2018 Top Military-Friendly Online Colleges

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These 60 online colleges meet SR Education Group's 2018 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 levels. In addition to our comprehensive list, we also highlight our top Yellow Ribbon online schools, which do not impose a cap on the number of students or financial contributions that they offer, as well as the most affordable military-friendly online colleges, with annual tuition rates under $12,270.

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Comprehensive List of Military-Friendly Accredited Online Schools (60)

School Annual Tuition Military-Friendly Score
Academy of Art University Annual Tuition $8,730 Military-Friendly Score 75.11
Adelphi University Annual Tuition $27,600 Military-Friendly Score 67.88
American Public University System Annual Tuition $8,100 Military-Friendly Score 90.60
American University Annual Tuition $29,497 Military-Friendly Score 70.68
Argosy University Online Annual Tuition $22,298 Military-Friendly Score 73.35
Arizona State University Annual Tuition $10,440 Military-Friendly Score 94.63
Ashford University Annual Tuition $15,200 Military-Friendly Score 85.09
Austin Peay State University Annual Tuition $13,175 Military-Friendly Score 83.32
Baker College Online Annual Tuition $11,700 Military-Friendly Score 65.35
Bellevue University Annual Tuition $12,300 Military-Friendly Score 81.75
Benedictine University Annual Tuition $18,600 Military-Friendly Score 66.48
Coastal Carolina University Annual Tuition $25,997 Military-Friendly Score 77.18
Colorado State University-Global Campus Annual Tuition $10,500 Military-Friendly Score 84.10
Columbia Southern University Annual Tuition $6,750 Military-Friendly Score 81.24
Creighton University Annual Tuition $14,592 Military-Friendly Score 71.90
DePaul University Annual Tuition $29,520 Military-Friendly Score 78.58
Eastern Kentucky University Annual Tuition $12,270 Military-Friendly Score 79.23
ECPI University Online Annual Tuition $13,296 Military-Friendly Score 90.10
Excelsior College Annual Tuition $19,350 Military-Friendly Score 83.90
Florida State College at Jacksonville Annual Tuition $9,584 Military-Friendly Score 81.81
George Mason University Annual Tuition $35,220 Military-Friendly Score 85.78
Grantham University Annual Tuition $8,215 Military-Friendly Score 74.21
Jacksonville University Annual Tuition $14,550 Military-Friendly Score 81.86
Lamar University Annual Tuition $22,630 Military-Friendly Score 68.35
Lewis University Annual Tuition $31,100 Military-Friendly Score 75.95
Liberty University Annual Tuition $11,700 Military-Friendly Score 93.47
Mississippi State University Annual Tuition $10,602 Military-Friendly Score 76.80
New England College Annual Tuition $12,150 Military-Friendly Score 67.75
Northern Arizona University Annual Tuition $9,150 Military-Friendly Score 79.13
Ohio State University-Main Campus Annual Tuition $29,778 Military-Friendly Score 86.72
Old Dominion University Annual Tuition $11,670 Military-Friendly Score 89.12
Purdue University Global Annual Tuition $16,695 Military-Friendly Score 78.37
Regent University Online Annual Tuition $11,850 Military-Friendly Score 80.71
Rochester Institute of Technology Annual Tuition $28,080 Military-Friendly Score 76.61
Saint Leo University Online Annual Tuition $10,800 Military-Friendly Score 79.24
Saint Xavier University Annual Tuition $17,250 Military-Friendly Score 73.17
Southern New Hampshire University Online Annual Tuition $9,600 Military-Friendly Score 91.32
Syracuse University Annual Tuition $22,500 Military-Friendly Score 79.16
Texas A & M University-College Station Annual Tuition $22,545 Military-Friendly Score 75.51
Texas Tech University Annual Tuition $8,700 Military-Friendly Score 79.55
Thomas Edison State University Annual Tuition $14,970 Military-Friendly Score 80.23
Trident University International Annual Tuition $11,550 Military-Friendly Score 88.19
Troy University Annual Tuition $20,280 Military-Friendly Score 84.67
University of Arizona Annual Tuition $14,700 Military-Friendly Score 86.40
University of Colorado Boulder Annual Tuition $12,210 Military-Friendly Score 80.16
University of Denver Annual Tuition $27,855 Military-Friendly Score 74.04
University of Kentucky Annual Tuition $28,236 Military-Friendly Score 78.96
University of Maryland University College Annual Tuition $14,970 Military-Friendly Score 95.07
University of Nebraska at Omaha Annual Tuition $11,850 Military-Friendly Score 79.59
University of Nevada at Las Vegas Annual Tuition $21,658 Military-Friendly Score 81.37
University of North Florida Annual Tuition $8,550 Military-Friendly Score 77.63
University of North Georgia Annual Tuition $7,350 Military-Friendly Score 76.93
University of North Texas Annual Tuition $13,950 Military-Friendly Score 77.84
University of South Florida - Main Campus Annual Tuition $16,453 Military-Friendly Score 86.18
University of Southern California Annual Tuition $18,326 Military-Friendly Score 88.37
The University of Texas at El Paso Annual Tuition $9,000 Military-Friendly Score 82.86
University of the Incarnate Word Annual Tuition $15,900 Military-Friendly Score 85.05
Webster University Annual Tuition $22,080 Military-Friendly Score 78.78
Western Governors University Annual Tuition $6,380 Military-Friendly Score 78.81
Western Michigan University Annual Tuition $13,530 Military-Friendly Score 76.96

2018 Top Yellow Ribbon Online Schools

Beyond our comprehensive list of military-friendly online colleges, we have created a list of the top 15 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: 95.07
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The University of Maryland University College offers more than 90 online degrees, specializations, and certificates in subjects such as project management, and homeland security management. Potential military-affiliated students are offered education benefits, financial aid, scholarships, and other payment options to assist them in achieving their educational goals. UMUC's Office of Veterans Initiatives and Outreach ensures that veterans are connected with the resources, support, and advocacy necessary to succeed after transitioning from the military and when earning a degree. Many members of the military and veterans advising team have either served in the military or belong to a military family.

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  • Online Degrees: 455
  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • Military-Friendly Score: 93.47
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Liberty University is a Christian higher education institution located in Central Virginia. It offers associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral level degree programs that can be completed entirely online. Available subjects include global studies, healthcare, psychology, nursing, public policy, and many others. Liberty University offers special degree plans for military service members, veterans, and their families. There are also several financial aid programs available, including Military Tuition Assistance and the Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program. The Liberty University Veterans Center serves as a resource for helping students process military educational benefits, choose VA educational benefits, explore different vocations, and more.

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  • Online Degrees: 417
  • Annual Tuition: $8,100
  • Military-Friendly Score: 90.60
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The American Public University System offers more than 200 programs at various degree levels ranging from certificate to doctoral. The university provides flexible online courses for all students, as well as textbooks/e-books at no charge for undergraduate students. American Public University System is an online military-friendly learning institution and has more than 300 veterans on its faculty and staff to guide military affiliated students through their academic careers. Potential students can also receive credit for military education and training courses to make completing their degrees easier. Special tuition is available for active-duty members of the military, military spouses, and veterans, capping it at $250 per credit hour for undergraduate studies and $325 per credit hour for graduate studies. 

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  • Online Degrees: 43
  • Annual Tuition: $13,296
  • Military-Friendly Score: 90.10
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ECPI University, or the East Coast Polytechnic Institute, is a private higher-learning institution located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. It provides undergraduate and graduate level degree programs in areas such as technology, nursing, software development, health science, business, cyber operations, and criminal justice, all of which are available online and can be completed in an accelerated format. The university participates in several scholarship programs dedicated to members of the military and their families. Among these, military members can find the GI Bill program, Tuition Assistance, Military Spouse programs, and other programs that can help them pay for their education.

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  • Online Degrees: 100
  • Annual Tuition: $18,326
  • Military-Friendly Score: 88.37
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University of Southern California has been supporting the United States military since WWI, and because of this legacy, it offers special graduate-level online degree programs for its active-duty and veteran students, providing innovative military strategies, academics, and training. There are several graduate degree programs available for service members, in areas including military social work, cyber security, geographic information science (GIS), and business administration. Veterans can claim GI Bill benefits if they register with the Veterans Certification Office each semester and can be considered for scholarships, grants, and low-interest loans. USC offers a Veterans Resource Center that provides veterans certifying officer to connect students with the resources they need.

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  • Online Degrees: 88
  • Annual Tuition: $11,550
  • Military-Friendly Score: 88.19
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Trident University International is a university located in California and offers fully-online degree programs at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels. There are currently more than 22,000 military and veteran students enrolled at Trident University. Through Trident's Military Education Grant, all active-duty members of the military, as well as all veterans, are eligible for a tuition reduction of 33% for bachelor programs, 36% for master's programs, and 14-18% for doctoral programs. These discounts are available in addition to government-provided military education benefits. Students are also offered support for educational and financial services through the Trident Military Assistance Center.

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  • Online Degrees: 46
  • Annual Tuition: $29,778
  • Military-Friendly Score: 86.72
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The Ohio State University - Main Campus is a large public university located in Columbus, Ohio.  It offers associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs in a wide range of areas that can be completed entirely online. These subjects include pharmacology, global engineering leadership, health sciences, and many more. The university accommodates members of the military and provides them with various financial aid programs and benefits. Among these financial support programs, students enrolled in the military, as well as veterans, can find the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the Montgomery GI Bill, the Reserve Educational Assistance program, the Veterans Educational Assistance Program, and more.

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  • Online Degrees: 135
  • Annual Tuition: $15,200
  • Military-Friendly Score: 85.09
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Ashford University is a university located in San Diego, California and offers online associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees. The online degrees can be completed in a wide range of subjects, including business, communications, education, healthcare, political science, liberal arts, accounting & finance, criminal justice, and more. The university offers reduced tuition for active members of the military, veterans, and their spouses or dependents. For them, tuition costs $250 per credit for undergraduate studies and $620-690 per credit for graduate studies. The Student Veterans Organization LinkedIn serves as an online community to connect prior and current military service members at Ashford with each other.

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  • Online Degrees: 46
  • Annual Tuition: $15,900
  • Military-Friendly Score: 85.05
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Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, the University of the Incarnate Word is a private Catholic university that offers many degrees at the undergraduate and graduate level, including subjects such as psychology, business administration, and healthcare administration. This Yellow Ribbon Participant gives service members the option to earn their degrees in a flexible, fully-online format. The university also provides veterans and active-duty military members with a capped tuition and waives their records and graduation fees. Additionally, UIW offers free, online, on-demand tutoring services for military students and supplies them with free textbooks for undergraduate- and graduate-level courses. 

Online Associate Degrees (7)

Online Bachelor's Degrees (19)

Online Master's Degrees (13)

Online Doctoral Degrees (1)

Online Certificate Programs (6)

  • Online Degrees: 99
  • Annual Tuition: $20,280
  • Military-Friendly Score: 84.67
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Known as a pioneer of online education, Troy University is a public university with both on-campus and online degree options. Troy University offers an array of programs that contribute to the success of its military students, who make up one-third of the university's student body. In 1950, Troy University established centers called Troy for Troops, which offer lounges and computer labs for military students, house student and alumni organizations for active-duty members and veterans, and provide them with tutoring and counseling services. In addition, Troy University grants scholarships that cap tuition for members of the armed forces and their families. Students can also receive credit for military experience.

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  • Online Degrees: 72
  • Annual Tuition: $6,750
  • Military-Friendly Score: 81.24
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Columbia Southern University is an online university that offers many undergraduate and graduate level online programs, such as business administration, psychology, public administration, and organizational leadership. The university’s fully-online format is ideal for students in need of flexibility. This Yellow Ribbon Participant also provides a multitude of resources for active-duty military members and veterans, including a veterans center. At CSU, veterans and students in the armed forces are equipped with tutoring and tuition assistance services as well as a military support staff to help them reach their goals, including special military representatives and a military admissions team. 

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  • Online Degrees: 366
  • Annual Tuition: $11,850
  • Military-Friendly Score: 80.71
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Regent University, a Christian establishment located in Virginia, offers a number of online degree programs and a variety of useful services for military-affiliated and veteran students. Regent University offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs, such as marketing, leadership studies, and business analytics. At this Christian university, military students are awarded reduced tuition. The Yellow Ribbon Participant also holds special military events that educate members of the armed forces about Regent University’s degree programs, admissions process and military services and provide them with the opportunity to listen to inspiring public speakers.

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  • Online Degrees: 57
  • Annual Tuition: $11,850
  • Military-Friendly Score: 79.59
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The University of Nebraska at Omaha, a Yellow Ribbon participating school, offers a wide variety of benefits for active-duty military students, veterans, and their dependents. UNO provides financial benefits and scholarships for its military-affiliated students and their families, along with a faculty and staff that is educated about military students’ unique circumstances every semester and even a designated librarian for military students. Potential students can find many options for an online program, which is often equipped with live-stream and recorded audio and video content. Available degrees include sociology, political science, special education, public administration, and more.

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  • Online Degrees: 159
  • Annual Tuition: $9,150
  • Military-Friendly Score: 79.13
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Students can earn an online degree at Northern Arizona University through the Blackboard Learn Platform, which allows students to connect with peers and professors, participate in discussions, and view lectures at any time. Available degrees include communication, industry management, human relations, nursing, and more. Northern Arizona University offers military students priority enrollment when registering for classes, flexibility when transferring credits, tuition deferment, and the ability to easily withdraw from the classes when recalled to active duty. The Veteran Success Center helps connect military-connected members with academic and financial resources.

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  • Online Degrees: 56
  • Annual Tuition: $6,380
  • Military-Friendly Score: 78.81
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Western Governors University is a fully-online, nonprofit university that was created specifically for nontraditional students, like those serving in the military and veterans. Rather than being based on course schedules and credit hours, this competency-based university allows students to complete their personalized curriculum at their convenience. Available degrees include nursing informatics, data management and analytics, educational leadership, and accounting. It also provides active-duty military students and veterans with scholarships and several additional financial benefits that generally take care of the cost of tuition, fees, and textbooks as well as the option to attend WGU as a part-time student.

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