Everyone pursues education in their own way, and for some, online college may be preferable to attending a brick-and-mortar university. Some members of the Army find virtual universities to be an easier alternative when pursuing their education. Certain online schools offer more flexibility and can fit in better with the busy schedule of active duty and veteran members of the Army. Below we've compiled five online college options that are Army-friendly.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (In-state 2016-2017)*||Tuition Assistance/Military Benefits|
|Lakewood College||2-year, Private not-for-profit||Cleveland Heights, Ohio||$2,650**||Veterans Retraining Assistance Program, Vocational Rehabilitation, Additional Funding for Educational Programs|
|Drexel University||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania||$51,030||Tuition Discounts, $5,000 in Scholarship Funds to Military Members|
|Fort Hays State University||4-year, Public||Hays, Kansas||$4,884||Accelerated Courses for Military Members, Awarded College Credit for Military Training|
|Appalachian State University||4-year, Public||Boone, North Carolina||$7,136||VA Education Benefits, Allows Military to Qualify for In-State Tuition, Student Veteran Resource Center|
|SUNY Buffalo State||4-year, Public||Buffalo, New York||$7,701||Tuition Waiver, Small Class Sizes for Accelerated Learning Environment, Active Member of the Service Members Opportunity College|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **School Website
Army-Friendly Online Colleges Overview
Many universities across the country offer online programs, and these programs are great for those who can't attend brick-and-mortar universities. In addition, some institutions are strictly online and still offer the same types of degree programs you could find elsewhere. Many online schooling options in the United States are friendly to members of the Army. Certain schools will offer tuition assistance, unique benefits and flexible programs to Army veterans and those on active duty. Here are five online colleges you should consider if you are looking to continue your education during or after service.
Located in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Lakewood College is a non-profit institution that aims to prepare military members with the necessary education to pursue civilian careers after service. The school offers several certificate and associate's degree programs. At Lakewood College, members of the Army can enroll in anything from the applied business program to pharmaceutical technician training. Active duty service members, veterans and military spouses can all receive benefits and funding options from Lakewood College.
Known for its prestigious campus in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Drexel University also has an online college that is Army-friendly. While the tuition of a private college can be steep for some, Drexel offers many benefits for military members, including reduced tuition for military families and high-quality advising and counseling. An online program can be a huge convenience for active duty and veteran members of the Army; Drexel University's online program allows you to pursue a bachelor's or master's degree from anywhere in the world. Drexel's Military Transition Guide is a great place to start gathering information when you are deciding to pursue higher education and a future civilian career.
Fort Hays State University
Fort Hays State University (FHSU) operates out of Hays, Kansas, whose online school is considered one of the most Army-friendly. The academic staff at Fort Hays State University caters to the needs of those in the Army and other branches of the military. This virtual college doesn't only offer bachelor's degrees; those wishing to seek even higher education can pursue a master's degree through FHSU. In addition, the university offers veterans, those on active duty and all military spouses the ability to receive an affordable and excellent education. The university will provide you with an Army education counselor.
Appalachian State University
The four-year public university in Boone, North Carolina provides ample opportunity for both on-campus and online students to succeed. The distance education program at Appalachian State University offers programs in a variety of different fields, such as health care, business and education. Both active duty and veteran members of the Army are a priority at Appalachian State University. The institution provides members of the military with a slew of benefits. Reduced tuition via VA Education Benefits and a wide variety of training programs are just a few of the substantial benefits for those in the Army.
SUNY Buffalo State
SUNY Buffalo State offers online courses for those wishing to complete their undergraduate and graduate studies. The university allows students to either take all classes online or to participate in 'hybrid learning,' which combines online course instruction with on-site instruction. Whatever choice you make, the university wants to ensure you are receiving your education in the way best suited for you. A stalwart in giving Army members an equal opportunity to receive higher education, SUNY Buffalo State provides military members with financial aid assistance, tuition waivers, expert academic advisers and tons of other resources at their One Stop Resource Center.