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Best Colleges for Veterans
Top 100 Consensus Ranked Schools for Vets 2021

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The College Consensus ranking of the Best Colleges for Veterans is built to be thorough, combining perspectives from trusted ranking agencies and reputable student reviews. For generations now, military veterans have looked to America’s colleges and universities – with the help of the GI Bill – to expand their career options after service. Now, with the Consensus Best Colleges for Veterans, prospective students can look to College Consensus for a detailed and exhaustive look at the schools most consistently ranked the top for veterans. If you’re interested in an online degree, check out our ranking of the Best Online Colleges for Veterans.

How Did We Create Our Ranking of the Best Colleges for Veterans?

College Consensus is designed to be a different kind of college ranking, bringing together published expertise and student reviews to create the most comprehensive, aggregate ranking of colleges anywhere. Our method combines rankings from internationally recognized publishers like the Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, WalletHub and Money to form the Publisher Rating. Verified student reviews from sites such as Niche, Cappex, and Unigo combine to form the Student Review Rating. The average of these sources forms the Consensus Rating, which make the College Consensus ranking.

Since the US government instituted the GI Bill (technically called the Serviceman’s Readjustment Act of 1944), one important measure of how a college does its job is what kinds of support it provides for veterans. The GI Bill was originally intended to help veterans readjust to civilian life, with mortgage support, business loans, and, of course, education expenses. Today, the expanded 9/11 GI Bill has helped a new generation of veterans return to school. College Consensus aims to help guide veterans and military personnel to the colleges and universities that will give them the strongest support and best opportunities for academic and professional transformation.

The institutions on the Best Colleges for Veterans must meet several qualifications:

  • Be a Servicemember Opportunity Colleges member
  • Have a Recognized Student Veteran Organization
  • Be a Yellow Ribbon Program participant
  • Employ a dedicated support contact for veterans, servicemembers, and families
  • Offer credit for military training

All schools meeting this requirement are ranked according to their Consensus Rating.

What’s Different About the College Consensus Ranking?

College Consensus’ unique aggregate method provides prospective students with a cleaner, clearer way of comparing colleges. Sure, you could compare all of the rankings out there, or you could let College Consensus do that work for you, providing one straightforward, aggregate score based on all of them. College Consensus cuts through all of the confusion and biases of the many rankings out there by getting down to the numbers – just the numbers. The perspective of experts and real students are given equal weight, making Consensus the only ranking that takes in everyone’s point of view. Read more about the College Consensus methodology on the About page.

The Top Consensus Ranked Colleges for Veterans are listed in descending order by their Consensus score. In the event of ties, schools are ranked in alphabetical order with the same rank number.

1

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
91
College Consensus
99.4
Publisher Consensus
82.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

2

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, MI

michigan ann arbor
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
86
College Consensus
92.8
Publisher Consensus
79.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

3

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC

unc CH
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
84.1
College Consensus
88.9
Publisher Consensus
79.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

4

Georgetown University
Washington, DC

georgetown
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
82.4
College Consensus
88.2
Publisher Consensus
76.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

5

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, WI

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
81.5
College Consensus
83.1
Publisher Consensus
79.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

6

The University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

UT Austin
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
80.8
College Consensus
82.6
Publisher Consensus
79
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

7

Purdue University-Main Campus
West Lafayette, IN

purdue
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
80
College Consensus
81.8
Publisher Consensus
78.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

8

William & Mary
Williamsburg, VA

william mary
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
79.4
College Consensus
83.6
Publisher Consensus
75.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

9

University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

UofSouthernCalifornia
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
79.2
College Consensus
80.2
Publisher Consensus
78.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

10

Citadel Military College of South Carolina
Charleston, SC

Citadel Military College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
78.5
College Consensus
86.1
Publisher Consensus
71
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

11

Texas A & M University-College Station
College Station, TX

Texas AandM
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
78.4
College Consensus
80.4
Publisher Consensus
76.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

12

Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA

Boston College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
77.6
College Consensus
80.9
Publisher Consensus
74.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

13

Western Washington University
Bellingham, WA

WesternWashingtonU
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
75.5
College Consensus
77.3
Publisher Consensus
73.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

14

James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
74.9
College Consensus
71.8
Publisher Consensus
78
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

15

North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Raleigh, NC

NCSU
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
74
College Consensus
73.1
Publisher Consensus
74.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

16

University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA

U Northern Iowa
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
73.9
College Consensus
71.3
Publisher Consensus
76.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

17

Maryville College
Maryville, TN

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
73.8
College Consensus
74.2
Publisher Consensus
73.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

18

Ohio State University-Main Campus
Columbus, OH

Ohio State U
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
73.1
College Consensus
69.8
Publisher Consensus
76.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

19

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Minneapolis, MN

University Minnesota Twin Cities
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72.8
College Consensus
72.4
Publisher Consensus
73.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

20

Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL

fsu
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72.7
College Consensus
67.5
Publisher Consensus
78
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

21

Rutgers University-New Brunswick
New Brunswick, NJ

Rutgers University New Brunswick
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
71.6
College Consensus
70
Publisher Consensus
73.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

22

Indiana University-Bloomington
Bloomington, IN

Indiana University Bloomington
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
71.2
College Consensus
64.1
Publisher Consensus
78.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

23

University of Maryland-College Park
College Park, MD

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
70.8
College Consensus
70.7
Publisher Consensus
70.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

24

University of Miami
Coral Gables, FL

University Miami
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
70.3
College Consensus
67
Publisher Consensus
73.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

25

University of Mary Washington
Fredericksburg, VA

UMW
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
70
College Consensus
69.4
Publisher Consensus
70.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

26

Southern Methodist University
Dallas, TX

SMU
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69.9
College Consensus
64.5
Publisher Consensus
75.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

27

University of Michigan-Dearborn
Dearborn, MI

Michigan Dearborn
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69.8
College Consensus
68
Publisher Consensus
71.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

28

University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA

University Iowa
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69.3
College Consensus
62.1
Publisher Consensus
76.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

29

University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

U Arizona
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
69.3
College Consensus
64.6
Publisher Consensus
73.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

30

Pacific Lutheran University
Tacoma, WA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.6
College Consensus
64.1
Publisher Consensus
73.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

31

University of Massachusetts-Amherst
Amherst, MA

University of Massachusetts Amherst
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.6
College Consensus
62.8
Publisher Consensus
74.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

32

University of Redlands
Redlands, CA

redlands
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
67.9
College Consensus
64.3
Publisher Consensus
71.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

33

University of California-Riverside
Riverside, CA

University of California Riverside
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
67.1
College Consensus
66
Publisher Consensus
68.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

34

Salisbury University
Salisbury, MD

Salisbury University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
67
College Consensus
62.8
Publisher Consensus
71.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

35

Iowa State University
Ames, IA

ISU
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
66.3
College Consensus
56.8
Publisher Consensus
75.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

36

Hamline University
Saint Paul, MN

Hamline University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.4
College Consensus
64.8
Publisher Consensus
66.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

37

Arizona State University-Tempe
Tempe, AZ

ASU Campus
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.4
College Consensus
59
Publisher Consensus
71.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

38

Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY

Syracuse University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.3
College Consensus
57.4
Publisher Consensus
73.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

39

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Eau Claire, WI

University Wisconsin Eau Claire
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.2
College Consensus
55.2
Publisher Consensus
75.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

40

Radford University
Radford, VA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.7
College Consensus
56.2
Publisher Consensus
73.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

41

University of Central Florida
Orlando, FL

University Central Florida
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.6
College Consensus
55.4
Publisher Consensus
73.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

42

SUNY Maritime College
Throggs Neck, NY

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.6
College Consensus
67.5
Publisher Consensus
61.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

43

Marquette University
Milwaukee, WI

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.5
College Consensus
56.4
Publisher Consensus
72.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

44

West Chester University of Pennsylvania
West Chester, PA

West Chester University Pennsylvania
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.3
College Consensus
61.4
Publisher Consensus
67.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

45

Towson University
Towson, MD

towson university
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.2
College Consensus
59.7
Publisher Consensus
68.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

46

Michigan Technological University
Houghton, MI

Michigan Tech
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.2
College Consensus
53.2
Publisher Consensus
75.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

47

George Mason University
Fairfax, VA

George Mason University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.1
College Consensus
58.4
Publisher Consensus
69.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

48

Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ

Montclair State University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64
College Consensus
59.4
Publisher Consensus
68.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

49

University of New Hampshire-Main Campus
Durham, NH

UNH
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.8
College Consensus
55.1
Publisher Consensus
72.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

50

Webster University
Saint Louis, MO

Webster University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.7
College Consensus
56.9
Publisher Consensus
70.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

51

Winona State University
Winona, MN

Winona State University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.7
College Consensus
55.9
Publisher Consensus
71.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

52

University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
Pittsburgh, PA

University of Pittsburgh Campus
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.5
College Consensus
50.8
Publisher Consensus
76.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

53

Rutgers University-Newark
Newark, NJ

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.5
College Consensus
55.7
Publisher Consensus
71.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

54

University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY

University at Buffalo
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.4
College Consensus
58.9
Publisher Consensus
67.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

55

University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT

University of utah
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.1
College Consensus
54.1
Publisher Consensus
72
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

56

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach
Daytona Beach, FL

Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona Beach
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
62.9
College Consensus
64.1
Publisher Consensus
61.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

57

University of Oregon
Eugene, OR

University Oregon
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
62.7
College Consensus
49.2
Publisher Consensus
76.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

58

Colorado State University-Fort Collins
Fort Collins, CO

Colorado State University Fort Collins
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
62.7
College Consensus
50.1
Publisher Consensus
75.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

59

Washington State University
Pullman, WA

Washington State University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
62.6
College Consensus
51.5
Publisher Consensus
73.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

60

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Stevens Point, WI

University Wisconsin Stevens Point
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
61.7
College Consensus
49.6
Publisher Consensus
73.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

61

Saint Louis University
Saint Louis, MO

Saint Louis University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
61.3
College Consensus
50.6
Publisher Consensus
71.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

62

University of South Florida-Main Campus
Tampa, FL

University South Florida Main
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60.6
College Consensus
50.4
Publisher Consensus
70.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

63

University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus
Norman, OK

ou
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60.6
College Consensus
45.3
Publisher Consensus
75.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

64

University of Vermont
Burlington, VT

vermont
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
59.9
College Consensus
50.9
Publisher Consensus
69
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

65

Gonzaga University
Spokane, WA

gonzaga
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
59.9
College Consensus
45.9
Publisher Consensus
73.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

66

Fordham University
Bronx, NY

Fordham University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
59.6
College Consensus
44.5
Publisher Consensus
74.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

67

Westfield State University
Westfield, MA

Westfield State University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
59.6
College Consensus
52.4
Publisher Consensus
66.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

68

Augustana College
Rock Island, IL

Augustana College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
59.5
College Consensus
45.1
Publisher Consensus
73.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

69

Missouri University of Science and Technology
Rolla, MO

Missouri University Science technology
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
59
College Consensus
45.7
Publisher Consensus
72.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

70

Loyola Marymount University
Los Angeles, CA

LMU
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
58.9
College Consensus
47.7
Publisher Consensus
70.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

71

LeTourneau University
Longview, TX

Letourneau University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
58.7
College Consensus
45.9
Publisher Consensus
71.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

72

University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO

Snow Boulder
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
58.4
College Consensus
39.5
Publisher Consensus
77.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

73

University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS

University of Kansas
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
57.4
College Consensus
39.1
Publisher Consensus
75.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

74

Texas Christian University
Fort Worth, TX

Texas Christian University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
57.4
College Consensus
36.9
Publisher Consensus
77.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

75

Loyola University Chicago
Chicago, IL

Loyola University Chicago
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
57
College Consensus
45.8
Publisher Consensus
68.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

76

Clarkson University
Potsdam, NY

Clarkson University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
56.7
College Consensus
44.2
Publisher Consensus
69.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

77

University of Evansville
Evansville, IN

Evansville 1
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
56.4
College Consensus
41.7
Publisher Consensus
71.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

78

Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, NY

Rochester Institute of Technology
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
56.4
College Consensus
40.6
Publisher Consensus
72.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

79

University of Idaho
Moscow, ID

U Idaho
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
56.3
College Consensus
37.7
Publisher Consensus
75
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

80

Le Moyne College
Syracuse, NY

LeMoyne College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
56.3
College Consensus
42.3
Publisher Consensus
70.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

81

Auburn University
Auburn, AL

Auburn University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
56.1
College Consensus
34.8
Publisher Consensus
77.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

82

Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
56
College Consensus
44.9
Publisher Consensus
67
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

83

University of Dayton
Dayton, OH

dayton chapel
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
55.9
College Consensus
35.3
Publisher Consensus
76.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

84

Creighton University
Omaha, NE

creighton
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
55.8
College Consensus
39.8
Publisher Consensus
71.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

85

University of Missouri-Columbia
Columbia, MO

University of Missouri Columbia
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
55.8
College Consensus
36.6
Publisher Consensus
75
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

86

Rutgers University-Camden
Camden, NJ

Rutgers University Camden
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
55.5
College Consensus
44.9
Publisher Consensus
66.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

87

Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR

OSU
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
55.3
College Consensus
36.4
Publisher Consensus
74.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

88

East Carolina University
Greenville, NC

East Carolina University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
55
College Consensus
31.6
Publisher Consensus
78.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

89

Lewis University
Romeoville, IL

lewis u
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
55
College Consensus
45.3
Publisher Consensus
64.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

90

University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE

unl
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
54.7
College Consensus
38.8
Publisher Consensus
70.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

91

Mount Mercy University
Cedar Rapids, IA

mount mercy University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
54.6
College Consensus
33.4
Publisher Consensus
75.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

92

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College
Baton Rouge, LA

lsubr
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
54.5
College Consensus
30.7
Publisher Consensus
78.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

93

Manhattan College
Riverdale, NY

Manhattan College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
54.4
College Consensus
42.6
Publisher Consensus
66.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

94

University of St Thomas (MN)
Saint Paul, MN

University of St Thomas
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
54.4
College Consensus
35.5
Publisher Consensus
73.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

95

New Jersey Institute of Technology
Newark, NJ

New Jersey Institute of Technology
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
53.9
College Consensus
47.3
Publisher Consensus
60.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

96

Elmhurst College
Elmhurst, IL

Elmhurst College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
53.5
College Consensus
37.9
Publisher Consensus
69.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

97

University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie, WI

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
53.4
College Consensus
30.7
Publisher Consensus
76.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

98

Moravian College
Bethlehem, PA

Moravian College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
53
College Consensus
39.3
Publisher Consensus
66.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

99

University of Wyoming
Laramie, WY

Wyoming
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
53
College Consensus
32.4
Publisher Consensus
73.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

100

University of South Carolina-Columbia
Columbia, SC

SC
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
52.3
College Consensus
27.1
Publisher Consensus
77.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: April, 2021

Is College Really Free for Veterans?

If you are wondering is college really free for veterans, that depends on where the veteran is located. The best colleges for military members are typically those who are included in the free college for veterans offerings within their states.  Backed by the GI Bill, many veterans can attend college free of charge in the following states:

  • Connecticut: The laws in Connecticut state that may be waived for qualified veterans who attend any state university or one of the 12 Connecticut Community College/Technical Colleges.
  • Florida: Florida law allows veterans to attend undergraduate programs at state universities and community colleges. The educational benefits in Florida state are intended for those who have received Purple Hearts.
  • Illinois: Illinois provides veterans with as well as the payment of selected fees. This is provided that they have served for a minimum of one year, honorable discharge, have Illinois listed as the home of record, and they have returned to Illinois within six months of leaving the service.
  • Indiana: Indiana allows free tuition for veterans for up to 124 credit hours in a state-sponsored college or university. Veterans must be a recipient of the Purple Heart Medal, have a permanent home address in Indiana, and must have been honorably discharged.
  • Massachusetts: The state of Massachusetts waives tuition at state institutions to resident veterans who have not defaulted on student loans.
  • Montana: The state of Montana offers free college courses to veterans at state schools provided that they were honorably discharged, served in a warzone, and were awarded a Campaign or Expeditionary medal.
  • New Mexico: New Mexico offers free tuition to those who have been a resident of New Mexico for 10 years and those who were awarded the Southwest Asia Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, or any those who were awarded medals for service in support of any US Military campaign or armed conflict that took place after August 1, 1990. Alternatively, free tuition is also offered to those who have been a resident for at least 10 years, served in the Vietnam War, and has been issued the Vietnam Campaign or Service Medal.
  • New York: New York State offers free tuition for the full cost of tuition at any State Univesity of New York.
  • South Dakota: South Dakota offers free tuition to veterans who were honorably discharged, who qualify for in-state tuition, who have served in active duty since August 2, 1990.
  • Texas: The state of Texas offers tuition exemption to veterans who served more than 180 days in active duty service, were honorably discharged, and have not defaulted on their student loans.
  • Utah: Utah offers many programs to veterans and their dependents. These programs are available to those who have received purple hearts or those who are surviving dependents of those who were killed in action on or in the aftermath of September 11th, under certain conditions. Moreover, they also offer free tuition to military members the last year of education at a State University, under certain circumstances.
  • Washington: The state of Washington offers free tuition to veterans who are residents of Washington, to those who have fought in a war or conflict overseas, who were dishonorably discharged, or children/ surviving spouses of an eligible veteran or national guard member.
  • Wisconsin: Wisconsin offers free tuition to veterans under the GI Bill benefits. Which means they full waivers of tuition for up to 128 credit hours. These veterans must be honorably discharged, must have been a state resident while serving, or those who were residents for five consecutive years before enrolling in their school of choice.

How are GI Bill Benefits and the Yellow Ribbon Program Related?

As mentioned, the GI Bill was created to allow veterans to receive free college tuition. GI Bill benefits vary from state to state. However, those who comply with this bill offer free tuition to certain colleges, provided that the applicant meets a certain criteria. The Yellow Ribbon Program is a provision of the post-911 GI Bill that allows free tuition to those who have served for at least 36 months after the 9/11 tragedy, those who were honorably discharged for a service-connected injury and 30 days after September 10, 2001, and their dependents, or those who are using the Fry Scholarship. The best Yellow Robbin Schools comply with this bill.

Do Veterans Get Accepted to College Easier?

While there are no guarantees in terms of college admissions, maturity, determination, and honor that most veterans possess makes it somewhat easier to gain acceptance into certain colleges. The best colleges for military veterans are those who support the GI Bill.

How Do the Best Colleges for Active Duty Military Help My Dependents?

As mentioned, there are plenty of VA education benefits for dependents, depending on where you live and what your circumstances are. The details on how does the gi bill work for dependents are listed above.

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