2019 Most Affordable Military-Friendly Online Colleges

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These 25 schools represent the most affordable military-friendly online schools of 2019, according to research conducted by SR Education Group. They were identified as being military-friendly based on their participation in the government Tuition Assistance program, as well as their strong military communities, demonstrated commitment to supporting military-affiliated online students, and flexible learning requirements that are compatible with military-affiliated students' schedules and lifestyles. Ranked #1, Western Governors University offers an exceptionally affordable tuition rate of $6,380, and 23 of the schools have annual tuitions under $15,000.

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Rank College Annual Tuition Military-Friendly Score
#1 #1 Western Governors University Annual Tuition $6,380 Military-Friendly Score 90.85
#2 #2 Columbia Southern University Annual Tuition $6,750 Military-Friendly Score 96.76
#3 #3 American Public University System Annual Tuition $8,100 Military-Friendly Score 98.27
#4 #4 Grantham University Annual Tuition $8,215 Military-Friendly Score 86.48
#5 #5 Indiana University - Bloomington Annual Tuition $9,460 Military-Friendly Score 89.66
#6 #6 Thomas Edison State University Annual Tuition $9,967 Military-Friendly Score 86.07
#7 #7 Arizona State University Annual Tuition $10,104 Military-Friendly Score 99.37
#8 #8 Colorado State University-Global Campus Annual Tuition $10,500 Military-Friendly Score 85.33
#9 #9 Mississippi State University Annual Tuition $11,036 Military-Friendly Score 85.55
#10 #10 Norwich University Annual Tuition $11,250 Military-Friendly Score 92.10
#11 #11 University of Massachusetts-Lowell Annual Tuition $11,400 Military-Friendly Score 85.10
#12 #12 University of North Texas Annual Tuition $11,520 Military-Friendly Score 91.03
#13 #13 Trident University International Annual Tuition $11,550 Military-Friendly Score 90.44
#14 #14 University of Kansas Annual Tuition $11,592 Military-Friendly Score 88.52
#15 #15 Old Dominion University Annual Tuition $11,670 Military-Friendly Score 97.88
#16 (tie) #16 (tie) Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide Annual Tuition $11,700 Military-Friendly Score 88.63
#16 (tie) #16 (tie) Liberty University Annual Tuition $11,700 Military-Friendly Score 99.46
#18 #18 University of Kentucky Annual Tuition $12,070 Military-Friendly Score 86.35
#19 #19 Eastern Kentucky University Annual Tuition $12,270 Military-Friendly Score 87.42
#20 #20 University of Alabama at Birmingham Annual Tuition $13,230 Military-Friendly Score 89.56
#21 #21 Bellevue University Annual Tuition $13,280 Military-Friendly Score 94.02
#22 #22 University of Colorado Denver Annual Tuition $14,880 Military-Friendly Score 92.38
#23 #23 University of Maryland University College Annual Tuition $14,970 Military-Friendly Score 99.49
#24 #24 Excelsior College Annual Tuition $15,300 Military-Friendly Score 85.99
#25 #25 San Diego State University Annual Tuition $15,642 Military-Friendly Score 87.01
  • Annual Tuition: $6,380
  • Military-Friendly Score: 90.85
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU and DEAC
  • Western Governors University is an innovative online school with a longstanding reputation for supporting veterans and active duty military students. It offers flat rate tuition and has a unique, competency-based approach to learning. The Department of Veterans Affairs has endorsed every one of its degree programs for eligibility for GI Bill benefits. WGU also has a Military Support department that is dedicated to assisting military personnel with their applications for tuition assistance and making sure that they are familiar with applicable military scholarships. The department catalog offers dozens of different 100% online bachelor's and master's degree programs. Prospective students signing up for the school's online mailing list will receive a $65 fee waiver code.

  • Annual Tuition: $6,750
  • Military-Friendly Score: 96.76
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Private, online Columbia Southern University offers an array of accredited associate, bachelor's, master's, doctorate, and certificate programs to distance students of all types. Application fees are waived for all military personnel, and library fees are also waived for those receiving Military Tuition Assistance. In addition, the cost per credit for undergraduate classes is less than the mandated Tuition Assistance limit of $250. CSU has a downloadable course catalog, offers flexible learning formats, and requires no test scores for admission. Textbooks are provided through the CSU Book Grant.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,100
  • Military-Friendly Score: 98.27
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC and DEAC
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, American Public University System offers over 200 online degree and certificate programs. Students affiliated with the military receive free textbooks and ebooks, and grants cover technology fees for active military personnel. AMU honors the G.I. Bill Yellow Ribbon Program, as well as the Military Tuition Assistance cap of $250 per credit hour for undergraduate tuition. Academic advisors assist all online students with planning their courses, understanding policies and procedures, and becoming fluent with the online campus.

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  • Annual Tuition: $8,215
  • Military-Friendly Score: 86.48
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: DEAC
  • Grantham University is fully online and is dedicated to helping the underserved get educated. Its benefits start with low tuition and over 50 degree and certificate programs in four different colleges, and also include special rates and free textbooks and software for veterans and active military. Credit can also be granted for life experience and training, and the university has a dedicated Veteran Support Team. Resources for distance learners include ebooks, assistance with entering the civilian workforce, and free webinars. Courses are eight weeks in length and start every month. Classes allow for flexible log-in with no fixed daily start times.

  • Annual Tuition: $9,460
  • Military-Friendly Score: 89.66
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Founded in 1820, Indiana University - Bloomington now has almost 200 years of teaching credibility to its name. Through its IU Online campus, it offers over 120 online degrees in subjects ranging from applied science and business to labor studies and philanthropy. Many classes are asynchronous, allowing distance students to create their own work and study schedules to fit their active lives. Veterans Support Services assists students with military affiliation in obtaining VA benefits and financial assistance, as well as with enrollment. They also provide resources for counseling and rehabilitation and legal help.

  • Annual Tuition: $9,967
  • Military-Friendly Score: 86.07
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Thomas Edison State University offers a number of online associate, bachelor's, and graduate programs. Bachelor's degrees include Accounting, Information Technology, History, and Criminal Justice, among others. Some popular online graduate degrees include Business Administration, Nursing, Public Service Leadership, and Educational Leadership. Thomas Edison s tuition plans are unique in that students can choose either a per-credit or comprehensive tuition plan. They also have programs designed specifically for each branch of the military and are a member of the Navy College and GoArmyEd programs.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,104
  • Military-Friendly Score: 99.37
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Arizona State University offers over 175 online degree programs with six start dates per year. Online undergraduate degrees include Business Administration, Community Health, Economics, and Geography. Graduate degrees offered by ASU include Forensic Psychology, Health Informatics, Nutrition, and Sociology. Undergraduate courses cost between $520 - $728 per credit hour, while graduate degrees cost $522 - $1,397. If you are a resident student, the college caps your tuition at 10 undergraduate or 11 graduate credits, but there is no cap for non-resident students. Arizona State University offers the Military Active Duty and Reservist Commitment Scholarship, which covers all out-of-pocket tuition expenses for qualified students seeking an undergraduate degree.

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  • Annual Tuition: $10,500
  • Military-Friendly Score: 85.33
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • There are several online degrees offered by Colorado State University. Undergraduate students who are interested in a fully online degree can choose from Agricultural Business, Human Development and Family Studies, Horticulture, Psychology, and Economics, among others. Students interested in Engineering graduate degrees will find a number of online programs offered by CSU, including Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Engineering Management, and Computer Engineering. They even offer online Ph.Ds in Systems Engineering, Organizational Learning, Performance, and Change, and Higher Education Leadership. Currently, undergraduate degree programs cost $476 per credit hour and graduate degrees cost between $568 and $1,831 per credit hour. Most active-duty military and veterans can receive a 10% tuition discount. The school also has a task force dedicated to helping military students, as well as career coaching resources.

  • Annual Tuition: $11,036
  • Military-Friendly Score: 85.55
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Mississippi State University s Center for Distance Education offers bachelor's degree programs in Business Administration, Geosciences, Industrial Technology, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Elementary Education. They offer even more master's programs, including General Biology, Instructional Technology, Civil Engineering, and Workforce Education Leadership, among others. MSU has quite a few doctoral programs as well, such as Computational Engineering, Community College Leadership, Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Engineering with a concentration in Aerospace Engineering. Undergraduate online courses cost between $342 and $356 per credit hour. Graduate courses cost between $456 and $474 per credit hour. MSU's Center for America's Veterans offers comprehensive counseling to eligible students.

  • Annual Tuition: $11,250
  • Military-Friendly Score: 92.10
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • Norwich University has been offering online education programs since 1998. They have online bachelor s degrees in Criminal Justice, Management Studies, Cyber Security, National Security Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis. Master s degrees include Civil Engineering, Military History, Nursing, Strategic Studies, and Executive Leadership, among other degrees. Most bachelor s degree programs cost about $375 per credit hour, or $250 for active military students. Master s programs vary in pricing but generally cost between $662 and $825 per credit hour. Norwich helps veterans receive credits for their military experience. They also have an online master's scholarship for service members, which provides $1,200 in scholarship money.

  • Annual Tuition: $11,400
  • Military-Friendly Score: 85.10
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE
  • UMass Lowell offers over 50 graduate and undergraduate degrees online. Undergraduate degrees include Psychology, Web Development, Homeland Security, and Paralegal Studies. They offer graduate degrees in Business, Criminal Justice, Clinical Pathology, Education, and Autism, among other subjects. Online undergraduate courses cost $380 per credit hour and online graduate courses cost $575 per credit hour. Online graduate Education courses are slightly less expensive, costing $470 per credit hour, and online Business courses are slightly more expensive, costing $655 per credit hour. UMASS Lowell's Veterans Vocational Rehabilitation Education Program counsels veterans about the best career and education paths for them.

  • Annual Tuition: $11,520
  • Military-Friendly Score: 91.03
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • The University of North Texas offers several online bachelor's and master's degrees. Undergraduate students can receive degrees in Criminal Justice, Rehabilitation Studies, Information Science, and Applied Arts & Sciences. Their online graduate Education program is particularly robust, offering degrees in Early Childhood Education, Educational Psychology, Special Education, and Education in Curriculum & Instruction, to name only a few. Students interested in Education can take courses in ESL Pedagogy, Teaching Diverse Populations, Theory of Teaching, Curriculum Development, and Class Management, among other courses. UNT offers enrollment support and education benefits to veterans. For their commitment and service to military members, The Military Order of the Purple Heart named UNT a Purple Heart University on May 3, 2018.

  • Annual Tuition: $11,550
  • Military-Friendly Score: 90.44
  • School Type: For-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Trident University International offers eight bachelor's degrees in 19 concentrations, eight master's degrees in 28 concentrations, and five doctoral degrees in 13 concentrations. Bachelor's degrees include Computer Science, Homeland Security, Health Sciences, Human Resource Management, and Business Administration, among other degrees. Their master's degrees include Health Administration, Education, Leadership, and Information Technology Management. Their online Ph.Ds are in Health Sciences, Educational Leadership, and Business Administration. They also offer a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.). Trident provides military grants that reduce tuition by 33% for bachelor's programs, 36% for master's programs, and 14% - 18% for doctoral programs.

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,592
  • Military-Friendly Score: 88.52
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • University of Kansas's online courses are offered in both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Online undergraduate degrees are offered in their School of Nursing, School of Health Professions, and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Their online graduate degrees are offered out of 10 colleges including their School of Nursing, School of Social Welfare, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Education, and School of Health Professions, among other colleges. The University of Kansas works with Fort Leavenworth's Army Command and General Staff College to help military students receive the higher education that they need. Their Lt. Gen. William K. Jones Military-Affiliated Student Center provides military members with transition and graduate counseling.

  • Annual Tuition: $11,670
  • Military-Friendly Score: 97.88
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Old Dominion University's bachelor's programs include Marketing Education, Cybersecurity, Embedded Systems Technology, Modeling and Simulation Engineering, Sociology, and Psychology. Their master s degrees include Business Administration, Computer Science, Mathematics Specialist, Public Health, and Sport Management, among other degrees. They also have Doctorate programs in English, Nursing, Public Administration, Technology Education, Community College Leadership, Educational Leadership. Undergraduate classes cost $389 per credit hour for out-of-state tuition and $352 per credit hour for in-state tuition. Graduate courses are slightly more expensive, costing $568 per credit hour for out-of-state tuition and $523 per credit hour for in-state tuition. The ODU Military Scholarship provides $1,000 to veterans and current military members. Their Military Connection Center offers tuition and transition counseling to military students.

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • Military-Friendly Score: 88.63
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University offers online courses in nine-week sessions, with multiple start times throughout the year. There are 16 available online undergraduate degree programs, including Bachelor of Science degrees in Communication, Engineering, Aviation Security, Aeronautics, and Homeland Security, among others. Active duty service members who study at Embry-Riddle will always be able to get their tuition fees refunded if they are unable to complete a class due to military service, and their online programs are so flexible that many students are able to complete their classes while on the front line.

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  • Annual Tuition: $11,700
  • Military-Friendly Score: 99.46
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and TRACS
  • Liberty University goes the distance in making online degrees accessible to its students. It doesn't require standardized testing, and it allows students to transfer in as much as 75% of an undergraduate degree (and up to 50% of a graduate degree). Special military pricing makes Liberty s nationally recognized courses affordable, and most courses are taught in an eight-week format 100% online. There are eight start dates per year. The Military Affairs Office ensures that veterans and active military receive full access to pertinent support services and connect with the school's military community. Military students have access to special academic opportunities through LU's military partnerships and programs.

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  • Annual Tuition: $12,070
  • Military-Friendly Score: 86.35
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • Regionally-accredited University of Kentucky has over 200 degree programs, many of which are fully online. Online degrees range from a Bachelor's in Medical Laboratory Science and a Master's in Manufacturing Systems Engineering to a Graduate Certificate in Public Financial Management. Military-friendly benefits offered by the school include in-state tuition for active duty stationed in Kentucky and their families, as well as in-state tuition for distance students using GI Bill benefits. UK offers Distance Learning Library Services, which include access to research databases and interlibrary loans, to all online students. Online proctoring for tests is also available.

  • Annual Tuition: $12,270
  • Military-Friendly Score: 87.42
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and ACCET
  • Eastern Kentucky University is an accredited school with a big online presence. Through its EKU Online portal, the university offers dozens of 100% online degrees. Online associate degrees require 64 credit hours for completion, while bachelor's degrees require 120. Distance master's and doctorates require varying numbers of credits, depending on the program. There are six start dates per year. There is a flat rate tuition for all distance students, regardless of physical location, though that rate varies depending on the program and the number of credits required for completion. EKU has a 70-year tradition of helping military and veteran students. Its acclaimed one-stop Veterans Success Center assists veterans with their lifestyle changes. Active duty military members receive reduced tuition.

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  • Annual Tuition: $13,230
  • Military-Friendly Score: 89.56
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC
  • With an enrollment of over 20,000, University of Alabama at Birmingham has a legacy of providing its military students with special resources. UAB Salute is a program that allows active duty, reserve, and retired military personnel to use their military benefits to pursue online or blended degrees from remote locations worldwide. UAB's Office of Veteran Recruitment and Student Services provides active and former military with assistance including tutoring, access to military scholarships, and a work-study program. UAB Online has a very robust course catalog that includes dozens of undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide array of disciplines and subjects.

  • Annual Tuition: $13,280
  • Military-Friendly Score: 94.02
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Accredited, non-profit Bellevue University provides for students of all types, including distance and military students. Its in-class and online degrees are indistinguishable. Online classes include videos, tutorials, and tutoring, and allow for 24/7 support and library access. All online students participate in web forums, and can choose from cohort or traditional programs, depending on their schedules and lifestyles. Military personnel receive reduced tuition and the option to pursue accelerated degree programs. Bellevue University's vast catalog offers distance students a selection of online bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees of all types, in subjects ranging from software development and graphic design to liberal studies and strategic marketing.

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  • Annual Tuition: $14,880
  • Military-Friendly Score: 92.38
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • The University of Colorado at Denver offers online bachelor's of arts degrees in International Studies, Public Service, English Writing, and Integrated Studies, among other majors. They also offer bachelor of science degrees in Human Development and Family Relations and Nursing. Their online graduate degrees include Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education, Information and Learning Technologies, Curriculum and Instruction, and E-Learning. They also offer a Ph.D. in Nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). The University of College at Denver will accept up to 90 credits from students' military training. Their CSU-Global Campus Military Outreach and Benefits Office is devoted to helping military members with tuition, financial aid, and admission.

  • Annual Tuition: $14,970
  • Military-Friendly Score: 99.49
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • University of Maryland University College currently offers over 90 online and hybrid courses. Bachelor s degrees include Investigative Forensics, Public Safety Administration, Information Systems Management, and Gerontology and Aging Services, among other degrees. Their master s degrees include Environmental Management, Cloud Computing Architecture, Cybersecurity Technology, and Data Analytics. They also have doctorate degrees in Management and Management in Community College Policy and Administration. The school offers the Maryland Completion Scholarship, which allows qualified students to receive their bachelor s degree for $12,000 or less. Their transfer credit program allows military students to receive credit for their military service and fast-track their degree. Also, military members can receive up to 100% tuition assistance for their undergraduate degree.

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  • Annual Tuition: $15,300
  • Military-Friendly Score: 85.99
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE
  • Excelsior College is a non-profit online institution that offers bachelor s and master s degrees in over 30 majors. Business programs include Logistics Management, Accounting, Marketing, and Finance, among others. Their liberal arts degrees include History, Population Health, Professional and Technical Writing, and Logistics. They also have master s degrees in Criminal Justice, Nursing Education, Health Care Administration, and Cybersecurity, to name a few. The bachelor of science in technology management has a number of concentrations, including electric technology, nuclear technology, information technology, and renewable energy technology. Excelsior College has partnered with many military organizations to provide student tuition discounts. Tuition is currently set at $250 per credit hour for military students, and the application is free.

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  • Annual Tuition: $15,642
  • Military-Friendly Score: 87.01
  • School Type: Non-Profit
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • San Diego State University s College of Extended Studies offers online degrees in Business Administration, Educational Leadership, Hospitality, Public Health, and Regulatory Affairs. Students interested in the Master's of Public Health degree can finish their coursework in 18 months, taking two three-unit courses per session, and completing 51 units total. The cost per unit is currently $562. They also have online career training programs that allow students to gain the experience they need for a new degree in six to 18 months. SDSU accepts late admissions for active duty service members and veterans. They also offer direct admission to military members who are leaving the service soon.

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