There are only two military colleges in the state of Georgia - Georgia Military College and the University of North Georgia, which is often called The Military College of Georgia. However, both schools have multiple campuses across the state, making them more accessible to students. The schools have some similarities, but are unique in their degree offerings. We will look at both schools in closer detail below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||In-state Tuition (2016-2017)*||Tuition Assistance/Military Benefits|
|Georgia Military College||4-year, primarily associate's, public||Milledgeville, GA||$6,128||Scolarhips options, possible discounted tuition, military credit transfer, free tutoring|
|University of North Georgia||4-year, public||Dahlonega, GA||$4,397||Veterans Resource Center, Student Veterans of America, Veteran & Adult Learner Program, in-state tuition|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
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The schools in Georgia may appeal to students who have different career goals. One school primarily offers 2-year associate's degrees and certificates which may be appealing to students who want to join the military quicker, or who want to take some general education classes before going to a larger 4-year university. The other school offers bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in a variety of fields of study. We will look at both schools in further detail below.
Georgia Military College
Georgia Military College is located in Milledgeville, Georgia, though the school actually has 12 campuses in total around the state. Therefore, it's highly likely there may be a campus within daily driving distance of a student's home. GMC also has a number of fully online programs, which may be especially attractive to members of the military. Regardless of it being an on-campus or online program, GMC does not charge out-of-state tuition, so all students qualify for the lower in-state tuition rate.
Though future military service is not required to attend this school, there is a college cadet program designed for students enlisted or planning to enlist in the military. However, keep in mind that only about 2% of the school's student population is enrolled. Through the Army ROTC Early Commissioning Program, these students complete an associate's degree at GMC and then become commissioned cadets. They then move on to a 4-year college to complete a bachelor's degree while simultaneously serving in the Army National Guard or Army Reserves.
For veterans attending GMC, they benefit from potential discounts in tuition, counseling regarding their veteran benefits, the ability to transfer credit from their military experience, and free tutoring services.
University of North Georgia
Located in Dahlonega, the University of North Georgia also has campuses in Gainesville, Oconee, Cumming and Blue Ridge. This school is one of only six senior military colleges in the country. It has both undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
It has a very active Corps of Cadets program, which is designed for students who hope to obtain a job in the military or government. There are designated scholarship programs for corps members. Out-of-state cadets are eligible to pay in-state tuition.
There are other military related scholarships offered by UNG. The University of North Georgia Military Scholarship is awarded to a student who wants to pursue a career in the military. This full scholarship covers the entire sum of tuition, with the condition that recipients serve for 8 years in the Georgia Army National Guard.
For veterans attending the University of North Georgia, there are veterans organizations or associations available to them. At the main campus, veterans could participate in the Student Veterans of America organization. The school also has a Veteran & Adult Learn Programs organization designed specifically to meet the needs of veteran and other adult students. This program provides portfolio counseling, career advisement, and mentoring services.