It's not always feasible for a member of the armed forces, whether active duty or veteran, to find time to attend classes for a higher education. Luckily, it's easy to find a college offering online courses and degrees, and many also provide assistance and perks to those who have served. We've broken down the opportunities at five schools in Texas in terms of price, online courses offered, and military assistance offered, so that a service member or vet should be able to find something that suits them no matter what they're looking for
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (in-state)*||Military-Friendly Programs Offered|
|Texas Tech University||4-year, public||Lubbock, TX||$8,428||MVP program, credit for military experience|
|Lamar University||4-year, public||Beaumont, TX||$8,146||Service Opportunity college|
|Texas Woman's University||4-year, public||Denton, TX||$7,238||Military student center, Project INVEST|
|University of Texas at Dallas||4-year, public||Richardson, TX||$11,192||Community Advisory Council, PAVE|
|Central Texas College||2-year, public||Killeen, TX||$2,940||Service Opportunity college, credit for military experience|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Military-Friendly Online Colleges in Texas
Online courses and degrees mean that even the busiest person can find a chance to get a higher education. Many colleges in Texas offer robust online catalogs, as well as assistance and services for military.
Texas Tech University
For a service member or veteran looking to get an education entirely online, Texas Tech University (TTU) has over 100 degree programs fully online. Many of the degrees offered online at TTU would be a good fit for the type of work learned in the service, and that holds true for all levels of education: whether a bachelor's degree in something like communication or early child care, a master's in civil engineering or technical communication, a doctorate in education or systems and engineering management, or a certificate in crop protection or wind energy. TTU is home to the Military & Veterans Program, or MVP, a series or perks and programs designed to ease the transition from soldier to civilian. The MVP program offers a boot camp where service members and vets can meet and make connections, a study abroad program to allow members to gain Texas Tech credit on international campuses, and a college credit for military experience opportunity, among much more.
Like Texas Tech, Lamar University (LU) has a robust online learning program, with many degree options that should appeal to a service member or veteran. LU offers undergrad degrees in criminal justice and entrepreneurship, and master's degrees in teacher leadership and engineering management, all programs that a service member's experience with camaraderie and justice will give the student a head-start in. LU is a member of the Service Opportunity Colleges Consortium (SOC), a collection of colleges and universities that offer special degree paths for active duty members worldwide. A service member looking for a specific degree program might be able to find a course load more suited to their needs at Lamar through the SOC.
Texas Woman's University
While not a school solely for women, Texas Woman's University (TWU) was founded primarily for women, and with a strong commitment to military and with many fully- and partially-online courses available, TWU could be a good place for the women in our armed forces to continue their education. TWU offers both undergrad and graduate programs online, whether fully online or as partially online hybrid courses, including military-friendly degrees like kinesiology and nutrition. For injured, ill, and wounded military, TWU hosts Project INVEST, which stands for INjured Veterans Entering Sport Training. INVEST serves injured and disabled vets, using sports therapy to help them build strength and confidence. TWU also offers a veteran and military student center, a quiet space with study desks, computers, and a place for service members and vets to be able to relax.
University of Texas at Dallas
University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) is a school with several exclusive military programs and options for online and hybrid classes with a focus on business degrees. In partnering with the Jinder School of Management, students at UT Dallas can work toward their MBA online, and UT Dallas by itself offers hundreds of classes both as fully online and partially online hybrid classes. New student veterans can sign up for the school's veteran peer support program, Peer Advisors for Veteran Education (PAVE), which partners new vet students with vet peer advisors. UT Dallas has also joined forces with corporate and industry partners for a military and veteran community advisory council. The council looks to assist the school's military and veteran students in finding the right career for them, through veteran hiring initiatives and assistance in transitioning to student life and beyond.
Central Texas College
For some service members, a 4-year university can be a daunting task, even with online courses. A community college like Central Texas College (CTC) could be a good first step, providing an inexpensive but solid foundation to build your higher education on. CTC offers both online and blended hybrid courses, so whether a service member can only attend classes on occasion, or not at all, they'll have the ability to still pursue an education. CTC also has resources for current and former members of the armed forces. Like Lamar, Central Texas College is a member of the SOC, so active service members can often find a specialized path to a degree of their choice. CTC also offers a chance for college credit for their time in the military, so a service member or vet may find that their time in the service has already jump-started a college career.