Army-Friendly Colleges

Nov 17, 2017

There are many universities that offer special incentives and programs for current or former members of the armed forces. This article is designed to look at costs and benefits of several Army-Friendly schools.

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Whether on active duty or retired from the service, many in the U.S. Army seek to augment their time in the military with a college education, something the United States actively supports through programs like the Post-9/11 GI Bill. There are many schools that offer benefits and incentives for those who have served, such as assistance with tuition, flexible class schedules, military-focused degree programs, veteran organizations, and more. In order to assist the service member or veteran looking to further their education, we've compiled a list of five colleges perfect for a current or former Army enlistee.

School Comparison

School Name Institution Type Location Tuition (in-state)* Tuition Assistance/Military Benefits
National University 4-year, private La Jolla, CA $13,016 Reduced tuition, on-base classes, veteran services
Kaplan University 4-year, private Davenport, IA $14,325 Military-focused degree programs, flexible class schedules
Alabama A&M University 4-year, public Normal, AL $9,366 ROTC program
Georgia State University 4-year, public Atlanta, GA $8,974 Military Outreach program, accelerated courses, no penalty for deployment
Loyola University Chicago 4-year, private Chicago, IL $42,032 Free housing for active military students, veteran student services, tuition assistance, military credit for courses

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics

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Overview of Army-Friendly Colleges

Each of the schools listed have programs or benefits for a service member or veteran, whether it's tuition assistance, flexible schedules, or special programs. They range in cost and location so that anyone should be able to find the right fit for them.

National University

National University is a veteran-founded college with a student population just over 17,000 that is dedicated to giving military students all the advantages they can to continue their higher education. As a school designed for past and present military personnel, National University has many programs designed around Army life, such as a military tuition discount to reduce the cost, courses taught on-base for current service members, and a Veteran Student Success Center that helps a vet get accustomed to college life. With the Post-9/11 GI Bill, undergrad students can save up to 46% on tuition, and graduate students up to 53%.

Kaplan University

Army life doesn't always allow for a lot of free time to pursue a higher education, and so sometimes an online university is a perfect fit to gain some college credit while in the service. Kaplan is an online university that prides itself on a robust military-friendly program, including an easy-to-follow set of degree programs that will take your military training as potential college credit. These programs include useful degrees such as Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Health Science, and more. Kaplan University also offers tuition assistance specific to each branch of the military, as well as tuition reductions for military spouses. Kaplan is the largest school on our list, with a population nearing 37,500.

Alabama A & M University

If you are a service member looking for a college more focused on military life, Alabama A&M offers a ROTC & Military Science program specifically designed for those interested in the Army, or for those currently serving looking to better themselves both within the Army and after discharge. The program also offers scholarship opportunities, which take care of all tuition and fees, as well as a stipend that will pay for books and more. Outside of the ROTC, Alabama A&M's courses focus on the sciences, with business administration, engineering, and behavioral sciences programs which would be well-suited to a service member. With just under 6,000 students, Alabama A & M is the smallest school we've covered here.

Georgia State University

Georgia State University (GSU), a 4-year school with about 32,000 students, provides a number of benefits for military students. GSU's Military Outreach Program is a comprehensive program designed to assist veterans looking to get a college education. The program offers a chance for fee and tuition waivers, accelerated courses for those with less time, and benefits for military families or those with disabilities. GSU also offers scholarships for veterans enrolled in good standing at the school, which can help keep tuition costs down dramatically.

Loyola University Chicago

With over 16,000 students, Loyola University Chicago is one of the largest Catholic universities in the nation, and they have long had a commitment to assisting members of the armed forces. Loyola offers free on-campus housing to active service members and tuition assistance to help further defray costs for both active members and veterans. Loyola also has a veterans program, the Military Veteran Student Services (MVSS), which works to help veterans transition from the life of a soldier to that of a student. The MVSS provides course and graduation counseling assistance, helps to make sure any government financial assistance is processed quickly, and generally looks out for the well-being of its members.

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