Yellow Ribbon Liberal Arts Colleges

Liberal Arts Colleges Participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program

When a college chooses to participate in the Yellow Ribbon program, the school is sending a clear message that they appreciate the service and sacrifice that military members have offered. Yellow Ribbon schools voluntarily enter in a Yellow Ribbon agreement with the VA, choosing to make additional funds available for veteran students.  These additional funds help cover charges above what would be covered by the GI Bill.

The Yellow Ribbon program helps veterans avoid out-of-pocket expenses for tuition. The school can cover up to 50% of the tuition expenses that exceed the annual maximum cap. The VA then agrees to match the same amount that the school contributed. In many cases, this covers 100% of any additional cost.

What exactly is a Liberal Arts College?

A Liberal Arts College, sometimes referred at as a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is dedicated to serving its students a curriculum that spans a broad general knowledge base. A Liberal Arts College encourages student education in and exposure to a wide range of academic subjects, especially in the Sciences and the Humanities. This Liberal Arts curriculum is offered in contrast to a specific professional, vocational, and/or technical curriculum.

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Renaissance Man (or Woman)

A Liberal Arts College encourages a broad range of knowledge in their students. Curriculum is developed so that students will matriculate as a “Jack of all Trades”. Students are also encouraged to choose at least one major to become a “Jack of all Trades and a Master of (at least) One”.

The driving force behind a Liberal Arts curriculum is encouraging students to explore all knowledge. The concept of a Renaissance Man, or Universal Man, holds to the belief that people are limitless in their capacities for development. The corresponding ideals behind a Liberal Arts College are that students should be encouraged and facilitated to embrace all knowledge, thereby becoming unrestricted in their own capacity for development.

In other words, students that are on a prescribed educational path via professional, vocational, and/or technical curriculum may never develop all their true potentials.

List of Yellow Ribbon Liberal Arts Colleges

Alabama

Birmingham Southern College
Huntingdon College
Judson College
Spring Hill College
Stillman College
University Of Montevallo

 

Alaska

Albertus Magnus College

Arizona

Prescott College

Arkansas

Central Baptist College
Harding University
Lyon College
Ouachita Baptist University
University Of The Ozarks

California

California Lutheran University
Claremont Mckenna College
Concordia University-Irvine
Harvey Mudd College
Mills College
Mount St Mary’s College
Occidental College
Pacific Union College
Pitzer College
Point Loma Nazarene University
Pomona College
Saint Mary’s College Of California
San Diego Christian College
University Of Redlands
Whittier College

Colorado

Adams State University
Colorado College
Fort Lewis College
Naropa University
Western State Colorado University

Connecticut

Albertus Magnus College
Connecticut College
Eastern Connecticut State University
Mitchell College
Quinnipiac University
Trinity College
University Of Saint Joseph
Wesleyan University

Delaware

None

District of Columbia (D.C.)

American University
Catholic University Of America
Corcoran College Of Art And Design
Gallaudet University
George Washington University
Georgetown University
Trinity Washington University
University Of The District Of Columbia

 

Florida

Ave Maria University
Bethune-Cookman University
Eckerd College
Palm Beach Atlantic University
Rollins College
Stetson University
Warner University

 

Georgia

Agnes Scott College
Berry College
Covenant College
Georgia State University
Mercer University
Oglethorpe University
Piedmont College
Point University
Reinhardt University
Toccoa Falls College
Wesleyan College
Young Harris College

 

Hawaii

None

 

Idaho

Northwest Nazarene University
The College Of Idaho

 

Illinois

Augustana College-Illinois
Aurora University
Blackburn College
Columbia College-Chicago
Elmhurst College
Greenville College
Illinois College
Illinois Wesleyan University
Knox College
Lake Forest College
Mckendree University
Millikin University
Monmouth College
North Central College
North Park University
Olivet Nazarene University
Quincy University
Rockford University
Shimer College
Trinity Christian College
Trinity International University-Illinois
Wheaton College-Illinois

 

Indiana

Anderson University-Indiana
DePauw University
Franklin College
Goshen College
Grace College and Theological Seminary
Hanover College
Huntington University
Indiana Wesleyan University
Manchester University
Marian University-Indiana
Saint Josephs College
Saint Mary’s College
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College
Taylor University
University of Evansville
University Of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne
Wabash College

 

Kentucky

Bellarmine University
Berea College
Campbellsville University
Centre College
Georgetown College
Kentucky Wesleyan College
Lindsey Wilson College
Midway University
Saint Catharine College
Thomas More College
Transylvania University
Union College-Kentucky
University Of The Cumberlands

 

Louisiana

Centenary College Of Louisiana
Southeastern Louisiana University

 

Maine

Bates College
Bowdoin College
Colby College
Saint Joseph’s College of Maine
Unity College
University Of Maine At Farmington
University Of Maine At Fort Kent

 

Maryland

Goucher College
Hood College
Mcdaniel College
Mount St Mary’s University
Notre Dame Of Maryland University
St Johns College
St Mary’s College Of Maryland
Stevenson University
Washington College

 

Massachusetts

Amherst College
Hampshire College
Mount Holyoke College
Smith College
University Of Massachusetts-Amherst

 

Michigan

Adrian College
Albion College
Aquinas College
Calvin College
Concordia University-Ann Arbor
Hope College
Kalamazoo College
Madonna University
Rochester College
Saginaw Valley State University
Siena Heights University

 

Minnesota

Augsburg College
Bethany Lutheran College
Carleton College
College Of Saint Benedict
Concordia College At Moorhead
Gustavus Adolphus College
Hamline University
Macalester College
St Olaf College
University of Minnesota-Morris
University Of St Thomas (MN)

 

Mississippi

Millsaps College
Mississippi University For Women

 

Missouri

Central Methodist University-College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
College Of The Ozarks
Columbia College (MO)
Culver-Stockton College
Drury University
Evangel University
Fontbonne University
Lindenwood University
Missouri Baptist University
Southwest Baptist University
Stephens College
Truman State University
Westminster College-Missouri

 

Montana

Carroll College
Rocky Mountain College
University Of Great Falls

 

Nebraska

Doane College-Crete
Hastings College
Midland University
Nebraska Wesleyan University

Nevada

Sierra Nevada University

 

New Hampshire

Colby-Sawyer College
Franklin Pierce University
Granite State College
New England College
Saint Anselm College

 

New Jersey

Caldwell University
College Of Saint Elizabeth
Drew University
Ramapo College Of New Jersey
Saint Peter’s University

 

New Mexico

St John’s College

 

New York

Adelphi University
Canisius College
Cazenovia College
Colgate University
College Of Mount Saint Vincent
Concordia College-New York
D’Youville College
Daemen College
Elmira College
Hartwick College
Hobart William Smith Colleges
Hofstra University
Houghton College
Ithaca College
Keuka College
Le Moyne College
Manhattan College
Manhattanville College
Marist College
Marymount Manhattan College
Medaille College
Mercy College
Mount Saint Mary College
Nyack College
Saint John Fisher College
Saint Joseph’s College-New York
Saint Joseph’s College-Patchogue
Sarah Lawrence College
Siena College
Skidmore College
St Bonaventure University
St Lawrence University
St Thomas Aquinas College
Suny College At Plattsburgh
Vassar College
Wagner College
Yeshiva University

North Carolina

Barton College
Belmont Abbey College
Brevard College
Catawba College
Davidson College
Duke University
Elon University
Greensboro College
Guilford College
High Point University
Lenoir-Rhyne University
Mars Hill University
Meredith College
Montreat College
North Carolina Wesleyan College
University of Mount Olive
Wake Forest University

 

North Dakota

University of Jamestown

Ohio

Antioch College
Baldwin Wallace University
Bluffton University
Capital University
Cedarville University
Defiance College
Denison University
Heidelberg University
Hiram College
John Carroll University
Kenyon College
Lake Erie College
Malone University
Marietta College
Miami University-Middletown
Miami University-Oxford
Mount Vernon Nazarene University
Muskingum University
Oberlin College
Ohio Dominican University
Ohio Northern University
Ohio Wesleyan University
Otterbein University
The College Of Wooster
The University Of Findlay
Tiffin University
University Of Mount Union
Urbana University
Wilmington College
Wittenberg University

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Baptist University
Oklahoma Wesleyan University
Southern Nazarene University

 

Oregon

George Fox University
Lewis & Clark College
Linfield College-Mcminnville Campus
University Of Portland
Warner Pacific College
Western Oregon University
Willamette University

 

Pennsylvania

Albright College
Allegheny College
Bryn Mawr College
Bucknell University
Carlow University
Cedar Crest College
Chatham University
Chestnut Hill College
Dickinson College
Elizabethtown College
Franklin And Marshall College
Gannon University
Geneva College
Gettysburg College
Gwynedd Mercy University
Immaculata University
Juniata College
Keystone College
King’s College-Pennsylvania
La Salle University
Lebanon Valley College
Lycoming College
Mansfield University Of Pennsylvania
Mercyhurst University
Messiah College
Misericordia University
Moravian College
Muhlenberg College
Neumann University
Point Park University
Rosemont College
Saint Francis University
Saint Vincent College
Susquehanna University
Swarthmore College
Thiel College
University Of Scranton
Ursinus College
Washington & Jefferson College
Waynesburg University
Westminster College-Pennsylvania
Wilson College
York College Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

Providence College
Roger Williams University

 

South Carolina

Charleston Southern University
Coker College
College of Charleston
Erskine College
Furman University
Limestone College
Newberry College
Presbyterian College
Wofford College

 

South Dakota

Augustana College-South Dakota
Mount Marty College
University Of Sioux Falls

 

Tennessee

King University
Lee University
Lincoln Memorial University
Lipscomb University
Martin Methodist College
Maryville College
Milligan College
Rhodes College

Texas

Abilene Christian University
Austin College
Dallas Baptist University
Hardin-Simmons University
Houston Baptist University
Howard Payne University
Saint Edward’s University
Schreiner University
Southwestern University
St Mary’s University
Texas Wesleyan University
Trinity University
University Of Dallas
University Of St Thomas (TX)
University Of The Incarnate Word
Wayland Baptist University

Utah

Westminster College-Utah

Vermont

Bennington College
Burlington College
Castleton State College
Goddard College
Green Mountain College
Landmark College
Lyndon State College
Marlboro College
Middlebury College
Saint Michael’s College

Virginia

Bluefield College
Bridgewater College
Christendom College
Emory & Henry College
Hampden-Sydney College
Hollins University
Lynchburg College
Mary Baldwin College
Randolph College
Randolph-Macon College
Roanoke College
Shenandoah University
Southern Virginia University
Sweet Briar College
University Of Richmond
Virginia Wesleyan College
Washington And Lee University

Washington

Gonzaga University
Pacific Lutheran University
Saint Martin’s University
Seattle Pacific University
Seattle University
The Evergreen State College
University Of Puget Sound
Western Washington University
Whitman College
Whitworth University

West Virginia

Alderson Broaddus University
Bethany College-West Virginia
Davis & Elkins College
Shepherd University
West Virginia Wesleyan College
Wheeling Jesuit University

 

Wisconsin

None

 

Wyoming

None

 

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Top Veteran Friendly Schools by State: Michigan

Top Veteran Friendly Schools: Michigan

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) has awarded Veteran Friendly School status to 63 institutions of higher education for the 2021-2022 school year. This program recognizes postsecondary institutions that are committed to supporting the needs of military-connected students.

Since its inception in 2013, the Veteran Friendly School (VFS) program has increased in popularity. The program has had a steady increase in the number of schools dedicated to enrolling student veterans and ensuring that these students are supported throughout their entire educational journey. The Top Veteran Friendly Schools of Michigan help military-connected students transition from boots and a helmet to a cap and gown.

The program awards Gold, Silver, and Bronze level status to institutions of higher education based on seven criteria. Gold-level certification requires six or more of the criteria, while Silver schools must complete four and Bronze schools, three. The criteria to become a Top Veteran Friendly School are:

  • Veteran-specific website
  • Established process for identifying student veterans
  • System to evaluate and award credit based on military training and experience
  • Monitoring and evaluation system for student veteran academic retention, transfer and graduation rates
  • Active student-operated veterans club or association
  • Veteran-specific career services, resources, advising and/or outcome monitoring
  • On-campus veteran’s coordinator and/or designated staff point of contact

Michigan Veteran Friendly Schools Awardees

The list for the 2021-2022 school year includes 63 universities, colleges, and trade schools across the state of Michigan. Awardees range from a boat-building school to community colleges to major universities.

These schools can be found in the CollegeRecon School Finder as well.

GOLD

  1. Alma College
  2. Central Michigan University
  3. Cleary University
  4. Concordia University, Ann Arbor
  5. Davenport University
  6. Delta College
  7. Eastern Michigan University
  8. Ferris State University
  9. Global Information Technology
  10. Grand Valley State University
  11. Henry Ford College
  12. Jackson College
  13. Kalamazoo Valley Community College
  14. Lake Superior State University
  15. Lansing Community College
  16. MIAT College of Technology
  17. Macomb Community College
  18. Michigan State University
  19. Michigan Technological University
  20. Mid-Michigan College
  21. Montcalm Community College
  22. Muskegon Community College
  23. Northern Michigan University
  24. Northwood University
  25. Oakland Community College
  26. Oakland University
  27. Olivet College
  28. Saginaw Valley State University
  29. Schoolcraft College
  30. University of Detroit Mercy
  31. University of Michigan
  32. University of Michigan-Dearborn
  33. University of Michigan-Flint
  34. Walsh College
  35. Washtenaw Community College
  36. Wayne State University
  37. Western Michigan University

SILVER

  1. Aquinas College
  2. Baker College
  3. Bay de Noc Community College
  4. Calvin University
  5. Compass College of Cinematic Arts
  6. Detroit School for Digital Technology
  7. Finlandia University
  8. Focus: HOPE
  9. Glen Oaks Community College
  10. Gogebic Community College
  11. Grace Christian University
  12. Grand Rapids Community College
  13. Kettering University
  14. Kirtland Community College
  15. Lake Michigan College
  16. Madonna University
  17. Monroe County Community College
  18. North Country Heavy Equipment School
  19. Rochester University
  20. Clair County Community College
  21. Suburban CDL
  22. West Shore Community College
  23. Western Michigan University – Cooley Law School

BRONZE

  1. Great Lakes Boat Building School
  2. North Central Michigan College
  3. Southwestern Michigan College

 

 

MyCAA Schools List: Regionally & Nationally Accredited

List of Regionally & Nationally Accredited MyCAA Schools

Here’s a list of schools that are MyCAA accredited institutions.  Many of these schools can be found in the CollegeRecon School Finder tool.

 

School Name Accreditation Availability
A. T. Still University of Health Sciences Regional Both classroom & online
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Regional Both
Abraham Lincoln University National Online
Academy of Art University Regional Both
Adams State University Regional Both
Adirondack Community College Regional Both
Aiken Technical College Regional Both
Aims Community College Regional Both
Alamance Community College Regional Both
Alamo Community College District Regional Both
Albany State University Regional Both
Albany Technical College Regional Both
Alcorn State University Regional Both
Allan Hancock College Regional Both
Allen County Community College Regional Both
Alliant International University Regional Both
Alpena Community College Regional Both
Amberton University Regional Both
American Academy Mcallister Institute National Both
American Business & Technology University National Online
American Career College – Ontario National Both
American College of Healthcare Sciences – Achs National Online
American Graduate University National Online
American Healthcare Documentation Professionals Group National Online
American Institute National Both
American Intercontinental University – Online Regional Both
American International College Regional Both
American Military University (Amu) Regional Online
American National University National Both
American Public University Regional Online
American Sentinel University National Online
American University Regional Both
Amridge University Regional Both
Angelo State University Regional Both
Anne Arundel Community College Regional Both
Anoka Ramsey Community College Regional Both
Anoka Technical College Regional Both
Appalachian State University Regional Both
Arapahoe Community College Regional Both
Arizona State University Regional Both
Arizona Western College Regional Both
Arkansas State University Regional Both
Arkansas State University – Beebe Regional Both
Arkansas Tech University Regional Both
Arlington Career Institute National Both
Asher College National Both
Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College Regional Both
Ashford University Regional Both
Ashland County, West Holmes Career Center National Both
Ashland University Regional Both
Ashworth College National Online
Asnuntuck Community College Regional Both
Aspen Beauty Academy of Laurel National Both
Aspen University National Both
At Home Professions National Online
Athens State University Regional Both
Atlanta Technical College Regional Both
Atlantic Cape Community College Regional Both
Auburn University Regional Both
Auburn University Montgomery Regional Both
Augusta Technical College Regional Both
Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts – Austin National Both
Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts – Boulder National Both
Aura Wellness Center National Online
Aurora University Regional Both
Austin Career Institute National Both
Austin Community College Regional Both
Austin Peay State University Regional Both
Autry Technology Center Regional Both
Averett University Regional Both
Azusa Pacific University Regional Both
Bainbridge State College Regional Both
Baker College Regional Both
Baker University Regional Both
Ball State University Regional Both
Baptist Health College Little Rock National Both
Baptist Health System School of Health Professions National Both
Barry University Regional Both
Barton County Community College Regional Both
Bates Technical College Regional Both
Baton Rouge Community College Regional Both
Bay De Noc Community College Regional Both
Bay Path University Regional Both
Belhaven University Regional Both
Bellarmine University Regional Both
Bellevue College Regional Both
Bellus Academy-National City National Both
Bemidji State University Regional Both
Benedictine University Regional Both
Bergen Community College Regional Both
Berkeley College Regional Both
Berklee College of Music Regional Both
Bethel University Mckenzie Regional Both
Bevill State Community College Regional Both
Big Bend Community College Regional Both
Binghamton University Regional Both
Biola University Regional Both
Bishop State Community College – Main Campus Regional Both
Bismarck State College Regional Both
Black Hills State University Regional Both
Blackstone Career Institute National Online
Bladen Community College Regional Both
Blinn College Regional Both
Blue Cliff College National Both
Blue Ridge Community And Technical College Regional Both
Blue Ridge Community College-Flat Rock Regional Both
Bluegrass Community & Technical College Regional Both
Boise State University Regional Both
Bon Secours Memorial College of Nursing National Both
Bossier Parish Community College Regional Both
Boston Architectural College Regional Both
Boston College Regional Both
Boston University Regional Both
Bowie State University Regional Both
Bowling Green State University Regional Both
Brandeis University Regional Both
Brandman University Regional Both
Brenau University Regional Both
Brescia University Regional Both
Bridge Education Group National Both
Bridgewater State University Regional Both
Brighton College National Online
Bristol Community College Regional Both
Brookdale Community College Regional Both
Brookhaven College Regional Both
Brookline College National Both
Brown University Regional Both
Bryan College – Dayton Regional Both
Bryan University – Springfield National Both
Bryan University – Tempe National Both
Bryant & Stratton College Regional Both
Bucks County Community College Regional Both
Bunker Hill Community College Regional Both
Butte College Regional Both
Calhoun Community College Regional Both
California Coast University National Online
California College San Diego National Both
California Institute of Advanced Management Regional Both
California Institute of Arts & Technology National Both
California Intercontinental University National Online
California Miramar University National Both
California Southern University National Online
California State Polytechnic University Pomona Regional Both
California State University Monterey Bay Regional Both
California State University Chico Regional Both
California State University Dominguez Hills Regional Both
California State University Fullerton Regional Both
California State University Long Beach Regional Both
California State University Los Angeles Regional Both
California State University Northridge Regional Both
California State University Sacramento Regional Both
California State University San Marcos Regional Both
California State University, San Bernardino Regional Both
California University of Pennsylvania Regional Both
Calvary University Regional Both
Cambridge College Regional Both
Cambridge Junior College – All Campuses National Both
Camden County College Regional Both
Cameron University Regional Both
Campbell University Regional Both
Campbellsville University Regional Both
Cape Cod Community College Regional Both
Cape Fear Community College Regional Both
Capella University Regional Online
Capital Community College Regional Both
Capitol Technology University Regional Both
Career Institute of Technology National Both
Career Technical Institute National Both
Caring For Life, Llc National Both
Carnegie Mellon University Regional Both
Carolina College of Biblical Studies National Both
Carrington College – Phoenix Regional Both
Carrington College – Portland Regional Both
Carroll Community College Regional Both
Carthage College Regional Both
Casper College Regional Both
Catholic University of America Regional Both
Cayuga Community College – Suny Office of Community College Regional Both
Cecil College Regional Both
Cedar Valley College Regional Both
Center For Advanced Legal Studies National Both
Central Carolina Community College Regional Both
Central Carolina Technical College Regional Both
Central Community College Regional Both
Central Connecticut State University Regional Both
Central Georgia Technical College Regional Both
Central Louisiana Technical Community College National Both
Central Maine Community College Regional Both
Central Methodist University Regional Both
Central Michigan University Regional Both
Central New Mexico Community College Regional Both
Central Ohio Technical College Regional Both
Central Oregon Community College Regional Both
Central Penn College Regional Both
Central Piedmont Community College Regional Both
Central Texas College Regional Both
Central Washington University Regional Both
Centralia College Regional Both
Centura College National Both
Century College Regional Both
Cerro Coso Community College Regional Both
Chadron State College Regional Both
Chamberlain University Regional Both
Chaminade University of Honolulu Regional Both
Chandler Gilbert Community College Regional Both
Charleston Southern University Regional Both
Charter College National Both
Chattahoochee Valley Community College Regional Both
Chattanooga State Community College Regional Both
Chemeketa Community College Regional Both
Chesapeake College Regional Both
Chicago School of Professional Psychology Regional Both
Childcare Education Institute National Online
Chippewa Valley Technical College Regional Both
Christ College of Nursing And Health Sciences Regional Both
Christopher Newport University Regional Both
Cincinnati Christian University Regional Both
Cisco College Regional Both
Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina Regional Both
City Colleges of Chicago – Malcolm X College Regional Both
City Colleges of Chicago Harry S Truman College Regional Both
City University of Seattle Regional Both
Clackamas Community College Regional Both
Claremont Lincoln University Regional Online
Clarion University of Pennsylvania Regional Both
Clark College Regional Both
Clark State Community College Regional Both
Clarkson College Regional Both
Clayton State University Regional Both
Clemson University Regional Both
Cleveland State University Regional Both
Cloud County Community College Regional Both
Clover Park Technical College Regional Both
Clovis Adult Education National Both
Clovis Community College Regional Both
Coastal Alabama Community College Regional Both
Coastal Bend College Regional Both
Coastal Carolina Community College Regional Both
Coastal Carolina University Regional Both
Coastal Pines Technical College Regional Both
Coastline Community College Regional Both
Cochise College Regional Both
Coconino County Community College Regional Both
Coker University Regional Both
Colby Community College Regional Both
College of Central Florida Regional Both
College of Charleston Regional Both
College of Coastal Georgia Regional Both
College of Du Page Regional Both
College of Lake County Regional Both
College of Mount Saint Vincent Regional Both
College of Our Lady of The Elms Regional Both
College of Saint Scholastica Regional Both
College of San Mateo Regional Both
College of Southern Idaho Regional Both
College of Southern Maryland Regional Both
College of Southern Nevada Regional Both
College of Staten Island/Cuny Regional Both
College of The Florida Keys (The) Regional Both
College of The Sequoias Regional Both
College of Western Idaho Regional Both
Collegeamerica – Denver National Both
Collin County Community College Regional Both
Colorado Christian University Regional Both
Colorado Mesa University Regional Both
Colorado Mountain College Regional Both
Colorado State University Regional Both
Colorado State University – Global Campus Regional Online
Colorado State University Pueblo Regional Both
Colorado Technical University Regional Both
Columbia College – Columbia Regional Both
Columbia College of South Carolina Regional Both
Columbia International University Regional Both
Columbia Southern University National Online
Columbia State Community College Regional Both
Columbus State Community College- Main Campus Regional Both
Columbus State University Regional Both
Columbus Technical College Regional Both
Community Care College National Both
Community College of Allegheny County Regional Both
Community College of Aurora Centretech Campus Regional Both
Community College of Baltimore County Regional Both
Community College of Beaver County Regional Both
Community College of Denver Regional Both
Community College of Philadelphia Regional Both
Community College of Vermont Regional Both
Concorde Career College – Aurora National Both
Concorde Career College – Garden Grove National Both
Concorde Career College – San Diego National Both
Concordia College – Moorhead Regional Both
Concordia University Regional Both
Concordia University – Irvine Regional Both
Concordia University – Nebraska Regional Both
Concordia University – Portland Regional Both
Concordia University – River Forest Regional Both
Concordia University – Saint Paul Regional Both
Concordia University Texas Regional Both
Connors State College Regional Both
Converse College Regional Both
Copper Mountain College Regional Both
Coppin State University Regional Both
Corban University Regional Both
Corning Community College Regional Both
Cowley County Community College & Area Vocational Technical School Regional Both
Craven Community College Regional Both
Crowder College Regional Both
Cumberland University Regional Both
Cuny Graduate School And University Center Regional Both
Cuny Hunter College Regional Both
Cuny John Jay College Criminal Justice Regional Both
Cuny Lehman College Regional Both
Cuny Queens College Regional Both
Cuyahoga Community College Regional Both
Cuyamaca College Regional Both
Dakota College At Bottineau Regional Both
Dakota Wesleyan University Regional Both
Dallas Baptist University Regional Both
Dalton State College Regional Both
Daniel Webster College Regional Both
Davenport University Regional Both
Davidson County Community College Regional Both
Dawson Community College Regional Both
Daymar College – Bellevue National Both
Daymar College – Paducah National Both
Daymar College-Owensboro National Both
Daytona College National Both
Daytona State College Regional Both
De Anza Community College Regional Both
Del Mar College Regional Both
Delaware State University Regional Both
Delaware Technical And Community College Regional Both
Delaware Technical And Community College Stanton/W Regional Both
Delaware Valley University Regional Both
Delgado Community College Regional Both
Delta State University Regional Both
Depaul University Regional Both
Des Moines Area Community College Regional Both
Desales University Regional Both
Devry University Regional Both
Devry University’S -Keller Graduate School of Management Downers Grove Regional Both
Dickinson State University Regional Both
Divine Mercy University Regional Both
Dixie State University Regional Both
Doane University Regional Both
Dodge City Community College Regional Both
Dominican University Regional Both
Downey Adult School – Career & Education Center National Both
Drake University Regional Both
Drury University Regional Both
Duke University Regional Both
Duquesne University of The Holy Spirit Regional Both
Durham Technical Community College Regional Both
Dutchess Community College Regional Both
Dyersburg State Community College Regional Both
Dyouville College Regional Both
Eagle Gate College National Both
East Carolina University Regional Both
East Central College Regional Both
East Central University Regional Both
East Georgia State College Regional Both
East Mississippi Community College Regional Both
East Stroudsburg University Regional Both
East Tennessee State University Regional Both
Eastern Connecticut State University Regional Both
Eastern Florida State College Regional Both
Eastern Kentucky University Regional Both
Eastern Michigan University Regional Both
Eastern New Mexico University – Portales Regional Both
Eastern Oregon University Regional Both
Eastern Virginia Medical School Regional Both
Eastern Washington University Regional Both
Eastfield College Regional Both
Ecornell Regional Online
Ecpi University Regional Both
Edgewood College Regional Both
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania Regional Both
Edison State Community College Regional Both
Edmonds Community College Regional Both
Educatore School of Education National Online
El Paso County Community College District Regional Both
Elaine P. Nunez Community College Regional Both
Elizabeth City State University Regional Both
Elizabethtown College Regional Both
Elizabethtown Community And Technical College Regional Both
Elmhurst College Regional Both
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Regional Both
Emerging Technologies Institute National Online
Emporia State University Regional Both
Endicott College Regional Both
Enterprise State Community College Regional Both
Erie Community College Regional Both
Erikson Institute Regional Both
Estrella Mountain Community College Regional Both
Evangelical Theological Seminary National Both
Everett Community College Regional Both
Everglades University Regional Both
Excelsior College Regional Both
Fairleigh Dickinson University Regional Both
Fashion Institute of Technology Regional Both
Faulkner University Regional Both
Fayetteville State University Regional Both
Fayetteville Technical Community College Regional Both
Felician College Regional Both
Fisher College – Boston Regional Both
Fisk University Regional Both
Fitchburg State University Regional Both
Florence-Darlington Technical College Regional Both
Florida Atlantic University Regional Both
Florida Coastal School of Law National Both
Florida Gateway College Regional Both
Florida Gulf Coast University Regional Both
Florida Institute of Technology Regional Both
Florida International University Regional Both
Florida National University Regional Both
Florida Southwestern State College Regional Both
Florida State College At Jacksonville Regional Both
Florida State University Regional Both
Florida Vocational Institute National Both
Fond Du Lac Tribal And Community College Regional Both
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The Best Online Schools for Active Duty Military

4 of the Best Online Schools for Active Duty Military

Why wait? Get a degree now! Here are four of the Best Online Schools for Active Duty Military.

Active Duty Military Deserve the Best Online Schools

Online schools often get a bad rap as being “degree mills.” In fact, degree mills have been a pervasive problem since the GI Bill was introduced post-WWII. Problems with degrees from these pay-to-play degree mills include inadequate training and substandard education. This equates to a worthless degree that is of no value to the student and offers zero assistance in securing a job.

Determining the Best Online Schools for Active Duty Military

The following features are common practices among the Best Online Schools for Active Duty Military:

  • Accreditation: The Best Online Schools for Active Duty Military will be regionally accredited or in some cases, depending on a student’s long term goals, nationally accredited.
  • GI Bill Acceptance: The Best Online Schools for Active Duty Military will accept the GI Bill and follow the Principles of Excellence. This program requires schools that get federal funding (through programs such as the GI Bill) to follow certain guidelines.
  • Additional Tuition Assistance: The Best Online Schools for Active Duty Military will take part in additional tuition assistance for active duty military, such as the Yellow Ribbon Program or Tuition Assistance, which can help pay for school costs not covered by the GI Bill.

Additional Considerations for the Best Online Schools for Active Duty Military

The following factors should also be considered when deciding on the Best Online Schools for Active Duty Military:

  • Graduation Rates: The Best Online Schools for Active Duty Military will be transparent in their graduation rates. Typical graduation rates are around 50%. Even 30% is considered acceptable but lower than that should raise doubts.
  • Job Placement: The Best Online Schools for Active Duty Military will have an excellent network to help students succeed in their chosen career after earning their degree. Effective job placement can be found in programs such as internships, apprenticeships, strong alumni connections, etc.
  • Program Availability: The Best Online Schools for Active Duty Military will have a consistent availability for the chosen degree including classes and any other program requirements. This allows students to effectively use their time to complete their degree while still fulfilling other obligations such as military service and family commitments.

4 of the Best Online Schools for Active Duty Military

A Leader in Online Education: Colorado State University Global

One of the Best Online Schools for Active Duty Military is CSU Global. CSU Global is the first 100% online, fully accredited public university in the United States. CSU Global has a 50% graduation rate and has consistently received high-ranking accolades including:

  • Gold School of Distinction by BestSchools.com
  • #1 Top Military Friendly Online College by Guide to Online Schools

CSU Global is a GI Bill approved school and is approved for Tuition Assistance.

Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs: University of Florida

UF has been offering online degrees since 2001 and boasts a 60% graduation rate for its undergraduate degree seeking programs. UF is consistently ranked as one of the best public universities and ranks high on “Best of” lists including US News and World Reports rankings:

  • #3 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans
  • #1 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs 

UF is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and is approved for Tuition Assistance.

Best Online Master’s Degree Programs: Pennsylvania State University World Campus

Pennsylvania State University World Campus offers over 120 Master’s degrees and graduate certificates. Penn State World consistently ranks high in national “Best of” lists including US News and World Reports rankings:

  • #1 in Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs for Veterans
  • #3 in Best Online Master’s in Industrial Engineering Programs
  • #3 in Best Online Master’s in Education Programs for Veterans
  • #5 in Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans
  • #5 in Best Online Master’s in Computer Information Technology Programs for Veterans

Penn State World Campus is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and is approved for Tuition Assistance.

Same Excellent Programs Online and On Campus: Arizona State University

One of the best campus-based schools is also one of the Best Online Schools for Active Duty Military. ASU has a 60% graduation rate, offers over 80 online bachelor’s degree programs and nearly as many master’s programs. ASU offers the same excellent curriculum and instruction on campus and online. ASU consistently receives top national accolades including:

  • #1 in Innovation for 6 consecutive years
  • Top Ranked by Forbes for America’s Best Value College

ASU is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and is approved for Tuition Assistance.

 

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Technological Colleges and Universities for Military & Veterans

What is a Technological School and is it a Good Fit for Me?

A technological college or university offers specialized post-secondary education in a specific technological discipline. A college will offer undergraduate degrees including associate and bachelor’s degrees. A university will offer undergraduate degrees as well as graduate degrees, including master’s and doctoral degrees.

While an education rooted in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) has come to the forefront of education in recent years, technological colleges and universities have been touting the benefits of this education for decades. A technological school specializes in:

  • Engineering
  • Technology
  • Applied science
  • Natural sciences

Technological vs Technical

Although the terms “technological” and “technical” may be used interchangeably with some institutes of higher education, there are distinct differences. Theory and practical application are hallmarks of both technological and technical schools. Both technological and technical schools are also well known for students developing knowledge through real-life experience. However, technical schools have a stronger focus on training in a specific career while technological schools typically cast a wider net with their academics. Technical schools typically offer trades and manual arts such as woodworking, welding, cosmetology, etc. which are not readily found in technological schools. Technological schools tend to focus more on evolving technology, engineering, and other applied sciences.

4 Great Technological Colleges and Universities for Veterans and Military

New England: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT) is perhaps the most well known technological university in the US. It was founded in 1861 and consistently ranks high on best of lists including:

  • #2 in National Universities (US News)
  • #2 in Best Value Schools (US News)
  • #3 in Most Innovative Schools (US News)

MIT has GI Bill approved programs, offers credit for military experience, and is approved for Tuition Assistance. MIT is a MyCAA approved school and proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Mid-West: Lawrence Technological University

Lawrence Technological University was founded in 1932. Established during an innovation explosion that would change the world, the Fords provided space next to their Model T assembly plant. With this LTU realized the dream of preparing leaders for the new technical era and this still holds true almost 100 years later.

Lawrence Technological University ranks high on best of lists including:

  • #37 in Regional Universities Midwest (US News)
  • #43 in Best Colleges for Veterans (US News)
  • #61 in Best Value Schools (US News)
  • #7 in Best Value Colleges in Michigan (Niche)
  • #40 in Best Colleges for Architecture in America (Niche)

Lawrence Technological University is a GI Bill approved school, offers credit for military experience, and awards credit for the CLEP exams. LTU is approved for Tuition Assistance and is a proud member of the Yellow Ribbon program.

Southeast: Georgia Institute of Technology

The Georgia Institute of Technology (or Georgia Tech) is a technology focused college in Atlanta, Ga, and one of the top research universities in the USA. Georgia Tech consistently ranks high on “Best of” lists including:

  • #38 in National Universities (US News)
  • #16 in Best Colleges for Veterans (US News)
  • #4 in Most Innovative Schools (US News)
  • #10 in Top Public Schools (US News)

Georgia Tech is a GI Bill approved school and is approved for Tuition Assistance. Georgia Tech proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

West Coast: California Institute of Technology

The California Institute of Technology is located in beautiful Pasadena, California. Companies such as Intel, Compaq, and Hotmail were founded by Caltech alumni. Cal Tech consistently ranks high on “Best of” lists including:

  • #9 in National Universities (US News)
  • #15 in Best Value Schools (US News)
  • #11 in Most Innovative Schools (US News)

Cal Tech is a GI Bill approved school and proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

 

 

 

Debating the 90/10 Rule in Veteran Education

Three Sides of Two Coins: The 90/10 Dilemma

In October, 2021, the Department of Education (DoE) began rewriting regulations that could negatively impact for-profit schools. It is possible that the DoE could create tighter restrictions by imposing limitations on what for-profit schools can count as “non-federal revenue sources”. These limitations, both current and projected, form the basis of the 90/10 Rule.

The 90/10 Rule

Conceptually, the rule is simple: for-profit schools can receive no more than 90 percent of their revenue from federal “Title IX” student aid programs. 

The inverse of that statement is: for profit schools are expected to make at least 10 percent of their revenue from other than federal sources.

Currently, the GI Bill and Tuition Assistance programs do not count as federal student aid classified by Title IX definitions. Which means that any VA benefits received by any school do not count against the 90% limit on federal funding. They count towards the 10% of non-federally funded revenue.

However, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 plans to expand those definitions to include ALL federal education benefit programs, like those used by military and veteran students. The law is set to take effect in 2023.

Debating the 90/10 Rule

Advocates for this change, which includes some veterans’ organizations, are excited that the “90/10 loophole” will be closed by congressional action. The “loophole”, to which it is commonly referred, alludes to the predatory practice of some for-profit institutions who heavily incentivise the recruitment of military and veteran students.

This predation on veteran students does not seem to be isolated. Some states like Maryland have passed their own state-level limitations on for-profit schools in response to these problems. Maryland’s new education law will also take effect in 2023.

Organizations like Veterans Education Success have taken a strong stance against for-profit institutions, claiming that the 90/10 Rule “gives for-profit colleges an incentive to see service members as nothing more than dollar signs in uniform”. 

The Veterans Education Success also released an article documenting the findings by the Department of Education that for-profit colleges used the GI Bill and Tuition Assistance programs to “skirt the 90/10 regulation”. You can find the article here: New Analysis Finds Many For-Profit Colleges Skirt Federal Funding Limits (Dec. 2016).

However, critics of the legislation, to include the Veterans Education Project, are speaking out about what they consider an unfair targeting of for-profit institutions.

The Opposition to the 90/10 Rule’s Existence

The Veterans Education Project published a punchy response, titled Collateral Damage, in which the VEP decried the 90/10 rule as outdated. It is a good title and one that advertises their opposition well.

The rationale for the policy is that a worthwhile educational provider should be able to attract other sources of revenue beyond federal grants and loans, and that students should be willing to put some of their own money toward their education.

The VEP refers to the notion of a student or family contribution as having “skin in the game”, which, in my opinion, has got to be the most-repeated phrase threaded throughout their 23-page response to the 90/10 Rule. 

Even so, one of their most concise arguments, and one that makes a lot of sense, highlights the inconsistencies between the 90/10 Rule and other federal rules. The meat of their argument revolves around the use of the Student Aid Index, a new name coming in 2022 for the current Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

The EFC is calculated for federal aid by projecting the amount of money the student or the student’s family can contribute to higher education. The VEP cites the Department of Education data indicating that 40% of undergraduate students have an EFC of $0. 

This means that if a student can’t contribute any money toward their education, and is then required to take out federal funding, then the for-profit schools must charge a higher price for education to ensure that the federal loans only account for 90% of the total revenue.

When framed in that manner, the “skin in the game” paradigm makes little sense. However, it is all about framing and rhetoric, as both advocates and opponents to the 90/10 Rule argue for what they think is best for the student.

A History of Best Intentions

Land-Grant College Act of 1862

Federal involvement in education can be traced back to the 19th century with the Land-Grant College Act of 1862. Also known as the Morrill Act, this legislation provided federal land grants to states in order to finance the establishment of colleges.

The Morrill Act granted 30,000 acres of land to each state for each congressional seat it possessed. Some states sold the land to start schools, while others gave the money to existing colleges to create agriculture and mechanic (A&M) schools.

As an interesting note, all land-grant schools were required to have military training as part of their curriculum, which led to the formation of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC).

The Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944

In June, 1944, President Roosevelt signed into law the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act which gave WWII veterans money for college, unemployment insurance, and housing. It is the first instance of federal money being given for the purposes of financing higher education.

Since the establishment of the GI Bill of Rights in 1944, the possibility of making access to college more equitable has gained tremendous attention. The reasoning, it is supposed, is that if the federal government can grant college money to veterans, then why can’t it do the same for lower income students.

The Growing Beast of Financial Aid

In 1958, Congress passed the National Defense Education Act which gave low-interest loans to college students. If, after graduating, students became teachers, then their loan debts were cancelled.

In 1972, legislators determined that funding aid directly to the student, rather than to the colleges and universities, was the best way to make higher education more accessible to low income families.

This is also the year that the legislative verbiage changed from “higher education” to the more inclusive “postsecondary education”. The goal was to highlight that there were other options available besides the full-time, four-year college experience.

As it relates to the 90/10 Rule debate, it was also in 1972 that for-profit schools, also called proprietary schools, were granted full rights to participate in the Title IX programs.

The Proliferation of Education Profiteering

From a business standpoint, it is not surprising that for-profit institutions are responsive to policies impacting federal student aid. Their livelihood depends on it.

From the early 1970s and throughout the 1980s and 1990’s, the for-profit industry exploded as a result of their inclusion in federal programs. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though. Hundreds of for-profit schools emerged, many in low-income metropolitan areas. 

These schools not only offered programs in business, but they also brought other vital training that would feed employment opportunities to those disadvantaged students. Programs in welding, mechanics, truck driving, and other trades certainly helped keep some people away from poverty.

So, what’s the big deal?

As in every business industry, there were some for-profit schools that abused the federal aid programs, which obviously prompted a legislative response. As a result of this bad publicity and congressional intervention, the for-profit industry shrank considerably.

But that didn’t eliminate the problem. It just eliminated the number of players in the education game that provide learning opportunities to students around the country. This, on its face, is the foundation of VEP’s objection to the 90/10 rule. 

They argue that most for-profit schools offer legitimate learning opportunities, which is true. The VEP also argues that the instruction received at for-profit schools, which ties directly to student outcomes, is comparable to public and private colleges and universities that are not proprietary in nature.

Another part of the VEP’s argument is rightfully focused on the provable outcomes faced by students at these public and private universities. Not every student that starts a program finishes it. Not every student that graduates goes on to make a middle-class income. Many do, but not all. 

So, by comparing the outcomes between both the for-profit schools and the gargantuan non-profit university systems around the country, the VEP has created the image of equal-footing between proprietary schools and every other school.

But are they equal?

All schools that remain eligible to receive VA benefits on behalf of their veteran students must adhere to rigid protocols and regulations. There is now this idea that for-profit institutions are being unfairly targeted for simply being “for-profit”. When you read the VEP’s rebuttal of the 90/10 Rule, you get the sense that they stopped just short of labeling the current legislation as “prejudicial”.

In a sense, all legislation is prejudicial, as it judges some things to be good and others to be bad. It accepts certain social and universal behaviors, and it rejects others. So, the legislation that places limitations on for-profit schools should not be seen as unfairly targeting proprietary institutions, despite what the VEP says.

Legislation changes, which is why they wrote Collateral Damage. They have every right to be concerned, but so does the government.

A Different Perspective

If you take a satellite view of the situation, here’s what it looks like to me. The federal government, through taxation and legislation, funds the federal student aid programs that make up a hefty portion of the annual budget.

This means that the taxpayers are the ones who ultimately fund the education grants and loans issued by the federal government. The money doesn’t care if it ends up in the vaults of a non-profit or the coffers of a for-profit school. The distinction, and the reason for federal intervention on behalf of the taxpayer, lies in the category in which each school falls.

When federal funding is granted to students and used at non-profit institutions, there is an understanding that the school brings value to the outcome of the student’s life, even if they fail. Even if they do not make a billion dollars over the course of their life. These institutions are not-for-profit, even if they do in fact make a profit. It’s how they’re classified.

Now, when federal funding, or taxpayer funding, is granted to a student and used at a for-profit institution, there is the understanding that the school is a business first, and an institute of higher learning second. When student outcomes, like graduating and making decent money, are less than what was advertised, then there is a consumer concern. 

For-profit schools are run like a business, because they are, in fact, businesses. And yet, they are businesses that draw most of their revenue from the federal government through student aid. In essence, taxpayer funding is paying for a large majority of the revenue received by for-profit schools.

Because of this, it seems to weaken the notion that for-profit schools should be somehow protected from the forces of the market. They are businesses, so shouldn’t they live and die based on the market’s desire for their products?

The answer should be “yes”.

These proprietary institutions should want their education services to be desirable enough to attract consumers of all kinds, not just the veterans. But, since many for-profit schools have tied their very existence to programs like the GI Bill, they are in danger of closing if they can not update their policies before the changes take effect.

Countdown to 2023

It must be known that I am not for or against proprietary schools. I think they have a place in society and educate thousands of students every year. In fact, in today’s terms, wouldn’t Plato’s Academy be considered for-profit?

The fundamental flaw that I see in the argument against the 90/10 Rule is that for-profit institutions want more than anything to have the protections of their non-profit counterparts. This is understandable, but all of their problems exist at a legal level.

No one forced these proprietary schools to organize and register themselves as “for-profit”. It was an entrepreneurial drive that founded most proprietary schools. I will also concede, though, that forming a nonprofit college or university is much harder to do. Which means that the decision to become a for-profit institution was done with the knowledge that they will operate both in the realms of business and education for the duration of their existence.

Students First

Ultimately, it’s about what is best for the student. Whether those students are veterans, come from homes below the poverty line, or even if they hail from other countries, no one wants to have a poor education. 

To my mind, education is one of the most valuable investments anyone can make in their lives. I believe that an educated citizenry is the foundation of a free society. Knowledge should be available for everyone.

It is foolish, however, to think that education will cause everyone to agree on everything. Humans have disagreed on most things for as long as we’ve walked this planet. But education does grant the freedom to think differently, and even dissent from what is popular at the time.

This extends to the 90/10 debate. I believe that both sides are arguing for what’s best, both for their students and, as it directly ties to their livelihood, their schools. I don’t want to see good schools go under because of a whimsical legislative change. But I also don’t want to see bad schools continue to dupe students and taxpayers.

This debate is sure to heat up as we draw closer to the deadline. In 2022, there will certainly be significant developments as the Department of Education rewrites the rules for federal student aid.

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Top East Coast Colleges for Campus-Based Degrees

Awesome 8: Top East Coast Colleges for Campus-Based Degrees

Ready for the full college experience? Find the best fit for your on-campus preferences with the 8 Top East Coast Colleges for Campus-Based Degrees

The Top East Coast Colleges for Campus-Based Degrees will offer one or more of the following:

  • Military Credit Transfer: Military training, courses, and specialty schools can transfer to college credits.  This can result in saving veterans valuable time and money. Approximately 1,700 colleges and universities provide a military college credit transfer for military experience. To get started, request a copy of your military Joint Services Transcript.
  • CLEP: CLEP stands for the College-Level Examination Program. Students can earn three (or more, depending on the school) credits for each exam. There are over 30 introductory-level college subject exams: Composition and Literature, World Languages, History and Social Sciences, Science, Mathematics, and Business.
  • DSST: DSST stands for DANTES Subject Standardized Tests. This is an opportunity for students to test for credit. There are six categories of exams you can take with DSST. They include: Business, Humanities, Math, Physical Science, Social Sciences, and Technology.

Ranking the Top East Coast Colleges for Campus-Based Degrees

Top Public University: University of Florida

As one of the Top East Coast Colleges for Campus-Based Degrees, UF boasts a 60% graduation rate. UF is consistently ranked as one of the best public universities and ranks high on “Best of” lists including:

  • #1 Best Colleges in Florida (Niche)
  • #5 in Top Public Schools (US News)
  • #28 in National Universities (US News)
  • #10 in Best Colleges for Veterans (US News)
  • #29 in Most Innovative Schools (US News)
  • #12 in Biological / Agricultural Programs (US News)

UF is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and awards credit for the CLEP exams. The University of Florida also proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Best for Aviation: Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona

One of the Top East Coast Colleges for Campus-Based Degrees is a perfect choice for those in aviation. Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona offers both campus-based and hybrid degrees as well as a renowned Worldwide campus. Students at ERAU-Daytona Beach can earn certificates and enroll in associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs. Embry Riddle consistently ranks high on “Best of” lists including:

  • #10 in Regional Universities South (US News)
  • #4 in Best Colleges for Veterans (US News)
  • #35 in Best Value Schools (US News)
  • #5 in Most Innovative Schools (US News)
  • #5 in Aerospace /Aeronautical / Astronautical (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans (US News)
  • #29 in Best Online Colleges in America (Niche)

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and awards credit for both the CLEP and DSST exams. Embry Riddle also proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Best for Maritime: Massachusetts Maritime Academy

Massachusetts Maritime Academy is a century-old, co-ed maritime college with a spectacular 75% graduation rate. MMA offers students a unique regimented lifestyle with a typical four-year college environment. As a member of the cadet corps, students will live, study, sail, work, and play in a unique atmosphere.

As one of the Top East Coast Colleges for Campus-Based Degrees, Massachusetts Maritime Academy consistently ranks high on “Best of” lists including:

  • #5 in Regional Colleges North (US News)
  • #4 in Top Public Schools (US News)
  • #35 Best Value Colleges in America (Niche)
  • #4 in Top Public Universities in Massachusetts (Niche)

Massachusetts Maritime Academy is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and awards credit for the CLEP exam. MMA proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Top Ranked for Veterans: University of Virginia

One of the Top East Coast Colleges for Campus-Based Degrees, the University of Virginia has an astounding 85% graduation rate. It consistently ranks high in national “Best of” lists including:

  • #10 in Best Colleges for Veterans (US News)
  • #10 in Online Graduate Programs (US News)
  • #3 Top Public Universities in America (Niche)
  • #26 in National Universities (US News)
  • #32 in Best Value Schools (US News)
  • #4 in Top Public Schools (US News)
  • #7 in Business Schools (US News)

The University of Virginia is a GI Bill approved school and participates in the Yellow Ribbon program. The University of Virginia proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Best Overall: Pennsylvania State University

Pennsylvania State University is a four-year, public institution with multiple campuses spread out through the state of Pennsylvania. The university is also known for its World Campus where students can earn their Penn State degree online, from anywhere in the world! Penn State programs include more than 275 undergraduate majors and more than 300 graduate and professional programs.

As one of the Top East Coast Colleges for Campus-Based Degrees, Penn State consistently ranks high in national “Best of” lists including:

  • #3 in Best Online Master’s in Industrial Engineering Programs(US News)
  • #4 in Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs (US News)
  • #7 in Best Online Master’s in Education Programs (US News)
  • #5 in Best Online Master’s in Educational Administration Programs (US News)
  • #7 in Best Online MBA Programs (US News)
  • #8 in Best Online Master’s in Computer Information Technology Programs (US News)
  • #10 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)

Penn State is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and awards credit for the DSST exam. Penn State proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Hidden Gem: Fayetteville State University

Fayetteville State University is a top ranked HBCU that is part of the University of North Carolina System. As one of the Top East Coast Colleges for Campus-Based Degrees, FSU has a 30% graduation rate and ranks on a variety of “Best of” lists including:

  • #18 Most Liberal Colleges in America (Niche)
  • #18 in Top Performers on Social Mobility (US News)
  • #38 in Top Public Schools (US News)
  • #24 in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (US News)

FSU is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and awards credit for both the CLEP and DSST exams. Fayetteville State University also proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Best Urban Experience: George Washington University        

As one of the Top East Coast Colleges for Campus-Based Degrees, GWU offers a fantastic college experience in a vibrant city setting. George Washington University consistently ranks high in national “Best of” lists including:

  • #2 Best Colleges in DC (Niche)
  • #8 Best College Locations in America (Niche)
  • #11 Best Colleges for International Relations in America (Niche)
  • #25 Best Colleges for Public Health in America (Niche)
  • #33 in Best Colleges for Veterans (US News)
  • #7 in International Business (US News)
  • #18 in Co-ops/Internships (US News)

GWU is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and awards credit for both the CLEP and DSST exams.

Best Historically Black College and University: Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

One of the Top East Coast Colleges for Campus-Based Degrees is also one of the Best HBCUs. Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (Florida A&M or FAMU) offers a variety of campus-based and online degrees including undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and professional programs.

FAMU is a well-known HBCU and receives many accolades including:

  • #20 in Top Performers on Social Mobility (US News)
  • #20 in Best Colleges for Criminal Justice in America (Niche)
  • #3 in Best HBCU Schools in America (Niche)

Florida A & M is a GI Bill approved school, and awards credit for both the CLEP and DSST exams. FAMU also proudly offers college credit for military experience.

 

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Top 10 Yellow Ribbon MBA Programs

The Top Yellow Ribbon MBA Schools

To obtain a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) demonstrates professional mastery in the business arena. Many veterans find that transitioning into the business world to be a natural step after the completion of their service to the country.

CollegeRecon has created a list of the top 10 MBA programs for veterans.

RELATED: How to Determine if Business School is Right for You

Choosing the Top 10

There are thousands of colleges in the United States, and sifting through them all is a huge undertaking. The Wall Street Journal 2022 College Ranking List formed the foundation of our analysis. Based on their results, we present to you the best schools that participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Wall Street Journal’s Methodology

The Wall Street Journal’s College Ranking focuses on student success and learning achievement. The WSJ looks for key indicators that illuminate issues related to student engagement, interaction with teachers, and overall satisfaction with their education.

The Wall Street Journal’s methodology encompasses four important areas of analysis:

  1. Resources – “Does the college have the capacity to effectively deliver teaching?”
  2. Engagement – “Does the college effectively engage with students?”
  3. Outcomes – “Does the college generate good and appropriate outputs?”
  4. Environment – Is the college providing a good learning environment for all students?”

The results of their survey helped determine which schools were better than others relating to these key areas. For more information, read the full Wall Street Journal College Rankings 2022 methodology.

RELATED: Vet Success on Campus

CollegeRecon’s Top 10 Yellow Ribbon MBA Schools

After sorting the schools by program, we eliminated the ones that did not participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. So, the schools that follow are the top schools, in order of the WSJ ranking, that do participate in this VA program.

#10: Rice University

The Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program at the maximum possible level. To that end, once your Chapter 33 annual cap has been exceeded, Rice Business school covers half the remaining costs with a Yellow Ribbon Scholarship.

This could mean that eligible veterans may have their FULL tuition covered by the Jones School of Business.

Additionally, the university hosts the Rice Business Veterans Association which provides assistance to transitioning veterans and their families.

#9: Washington University in Saint Louis

Each year, Washington University offers 150 graduate business students the max allowable contributions through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Participation is first-come, first-served. So if you intend on using Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, you must let the school know as early as possible.

Washington University also hosts a Student Veteran Association (SVA) chapter that offers support and assistance for military-connected students. 

Specifically for MBA students, the Olin Veterans Association (OVA) assists the Olin Business School veteran students transition into the business world

#8: Columbia University

Columbia University’s graduate school of Business allows an unlimited number of students to participate in its Yellow Ribbon Program. The maximum contribution amount the school will pay per student is $20,000.

Furthermore, to receive veterans benefits at Columbia, students must submit a Veterans Request for Certification for each term they’d like to receive benefits. This is not an automatic process at Columbia.

The Columbia Business School hosts the Military in Business Association (MiBA) veteran student group. This community offers support to Columbia’s veteran population by providing advocacy and skills development through their network of professionals.

#7: University of Pennsylvania

Penn’s prestigious Wharton School of Business allows for unlimited Yellow Ribbon Program availability for veterans in their MBA program. Additionally, Wharton students can receive up to $20,000 provided by Penn to match their VA contributions.

The VA provided Certificate of Eligibility must be submitted to the School Certifying Official, which is located in the Registrar’s office.

The Wharton Business School is also home to the Veterans Club, which offers community and support to its veteran student population. This is an important aspect of life at Wharton, where only about 5% of the students are veterans.

#6: Cornell University

All degree granting schools at Cornell University voluntarily participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. For graduate students, there is a limit to the number of participants each year.

Veteran students must qualify for a 100% entitlement as demonstrated with their VA Certificate of Eligibility. To notify the school of your Yellow Ribbon eligibility, complete Cornell’s Yellow Ribbon program application.

Cornell University maintains a robust Military Community offering programs and services to military and veteran students.

#5: Northwestern University

Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management allows for unlimited participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program. It also has a maximum contribution of $18,000.

In addition to accepting every VA educational benefit, Northwestern also accepts the Illinois Veteran Grant and Tuition Assistance.

Moreover, the school hosts the Northwestern University Veterans Association, NUVA, which provides resources and support to its veteran students. Those resources include:

Check out Northwestern’s impressive page for Student Veterans’ Resources.

#4: Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins’ Carey Business School maintains the annual tuition cap of $10,000 for 25 eligible veteran students. The VA will match that $10,000 and apply it towards tuition.

Johns Hopkins eagerly directs their students with information about Scholarships for MBA Students to ensure their successful completion of their MBA program.

The Carey Student Veteran Network is a support group led by students to provide networking support to military and veteran students. The CSVN partners with local organizations like FourBlock, 6th Branch, the Mission Continues, and Team River Runner, to help veteran students transition into academic and professional success.

#3: Brown University

Brown’s annual Yellow Ribbon Program contribution to graduate veteran students is $7,500. This support also extends to spouses and dependents who are using the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

The Brown University Student Veterans Society (BUSVS) has helped foster a supportive veteran community since 2009. The BUSVS plays an integral part of raising awareness for issues faced by veterans in their student community.

Brown University is also home to PAVE, the Peer Advisors for Veteran Education group. This is a peer support program that connects new military-connected students with student veterans already on campus. This approach plugs veteran students into the pipeline of resources and support during their academic journey.

#2: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT’s Sloan School of Management allows 30 students into their Yellow Ribbon Program. Sloan also offers up to $20,000 per student annually in their partnership with the VA.

The MIT Sloan Veterans Club helps veteran business students transition to academic life by offering support and counseling. It also offers access to exclusive networking and job opportunities.

#1: Harvard University

The Harvard Business School grants unlimited Yellow Ribbon access to veteran students in their MBA programs. The maximum contribution, which will also be matched by the VA, is $20,000 per year.

Harvard’s Armed Forces Alumni Association assists student veterans with professional development and job search resources. The club also helps raise awareness for the military-connected students on Harvard’s Business School campus.

From Battlefields to Business

Our nation’s veterans endure tremendous stress during their military service. It is not surprising that many veterans transition into the Business arena, for they have the grit and leadership skills necessary to succeed.

Earning an MBA, especially through any of these superb institutes of higher learning, will distinguish you from others in the business world. The VA’s Yellow Ribbon Program will assist with your education goals.

Get started on the path of your choosing today!

 

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10 Top Law Schools with Yellow Ribbon Programs

The Top Yellow Ribbon Law Schools

Not all colleges and universities are created equal. While attending college is a dream for most people, choosing where to apply can be a tough challenge.

For this reason, CollegeRecon compiled a list of the top ten law schools that participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) initiative that can extend the duration of GI Bill benefits.

RELATED: Veteran’s Guide for Going to Law School

Choosing the Top 10

There are thousands of colleges in the United States, and sifting through them all is a huge undertaking. The Wall Street Journal 2022 College Ranking List formed the foundation of our analysis. Based on their results, we present to you the best schools that participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Wall Street Journal’s Methodology

The Wall Street Journal’s College Ranking focuses on student success and learning achievement. The WSJ looks for key indicators that illuminate issues related to student engagement, interaction with teachers, and overall satisfaction with their education.

The methodology emcompasses four important areas of analysis:

  1. Resources – “Does the college have the capacity to effectively deliver teaching?”
  2. Engagement – “Does the college effectively engage with students?”
  3. Outcomes – “Does the college generate good and appropriate outputs?”
  4. Environment – Is the college providing a good learning environment for all students?”

The results of their survey helped determine which schools were better than others relating to these key areas. For more information, read the full Wall Street Journal College Rankings 2022 methodology.

RELATED: Vet Success on Campus

CollegeRecon’s Top 10 Yellow Ribbon Law Schools

After sorting the schools by program, we eliminated the ones that did not participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. So, the schools that follow are the top schools, in order of the WSJ ranking, that do participate in this VA program.

#10: Michigan State University

The Student Veterans Resource Center at MSU promotes educational and career advancement of military students. MSU ensures that veterans have the resources they need to get a quality education. These include:

  1. Financial Aid application support
  2. Transition services
  3. Career development
  4. Employment and Internship opportunities
  5. VA benefit and health assistance
  6. Space for meetings, studying, and socializing

Additionally, the MSU Disabled Veterans Assistance Program allows for “new and returning veterans with a military related disability who are Michigan residents working on their first baccalaureate degree” to qualify for a full-cost financial aid package without loans.

#9: University of California – Santa Barbara

The UCSB Veteran Resource Center exists to support Veterans in their transition and academically. They will help you apply for education benefits with the VA, find housing for you and your family, and offer general counseling during your academic career.

There is also an active Student Veterans of America (SVA) chapter at UCSB. This great Veteran community is an invaluable resource on the path to your degree.

#8: Tulane University

The Student Veterans Services (SVS) office provides veteran students with assistance while attending school. Tulane’s SVS department also acts as a liaison between the student and the regional VA office.

In 2019 Tulane University implemented a requirement that all student veterans using VA education benefits must complete a mandatory Veterans Enrollment Form. A new form is required each semester, and it appears to be in addition to, not a replacement of, other reporting required by the VA.

#7: University of Richmond

This school offers a maximum of $5,000 to each of 25 student veterans for the school year. This is the amount that will be matched by the VA. The funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

For consideration, you must

  • Be accepted into a degree program, AND
  • Submit a Certificate of Eligibility from the VA to the School Certifying Official (SCO)

There doesn’t appear to be a specific office for assisting student veterans. The Yellow Ribbon Program contact is from the Registrar’s Office.

#6: University of Wisconsin – Madison

The University Veteran Services (UVS) encourages their student veterans to apply for both the Post-9/11 GI Bill and the Wisconsin GI Bill

Additionally, UW-Madison has their own Benefit Eligibility Survey that they recommend student veterans take. This survey gathers information and offers specific guidance to the student regarding federal and state benefits that may apply.

You will also need a Certificate of Eligibility to secure a spot in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Space is limited, but it will cover fees for non-resident students eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

#5: University of Miami

The office of Veteran Student Services helps veteran students transition from the service to campus life. The university offers services such as:

  • The UM Counseling Center – offers specific programs  to the veteran student population
  • The Toppel Career Center – offers specific veteran student programs and career advising
  • Academic Resource Center – offers tutoring services
  • Student Health Service – assists with medical and insurance needs

The UM Law School offers a maximum of 15 Yellow Ribbon grants per year. These grants apply to Fall and Spring semesters only.

#4: Boston University

Boston University Veterans Services acts as an intermediary between the university and the VA. Once you are certified, your eligibility will automatically be certified each semester, which is a great benefit.

Boston University accepts 52 Yellow Ribbon Program participants each year, totalling $7,000 each ($3,500 from BU plus $3,500 from the VA). Once all the slots are filled, BU opens a waitlist that is populated chronologically based on when the applications are submitted.

Please note, being placed on the waitlist does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

#3: University of California – Berkeley

UC Berkeley’s Veteran Benefits office is located in the Office of the Registrar. In addition to providing assistance to veteran students and their families, they assist eligible students apply for the California Department of Veterans Affairs College Fee Waiver (Cal Vet) program.

To be eligible as a graduate student, i.e. law school, you must meet basic requirements (undergrad degree and minimum 3.0 GPA). However, there are limited spots in the program, and there are tons of applicants. There are also departmental requirements that must be satisfied.

Check out the Cal Veteran Services Center for graduate students to view their recommendations and requirements.

#2: Northwestern University

Northwestern’s Pritzker School of Law allows for unlimited participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program. It also has a maximum contribution of $99,999, which is one big reason why Northwestern is at the top of our list.

In addition to accepting every VA educational benefit, Northwestern also accepts the Illinois Veteran Grant and Tuition Assistance.

Moreover, the school hosts the Northwestern University Veterans Association, NUVA, which provides resources and support to its veteran students. Those resources include:

Check out Northwestern’s impressive page for Student Veterans’ Resources.

#1: Harvard University

The Harvard Law School is one of the nation’s most prestigious schools, and it proudly participates in the VA’s Yellow Ribbon Program. This allows Harvard to offer additional funding to veterans for tuition and fees that exceed those covered by the GI Bill.

Harvard University has pledged to contribute the maximum amount matched by the Department of Veterans Affairs for all eligible veterans. For more information, check out Harvard’s VA and Military Benefits page.

Law School Within Reach

If you’ve dreamed of becoming a lawyer and legal professional, the schools listed above are the best ones that participate in the VA’s Yellow Ribbon Program. 

Furthermore, many of these schools offer benefits outside of the VA that can ensure you earn your coveted Juris Doctor or LLM. You can get there by using every benefit available to you!

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Top Colleges for Veterans: Aeronautics & Aviation Degrees

Looking for a post-military career in aeronautics and aviation? Earn a great degree at a top ranked military friendly college with the Top Colleges for Aeronautics and Aviation Degrees.

Aeronautics and Aviation Degrees

Professionals in aeronautics and aviation are always in high demand. This is one of the few career paths that has consistent job stability along with great pay and excellent benefits. This career path comes in a wide variety of jobs with opportunities in all 50 states and across the globe!

With all branches of the military having aviation components, many veterans will already have a great deal of experience and knowledge. For those on the aviation side of the armed services, a transition into a second career in aeronautics is an excellent fit. For those less familiar with these fields, an introduction into aviation and aeronautics is an excellent choice.

By definition aviation is the making and flying of aircraft while aeronautics studies the design, mathematics, construction, and other mechanics of aircraft (including all flight capable machines capable of operating in the Earth’s atmosphere). Many times, the terms are used interchangeably.

Popular Jobs in Aeronautics and Aviation

Aircraft Mechanic

Technician responsible for aircraft repairs, preventative, and routine maintenance. Average Annual Salary: $50,000

Avionics Technician

Responsible for repairs, preventative and routine maintenance of aircraft electronics. Average Annual Salary: $50,000

Aircraft Cargo Handling Supervisor

Supervises the ground crew in the loading, unloading, and staging of aircraft cargo. Average Annual Salary: $58,000

Airfield Operations Specialist

Ensures the safe takeoff and landing of commercial and military aircraft. Average Annual Salary: $58,000

Air Traffic Controller

Control air traffic on and within vicinity of airport and between control centers. Average Annual Salary: $ 120,000

Flight Engineer

Navigates the flight of aircraft for the transport of passengers and/or cargo. Average Annual Salary: $175,000

Distinguishing the Top Colleges for Aeronautics & Aviation Degrees

The Top Colleges for Aeronautics and Aviation Degrees will offer one (and preferably more than one) of the following opportunities for military members and veterans to earn credit for knowledge, experience, and skills:

Military Credit Transfer: Military training, courses, and specialty schools can transfer to college credits. This can result in saving veterans valuable time and money. Approximately 1,700 colleges and universities provide a military college credit transfer for military experience. To get started, request a copy of your military Joint Services Transcript.

CLEP: CLEP stands for the College-Level Examination Program. Students can earn three (or more, depending on the school) credits for each exam. There are over 30 introductory-level college subject exams:

  • Composition and Literature
  • World Languages
  • History and Social Sciences
  • Science and Mathematics
  • Business

DSST: DSST stands for DANTES Subject Standardized Tests. This is an opportunity for students to test for credit. There are six categories of exams you can take with DSST. They are in:

  • Business
  • Humanities
  • Math
  • Physical Science
  • Social Sciences
  • Technology

Determining the Top Colleges for Aeronautics and Aviation Degrees

The following features are common practices among the Top Colleges for Aeronautics and Aviation Degrees

  • Accreditation: The Top Colleges for Aeronautics and Aviation Degrees will be regionally accredited or in some cases, depending on a student’s long term goals, nationally accredited.
  • GI Bill Acceptance: The Top Colleges for Aeronautics and Aviation Degrees will accept the GI Bill and follow the Principles of Excellence. This program requires schools that get federal funding (through programs such as the GI Bill) to follow certain guidelines, such as not participating in deceptive practices or aggressive recruiting. Even if a student is not utilizing their GI Bill, having these higher standards is beneficial, regardless.
  • Additional Tuition Assistance: The Colleges for Aeronautics and Aviation Degrees will take part in additional tuition assistance such as the Yellow Ribbon Program (which can help pay for school costs not covered by the GI Bill) and private scholarships specifically earmarked for military and veterans.
  • Graduation Rates: The Top Colleges for Aeronautics and Aviation Degrees will be transparent in their graduation rates. Typical graduation rates are around 50%. Even 30% is considered acceptable but lower than that should raise doubts.
  • Job Placement: The Top Colleges for Aeronautics and Aviation Degrees will have an excellent network to help students succeed in their chosen career after earning their degree. Effective job placement can be found in programs such as internships, apprenticeships, strong alumni connections, veteran/student help centers, etc.

Top Colleges for Aeronautics and Aviation Degrees

CollegeRecon partner schools may be included in the list as well for promotional consideration.

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

East, West, and Online

With campuses in Florida and Arizona as well as a comprehensive Worldwide (online) campus, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is a leading hub for aerospace and aviation training. Embry-Riddle is a fantastic choice for a wide range of students including those seeking to earn certificates and enroll in associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. As a Top College for Aeronautics and Aviation Degrees, Embry Riddle consistently ranks high in “Best of” lists including:

  • #10 in Regional Universities South (Daytona-US News)
  • #4 in Best Colleges for Veterans (Daytona-US News)
  • #35 in Best Value Schools (Daytona-US News)
  • #2 in Regional Colleges West (Prescott-US News)
  • #1 in Best Colleges for Veterans (Prescott-US News)
  • #13 in Best Value Schools (Prescott-US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (Worldwide-US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans (Worldwide-US News)
  • #7 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs (Worldwide-US News)

Embry Riddle is a GI Bill approved school and participates in the Yellow Ribbon program. Embry-Riddle offers credit for the CLEP and DSST exams. Embry-Riddle also proudly offers credit for military experience.

Purdue University

Best Midwest College

With over one dozen aviation and aeronautical fields of study and over 130 graduate options for its students, Purdue University is a stellar option for students seeking a degree in the Midwest. Purdue also offers a Global (online) option with almost 200 fields of study. As a Top College for Aeronautics and Aviation Degrees, Purdue consistently ranks high on “Best of” lists including:

  • #4 Aerospace /Aeronautical / Astronautical Programs (US News)
  • #1 Biological / Agricultural Programs (US News)
  • #23 Best Colleges for Veterans (US News)
  • #8 Most Innovative Schools (US News)
  • #17 Top Public Schools (US News)
  • #10 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (US News)

Purdue is a GI Bill approved school and participates in the Yellow Ribbon program. Purdue also offers credit for the CLEP exam.

University of Alaska Anchorage

An Extraordinary Experience

As a Top College for Aeronautics and Aviation Degrees, the University of Alaska Anchorage is the state’s largest post-secondary institution. It is comprised of the Anchorage Campus located in the heart of Alaska’s largest city, as well as Kenai Peninsula College, Matanuska-Susitna College, Kodiak College and Prince William Sound College, all located in some of the most beautiful places in Alaska.

With over a dozen aviation fields of study, the University of Alaska Anchorage scores high on “Best of” lists including:

  • #34 Top Public Schools (US News)
  • #71 in Regional Universities West (US News)

University of Alaska Anchorage is a GI Bill approved school and offers credit for military experience.

Elizabeth City State University

Best Kept Secret

Education’s best kept secret in aviation is also an Historically Black College and University and the only four-year collegiate aviation education program in the State of North Carolina. Elizabeth City State University is also one of the few HBCUs in the nation that offer aviation education programs. As a Top College for Aeronautics and Aviation Degrees, ECSU consistently ranks high on “Best of” lists including:

  • #4 in Top Public Schools (US News)
  • #33 in Regional Colleges South (US News)
  • #10 in Top Performers on Social Mobility (US News)
  • #22 in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (US News)

Elizabeth City State University is a GI Bill approved school and participates in the Yellow Ribbon program. ECSU also offers credit for both the DSST and the CLEP exams.

 

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Vet Success on Campus

Vet Success on Campus

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has created the Vet Success on Campus (VSOC) program to help veterans, servicemembers, and their qualified dependents. VSOC aims to help their target populations successfully transition into college life. The ultimate goal is to have VSOC students successfully complete their education and enter into the labor market fully prepared for viable careers.

The VSOC program is designed to help all qualified participants, and especially veterans, achieve success by providing outreach and transition services.

What is the VSOC Program?

Vet Success On Campus is designed to help its students succeed during their time as college students through a variety of on-campus benefits assistance and counseling. The VSOC program provides a VA Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) to each school that offers the program. A VA Vet Center Outreach Coordinator is also provided to provide peer counseling and referral services. Recognizing that college life is vastly different from serving in the military, VSOC Counselors help to ensure that veterans receive the support and assistance needed to pursue their educational and employment goals.

VSOC Counselors are easily accessible on campuses with the aim to quickly resolve any problems that could potentially interfere with a student’s educational success. From health concerns, to educational hurdles, to disability accommodations, VSOC aims to assist and empower their students in every way possible. The VSOC program began as a pilot program in 2009 at the University of South Florida. Since then, the program has expanded and currently supports 104 schools across the country. These schools are served by 87 VSOC Counselors. Please see below for a list of current VSOC locations and contact information.

List of Vet Success on Campus Counselors

ALABAMA

Troy University – Arika Dolman, Arika.Dolman@va.gov
University of Alabama – Lisa Fells, Lisa.Fells@va.gov

ALASKA

University of Alaska, Anchorage – Gwendolyn Hoskins, Gwendolyn.Hoskins@va.gov

ARIZONA

Arizona State University- Troy Rundle, Troy.Rundle@va.gov

ARKANSAS

University of Arkansas – open
Northwest Arkansas Community College – open

CALIFORNIA

California State University, Long Beach- Lois Daz, Lois.Daz@va.gov
Long Beach City College- Lois Daz, Lois.Daz@va.gov
Mt. San Antonio College- Maura Kazden, Maura.Kazden@va.gov
Citrus College- Maura Kazden, Maura.Kazden@va.gov
Saddleback College- Kelandra Anthony Kelandra.Anthony@va.gov
Irvine Valley College- Kelandra Anthony, Kelandra.Anthony@va.gov
Pasadena City College- David Fierro, David.Fierro@va.gov
Los Angeles City College- David Fierro, David.Fierro@va.gov
California State University, Los Angeles- David Fierro, David.Fierro@va.gov
University of California, Los Angeles- Deana Garay, Deana.Garay@va.gov
Santa Monica Community College- Deana Garay, Deana.Garay@va.gov
American River College- open
San Diego State University- Ryan Morris, Ryan.Morris377@va.gov
Mira Costa College- Alizabeth Dang, Alizabeth.Dang@va.gov

COLORADO

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs- Julie Zook,   Julie.Zook@va.gov 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

George Washington University- Glenn Cassis, Glenn.Cassis@va.gov

FLORIDA

Northwest Florida State College- Maronda Clark, Maronda.Clark@va.gov
University of West Florida- Becky Baisden, Rebecca.Baisden@va.gov
University of South Florida- Jeanine Frederick, Jeanine.Frederick@va.gov
Florida State University- Jenn Stovall, Jennifer.Stovall@va.gov
Tallahassee Community College- Jenn Stovall, Jennifer.Stovall@va.gov
Florida International University- Marquay Smith, Marquay.Smith@va.gov
University of Florida- Patricia Carswell, Patricia.Carswell@va.gov
Santa Fe College- Patricia Carswell, Patricia.Carswell@va.gov
Florida State College at Jacksonville- Brittany Beimourtrusting, Brittany.Beimourtrusting@va.gov

GEORGIA

Kennesaw State University- Margo Thompson, Margo.Thompson@va.gov

HAWAII

Hawaii Pacific University- Gwen Dang, Gwen.Dang@va.gov
Leeward Community College- Selina Higa, Selina.Higa@va.gov
University of Hawaii, Manoa- Selina Higa ,Selina.Higa@va.gov

IDAHO

Boise State University- Sean Burlile, Sean.Burlile@va.gov

ILLINOIS

Southwestern Illinois College- open
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign- Delmar Rhodes, Delmar.Rhodes1@va.gov

KANSAS

Johnson County Community College- Jonathan Grant,  Jonathan.Grant@va.gov
University of Kansas- Angela Brazil, Angela.Brazil@va.gov

KENTUCKY

Eastern Kentucky University- Steven Johnson, Steven.C.Johnson@va.gov
Elizabethtown Community & Technical College- Shannon Francis,   Shannon.Francis@va.gov
University of Kentucky- Joel Andrade, Joel.Andrade@va.gov
Bluegrass Community & Technical College- Joel Andrade, Joel.Andrade@va.gov

MARYLAND

University of Maryland, Global Campus- Diane Wilson, Diane.Wilson2@va.gov

MICHIGAN

Kalamazoo Valley Community College- Brent Haddow, Brent.Haddow@va.gov
Kellogg Community College- Brent Haddow, Brent.Haddow@va.gov
Western Michigan University- Brent Haddow, Brent.Haddow@va.gov
Eastern Michigan University- Jonathan Cugini, Jonathan.Cugini@va.gov
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor- Jonathan Cugini, Jonathan.Cugini@va.gov
Washtenaw Community College- Jonathan Cugini, Jonathan.Cugini@va.gov

MISSISSIPPI

University of Southern Mississippi- Steven Welch,  Steven.Welch@va.gov

MISSOURI

Webster University, St. Louis- Jason Blakemore, Jason.Blakemore@va.gov

NEBRASKA

Bellevue University- Melvin Neail, Melvin.Neail@va.gov
University of Nebraska, Omaha- Melvin Neail, Melvin.Neail@va.gov

NEVADA

University of Nevada, Las Vegas- Justin Whipple, Justin.Whipple@va.gov

NEW JERSEY

Rutgers University- Valerie Williams, Valerie.Williams1@va.gov
Middlesex County College- Valerie Williams, Valerie.Williams1@va.gov

NEW MEXICO

University of New Mexico- Philip Maranon, Philip.Maranon@va.gov

NEW YORK

Syracuse University- Philip Maranon, Philip.Maranon@va.gov
Nassau Community College- Leslie Monsen, Leslie.Monsen@va.gov
Suffolk County Community College- Leslie Monsen, Leslie.Monsen@va.gov

NORTH CAROLINA

East Carolina University- Jaqueline Henry, Jaqueline.Henry@va.gov
Fayetteville Technical Community College- April C. Riley,   April.Riley@va.gov

OHIO

Cleveland State University-George Ackerman, George.Ackerman@va.gov
The Ohio State University- Edward Mathews, Edward.Mathews2@va.gov
University of Cincinnati- Jill Cochran, Jill.Cochran@va.gov

OKLAHOMA

Cameron University- Alfred Finch,  Alfred.Finch@va.gov

OREGON

Portland State University- Alexandra Birmingham, Alexandra.Birmingham@va.gov

PENNSYLVANIA

Harrisburg Area Community College- Gail Hrobuchak, Gail.Hrobuchak@va.gov

RHODE ISLAND

Community College of Rhode Island- Micaela Black-Estrella, Micaela.Black@va.gov
Rhode Island College- Micaela Black-Estrella, Micaela.Black@va.gov

SOUTH CAROLINA

Midlands Technical College- Catina Booker, Catina.Booker@va.gov

TENNESSEE

Middle Tennessee State University- Heather Conrad, Heather.Conrad@va.gov
Austin Peay State University, Clarksville- Christina Hicks, Christina.Hicks2@va.gov

TEXAS

University of Texas, San Antonio- Wendy Foster, Wendy.Foster@va.gov
Sam Houston State University- Roberta Ardoin, Roberta.Ardoin@va.gov
San Antonio College- Sylvia Rodriguez, Sylvia.Rodriguez1@va.gov
Lone Star College System, University Park- open
Houston Community College- Chandra Arceneaux, Chandra.Arceneaux@va.gov 
University of Houston- Ralph Harrison, Ralph.Harrison@va.gov
Texas A&M University, Central Texas- Greg Primas, Gregory.Primas@va.gov
Tarrant County College, South- Ronald Christy, Ronald.Christy@va.gov
Tarrant County College, Northeast- Denise Edwards, Denise.Edwards@va.gov
Central Texas College- James Morgan, James.Morgan3@va.gov
Texas A&M University, College Station- Jimmy Rogers, Jim.Rogers2@va.gov
Austin Community College- Brad Robichaux, Brad.Robichaux@va.gov
University of Texas, Arlington- Tyrrell Biggers, Tyrrell.Biggers@va.gov

UTAH

Salt Lake Community College- Mike Foster, Michael.Foster@va.gov
University of Utah- Jason Carter, Jason.Carter2@va.gov
Weber State University- Drew Bickel, Drew.Bickel@va.gov

VIRGINIA

George Mason University- Valerie Smith Valerie.Smith11@va.gov
Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria- Johnathan.Keefe, Johnathan.Keefe@va.gov
Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale- Johnathan.Keefe, Johnathan.Keefe@va.gov
Norfolk State University- Robbyn.Spencer-Bennett, Robbyn.Spencer-Bennett@va.gov
Tidewater Community College, Norfolk- Robbyn.Spencer-Bennett, Robbyn.Spencer-Bennett@va.gov
Tidewater Community College, Chesapeake- Latwice Foster, Latwice.Foster@va.gov
Tidewater Community College, Portsmouth- Latwice Foster, Latwice.Foster@va.gov
Tidewater Community College, Virginia Beach- open
Old Dominion University – Jerry Roth, Jerry.Roth@va.gov
ECPI University – open
Liberty University – Lora Nichols, Lora.Nichols@va.gov
St. Leo University, South Hampton – open

WISCONSIN

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee – Patrick Grube,  Patrick.Grube@va.gov

 

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Best Online Colleges for Military Credit Transfer

Online Colleges that Provide Credits for Military Experience

Save money and time by receiving college credit for your military experience. All while earning a great degree at one of the Best Online Colleges for Military Credit Transfer.

Distinguishing the Best Online Colleges for Military Credit Transfer

Military training, courses, and specialty schools can transfer to college credits.  This can result in saving active duty service members and veterans valuable time and money. Approximately 1,700 veteran friendly colleges and universities provide a military college credit transfer for military experience.

The American Council on Education (ACE) works with the Department of Defense (DoD) to evaluate military experience, courses, and training. The goal is to best match military experience and knowledge to equitable college courses and credit.  An ACE recommendation certifies that a particular military experience, course, or training has provided the necessary information and knowledge that would have been acquired in a particular college course.

To get started, request a copy of your military Joint Services Transcript. For the Air Force, you will need to obtain your CCAF Transcript instead of the JST.

Determining the Best Online Colleges for Military Credit Transfer

Online colleges that offer military credit transfer provide an excellent opportunity for active duty service members and veterans. Other features that are common practices among the Best Online Colleges for Military Credit Transfer include: accreditation, GI Bill acceptance, additional tuition assistance specifically earmarked for active duty and veterans, graduation rates of at least 30%, and Effective job placement.

Best Online Colleges for Military Credit Transfer

A Leader in Online Education: University of Central Florida

Offering online degrees since 1997, the University of Central Florida has been a leader in online education for a quarter-century. As one of the Best Online Colleges for Military Credit Transfer, UCF consistently ranks high on “Best of” lists including:

  • #12 in Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Programs (US News)
  • #14 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #6 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)
  • #8 in Best Online Master’s in Nursing Education Programs (US News)
  • Best Hispanic-Serving Institutions in America (Niche)

The University of Central Florida is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and awards credit for both the CLEP and the DSST exams. UCF proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Best Online Undergraduate Options: University of Cincinnati

As one of the Best Online Colleges for Military Credit Transfer, University of Cincinnati Online offers an abundance of online options including over 60 Associate degrees and undergraduate certificates. The University of Cincinnati consistently receives top national accolades including:

  • #11 in Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Programs (US News)
  • #12 in Best Online Master’s in Computer Information Technology Programs (US News)
  • #14 in Best Online Master’s in Nursing Programs (US News)
  • #21 in Best Online Master’s in Business Programs (US News)
  • #11 Best Colleges in Information Technology in America (Niche)

The University of Cincinnati Online is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and awards credit for the CLEP exam. The University of Cincinnati also proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Best Online Graduate Programs: Pennsylvania State University World Campus

Pennsylvania State University World Campus offers over 120 Master’s degrees and graduate certificates. Penn State World allows students to earn their degree from anywhere in the world with 100% online programs. As one of the Best Online Colleges for Military Credit Transfer, Penn State World consistently ranks high in national “Best of” lists including:

  • #3 in Best Online Master’s in Industrial Engineering Programs (US News)
  • #4 in Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs (US News)
  • #7 in Best Online Master’s in Education Programs (US News)
  • #5 in Best Online Master’s in Educational Administration Programs (US News)
  • #7 in Best Online MBA Programs (US News)
  • #8 in Best Online Master’s in Computer Information Technology Programs (US News)
  • #10 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)

Penn State World Campus is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and awards credit for the DSST exam. Penn State World Campus proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Top Ranked: Arizona State University

One of the best campus-based schools is also one of the Best Online Colleges for Military Credit Transfer. ASU has a 60% graduation rate, offers over 80 online bachelor’s degree programs and nearly as many master’s programs. ASU offers the same excellent curriculum and instruction on campus and online. ASU consistently receives top national accolades including:

  • America’s Best Value College (Forbes)
  • #3 in Best Online Master’s in Business Programs (US News)
  • #6 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs (US News)
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)
  • #7 in Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Programs (US News)
  • #10 in Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Master’s in Educational Administration Programs (US News)

ASU is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and awards credit for both the DSST and the CLEP exams. ASU also proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Best Kept Secret: Oregon State University

Oregon State University offers over 85 online programs. As one of the Best Online Colleges for Military Credit Transfer, Oregon State consistently receives top national accolades including:

  • #3 Best Online Colleges in America (Niche)
  • #4 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #3 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs(US News)
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)
  • #16 in Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs(US News)

Oregon State University is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and offers credit for the CLEP exam. Oregon State also proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Top Ranked for Veterans: University of Virginia

The University of Virginia has an astounding 85% graduation rate. It consistently ranks high in national “Best of” lists including:

  • #10 in Best Colleges for Veterans (US News)
  • #10 in Online Graduate Programs (US News)
  • #3 Top Public Universities in America (Niche)
  • #26 in National Universities (US News)
  • #32 in Best Value Schools (US News)
  • #4 in Top Public Schools (US News)
  • #7 in Business Schools (US News)

The University of Virginia is a GI Bill approved school and participates in the Yellow Ribbon program. The University of Virginia proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Best Online Variety: Kansas State University Online

Kansas State University Online offers a wide variety of online options including graduate and undergraduate certificates, associate degrees, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorates. Kansas State University boasts a fantastic 60% graduation rate. K-State earns a wide variety of accolades including:

  • #7 Best Colleges for Agricultural Sciences in America (Niche)
  • #83 in Top Public Schools (US News)
  • #1 Best Tuition Value in Kansas

Kansas State University is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and awards credit for both the DSST and the CLEP exams. K-State also proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Best Online HBCU: Hampton University

One of the Best Online Colleges for Military Credit Transfer is also one of the Best HBCUs. Hampton University offers a variety of online degrees including associates, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in online 8-week sessions.

Hampton University is a well known HBCU and receives many accolades including:

  • #5 in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (US News)
  • #52 in Top Performers on Social Mobility (US News)
  • #58 Most Liberal Colleges in America (Niche)

Hampton University is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and awards credit for both the DSST and the CLEP exams. Hampton University also proudly offers college credit for military experience.

 

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Best Colleges for Military Credit Transfer

Where Credit is Due: Best Colleges for Military Credit Transfer

Get credit for your military service and earn a great degree at one of the Best Colleges for Military Credit Transfer.

Distinguished Military Careers and the Best Colleges for Military Credit Transfer

Military training, courses, and specialty schools can transfer to college credits. Approximately 1,700 colleges and universities provide military college credit transfer for military experience. To get started, request a copy of your military Joint Services Transcript. For the Air Force, you will need to obtain your CCAF Transcript instead of the JST.

List of Best Colleges for Military Credit Transfer

A Leader in Education: University of Florida

As one of the Best Colleges for Military Credit Transfer, UF boasts a 60% graduation rate. UF is consistently ranked as one of the best public universities and ranks high on “Best of” lists including:

  • #1 Best Colleges in Florida (Niche)
  • #6 in Top Public Schools (US News)
  • #3 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs (US News)
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)
  • #30 in National Universities (US News)

UF is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and awards credit for the CLEP exams. The University of Florida also proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Top Ranked: Arizona State University

One of the Best Colleges for Military Credit Transfer, ASU has a great 60% graduation rate. ASU offers an abundance of campus-based degrees, over 80 online bachelor’s degree programs and nearly as many master’s programs. ASU offers the same excellent curriculum and instruction on campus and online. ASU consistently receives top national accolades including:

  • America’s Best Value College (Forbes)
  • #3 in Best Online Master’s in Business Programs (US News)
  • #6 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs (US News)
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)
  • #7 in Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Programs (US News)
  • #10 in Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Master’s in Educational Administration Programs (US News)

ASU is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and awards credit for both the DSST and the CLEP exams. ASU also proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Top Ranked for Veterans: University of Virginia

The University of Virginia has an astounding 85% graduation rate. It consistently ranks high in national “Best of” lists including:

  • #10 in Best Colleges for Veterans (US News)
  • #10 in Online Graduate Programs (US News)
  • #3 Top Public Universities in America (Niche)
  • #26 in National Universities (US News)
  • #32 in Best Value Schools (US News)
  • #4 in Top Public Schools (US News)
  • #7 in Business Schools (US News)

The University of Virginia is a GI Bill approved school and participates in the Yellow Ribbon program. The University of Virginia proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Best College for Full-Time Undergraduate Students: University of California Los Angeles

The University of California Los Angeles is part of the 10-campus University of California system. UCLA is unique in that it does not offer part-time enrollment or evening coursework for undergraduate degree programs. Students must enroll full time and attend daytime classes. The result is a high-quality degree earned from one of the country’s most prestigious universities in a minimal amount of time. UCLA has an amazing 70% graduation rate. UCLA consistently ranks high in national “Best of” lists including:

#20 in National Universities (US News)

#5 in Best Colleges for Veterans (US News)

#30 in Most Innovative Schools (US News)

#13 in Top Performers on Social Mobility (US News)

#1 in Top Public Schools (US News)

#19 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (US News)

Along with being a GI Bill approved school, UCLA participates in the Yellow Ribbon program and is approved for Tuition Assistance. UCLA proudly offers credit for military experience.

Best Historically Black College and University: Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

One of the Best Colleges for Military Credit Transfer is also one of the Best HBCUs. Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (Florida A&M or FAMU) offers a variety of campus-based and online degrees including undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and professional programs.

FAMU is a well-known HBCU and receives many accolades including:

  • #20 in Top Performers on Social Mobility (US News)
  • #20 in Best Colleges for Criminal Justice in America (Niche)
  • #3 in Best HBCU Schools in America (Niche)

Florida A & M is a GI Bill approved school, and awards credit for both the CLEP and DSST exams. FAMU also proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Best Kept Secret: Oregon State University

Oregon State University offers an abundance of programs including more than 200 undergraduate-degree programs and over 85 online programs. As one of the Best Colleges for Military Credit Transfer, Oregon State consistently receives top national accolades including:

  • #3 Best Online Colleges in America (Niche)
  • #4 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #3 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs(US News)
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)
  • #16 in Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs(US News)

Oregon State University is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and offers credit for the CLEP exam. Oregon State also proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Best Overall: Pennsylvania State University

Pennsylvania State University is a four-year, public institution with multiple campuses spread out through the state of Pennsylvania. The university is also known for its World Campus where students can earn their Penn State degree online, from anywhere in the world! Penn State World Campus offers over 120 Master’s degrees and graduate certificates. Its campus-based programs include more than 275 undergraduate majors and more than 300 graduate and professional programs.

As one of the Best Colleges for Military Credit Transfer, Penn State consistently ranks high in national “Best of” lists including:

  • #3 in Best Online Master’s in Industrial Engineering Programs(US News)
  • #4 in Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs (US News)
  • #7 in Best Online Master’s in Education Programs (US News)
  • #5 in Best Online Master’s in Educational Administration Programs (US News)
  • #7 in Best Online MBA Programs (US News)
  • #8 in Best Online Master’s in Computer Information Technology Programs (US News)
  • #10 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)

Penn State World Campus is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and awards credit for the DSST exam. Penn State World Campus proudly offers college credit for military experience.

 

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Top Veteran Friendly Schools: Michigan

Michigan Awards Top Veteran Friendly Schools

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) has awarded Veteran Friendly School status to 63 institutions of higher education for the 2021-2022 school year. This program recognizes postsecondary institutions that are committed to supporting the needs of military-connected students.

Veteran Friendly School Program

Since its inception in 2013, the Veteran Friendly School (VFS) program has increased in popularity. The program has had a steady increase in the number of schools dedicated to enrolling student veterans and ensuring that these students are supported throughout their entire educational journey. The Top Veteran Friendly Schools of Michigan help military-connected students transition from boots and a helmet to a cap and gown.

Award Levels for Veteran Friendly Colleges and Universities

The program awards Gold, Silver, and Bronze level status to institutions of higher education based on seven criteria. Gold-level certification requires six or more of the criteria, while Silver schools must complete four and Bronze schools, three. The criteria to become a Top Veteran Friendly School are:

  • Established process for identifying student veterans
  • Veteran-specific website
  • Active student-operated veterans club or association
  • Veteran-specific career services, resources, advising, and/or outcome monitoring
  • On-campus veteran’s coordinator and/or designated staff point of contact
  • System to evaluate and award credit based on military training and experience
  • Monitoring and evaluation system for student veteran academic retention, transfer, and graduation rates

RELATED: 17 Most Important Veteran Education Benefits

List of Michigan’s Top Veteran Friendly Schools

The list for the 2021-2022 school year includes 63 universities, colleges, and trade schools across the state of Michigan. Awardees range from a boat-building school to community colleges to Big Ten universities.

Gold

  • Alma College
  • Central Michigan University
  • Cleary University
  • Concordia University, Ann Arbor
  • Davenport University
  • Delta College
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Ferris State University
  • Global Information Technology
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Henry Ford College
  • Jackson College
  • Kalamazoo Valley Community College
  • Lake Superior State University
  • Lansing Community College
  • MIAT College of Technology
  • Macomb Community College
  • Michigan State University
  • Michigan Technological University
  • Mid-Michigan College
  • Montcalm Community College
  • Muskegon Community College
  • Northern Michigan University
  • Northwood University
  • Oakland Community College
  • Oakland University
  • Olivet College
  • Saginaw Valley State University
  • Schoolcraft College
  • University of Detroit Mercy
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Michigan-Dearborn
  • University of Michigan-Flint
  • Walsh College
  • Washtenaw Community College
  • Wayne State University
  • Western Michigan University

Silver

  • Aquinas College
  • Baker College
  • Bay de Noc Community College
  • Calvin University
  • Compass College of Cinematic Arts
  • Detroit School for Digital Technology
  • Finlandia University
  • Focus: HOPE
  • Glen Oaks Community College
  • Gogebic Community College
  • Grace Christian University
  • Grand Rapids Community College
  • Kettering University
  • Kirtland Community College
  • Lake Michigan College
  • Madonna University
  • Monroe County Community College
  • North Country Heavy Equipment School
  • Rochester University
  • Clair County Community College
  • Suburban CDL
  • West Shore Community College
  • Western Michigan University – Cooley Law School

Bronze

  • Great Lakes Boat Building School
  • North Central Michigan College
  • Southwestern Michigan College

 

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Wrapping it all up, Michigan has many schools that have received the veteran friendly designation. These schools represent a great opportunity to help veterans and their families obtain an affordable postsecondary education.

It’s also important to note that many of the same schools are Yellow Ribbon Schools as well. If you’re not familiar with the Yellow Ribbon Schools, these are schools that are participating in a federal government administer program that gives veterans an opportunity to receive additional funding at a participating school. The program has several requirements, but the benefits are well worth exploring further.

 

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FTC Puts For-Profit Schools on Notice

For-profit schools often target student veterans using deceptive marketing and administrative schemes.

These predatory schools are lured by the education benefits carried by most student veterans. To them, veterans using their GI Bill benefits are easy money.

FTC Issues Warning to For-Profit Colleges

In a Federal Trade Commission press release, the FTC announced that it is stepping up its efforts to “stop shady practices on campus.”

In doing so, the FTC will issue a Notice of Penalty Offenses to the largest 70 for-profit colleges. These notices are aimed at the false promises made by the colleges concerning job prospects and potential earnings their graduates have.

Violators of these penalty offenses will face severe financial penalties.

“For too long, unscrupulous for-profit schools have preyed on students with impunity, facing no penalties when they defraud their students and drive them into debt,” said FTC chair Lina M. Khan. “The FTC is resurrecting a dormant authority to deter wrongdoing and hold accountable bad actors who abuse students and taxpayers.”

 

Bad Actors Held Accountable

One example of these crackdowns is a man who was recently sentenced to 19 ½ years in prison for running a sham HVAC trade school in Texas.

As reported by MarketWatch in late September, Jonathan Dean Davis “opened” an HVAC school in 2013 and defrauded Veterans of $72 million in GI Bill benefits. He used the money to buy a mansion, a Lamborghini, and a Ferrari.

Another recent occurrence happened when the University of Phoenix agreed to pay $191 million for using deceptive ads that falsely portrayed its connections to companies like AT&T, Yahoo!, Microsoft, and Twitter. Students were led to believe that attending the UOP could land them jobs with these tech giants.

Then there’s DeVry University, who paid $100 million to settle charges that it misrepresented the employment and salary prospects for its graduates.

In 2020, College Recon reported that Maryland was the first state to protect veterans from for-profit colleges. Using legislation, the Maryland General Assembly removed “any incentive for an educational institution operating in Maryland to employ deceptive practices that defraud veterans.”

 

Help For Veteran Students

There are tools available to service members, Veterans, and all students to blow the whistle on bad actors.

If a student has a federal student loan and feels like the school misled them or broke the law, they can apply for loan forgiveness through the Department of Education. Using the DoE’s Borrower Defense to Repayment procedures, which could discharge some or all of your federal student loan debt.

Service members should talk with their Personal Financial Managers to get help with college related financial issues. These counselors are usually part of the following organizations:

  • Airman & Family Readiness Center
  • Army Community Service
  • Fleet and Family Support Center
  • Marine Corps Community Services

In addition, many of these counselors can help with matters relating to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.

Veterans can and should contact the VA’s GI Bill Hotline (888.442.4551) to discuss questions or concerns with their school.

 

Know Before You Go

Before enrolling in any program at any school, for-profit or not, you should gather as much information as you can. 

The Department of Education offers the College Scorecard and the College Navigator tools.

The Federal Trade Commission hosts a Military Consumer website that offers advice on finding and paying for school.

And of course, College Recon offers a College Discovery Platform where you can find School Search and Scholarship Finder tools. 

Using College Recon’s Search Tool, you can narrow your search by filtering for schools that accept Tuition Assistance or are Yellow Ribbon schools. The Scholarship Finder can help service members, veterans, spouses, and military dependents find money for college.

Make these great tools a part of your quest for higher education and avoid predatory for-profit schools.

 

List of Schools Issued FTC Warnings

  • Academy of Art University Foundation
  • Alliant International University, Inc.
  • American Career College, Inc.
  • American Intercontinental University System, Inc. d/b/a American Intercontinental University
  • American Public University System, Inc.
  • American University of Antigua Inc. d/b/a American University of Antigua College of Medicine
  • American University of the Caribbean, Inc.
  • Asa College, Inc.
  • Aspen University, Inc.
  • Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts
  • Aveda Institute Inc.
  • Technical Education Services d/b/a Aviation Institute of Maintenance
  • Berkeley College Foundation, Inc. d/b/a Berkeley College
  • Bryant & Stratton Business Institute, Inc. d/b/a Bryant & Stratton College
  • Capella University, LLC
  • Carrington College, Inc.
  • Chamberlain University LLC
  • Charter College LLC
  • Colorado Technical University, Inc.
  • Columbia Southern University, Inc.
  • Concorde Career Colleges, Inc.
  • DeVry University, Inc.
  • ECPI University LLC
  • Empire Beauty School
  • Empowerment Schools-Healthcare, Limited d/b/a The College of Health Care Professions
  • Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
  • Florida Career Institute, Inc. d/b/a Florida Career College
  • Florida National University, Inc.
  • Fortis Colleges & Institutes
  • Full Sail, LLC d/b/a Full Sail University
  • Galen Health Institutes, Inc. d/b/a Galen College of Nursing
  • Grand Canyon University, Inc.
  • Grantham University, Inc.
  • Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts, LLC
  • Jersey College, Inc.
  • Lincoln Technical Institute, Inc
  • Lincoln College of Technology
  • Los Angeles Film School, LLC
  • Mech-Tech College LLC
  • Milan Institute
  • Miller-Motte College
  • Monroe College, Ltd.
  • MyComputerCareer.edu
  • New York Film Academy Ltd.
  • NUC University
  • Paul Mitchell Advanced Education LLC d/b/a Paul Mitchell Schools
  • Post University, Inc.
  • Rasmussen College, LLC d/b/a Rasmussen University
  • Rocky Vista University, LLC
  • Ross Education, LLC d/b/a Ross Medical Education Center
  • Ross University School of Medicine
  • Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
  • San Joaquin Valley College, Inc.
  • School of Visual Arts, LLC
  • South College
  • Southern Careers Institute
  • St. George’s University, School of Medicine, Inc.
  • Strayer University, LLC
  • The Sullivan University System, Inc. d/b/a Sullivan University
  • The University of Phoenix, Inc.
  • Tulsa Welding School
  • United Education Institute
  • Unitek College NCP, LLC
  • Universal Technical Institute, Inc.
  • University of St. Augustine for Heath Sciences, LLC
  • Vista College, LP
  • Vocational Training Institutes, Inc. d/b/a Pima Medical Institute
  • Walden University, LLC
  • Waldorf University
  • West Coast University, Inc.

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Top 7 Best Online Colleges for Coast Guard Veterans

Best Online Colleges for Coast Guard Veterans

Not all colleges are not created equal. Find the best fit for your Coast Guard experience at one of the Best Online Colleges for Coast Guard Veterans.

The Metrics Behind the Best Online Colleges for Coast Guard Veterans

The following features are common practices among the best online military friendly colleges for Coast Guard Veterans:

  • Military Credit Transfer: Military training, courses, and specialty schools can transfer to college credits.  This can result in saving veterans valuable time and money. To get started, request a copy of your military Joint Services Transcript.
  • CLEP: With the College-Level Examination Program, students can earn approximately 3 credits for each successful exam. There are over 30 introductory-level college subject exams including Composition and Literature, World Languages, History and Social Sciences, Science, Math, and Business.
  • DSST: With the DANTES Subject Standardized Tests students have the opportunity to test for credit. There are six categories of exams including Business, Humanities, Math, Physical Science, Social Sciences, and Technology.

Additional desirable features among the Best Online Colleges for Coast Guard Veterans include:

  • Accreditation: The Best Online Colleges for Coast Guard Veterans will be regionally or nationally accredited.
  • GI Bill and Additional Tuition Assistance: The Best Online Colleges for Coast Guard Veterans will accept the GI Bill. They will also take part in additional tuition assistance such as the Yellow Ribbon Program and other funding specifically earmarked for veterans.
  • Graduation Rates: The Best Online Colleges for Coast Guard Veterans will have a graduation rate of 30% or higher.
  • Career Assistance: The Best Online Colleges for Coast Guard Veterans will have an excellent network to help students succeed in their chosen career after earning their degree. Post-graduation career assistance can be found in programs such as internships, apprenticeships, strong alumni connections, veteran/student help centers, etc.

Super 7: Best Online Colleges for Coast Guard Veterans

Top Public University: University of Florida

As one of the Best Online Colleges for Coast Guard Veterans, UF boasts a 60% graduation rate. UF is consistently ranked as one of the best public universities and ranks high on “Best of” lists including:

  • #1 Best Colleges in Florida (Niche)
  • #6 in Top Public Schools (US News)
  • #3 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs (US News)
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)
  • #30 in National Universities (US News)

UF is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and awards credit for the CLEP exams. The University of Florida also proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Best for Aviation: Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide

One of the Best Online Colleges for Coast Guard Veterans is a perfect choice for those in aviation. Embry Riddle Aeronautical University has multiple campuses with campus-based and hybrid degrees as well as a renowned Worldwide campus. Keep in mind that Embry Riddle Worldwide has a graduation rate of approximately 25%. This program is designed for serious students only. Embry Riddle Worldwide consistently ranks high on “Best of” lists including:

  • #1 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans (US News)
  • #7 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs (US News)
  • #23 in Best Online Master’s in Business Programs for Veterans (US News)
  • #29in Best Online Colleges in America (Niche)

Best of Both Worlds: Arizona State University

One of the Best Colleges for Coast Guard Veterans, ASU has a fantastic 60% graduation rate. ASU ranks high for campus-based programs and for online programs, offering students the best of both worlds. ASU offers an abundance of campus-based degrees, over 80 online bachelor’s degree programs and nearly as many master’s programs. ASU offers the same excellent curriculum and instruction on campus and online. ASU consistently receives top national accolades including:

  • America’s Best Value College (Forbes)
  • #3 in Best Online Master’s in Business Programs (US News)
  • #6 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs (US News)
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)
  • #7 in Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Programs (US News)
  • #10 in Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Master’s in Educational Administration Programs (US News)

ASU is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and awards credit for both the DSST and the CLEP exams. ASU also proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Top Ranked for Veterans: University of Virginia

The University of Virginia has an astounding 85% graduation rate. It consistently ranks high in national “Best of” lists including:

  • #10 in Best Colleges for Veterans (US News)
  • #10 in Online Graduate Programs (US News)
  • #3 Top Public Universities in America (Niche)
  • #26 in National Universities (US News)
  • #32 in Best Value Schools (US News)
  • #4 in Top Public Schools (US News)
  • #7 in Business Schools (US News)

The University of Virginia is a GI Bill approved school and participates in the Yellow Ribbon program. The University of Virginia proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Best Kept Secret: Oregon State University

Oregon State University offers an abundance of programs including over 85 online programs. As one of the Best Colleges for Coast Guard Veterans, Oregon State consistently receives top national accolades including:

  • #3 Best Online Colleges in America (Niche)
  • #4 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #3 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs(US News)
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)
  • #16 in Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs(US News)

Oregon State University is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and offers credit for the CLEP exam. Oregon State also proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Best Overall: Pennsylvania State University-World Campus

Pennsylvania State University is a four-year, public institution with multiple campuses spread out through the state of Pennsylvania. The university is also known for its World Campus where students can earn their Penn State degree online, from anywhere in the world! Penn State World Campus offers over 120 Master’s degrees and graduate certificates. Its campus-based programs include more than 275 undergraduate majors and more than 300 graduate and professional programs.

As one of the Best Colleges for Coast Guard Veterans, Penn State consistently ranks high in national “Best of” lists including:

  • #3 in Best Online Master’s in Industrial Engineering Programs(US News)
  • #4 in Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs (US News)
  • #7 in Best Online Master’s in Education Programs (US News)
  • #5 in Best Online Master’s in Educational Administration Programs (US News)
  • #7 in Best Online MBA Programs (US News)
  • #8 in Best Online Master’s in Computer Information Technology Programs (US News)
  • #10 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)

Penn State World Campus is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and awards credit for the DSST exam. Penn State World Campus proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Best Online HBCU: Hampton University

One of the Best Online Colleges for Coast Guard Veterans is also one of the Best HBCUs. Hampton University offers a variety of online degrees including associates, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in online 8-week sessions.

Hampton University is a well-known HBCU and receives many accolades including:

  • #5 in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (US News)
  • #52 in Top Performers on Social Mobility (US News)
  • #58 Most Liberal Colleges in America (Niche)

Hampton University is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and awards credit for both the DSST and the CLEP exams. Hampton University also proudly offers college credit for military experience.

 

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The Best GI Bill® Schools

You Earned It, Use It Wisely – 6 of the Best GI Bill Schools

You earned it and you deserve it. Utilize your GI Bill at a great school for a quality education. Here are 6 of the Best GI Bill Schools.

Features of the Best GI Bill Schools

The following features are common practices among 6 of the Best GI Bill Schools:

Accreditation

The Best GI Bill Schools will be regionally accredited. In some cases, depending on a student’s long term goals, a nationally accredited option may be suitable.  In most cases, regionally accredited schools are the preferred option.

Additional Tuition Assistance

The Best GI Bill Schools will take part in additional tuition assistance for active duty military, such as the Yellow Ribbon Program or Tuition Assistance, which can help pay for school costs not covered by the GI Bill.

Graduation Rates

The Best GI Bill Schools will be transparent in their graduation rates. Typical graduation rates are around 50%. Even 30% is considered acceptable.  Lower than that should raise doubts.

Job Placement

The Best GI Bill Schools will have an excellent network to help students succeed in their chosen career after earning their degree. Effective job placement can be found in programs such as internships, apprenticeships, strong alumni connections, etc.

Adherence to the Principles of Excellence

The Best GI Bill Schools will strictly adhere to the Principles of Excellence, a set of standards that is a requirement of schools that get federal funding (through programs such as the GI Bill). This includes standards such as not participating in fraudulent (deceitful) methods of recruiting and providing students with an educational plan outlining how and when students can fulfill graduation requirements.

Program Availability

The Best GI Bill Schools will have consistent availability for the chosen degree including classes and any other program requirements. This allows students to effectively use their time to complete their degree while still fulfilling other obligations such as military service, work, and family commitments.

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Distinguishing the Best GI Bill Schools

Degree mills have been a pervasive problem since the GI Bill was introduced post-WWII. Problems with these pay-to-play degree mills include inadequate training and substandard education. This degree dilemma is through no fault of the student as these institutions often operate under the guise of legitimacy. Yet it leaves students with what amounts to a worthless degree (that ironically cost tens of thousands).

Education is a billion dollar industry, so is education fraud. Degree mills waste billions of dollars of educational funds including GI Bills. You earned it, use it well. Below is a selection of 6 of the Best GI Bill Schools.

6 of the Best GI Bill Schools

Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs: University of Florida

UF has been offering online degrees since 2001 and boasts a 60% graduation rate for its undergraduate degree seeking programs. UF is consistently ranked as one of the best public universities and ranks high on “Best of” lists including:

  • #3 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs(US News)
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs(US News)

Along with being a GI Bill approved school, UF participates in the Yellow Ribbon program and is approved for Tuition Assistance.

 

Best Online Master’s Degree Programs: Pennsylvania State University World Campus

Pennsylvania State University World Campus offers over 120 Master’s degrees and graduate certificates. Penn State World consistently ranks high in national “Best of” lists including:

  • #1 in Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs for Veterans (US News)
  • #3 in Best Online Master’s in Industrial Engineering Programs (US News)
  • #3 in Best Online Master’s in Education Programs for Veterans (US News)
  • #5 in Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans (US News)
  • #5 in Best Online Master’s in Computer Information Technology Programs for Veterans (US News)

Along with being a GI Bill approved school, Penn State World Campus participates in the Yellow Ribbon program and is approved for Tuition Assistance.

 

Best College for Full-Time Undergraduate Students: University of California Los Angeles

The University of California Los Angeles is part of the 10-campus University of California system. UCLA is unique in that it does not offer part-time enrollment or evening coursework for undergraduate degree programs. Students must enroll full time and attend daytime classes. The result is a high-quality degree earned from one of the country’s most prestigious universities in a minimal amount of time. UCLA has an amazing 70% graduation rate. UCLA consistently ranks high in national “Best of” lists including:

#20 in National Universities (US News)

#5 in Best Colleges for Veterans (US News)

#30 in Most Innovative Schools (US News)

#13 in Top Performers on Social Mobility (US News)

#1 in Top Public Schools (US News)

#19 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (US News)

Along with being a GI Bill approved school, UCLA participates in the Yellow Ribbon program and is approved for Tuition Assistance.

 

Best Historically Black College and University: Spelman College

Consistently ranked high both as an HBCU and Women’s College, Spelman has a fantastic 70% graduation rate. Spelman receives many accolades including:

#1 HBCU (by Niche and US News)

#10 Best Women’s College (Niche)

#54 in National Liberal Arts Colleges (US News)

#19 in Best Undergraduate Teaching (US News)

#10 in Most Innovative Schools (US News)

#4 in Top Performers on Social Mobility (US News)

Along with being a GI Bill approved school, Spellman College is also approved for Tuition Assistance.

 

Best Liberal Arts College West Coast: Pomona College

Pomona College has an amazing 90% graduation rate and an average class size of 15 students. Pomona College is strictly undergraduate yet is part of the “Claremont Colleges” consortium and does offer some combined opportunities for graduate studies. Pomona College consistently ranks high in national “Best of” lists including:

#1 Best Liberal Arts Colleges in America (Niche)

#1 Best Small Colleges in America (Niche)

#1 Most Diverse Colleges in America (Niche)

#4 in National Liberal Arts Colleges (US News)

#7 in Best Undergraduate Teaching (US News)

#2 in Best Value Schools (US News)

#29 in Most Innovative Schools (US News)

Along with being a GI Bill approved school, Pomona College participates in the Yellow Ribbon program and is approved for Tuition Assistance.

 

Best Liberal Arts College East Coast: Bowdoin College

Test optional for a half-century and always centered on student collaboration, Bowdoin has a staggering 90% graduation rate. Bowdoin College consistently ranks high in national “Best of” lists including:

#2 Best Liberal Arts Colleges in America (Niche)

#3 Best Small Colleges in America (Niche)

#7 Best Colleges for Global Studies (Niche)

#11 in Best Undergraduate Teaching (US News)

#12 in Best Value Schools (US News)

Along with being a GI Bill approved school, Bowdoin College participates in the Yellow Ribbon program and is approved for Tuition Assistance.

 

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Best Online Colleges for Veterans

Top Online Colleges for Military Veterans

Earn a fantastic degree without the commute! Get a great education and a wonderful degree at one of the Best Online Colleges for Veterans.

How We Determine the Best Online Colleges for Veterans

Online colleges are often lumped into the negative stereotype of pay-to-play degree mills with inadequate training and a substandard education. Unfortunately, there are many online schools that are sub-par and offer students little in return for their time and money. After a career of military service, veterans deserve the best.

The following features are common practices among the Best Online Colleges for Veterans:

  • Accreditation: The Best Online Colleges for Veterans will be regionally accredited or in some cases, depending on a student’s long-term goals, nationally accredited.
  • GI Bill Acceptance: The Best Online Colleges for Veterans will accept the GI Bill and follow the Principles of Excellence. This program requires schools that get federal funding (through programs such as the GI Bill) to follow certain guidelines, such as not participating in deceptive practices or aggressive recruiting.
  • Additional Tuition Assistance: The Best Online Colleges for Veterans will take part in additional tuition assistance such as the Yellow Ribbon Program (which can help pay for school costs not covered by the GI Bill) and private scholarships specifically for veterans.
  • Graduation Rates: The Best Online Colleges for Veterans will be transparent in their graduation rates. Typical graduation rates are around 50%. Even 30% is considered acceptable but lower than that should raise concerns.
  • Job Placement: The Best Online Colleges for Veterans will have an excellent network to help students succeed in their chosen career after earning their degree. Effective job placement can be found in programs such as internships, apprenticeships, strong alumni connections, veteran/student help centers, etc.

List of Top Online Colleges for Veterans

Top Ranked for Veterans: University of Virginia

The University of Virginia has an astounding 85% graduation rate. It consistently ranks high in national “Best of” lists including:

  • #10 in Best Colleges for Veterans (US News)
  • #10 in Online Graduate Programs (US News)
  • #3 Top Public Universities in America (Niche)
  • #26 in National Universities (US News)
  • #32 in Best Value Schools (US News)
  • #4 in Top Public Schools (US News)
  • #7 in Business Schools (US News)

The University of Virginia is a GI Bill approved school and participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Best Online Master’s Degree Programs: Pennsylvania State University World Campus

Pennsylvania State University World Campus offers over 120 Master’s degrees and graduate certificates. As one of the Best Online Colleges for Veterans, Penn State World consistently ranks high in national “Best of” lists including:

  • #1 in Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs for Veterans (US News)
  • #3 in Best Online Master’s in Industrial Engineering Programs(US News)
  • #3 in Best Online Master’s in Education Programs for Veterans (US News)
  • #5 in Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans (US News)
  • #5 in Best Online Master’s in Computer Information Technology Programs for Veterans (US News)

Penn State World Campus is a GI Bill approved school and participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs: University of Florida

As one of the Best Online Colleges for Veterans, UF has been offering online degrees since 2001 and boasts a 60% graduation rate for its undergraduate degree seeking programs. UF is consistently ranked as one of the best public universities and ranks high on “Best of” lists including:

  • #3 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs (US News)
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)
  • #1 Best Colleges in Florida (Niche)

Along with being a GI Bill approved school, UF participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

A Leader in Online Education: University of Central Florida

Offering online degrees since 1997, the University of Central Florida has been a leader in online education for a quarter-century. As one of the Best Online Colleges for Veterans, UCF consistently ranks high on “Best of” lists including:

  • #12 in Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Programs (US News)
  • #14 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #6 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)
  • #27 in Best Online Master’s in Nursing Programs (US News)
  • #8 in Best Online Master’s in Nursing Education Programs (US News)
  • Best Hispanic-Serving Institutions in America (Niche)

The University of Central Florida is a GI Bill approved school and participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Best Overall: Arizona State University

One of the best campus-based schools is also one of the Best Online Colleges for Veterans. ASU has a 60% graduation rate, offers over 80 online bachelor’s degree programs and nearly as many master’s programs. ASU offers the same excellent curriculum and instruction on campus and online. ASU consistently receives top national accolades including:

  • America’s Best Value College (Forbes)
  • #3 in Best Online Master’s in Business Programs (US News)
  • #6 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs (US News)
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)
  • #7 in Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Programs (US News)
  • #10 in Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Master’s in Educational Administration Programs (US News)

ASU is a GI Bill approved school and participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Best Kept Secret: Norwich University

One of the Best Online Schools for Veterans is Norwich University. Norwich is the nation’s oldest private military college and the birthplace of ROTC. Offering a smaller but wide variety of online degrees, Norwich has offered distance learning since 1997. Norwich has a fantastic 45% graduation rate and is ranked #62 in Regional Universities North by US News.

Norwich is a GI Bill approved school and participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Top Ranked: Oregon State University

Oregon State University offers over 85 online programs. As one of the Best Online School for Veterans, Oregon State consistently receives top national accolades including:

  • #3 Best Online Colleges in America (Niche)
  • #4 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #3 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs (US News)
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)
  • #16 in Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs (US News)

Oregon State University is a GI Bill approved school and participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Best Liberal College: American University

American University offers a smaller but diverse variety of online degrees. American University has an astounding 75% graduation rate.

  • #1 Most Liberal Colleges in America (Niche)
  • #16 Best Colleges for International Relations in America (Niche)
  • #17 Best Colleges for Criminal Justice in America (Niche)</