2019 Best Military-Friendly Online Colleges

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SR Education Group has identified these 50 online schools as being military-friendly. They all participate in the government Tuition Assistance (TA) program and provide strong military communities and support networks for military-affiliated distance students. In addition to our comprehensive list, we also highlight our Best Yellow Ribbon online schools, which do not impose a cap on the number of students admitted through the Yellow Ribbon program or the amount of financial contributions offered to them, as well as our list of the most affordable military-friendly online schools, which all have annual tuition rates under $16,000.

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Comprehensive List of Military-Friendly Accredited Online Schools (50)

School Annual Tuition Military-Friendly Score
American Public University System Annual Tuition $8,100 Military-Friendly Score 98.27
American University Annual Tuition $66,612 Military-Friendly Score 82.48
Arizona State University Annual Tuition $10,104 Military-Friendly Score 99.37
Austin Peay State University Annual Tuition $28,380 Military-Friendly Score 96.63
Bellevue University Annual Tuition $13,280 Military-Friendly Score 94.02
Colorado State University-Global Campus Annual Tuition $10,500 Military-Friendly Score 85.33
Columbia Southern University Annual Tuition $6,750 Military-Friendly Score 96.76
DePaul University Annual Tuition $18,900 Military-Friendly Score 88.87
Eastern Kentucky University Annual Tuition $12,270 Military-Friendly Score 87.42
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide Annual Tuition $11,700 Military-Friendly Score 88.63
Excelsior College Annual Tuition $15,300 Military-Friendly Score 85.99
George Mason University Annual Tuition $32,520 Military-Friendly Score 92.00
Georgia State University Annual Tuition $27,304 Military-Friendly Score 92.47
Grantham University Annual Tuition $8,215 Military-Friendly Score 86.48
Hawaii Pacific University Annual Tuition $25,630 Military-Friendly Score 95.44
Indiana University - Bloomington Annual Tuition $9,460 Military-Friendly Score 89.66
IUPUI Annual Tuition $28,727 Military-Friendly Score 85.46
Lewis University Annual Tuition $32,300 Military-Friendly Score 70.07
Liberty University Annual Tuition $11,700 Military-Friendly Score 99.46
Metropolitan State University of Denver Annual Tuition $19,425 Military-Friendly Score 92.37
Mississippi State University Annual Tuition $11,036 Military-Friendly Score 85.88
North Carolina State University Annual Tuition $27,094 Military-Friendly Score 89.51
Norwich University Annual Tuition $11,250 Military-Friendly Score 92.10
Oklahoma State University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $28,918 Military-Friendly Score 87.68
Old Dominion University Annual Tuition $11,670 Military-Friendly Score 97.88
Rochester Institute of Technology Annual Tuition $29,340 Military-Friendly Score 86.32
Saint Xavier University Annual Tuition $17,250 Military-Friendly Score 72.74
San Diego State University Annual Tuition $15,642 Military-Friendly Score 87.01
Texas A & M University-College Station Annual Tuition $23,138 Military-Friendly Score 95.51
Texas State University Annual Tuition $13,370 Military-Friendly Score 92.91
Texas Tech University Annual Tuition $21,330 Military-Friendly Score 89.91
Thomas Edison State University Annual Tuition $9,967 Military-Friendly Score 86.07
Trident University International Annual Tuition $11,550 Military-Friendly Score 90.44
University of Alabama at Birmingham Annual Tuition $13,230 Military-Friendly Score 89.56
University of Colorado Colorado Springs Annual Tuition $17,074 Military-Friendly Score 96.90
University of Colorado Denver Annual Tuition $14,880 Military-Friendly Score 92.38
University of Denver Annual Tuition $28,935 Military-Friendly Score 74.21
University of Kansas Annual Tuition $11,592 Military-Friendly Score 88.52
University of Kentucky Annual Tuition $12,070 Military-Friendly Score 86.35
University of Maryland University College Annual Tuition $14,970 Military-Friendly Score 99.49
University of Massachusetts-Lowell Annual Tuition $11,400 Military-Friendly Score 85.10
University of Minnesota Digital Campus Annual Tuition $11,864 Military-Friendly Score 88.59
University of Nebraska at Omaha Annual Tuition $16,050 Military-Friendly Score 89.11
University of North Texas Annual Tuition $11,520 Military-Friendly Score 91.03
University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus Annual Tuition $26,029 Military-Friendly Score 88.75
University of South Florida - Main Campus Annual Tuition $17,324 Military-Friendly Score 96.31
University of Southern California Annual Tuition $19,872 Military-Friendly Score 97.50
The University of Texas at San Antonio Annual Tuition $21,039 Military-Friendly Score 88.51
University of the Incarnate Word Annual Tuition $15,900 Military-Friendly Score 96.34
Western Governors University Annual Tuition $6,380 Military-Friendly Score 90.85

2019 Best Yellow Ribbon Online Schools

Beyond our comprehensive list of military-friendly online colleges, we have created a list of the best 20 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 government collected data from the GI Bill Comparison Tool, which provides veterans, servicemembers, and dependents with information about their Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits and Veteran Affairs approved schools. You can read our full methodology here.

  • Online Degrees: 95
  • Annual Tuition: $14,970
  • Military-Friendly Score: 99.49
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An elite not-for-profit public college, the University of Maryland University College is one of the largest distance-learning institutions with over 90,000 students enrolled across the world. With a 100 percent acceptance rate across 120 degree programs, the university offers fully online coursework for all levels of education.

UMUC is equipped with a dedicated military and veterans advising team. The schools also offers transfer credit and Prior Learning options for military-affiliated students, which allow them to take their armed forces experience and turn it into credits toward their degree. Considered a military-trusted university, UMUC helps servicemen and servicewomen set themselves apart from the civilian workforce with dynamic classes and a slew of satellite campuses around the world, including in the Middle East and Europe.

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  • Online Degrees: 513
  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • Military-Friendly Score: 99.46
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At Liberty University, students can transfer in up to 75% of their credits toward an online bachelor's degree and up to 50% of the credits needed for an online master's degree. The school is military-friendly — military students, veterans, and military spouses receive substantially discounted tuition rates, and the Heroes Fund Scholarship is offered to qualified current and former military personnel. LU also partners with numerous organizations, such as the American Council on Education, the Chaplain Candidate Program, and VetSuccess On Campus, to assist military students in a variety of ways. LU's 250+ degree programs are all faith-based, and its courses are flexible, allowing students to access classes on their own time according to their busy schedules.

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  • Online Degrees: 418
  • Annual Tuition: $8,100
  • Military-Friendly Score: 98.27
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American Public University System is one of the most prolific providers of online higher education, offering 24 online associate degrees, 47 online bachelor's degrees, and 37 online master's degrees in areas as diverse as Emergency and Disaster Management, Psychology, Health Sciences, and Electrical Engineering. Veterans and active-duty service members receive free textbooks and academic credit for military training, and they become part of a robust military community made up of more than 65,000 currently enrolled military-affiliated students. American Public University System also participates in the Tuition Assistance program, which caps tuition at $250 per undergraduate credit hour for military students.

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  • Online Degrees: 103
  • Annual Tuition: $19,872
  • Military-Friendly Score: 97.50
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The University of Southern California offers a number of undergraduate and graduate degrees in various programs, such as Dentistry, Education and Teaching, Geographic Information Science, Gerontology, and Design. Their Engineering programs are particularly diverse, offering degrees in Petroleum Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Financial Engineering, and Astronautical Engineering. USC offers a unique Military Social Work program, which trains students in caring for military members and their families. Their dedicated Veterans Certification Office help students find educational assistance programs run by the Veterans Administration.

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  • Online Degrees: 74
  • Annual Tuition: $6,750
  • Military-Friendly Score: 96.76
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Columbia Southern University is an entirely online university, which means that all of its programs can be completed without ever setting foot on campus. Associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees are available in fields such as Business, Criminal Justice, IT and Human Resources. Military members receive assistance with VA and TA benefits from a specialized military support staff to ensure that students are taking full advantage of these programs. Military-affiliated students are also granted credit for military training, and may transfer in up to 75 percent of the credits needed to an undergraduate program and 50 percent of the credits required for a graduate program. Additionally, military students do not have to pay a fee in order to apply.

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  • Online Degrees: 46
  • Annual Tuition: $15,900
  • Military-Friendly Score: 96.34
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The University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas offers online undergraduate degrees in Applied Arts and Sciences, Human Resources, Criminal Justice, and Leadership Studies, among other degrees. Their Business Administration degrees have a number of concentrations including Accounting, Marketing, Social Marketing, and Project Management. Their online-only graduate degrees are Communication Arts, Healthcare Administration, Industrial & Organizational Psychology, and Teacher Leadership. They offer many military perks including free textbooks, accelerated eight-week terms, and a personal advisor who will help military-affiliated students navigate their degree path.

Online Associate Degrees (7)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (19)

Online Master's Degrees (13)

Online Doctoral Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (6)

  • Online Degrees: 89
  • Annual Tuition: $11,550
  • Military-Friendly Score: 90.44
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Trident University International offers a unique, flexible learning experience through a completely online curriculum that seeks to dynamically prepare students for the workplace. They also provide a cost-effective learning environment that promotes three key ideas: thinking, learning, and solving problems. For military personnel, Trident University International proudly serves members of the armed services and emphasizes their specific needs. They receive course credits for their years of leadership in one of their military-friendly programs, and Trident University International remains the first fully online college to be accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, which also accredits Harvard, Berkley and Stanford.

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  • Online Degrees: 107
  • Annual Tuition: $9,460
  • Military-Friendly Score: 89.66
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Indiana University - Bloomington is an accredited learning and research institution with a long history of putting students first. Military and online students will find its services and programs very favorable. Its Veterans Support Services offers assistance with VA benefits, financial aid, deployment options, and the application process. IU Online offers dozens of 100% online associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees, as well as a large number of certificates in subjects spanning business, informatics, music, labor studies, and mathematics, to name a few.

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  • Online Degrees: 96
  • Annual Tuition: $13,230
  • Military-Friendly Score: 89.56
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While the University of Alabama at Birmingham is one of the top traditional universities in the country, it also offers online opportunities for active duty, reserve and veteran military personnel. This ancillary program is called UAB Salute and it provides service members with both undergraduate and post-graduate degree programs funded through their military education benefits.

The online program, considered one of the top digital institutions, extends military scholarships and accepts up to 24 military credits toward any given degree program. UAB Salute has both blended and fully online courses for service members unable to attend the on-site campus in Birmingham. For those that can, the university also offers service work-study opportunities and specific tutoring assistance.

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  • Online Degrees: 58
  • Annual Tuition: $16,050
  • Military-Friendly Score: 89.11
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The University of Nebraska at Omaha offers both graduate and undergraduate degrees online. Beyond their traditional online undergraduate programs, they currently have a Bachelor of Multidisciplinary Studies (B.M.S.) degree, intended specifically for transfer, adult, and military students. These degrees include Nonprofit Administration, Criminology & Criminal Justice, Gerontology, and Information Technology, and they all can be completed entirely online. Their Career Pathways Learning Community provides career-services for military students who are in a business or STEM field.

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  • Online Degrees: 24
  • Annual Tuition: $26,029
  • Military-Friendly Score: 88.75
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The University of Oklahoma's Extended Campus program offers three Bachelor of Arts degrees in Lifespan Care Administration, Liberal Studies, and Administrative Leadership. They also have two Bachelor of Science degrees, one in Criminal Justice and the other in Aviation. They currently have 10 graduate degrees in majors like Museum Studies, Administrative Leadership, Human Relations, Communication, and quite a few more. All military-affiliated students receive non-resident tuition waivers once admitted, and they can receive academic credit for their military service.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (6)

Online Master's Degrees (13)

Online Certificate Programs (5)

  • Online Degrees: 47
  • Annual Tuition: $11,864
  • Military-Friendly Score: 88.59
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The University of Minnesota's Digital Campus offers 17 fully-online undergraduate degrees, including a Bachelor of Applied Health, a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, and a Bachelor of Science in International Business. These courses are designed specifically for students who are juggling many simultaneous commitments, whether they be related to military service or other responsibilities such as childcare. Online students receive in-state tuition, and active duty service members are often able to withdraw from classes as needed and receive a full refund.

Online Bachelor's Degrees (18)

Online Master's Degrees (11)

Online Doctoral Degrees (3)

Online Certificate Programs (15)

  • Online Degrees: 55
  • Annual Tuition: $11,592
  • Military-Friendly Score: 88.52
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The University of Kansas offers hundreds of online undergraduate, graduate, and certificate programs for every type of potential student, from high school students trying to earn college credit early to working adults and military service members hoping to start or finish their education. The University of Kansas has resources available through the University Career Center, which offers resume building and employer connections for military-affiliated students. While there are not a lot of online options geared towards military-affiliated students specifically, having access to a top research institution is a perk in and of itself.

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  • Online Degrees: 82
  • Annual Tuition: $12,270
  • Military-Friendly Score: 87.42
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Eastern Kentucky University brings over a century of teaching wisdom to its online programs. Active military receive reduced tuition rates for both undergraduate and graduate courses. In addition, veterans can complete the undergraduate application process free of charge. EKU offers distance learners and working adults a plethora of degree options that cover over 20 subjects including homeland security, sport management, police studies and veterans studies. Classes are taught in eight-week terms and allow students to study according to their own schedule from any location they choose.

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  • Online Degrees: 44
  • Annual Tuition: $8,215
  • Military-Friendly Score: 86.48
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Grantham University was founded over 65 years ago by a veteran and has remained military-friendly ever since. The university not only offers low tuition rates, but also provides a non-competitive Textbook and Software Grant Program that gives distance students an affordable way to obtain a college degree. In addition, students may transfer in prior eligible college credits, and military training and professional training that meet certain qualifications may also be used as course credit. Over 50 degrees and certifications are offered online through the colleges of engineering and computer science, nursing and& allied health and arts and sciences, and the Mark Skousen School of Business.

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  • Online Degrees: 41
  • Annual Tuition: $11,036
  • Military-Friendly Score: 85.55
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Mississippi State University offers more than 40 online bachelor's, master's and doctoral level degrees through its distance education center designed to meet the needs of adult students. The university also distinguishes itself because of its veteran-friendly programs offered through the Center for America's Veterans located on campus. The Center offers an array of academic support services and individualized advising for military-connected students to promote academic success. Military students can also qualify for scholarships offered through the Center.

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  • Online Degrees: 99
  • Annual Tuition: $10,500
  • Military-Friendly Score: 85.33
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Colorado State University - Global Campus offers 15 online bachelor's degrees, including Accounting, Communication, Information Technology, and Marketing. Active duty service members and veterans receive a tuition discount of 10 percent, and generous financial aid packages are available. Additionally, Colorado State University - Global Campus is unique in that it offers a Tuition Guarantee, which promises that tuition rates will not increase from one year to the next for any student. In order to assist military-affiliated students with their specific needs, the university has a Military Outreach and Benefits Office, which can help answer questions about educational benefits, the completion of forms, and student advising.

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  • Online Degrees: 74
  • Annual Tuition: $11,400
  • Military-Friendly Score: 85.10
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UMASS Lowell's commitment to veterans and military students is displayed by their Veterans' Tuition Credit, which offers tuition money to qualified veterans. Currently, they offer online students more than 50 certificate and degree programs. Undergraduate degrees include Information Technology, Management, Psychology, and Criminal Justice. Among other graduate degrees, they offer an M.S. in Engineering Management, Accounting, and Health Informatics and Management. Their M.S. in Security Studies has five specializations, such as Homeland Defense, Cyber Security, and Industrial and Economic Security.

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  • Online Degrees: 112
  • Annual Tuition: $28,935
  • Military-Friendly Score: 74.21
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As the oldest non-profit private university in the Rocky Mountain region, The University of Denver is a leading research institution with a global reach. The university's online subsidiary, University College, is geared toward the needs of working adults and active-duty, reserve and veteran students with a fully online digital education program that dates back to 1996. This program includes a bevy of benefits that emphasize the needs of service members, including flexibility and asynchronous coursework. Online students also have access to resources that connect them to their professors and teaching assistants. The courses are cost-effective and eligible military-affiliated students enjoy decreased tuition fees.

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  • Online Degrees: 18
  • Annual Tuition: $17,250
  • Military-Friendly Score: 72.74
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Online undergraduate students at Saint Xavier University can choose from four majors: applied communication, business, leadership and public administration, and RN to BSN. Graduate students can earn degrees in nursing leadership, nurse educator and RN to MSN. The school also offers a variety of graduate business and finance degrees in specializations such as health administration, project management, digital marketing and forensic accounting. Saint Xavier has a range of support services for veterans including career workshops, individualized career guidance and networking opportunities. Veterans who attend Saint Xavier online can keep up with news and information about resources and opportunities on the university's Student Veteran Alliance web page.

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