Online Military Friendly Colleges

Top online military friendly colleges for active-duty, veterans, military spouses, and dependents.  There are over 11,000 higher education institutions to choose from, and finding one that meets your individual needs while offering military friendly support can be difficult.  Our list is comprised of online schools that provide education benefits and resources to the military community.

If you’re considering an online college, ensure that you do thorough research on the schools (beyond their homepage). Most colleges provide valuable services to the military community but a small minority of colleges have demonstrated less than reputable business practices that have not had the military communities best interests in place.  See our Military Friendly Colleges Guide for identifying the best college for you.

Note: These online schools are not endorsed by any U.S. government entity including the U.S. Armed Forces or Department of Veteran Affairs. This list is in alphabetical order and not intended to be a ranking.

Top Online Military Friendly Colleges
American Sentinel University Jones International University
AIU Online Kaplan University Online
Ashworth College Keiser College eCampus
Azusa Pacific Online University Keiser University Graduate School
Baker College Online Liberty University
California InterContinental University McKinley College
Capella University Miller-Motte College Online
Central Michigan University Northcentral University
Colorado State University – Global Campus Penn Foster College
Colorado Technical University Post University
Columbia Southern University Rasmussen College
Devry University Saint Leo University Online
Everest University Online South University
Everglades University Southwest University
Florida Tech University Online Strayer University
Fortis Online University of Atlanta
Grand Canyon University University of Phoenix
Grantham University Walden University
Herzing University Online Western Governors University


Online Military Friendly Colleges Methodology

The Online Military Friendly Colleges list is based on colleges meeting at least 3 of the criteria requirements listed below and offering 100% online degrees.  This list is not a ranking, only a list of online schools that meet the criteria requirements.

Criteria (minimum of 3)

  • Provides tuition discounts or scholarships for veterans, active-duty military, military spouses and/or dependents
  • Waives the application fee and/or books for veterans, active-duty military, military spouses and/or dependents
  • Website contains military and/or veterans specific information
  • Change of Order friendly policy for active-duty or reserve military service members
  • College Level Examinations Program (CLEP) acceptance
  • Accepts Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP)
  • Accepts ACE credit for military training and experience
  • Provides military branch specific support
  • Participates in these Programs:
    • School has veterans and active duty specialized counselors
    • DANTES external
    • Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) Program
    • Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (MGIB-AD)
    • Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)
    • Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
    • Service members Opportunity Colleges Consortium member (SOC)
    • The Post-9/11 GI Bill
    • VA Approved – Participant of Principles of Excellence Program
    • Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
    • Veterans Retraining Assistance Program
    • Yellow Ribbon Schools Program

For more information about this criteria see our Military Friendly Colleges Guide.

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