Credits for military experience help to reduce the amount of time it takes to get a degree as well as the cost. Below are some of the top military-friendly schools that also offer credits for military experience.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||In-State Tuition (2017-2018)*||Tuition Assistance/Military Benefits|
|Northwestern Health Sciences University||Private not-for-profit 4-year||Bloomington, MN||$10,684||Student veteran organization (SVO) and veteran center; Yellow Ribbon; campus military scholarship|
|Cuyahoga Community College||Public 2-year||Cleveland, OH||$3,136||Veterans campus support teams and SVO; veterans scholarship fund|
|CUNY College of Staten Island||Public 4-year||Staten Island, NY||$7,090||Veteran support services and dedicated staff; veteran tuition awards; tutoring services|
|Penn State - World Campus||Public 4-year||University Park, PN||$13,988||Dedicated staff; Yellow Ribbon; military grant-in-aid|
|Regent University||Private not-for-profit 4 year||Virginia Beach, VA||$17,288||ROTC; Yellow Ribbon; tuition discounts and book vouchers; MyCAA school|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
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Best Colleges for Military Credits
These schools offer veterans and military students credit for their training under ACE guidelines. This group of schools also represents a diverse selection of institutions across the country, from a community college to a health sciences university. The list is a sample of some of the top options that offer military credit for veterans and military students.
Northwestern Health Sciences University
Northwestern Health Sciences University is home to a student veterans organization known as the Veterans Club. There is also the Veterans Center which is open to the entire military family and has free coffee, a refrigerator, and a 60-inch television set. The school offers military leave for deployments without penalty. They accept military training for college credit provided it is relevant to the major pursued. This school offers distance learning for select courses and a few certificates but not for degrees.
Northwestern Health Services University is a relatively small school that offers natural healthcare programs like chiropractic, massage therapy, acupuncture, and nutrition. Program levels range from eight-month certificates to a three-and-a-half-year professional doctorate.
Cuyahoga Community College
This college offers veterans campus support teams as well as veterans social groups. They also have an official student veterans organization and a dedicated staff member to handle veterans' issues. They offer a tutoring program to ensure veteran success. Military training is recognized with the award of college credit for relevant experience. Cuyahoga also currently houses four scholarship opportunities specifically for veterans.
Cuyahoga Community College is known locally as Tri-C. This is two-year college that offers a range of associate's degrees and vocational certificates. Some degrees and courses are offered as hybrid or fully online options, which may be particularly useful for military students and veterans in the event of relocation or deployment.
CUNY - College of Staten Island
CUNY - College of Staten Island (CSI) offers veterans in-state tuition benefits without residency requirements. They may accept up to 18 college credits for military training. The college also has a veterans support services office that connects veterans to local support groups, aid associations, counseling services, and networking groups.
CUNY - CSI is a world-class education and research center. The school offers undergraduate degrees as well as graduate degrees. Distance learning for continuing education courses is available, but online degree programs are not.
Penn State World Campus
Penn State World Campus has waived application fees for veteran undergraduates as well as for spouses, and family members. The school has created a military support team to help veterans achieve success. They offer college credit for military training within the ACE guidelines. Their military grant-in-aid program can significantly reduce the cost of tuition for qualifying military students and veterans.
This school offers associate's through graduate degrees, all through distance learning programs. There are over 150 different programs, and even doctorate degrees can be earned strictly through their online programs. This could be a significant advantage to military students or veterans who need to relocate or deploy. Upon completion, graduates join a network of 658,000 Penn State alums who provide many advantageous networking opportunities.
Regent University offers military student and veteran tuition discounts, as well as other benefits for veterans, like bookstore vouchers. In addition, they offer college credit for military training and experience within ACE guidelines; prospective students can submit transcripts for a free evaluation. The university houses dedicated staff for veterans affairs. Regent also has ROTC for both Army and Navy as well as a student veterans organization. As a Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) participant, the school also provides benefits and opportunities for families of military members and veterans.
This is a private not-for-profit Christian university that offers associate's degrees through doctorates. There are over 8,000 students at Regent University. The university also offers distance learning courses and degrees.