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Do Online Colleges Observe Military Benefits?

Online colleges and their flexible, convenient programs can be a good fit for:

  • Active-duty officers
  • Veterans, whether they’ve moved back to the United States or living abroad.
  • Their families who may frequently move

Many programs from accredited online colleges do accept military benefits like Tuition Assistance, making it even easier to transition into a new career or expand your military background with supplemental skills and education.

First, understand your military benefits and what you’re eligible for based on your service and experience. Use the table below as a general guide, and realize that each branch of the military has different qualifications and requirements for awarding benefits, and the maximum amount of money may not always be given out.

Type of Benefits How it Helps Approved
Tuition Assistance (TA) Pays up to 100% of tuition for Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard Yes*
Post-9/11 GI Bill Up to 100% tuition fee and coverage, plus stipend for housing, books, and supplies Yes*
State Veteran Benefits Varied levels of tuition assistance or free tuition, fees and other expenses Depends on state guidelines for degree types and institution levels. Online programs from state schools may be best option


*Check with your school’s admissions counselors to confirm that they will accept military benefits and that your benefits will pay for your particular major and degree program. Also inquire about Yellow Ribbon Schools, military student offices, and military-friendly schools.

Visit to learn about other military benefits that can

  • Help you with your college search
  • Advise you with identifying your transferrable skills from military experience and applying them to real-world jobs and career training
  • Suggest experience-for-credit transfers you can propose to your admissions counselor so that you can skip introductory classes because of jobs and training you completed during your military service.
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