Online Bachelor's Programs for Veterans
Highlighting The Most Military-Friendly Programs
July 15, 2015 by Jake Butler
For service members looking to expand their earning power after their time in the military is over, or those who are simply interested in higher education, online programs offer a unique alternative to traditional college courses. You can attend lectures remotely from anywhere in the world and many even allow you to work at your own pace to complete the coursework.
Online classes are the wave of the future, but there’s one main problem: how do you decide which school to enroll in among the seemingly endless options? Which ones allow you to use military grants and educational benefits like the Post-9/11 GI Bill?
Luckily, U.S. News & World Report has put together some in-depth resources to make your decision a little easier. Below I’ll explain their methodology in ranking the most veteran-friendly online bachelor’s programs, just in time if you’re looking to enroll for the fall semester.
This is an annual resource that U.S. News puts together, starting with their rankings for Best Online Programs, which is their general list. From there, they focus on three factors for putting together the rankings for veterans: affordability, accessibility, and reputation.
To ensure academic quality, they only consider schools ranked in the top 75 percent of their original rankings, which are based off of a number of factors including, but not limited to, program reputation, faculty credentials, retention rates, and graduate debt.
From there, they narrow it down further to programs that are certified for the GI Bill and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. That means they’ve already done a lot of the work for you, which is what makes these rankings such a good starting point.
I won’t spend too much time talking about each individual school, because you can check out the full list here. The top honors went to Penn State’s World Campus. Students in their online programs are fully supported with academic advising, technical support, and career counseling. All lectures are archived so students can access material at their own convenience and work at their own pace. No distinction is made to the school’s official transcripts or diplomas to indicate it’s an online program.
This is just one example of the kind of in-depth information you can find about each school, and it’s all conveniently laid out to help you make the best decision when searching for a program that works for you.
The rankings include information about a wide variety of programs across many different fields, including nursing, business, engineering, computer technology, and many more.
About Student Loans and Grants
If you’d like to get more information about military grants for education, whether you’re active-duty, a veteran out of the service, or a military spouse, check out our Complete Guide to Military Grants.
The reputation scoring model is a huge part of these rankings U.S. News has put together. Still, you always want to be careful and practice due diligence when you’re considering and paying off a student loan. Just this past June, the Department of Justice announced a settlement in a federal lawsuit that will pay $60 million to nearly 78,000 service members who were overcharged for their student loans. The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) guarantees a cap of 6% interest on student loans and Navient Corporation was found to have violated the law. It pays to know your lender!