Military Friendly colleges
Get the most from the education benefits you’ve earned.
Connecting service members, veterans, and their families with schools that respect military service and understand how VA benefits work.
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What Makes a College or University Military Friendly?
You deserve to earn your degree at a school that understands how your time in service has prepared you for the next phase of your life. You also want a school that knows how to make the most of the benefits available to get you there. Military supportive colleges…
Pre-Service, Active Duty, and Veteran College Guides
Not all service members and veterans follow the same path to a career in the military or civilian world. In addition to post-discharge college benefits, there are a range of options and in-service occupational specialties built around earning a degree before you begin service or while on active duty.
Certain DoD educational benefits can be tapped as part of your enlistment agreement and accessed before you ever put on a uniform. These programs let you earn a college degree and serve your country in a technically advanced military occupational specialty or leadership role. Learn more about pre-service education benefits and the military roles available to you with a college degree.
As part of the world’s most high-tech fighting force, you have opportunities to earn promotions and compete for advanced roles by taking college courses while on active duty. You can also access the most popular military education benefits programs and begin preparing for your post-service career long before discharge. Learn more about in-service tuition assistance and other education benefits that let you make the most of your time in service.
As a veteran, you’ve earned the right to a college education and the American dream it helps secure. That means you have access to generous benefits programs that let you earn a degree in any field free of charge. Learn more about accessing the educational benefits you worked so hard for and the best way to prepare for the civilian career you deserve.
Military College Benefit Guides
Our comprehensive benefit guides provide details and eligibility requirements for the programs you and your family can tap into at each phase of service and post-service life. We’re here to make sure you know exactly what you have coming to you so you don’t overlook any of the benefits you’ve earned.
One of the most transformative pieces of legislation in modern American history, the GI Bill® is still changing lives and putting veterans through school for free through its contemporary iterations – the Montgomery GI Bill®, Post-9/11 GI Bill®, and Forever GI Bill®. Learn more about the Post 9-11 Bill® / Forever GI Bill® / Montgomery GI Bill®
The debt owed to wounded veterans is enormous and our country is honored to take care of those injured in the line of duty. Added on top of your military education benefits, the disability benefits you’ve earned can help cover housing and other cost of living expenses while earning your degree at a military friendly college. Learn more about the disability benefits you may qualify for.
While the GI Bill® covers in-state tuition rates, students looking to attend private military friendly universities, out-of-state, or overseas schools could be left covering much of the cost. Schools participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program work with the VA to cover the gap and make college free for all eligible veterans. Learn how the Yellow Ribbon Program can help cover the cost of tuition at top colleges and universities.
Every branch of the American military offers something unique to the soldiers, sailors, and airmen that fill their ranks. That extends to the additional, specialized education benefits programs they offer, along with branch-specific variations on popular VA programs. Learn more about education benefits available through the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, Coast Guard, and Reserves.
For generations, men and women have served in the armed forces to defend home and family. Through their service, military spouses, children, and stepchildren can access their own college benefits and receive benefit transfers. Learn more about education benefits for military families and dependents.
The citizen soldiers of the National Guard and reserves give their time and talent to serve their country. That kind of selflessness and sacrifice comes with a generous set of college benefits. Learn more about getting the college education benefits available to you as a member of the National Guard or reserves.
In some ways, military spouses sacrifice as much as their husbands and wives do through their military service. That noble sacrifice comes with generous college education benefits and transfer policies. Learn more about educational benefits and transfer policies for spouses of service members and veterans.
For most new officers entering the U.S. Armed Forces, ROTC provides the pathway to service. It’s also the number one way to get a college education paid for before you enter the service. Learn more about branch-specific ROTC programs and the benefits and commitments that go with them.
Military Friendly Colleges by State
Whether deployed to a base on the opposite side of the country or studying close to home after completing your time in service, you need to know your options. With state-by-state guides to military friendly schools around the country and additional veterans’ education benefits available through state VA agencies, we help you understand the options in your area.
The Degree You Need for the Career You Deserve
For veterans getting out of the service, our guides can help you leverage military experience and veterans’ benefits to achieve career goals.
For active duty students, our guides can help make the most of either service-run schooling or programs that will send you to a civilian college for a sponsored degree.
For students still considering a career in the military, our guides help you understand enlistment and commissioning incentive programs, pre-enlistment benefits, and how picking the right Military Occupational Specialty can put you on the path to an education tailor-made for your career goals.
Military Friendly Online Colleges
More Options for You and Your Family
The freedom to choose from the top universities anywhere in the country.
The Flexibility You Need to Complete Your Program
Asynchronous classes and scalable course loads that let you study on your own time and at your own pace.
Online Programs Go Where You Need to Be
Take your courses with you on deployment or to a new location in your post-service life.