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Nearly 60 Colleges Recognized for Service-Related Benefits, Program Excellence for 2017

Leading higher education information and resource provider has announced its list of the best online colleges for veterans and military personnel for 2017. The ranking names the top 59 two- and four-year schools and the top 50 four-year schools in the nation based on service member-friendly benefits, affordability and program quality. The four-year schools with the best scores were University of Southern Mississippi, Webster University, Saint Leo University, University of Idaho and Murray State University. The top five two-year schools include Central Texas College, St. Philip’s College, Mount Wachusett Community College, Wake Technical Community College and Del Mar College.

"Veterans and current members of the military face some unique challenges when it comes to earning a certificate or degree,” said Dan Schuessler, CEO and founder of “These schools have demonstrated a commitment to providing outstanding benefits and resources to service members who choose to pursue an online education, while also maintaining affordability and quality standards.”

To qualify for a spot on’s rankings, schools must meet several minimum requirements. Each college cited is institutionally accredited and holds public or private not-for-profit standing. Each is also scored based on a comparison of more than a dozen metrics including the availability and amount of financial aid, military tuition discounts, ROTC programs, veteran support services and graduation rates by school. enforces strict affordability standards, requiring schools to offer in-state tuition rates below $20,000 per year for four-year schools, and below $5,000 per year for two-year schools. All eligible school scores are compared to determine the final “Best” list.

For complete details on the data and methodology used to score each school and a full list of ranking colleges, visit:

Top Four-Year Schools in the U.S. with Military-Friendly Online Programs for 2017:

Arkansas State University-Main Campus
Azusa Pacific University
Ball State University
Columbia College
Dallas Baptist University
Duquesne University
East Carolina University
Eastern Kentucky University
Hampton University
Hawaii Pacific University
Iowa State University
Kansas State University
Lawrence Technological University
Lewis University
Mercy College
Mississippi State University
Missouri State University-Springfield
Montana State University-Billings
Murray State University
New England College
Niagara University
Northern Arizona University
Northern Kentucky University
Norwich University
Oklahoma State University-Main Campus
Oral Roberts University
Point Park University
Regis University
Saint Leo University
Texas A & M University-College Station
The College of Saint Scholastica
The University of Alabama
The University of Montana
Tiffin University
Troy University
University of Arizona
University of Cincinnati-Main Campus
University of Idaho
University of Mississippi
University of Nebraska at Omaha
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
University of Oklahoma-Norman Campus
University of South Florida-Main Campus
University of Southern Mississippi
University of the Incarnate Word
University of Toledo
Viterbo University
Washington State University
Webster University
Western Kentucky University

Top Two-Year Schools in the U.S. with Military-Friendly Online Programs for 2017:

Arapahoe Community College
Central Texas College
Del Mar College
Frederick Community College
Houston Community College
Mount Wachusett Community College
St Philip's College
Tri-County Technical College
Wake Technical Community College

### began in 2011 to provide quality data and information about pursuing an affordable higher education. Our free community resource materials and tools span topics such as financial aid and college savings, opportunities for veterans and people with disabilities, and online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success. We have been featured by nearly 1,100 postsecondary institutions and nearly 120 government organizations.

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