What are Military Friendly Colleges?

Over 10,000 colleges and universities offer programs and tuition benefits for active-duty, military spouse, dependents, and veterans across United States of America. This blog explains in detail what military friendly colleges are and the eligibility criteria.

Posted by Akshay Nair P R on 19th February 2018

“A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterward."- Theodore Roosevelt

What are Military Friendly Colleges?

These are colleges for active-duty, veterans, military spouses, and dependents. There are over 11,000 higher education institutions that are offering courses for the military people. From these courses, they can earn an accredited degree. Since these are military friendly they provide financial support for active military as well as military spouse, military tuition assistance, credits for training or prior learning experiences, and military discounts.

Yellow Ribbon Program

  • This program comes under The New Post-9/11 GI Bill. Under this program, a veteran or a service member who wants to attend a training or an education program from an accredited college or university is provided financial assistance.

  • That person can get up to 100% tuition fee, a monthly living stipend and also $ 1000 a year for books and other supplies.

  • This benefit is designed to enhance or expand education benefits for Veterans, Servicemembers, Families, and survivors.

  • The GI Bill has several programs and each is administrated differently, depending on a person's eligibility and duty status.

Eligibility Criteria for the Yellow Ribbon Program

  • Have Served an aggregate of 36 months on active duty after September 10, 2011.
  • Must have served a minimum of 30 continuous days after September 10, 2011; and should have been honorably discharged from active duty for that service.
  • Should be a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on a veteran's service under the eligibility criteria listed above.

Military Friendly colleges in the USA

Liberty University Columbia Southern University
Arizona State University Academy of Art University
Kaplan University Ashford University
American Public University System Colorado State University
Grantham University Saint Xavier University

Transferring your credits

Military friendly colleges offer a special transfer credit program depending on the branch and the education that one has received while in the service, they are required to contact one or more of the following services to get the transcripts needed

  • Army ACE Registry Transcript

  • ACE Registry Transcript

  • Community College of the Air Force

  • Coast Guard Institute

  • DANTES Score Report

  • CLEP Score Report

Military friendly colleges offer a special transfer credit program that applies to the training one received as a service member, including any military schooling credits based on the military career, active duty training, prior college courses and the scores of your tests from Graduate Record Examinations (GREs) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) to DSST, DANTES, and CLEP.


Military friendly universities are totally different from the other universities. The veterans feel very lucky to get the opportunity to pursue in such military universities.

  • The yellow ribbon program adds an extra feature to this, in Colorado State University system there are about 38,000 students, and among them, 2,000 are active-duty military or veterans.

  • Many of the military students are willing to choose a degree from accredited online universities.

  • There are almost 65% of veterans students who take almost 6 years to graduate from Colorado State University-Global Campus. They provide one of the best graduation rates for vets in the country.