2018 Most Affordable Military-Friendly Online Colleges

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This list of 25 schools, published by SR Education Group, highlights the most affordable military-friendly online schools for 2018. In addition to their low annual tuition rates, these schools participate in the Tuition Assistance program and have high military scores, which were determined using a number of factors including the strength of military culture, prevalence of support services to online students, flexibility, and military-specific financial aid. Ranked #1, Western Governors University offers an exceptionally affordable tuition rate of $6,380. Tied at #19 with a tuition of $11,700, Liberty University has the highest military friendly score of 93.47.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Military-Friendly Score
#1 #1 Western Governors University Annual Tuition $6,380 Military-Friendly Score 78.81
#2 #2 Columbia Southern University Annual Tuition $6,750 Military-Friendly Score 81.24
#3 #3 University of North Georgia Annual Tuition $7,350 Military-Friendly Score 76.93
#4 #4 American Public University System Annual Tuition $8,100 Military-Friendly Score 90.60
#5 #5 Grantham University Annual Tuition $8,215 Military-Friendly Score 74.21
#6 #6 University of North Florida Annual Tuition $8,550 Military-Friendly Score 77.63
#7 #7 Texas Tech University Annual Tuition $8,700 Military-Friendly Score 79.55
#8 #8 Academy of Art University Annual Tuition $8,730 Military-Friendly Score 75.11
#9 #9 The University of Texas at El Paso Annual Tuition $9,000 Military-Friendly Score 82.86
#10 #10 Northern Arizona University Annual Tuition $9,150 Military-Friendly Score 79.13
#11 #11 Florida State College at Jacksonville Annual Tuition $9,584 Military-Friendly Score 81.81
#12 #12 Southern New Hampshire University Online Annual Tuition $9,600 Military-Friendly Score 91.32
#13 #13 Arizona State University Annual Tuition $10,440 Military-Friendly Score 94.63
#14 #14 Colorado State University-Global Campus Annual Tuition $10,500 Military-Friendly Score 84.10
#15 #15 Mississippi State University Annual Tuition $10,602 Military-Friendly Score 76.80
#16 #16 Saint Leo University Online Annual Tuition $10,800 Military-Friendly Score 79.24
#17 #17 Trident University International Annual Tuition $11,550 Military-Friendly Score 88.19
#18 #18 Old Dominion University Annual Tuition $11,670 Military-Friendly Score 89.12
#19 (tie) #19 (tie) Baker College Online Annual Tuition $11,700 Military-Friendly Score 65.35
#19 (tie) #19 (tie) Liberty University Annual Tuition $11,700 Military-Friendly Score 93.47
#21 (tie) #21 (tie) Regent University Online Annual Tuition $11,850 Military-Friendly Score 80.71
#21 (tie) #21 (tie) University of Nebraska at Omaha Annual Tuition $11,850 Military-Friendly Score 79.59
#23 #23 New England College Annual Tuition $12,150 Military-Friendly Score 67.75
#24 #24 University of Colorado Boulder Annual Tuition $12,210 Military-Friendly Score 80.16
#25 #25 Eastern Kentucky University Annual Tuition $12,270 Military-Friendly Score 79.23
  • Annual Tuition: $6,380
  • Military-Friendly Score: 78.81
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU and DEAC
  • Western Governors University is a fully-online school that was specifically created to meet the needs of nontraditional students, like those serving in the military and veterans. Active-duty military students and veterans are provided with a variety of benefits at WGU including reduced or free tuition and free textbooks. The university has a competency-based format, which allows online students to complete assignments, tests, quizzes and papers that measure their mastery of a concept at an individualized pace rather than having a set meeting time.  

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  • Annual Tuition: $6,750
  • Military-Friendly Score: 81.24
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Military-affiliated and veteran students are provided many resources and benefits at Columbia Southern University, which is 100% online. At CSU, members of the military and veterans work with special military representatives and a military admissions team who give them individualized guidance. Additionally, military students are granted reduced tuition at CSU and are eligible for a number of scholarships and other financial benefits. Military students can also take advantage of CSU’s online tutoring services.

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  • Annual Tuition: $7,350
  • Military-Friendly Score: 76.93
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • The University of North Georgia offers a multitude of associate, undergraduate, and graduate programs in a fully-online format that is ideal for active-duty military members and veterans, allowing them to complete their degrees on their own time. The university provides online tutoring as well as tuition assistance for members of the army and a variety of scholarships for members of the armed forces and veterans. The University of North Georgia is also a Yellow Ribbon participating school. 

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,100
  • Military-Friendly Score: 90.60
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC and DEAC
  • American Public University System offers a number of undergraduate and graduate programs online, as well as a variety of benefits for military-affiliated and veteran students. In terms of financial benefits, the university provides a capped tuition for military students, as well as free textbooks and ebooks. The university’s online format allows for flexibility because students work asynchronously, without a set schedule. Online students can use message boards, video presentations, and videos to connect with their professors via the web.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,215
  • Military-Friendly Score: 74.21
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Grantham University was established by a veteran to give other veterans access to affordable distance learning programs. The university offers material for those transitioning from military to the academic environment along with a free textbook and software grant program. Grantham University's online students can choose between 19 bachelor’s degree programs, 15 master’s degree programs, and 9 associate degree programs. Each fully online term generally lasts for eight weeks depending on the course. Undergraduate tuition is $265 per credit hour and graduate tuition is $325 per credit hour. Students and spouses can also apply for military tuition discounts.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,550
  • Military-Friendly Score: 77.63
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • The University of North Florida offers traditional 16-week or accelerated 8-week term formats for their fully online programs. There are graduate certificate programs available as well as one bachelor's, four master's, and three doctoral degree programs. For students seeking online courses that are not part of a full program, UNF has the option of taking just a few online courses to complete a degree. Tuition varies significantly between programs and departments. UNF also has a Military and Veterans Resource Center including a private lounge, free counseling, and an online orientation for veterans.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,700
  • Military-Friendly Score: 79.55
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Texas Tech University offers partial and fully online degree programs. The fully online programs include bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree options. Texas Tech University also partners with multiple regional sites throughout Texas for those hoping to attend TTU closer to where they currently live. The university offers a program for veterans transitioning to the academic world called TechVet Boot Camp. This program provides free meals and university advice and allows students to connect with other veterans at TTU. Undergraduate tuition and fees cost $345 per credit hour and graduate tuition costs around $395 per credit hour.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,730
  • Military-Friendly Score: 75.11
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • At the Academy of Art University, students set their own schedules with no required online meeting times. Prospective students can select from more than 20 different art programs at any academic level. There are 15 modules in each semester that are accessed one at a time throughout the semester. The Academy of Art University offers Military Tuition Assistance and GI Bill benefits. The application fees are waived for all service men and women and there is the opportunity to receive a Military Scholarship. Undergraduate tuition is $291 per credit and $327 per credit hour for graduate tuition and the Art Teaching Credential.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,000
  • Military-Friendly Score: 82.86
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • The University of Texas at El Paso offers eight bachelor's and 13 master's degree programs through their UTEP Connect module. These fully online programs consist of seven-week terms segmented into seven weekly sessions. Some courses run on a 14-week schedule depending on the subject matter. UTEP also operates a Military Student Success Center (MSSC) that offers student services and resources for veteran students. Undergraduate tuition starts at $284.21 per credit hour and graduate tuition starts at $375.00 per credit hour. Discounted tuition is offered for military members and their families.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,150
  • Military-Friendly Score: 79.13
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Northern Arizona University has nationally recognized on-campus and online veterans centers which offer numerous support services to veterans transitioning into academic and civilian life. These resources include dedicated checklists, orientations, benefits assistance, social gatherings and study centers. In addition, NAU offers fully-accredited bachelor's and master's degree programs in both blended and 100% online formats. Most online classes are asynchronous, allowing distance students to access them at their convenience. Those students seeking a completely personalized, 100% online degree might consider NAU's new, personalized learning degree programs that are self-paced and have no set classes or schedules. 

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,584
  • Military-Friendly Score: 81.81
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Florida State College at Jacksonville is an affordable option for online students and military veterans alike. Its on-campus Military and Veterans Service Center, and online VetSuccess on Campus portal, both provide assistance to veterans in the form of advocacy, career counseling, and benefits assistance. In addition, tuition waivers are made available to Purple Heart recipients. Through FSCJ Online, Florida State College offers a range of accredited, 100% online degrees and certificates, including accelerated options for expedited bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration, Associate in Arts degrees, and Real Estate Agent Workforce Certificates. Other online degree options include bachelor's degrees in business administration and information technology management and associate degrees in criminal justice technology and supply chain management.

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  • Annual Tuition: $9,600
  • Military-Friendly Score: 91.32
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Southern New Hampshire University Online offers a variety of benefits to its military veteran students, including a generally low tuition rate, military tuition discounts of up to 30%, assistance with GI benefits, and dedicated advisors and support. Its online college offers six undergraduate and five graduate terms per year, credit transfer allowances, and 24-hour classroom access, providing students with significant flexibility as they pursue their online degrees. SNHU's 200+ online programs are fully accredited, covering disciplines from art & design, to healthcare, to psychology and counseling.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,440
  • Military-Friendly Score: 94.63
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Arizona State University provides active military and veterans with tuition and GI Bill benefits assistance, as well as special assistance to military transfer students. It offers all students a convenient online application. Distance courses at ASU are 100% online and taught by seasoned campus faculty. ASU offers a very large catalog of online degrees, covering the complete range of disciplines and subjects and including both undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates. Enrollment coaches contact online students in advance of their start date to provide them assistance with the application and financial aid, and to discuss academic requirements and course schedules.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,500
  • Military-Friendly Score: 84.10
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Colorado State University-Global Campus offers 100% online bachelor's and master's degrees with classes starting every four weeks. Prospective undergraduate students will find multiple degree options including those in accounting, business management, information technology, and marketing. Graduate students can earn degrees in data analytics, finance, human resource management, and healthcare administration, among other options. Tuition discounts and application fee waivers are provided to all veterans and active duty military members, as well as to their spouses and dependents. In addition to these financial benefits, CSU-Global Campus has multiple support services in place to address the needs of military members, including academic and financial advisors specifically dedicated to assisting military students, job placement resources, and a system to identify military students in need of extra support.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,602
  • Military-Friendly Score: 76.80
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Mississippi State University was established as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of the State of Mississippi in 1878. Prospective students can find online degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate levels in subjects including elementary education, engineering, geoscience, and many others. Current service members, veterans, and dependents can apply for 11 different military scholarships and may qualify for military tuition assistance as well. Mississippi State aims to support and assist every military-connected student and provides a Sonny Montgomery Center for America's Veterans. The Center provides advising services specific to military students including explanations of available federal benefit programs and help with filling out paperwork for said programs.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,800
  • Military-Friendly Score: 79.24
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Saint Leo University Online is a Catholic university offering a wide variety of online degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Degrees are available in subjects such as accounting, business administration, criminal justice, education, computer science, and social work, among many others. Almost one-third of Saint Leo's student body is comprised of military members, veterans, and military family members and the university offers a wide variety of support services to military students. For example, Saint Leo University is part of the Yellow Ribbon Program, which enables them to work with the VA to fund tuition for students beyond the amount provided through the GI Bill. In addition, active military members receive a tuition discount for all undergraduate degrees and many graduate degrees. 

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,550
  • Military-Friendly Score: 88.19
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Trident University International aims to challenge its students in a 100% online setting through its various degrees, which includes business administration, health administration, information technology management, and more. As a participant of the Yellow Ribbon program, Trident University International offers a number of military-friendly programs and services, such as reduced tuition for veterans and a Student Veterans of America Chapter. There are more than 22,000 military and veteran alumni, and many of the faculty and staff members are veterans as well.

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,670
  • Military-Friendly Score: 89.12
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Old Dominion University offers many online degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Available subjects include communication, health sciences, and engineering technology, and there are even specific programs created to award significant academic credit to military training and experience. Old Dominion University Online also offers support services for military service members, veterans, and dependents who want to pursue a degree. In addition to designating university contacts for military-affiliated online programs, Old Dominion University provides a Military Connection Center, which helps veterans and active duty service members navigate the transition to academic life.

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • Military-Friendly Score: 65.35
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC
  • Baker College Online offers 100% online degrees in computer science, occupational therapy, supply chain management and many other subjects. One of the first colleges to offer online courses, it is now also one of the largest online colleges, offering distance learners certificate, associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. Baker Online's courses cater well to active military personnel, no matter where they are stationed -- there are no on-campus requirements, and classes are available 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. Baker Online also maintains service members' place while they serve, allowing them to return to their studies without penalties or additional fees.

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • Military-Friendly Score: 93.47
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and TRACS
  • Liberty University is a Christian liberal arts institution located in Central Virginia and offers online programs at all levels, from certificate to doctoral. Degrees are available in subjects such as graphic design, aviation, information technology, and healthcare, among many more. To help their military and veteran students succeed, Liberty provides a Military Support Office, a Veterans Center, and a Student Veterans Association as well as a military transfer credit program to ease degree completion. In addition to these support services, veterans and active duty military members can apply for military-specific grants and scholarships.

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,850
  • Military-Friendly Score: 80.71
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Regent University Online provides a range of benefits for military-affiliated and veteran students. This Yellow Ribbon school offers 128 undergraduate and graduate programs that military students can choose to complete online, as well as a reduced tuition rate for military students. In addition to tuition discounts, Regent offers many resources for online students, including an Online Peer Mentorship program, online tutoring services, and an online chapel. Spouses of Active Duty, activated National Guard, or Reserve service members who want to pursue associate degrees, certifications, and/or licensure programs may be eligible for $4,000 in educational Tuition Assistance through the Military Spouse Center Advancement benefit. 

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