. The school’s Troy for Troops center supports and resources for military affiliated students. Troy University’s online military students have easy access to the virtual version of the support center through their Blackboard accounts, and they can also interact with civilian students through the virtual Trojan Cafe. Troy University’s online degree programs are designed with a range of student learning styles and needs in mind. The university offers a range of associate, bachelor’s and graduate degrees in fields such as business, education and criminal justice. Students can also earn degrees in specialized areas such as aviation operations and sport management.

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  • Online Degrees: 21
  • Annual Tuition: $9,300
  • Military-Friendly Score: 84.57
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Utah State University’s online programs offer learning solutions tailored for adult distance learners. The school also has support resources such as remote IT assistance, library and career resources to help adult students achieve their goals. The university’s liberal withdrawal policy will appeal to active duty military students who sometimes have to put their studies on hold because of deployments. USU has dedicated military and veterans offices and also offers free tutoring to military students. Utah State University online students can choose from 16 undergraduate majors and 11 minors. Some of the degrees offered include agribusiness, chemistry and communicative disorders and deaf education. Students can also enrich their degrees with minors in areas such as landscape architecture, multimedia development and women and gender studies.

  • Online Degrees: 39
  • Annual Tuition: $11,310
  • Military-Friendly Score: 83.87
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Professors at University of Kansas partner with the school’s Center for Online and Distance Learning to build innovative courses designed to optimize learning outcomes for online students. To specifically meet the needs of service members, the school offers a four course Military Transition Certificate that can be completed in about 10 months. Online military students can also keep up with veteran focused events at University of Kansas through the school’s Student Veterans of America Facebook page. University of Kansas online students can major in fields such as liberal arts, health information management and respiratory care. Online students can also earn graduate degrees in nursing, education, business and journalism and mass communication.

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Online Master's Degrees (20)

Online Doctoral Degrees (3)

Online Certificate Programs (12)

  • Online Degrees: 93
  • Annual Tuition: $10,641
  • Military-Friendly Score: 81.92
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University of Missouri, also known as "Mizzou" to students, offers more than 95 online degree and certificates. The flexible learning options for these programs are well-suited to the needs of military students . For example, the school offers some self-paced courses and, at the graduate level, some programs allow students to take courses before they commit to a program. In addition, military students receive a 10 percent tuition discount. The university also has a Veteran’s center and Student Veterans Association to support military students. Mizzou online students can choose between undergraduate majors such as health sciences, education and interdisciplinary studies. At the graduate level, students can study fields such as architecture, agricultural leadership and public health.

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