15 Military Friendly Colleges in California

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Military Friendly Colleges in California

Funding for Military Friendly Colleges in California

There are many military friendly colleges in California. According to the VA, in 2017, 853 CA schools received Post 9/11 GI bill funds for over 77,000 students totaling over $491 million dollars.

In total, there are six active programs offering benefits for veterans’ education. All of these can be used to help fund a college education.

  • Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • All Volunteer Force Educational Assistance Program (MGIB – AD)
  • Educational Assistance for Members of the Selected Reserve (MGIB – SR)
  • Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)
  • Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance (DEA)
  • Post Vietnam Era Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)

 

The most-used benefit program is the Post 9/11 GI Bill. At California colleges, 86% of the beneficiaries used the Post 9/11 GI Bill to help fund their education.

Military Program# of 2017 veterans eaRNING aid at California colleges
Post 9 / 1174,229
MGIB – AD1,519
MIGB – SR1,757
REAP9
DEA8,555
VEAP0

 

2020 15 Military Friendly Colleges in California

Below you will find the 15 military friendly colleges in California. They are listed based on the total amount of Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits awarded in the 2017 / 2018 school year. All of the data cited from the National Center for Education Statistics. Many schools take part in the Yellow Ribbon Program. This program is a part of the Post 9/11 GI Bill. Under the Yellow Ribbon Program, the colleges and the VA pay the tuition. Mandatory fees not paid for by the GI Bill.

1 National University
11255 North Torrey Pines Road | La Jolla, CA 92037


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $33.67M

National University is the first school on our list of military friendly colleges in California. The school was founded in 1971 by retired U.S. Navy Captain David Chigos. National offers over 100 degree programs and tuition discounts for military personnel and their kids. The school is a winner of the Ray Ehrensberger Award for Institutional Excellence in Military Education. They offer classes online, on campus, and on several military bases.

The Veteran Center helps with transition from military life to college. There is also a Virtual Veteran Center which is accessible online.

The school is a part of the Yellow Ribbon Program. They offer an unlimited number of students per year an unlimited max contribution each year, per student.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $8,678
Grad: $8,243

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 2,840
Grad: 1,096

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 50%
Part Time: 62%

2 University of Southern California
University Park | Los Angeles, CA 90089


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $20.92M

The school’s Veterans Resource Center (VRC) enhances the academic success of veterans. The VRC supports the veteran community in higher education, GI Bill benefits, academic success, graduation, well being, and career development. The center offers a study space with computer stations.

USC takes part in the Yellow Ribbon Program and offers an unlimited number of undergrad students per year an unlimited school contribution each year. USC also offers grad students awards through the program each year and the number of students and the amount of the award varies by the division or school.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $33,051
Grad: $23,133

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 144
Grad: 699

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 96%
Part Time: 100%

3 Academy of Art University
79 New Montgomery | San Francisco, CA 94105


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $17.69M

AAU is approved for Military Tuition Assistance and Veterans GI Bill® benefits. Their Military Scholarship may be provided to U.S. service members (Active Duty, Reserve, National Guard, and Coast Guard) as an opportunity to start preparing for a career in art and design. The School’s Student Veteran Organization helps military members and veterans create a close network with other military affiliated students.

As a part of the Yellow Ribbon Program, school offers an unlimited number of students per year an unlimited school contribution.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $16,588
Grad: $14,139

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 921
Grad: 171

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 73%
Part Time: 38%

4 DeVry University-California


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $11.11M

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $11,497
Grad: $7,845

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 838
Grad: 189

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 55%
Part Time: 36%

5 Trident University International


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $10.68M

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $5,393
Grad: $4,725

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 1,148
Grad: 951

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 34%
Part Time: 19%

6 University of San Diego


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $10.06M

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $5,393
Grad: $4,725

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 27,323
Grad: 254

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 92%
Part Time: 100%

7 University of California-Los Angeles


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $8.23M

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $9,211
Grad: $50,893

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 115
Grad: 141

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 97%
Part Time: 86%

8 University of California-Berkeley


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $7.43M

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $14,655
Grad: $43,472

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 125
Grad: 129

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 97%
Part Time: 72%

9 California Baptist University
8432 Magnolia Ave | Riverside, CA 92504


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $6.67M

Cal Baptist Veteran Resource Center is designed to be a place student veterans and dependents can obtain administrative support, relax, and study. CBU offers credit for military training and will waive the $45 application fee for veterans.

CBU offers an unlimited number of Yellow Ribbon scholarships. They offer this for both the undergrad and grad levels, with $10,000 per undergrad student and $3,000 per grad student available, per year.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $19,875
Grad: $12,225

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 286
Grad: 81

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 78%
Part Time: 25%

10University of California-San Diego
9500 Gilman Dr | La Jolla, CA 92093


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $6.62M

UCSD is home to more than 1,600 military connected students. They have many resources and services focused on helping students transition from the military to college life, including a Student Veteran Organization (SVO). The retention rate for full time students receiving military education benefits is 88%. The school has tuition policies for Veterans and Service members. UCSD also offers service members credit for military experience.

UCSD is part of the Yellow Ribbon Program. Each year, the school offers 3 undergrad students a max school contribution per year of $4,500 and 4 grad students a max school contribution per year of $6,000.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $27,396
Grad: $39,752

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 152
Grad: 62

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 93%
Part Time: 83%

11University of La Verne
536 Mission Street |San Francisco, CA 94105


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $4.79M

GGU’s Student Veterans Services provide resources and referrals so that veterans can successfully navigate academic life. GGU offers tuition policies for Veterans and Service members and offers credit for military training.

The school offers an unlimited number of Yellow Ribbon scholarships up to $42,000 per year, per student.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $11,251
Grad: $9,240

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 300
Grad: 154

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 82%
Part Time: 50%

12 San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Dr | San Diego, CA 92182


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $4.68M

SDSU is committed to supporting military, military veterans, military spouses, and dependent children. The Student Veterans House, the first of its kind in the U.S., serves as a gathering place for all military affiliated students. These students are given priority opportunities to live in apartments next to the house.

The Military Ally Awareness Program, developed by the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center at SDSU, provides insight into and awareness of the unique cultural and social background of the military community.  The school offers credit for military training and experience.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $5,111
Grad: $6,907

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 789
Grad: 94

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 89%
Part Time: 82%

13California State University-San Marcos


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $3.77M

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $6,041
Grad: $11,329

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 461
Grad: 87

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 79%
Part Time: 45%

14 Pepperdine University
23255 Pacific Coast Hwy | Malibu, CA 90263


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $2.70M

Pepperdine has military and veteran support services ranging from benefits counseling to veterans’ student organizations. They also offer an Ahmanson Veteran Scholarship Initiative grant. The school has several student veterans’ groups, including the Pepperdine Student Veterans Organization (PSVO), Veterans Legal Society, Graziadio Veteran’s Business Society (GVBS), and the Pepperdine Committee on Student Veterans (PCSV).

PU offers credit for military training and experience. The school has tuition policies for Veterans and Service members. The retention rate for students receiving military education benefits is 100% for both full time students and part time students.

PU is part of the Yellow Ribbon Program. They offer an unlimited number of students an unlimited max contribution per year.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $14,374
Grad: $12,433

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 98
Grad: 104

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 91%
Part Time: 67%

15 San Francisco State University
901 E Alosta | Azusa, CA 91702


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2018/19: $2.69M

Azusa is committed to honoring those who serve the U.S. by making a quality education for military members, veterans, and their families an accessible, affordable reality. The Office of Military and Veteran Services (MVS) helps military connected students to get enrolled at APU and then settled into student life. The Veterans Club provides a support network for veterans and service members transitioning into academic life. 

The Veterans Den is a central hub where veterans and other military connected students can come together for study, social engagement, and mutual support. Azusa offers tuition policies for Veterans and Service members and grants academic credit for learning earned in the military.

Azusa is part of the Yellow Ribbon Program. They offer an unlimited number of students up to $14,000 per year, per student.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $3,924
Grad: $8,389

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 549
Grad: 65

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 80%
Part Time: 45%

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