Top 14 Military Friendly Colleges in Florida

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Funding for Military Friendly Colleges in Florida

There are many military friendly colleges in Florida. In 2017, 595 Florida schools received Post 9/11 GI bill funds for over 54,000 students totaling over $379 million dollars.

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 Florida colleges, 83% of the beneficiaries used the Post 9/11 GI Bill to help fund their education.

Military Program# of 2017 veterans eaRNING aid at Florida colleges
Post 9 / 1152,894
MGIB – AD1,346
MIGB – SR1,714
REAP22
DEA7,421
VEAP0

 

2020 Top 14 Military Friendly Colleges in Florida

These top 14 military friendly colleges in Florida are listed based on the total amount of Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits awarded in 2017 and 2018. Most of these schools take part in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a part of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Under the Yellow Ribbon Program, the colleges and the VA pay the tuition and mandatory fees not paid for by the GI Bill.

1 Full Sail University
3300 University Blvd | Winter Park, FL 32792


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $43.74M

Full Sail University has a specialized admissions team that understands the unique circumstances of military and veteran life. Active duty military and veterans can use a combination of benefits to cover tuition and living expenses and Full Sail accepts most military and national tuition benefit programs. The University offers special program tracks for active duty members of the military through their Active Duty Tracks program.


The school is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program and offers an unlimited number of students per year an unlimited maximum contribution each year, per student. The University offers credit for military training.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $15,211
Grad: $13,738

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 2,821
Grad: 284

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 86%
Part Time: 91%

2 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
600 S. Clyde Morris Blvd | Daytona Beach, FL 32114


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $19.94M

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is one of the top military friendly schools in Florida, with several campuses throughout the state, as well as online classes. Backed by an international reputation for academic excellence, Embry-Riddle Worldwide takes pride in its longstanding relationship with the U.S. military. Several campuses are located on military bases.

The school participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program by offering 20 students at each location up to $20,000 in awards per student, per year. The exception is the Daytona Beach campus which offers 850 students up to $19,783 in awards per student, per year. The University offers credit for military training.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $25,895
Grad: $19,155

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 547
Grad: 4

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 88%
Part Time: 79%

 

3 Keiser University
1500 NW 49th St. | Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $44.76M

The school is one of the top military friendly schools in Florida, with several campuses throughout the state, as well as online classes. The parent facility is located in Fort Lauderdale. Keiser University is committed to helping Servicemembers, Veterans, and their families obtain their college degree.

The school is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program and offers a varying number of students per year, by location, a school contribution from $3,000 to $14,000. Most locations offer $10,500 per student, per year. Keiser offers credit for military training.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $13,727
Grad: $10,132

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 2,953
Grad: 128

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 87%
Part Time: 29%

4 University of South Florida-Main Campus
4202 East Fowler Ave | Tampa, FL 33620


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $8.03M

The school is one of the top veteran-friendly campuses in the country and offers an out-of-state tuition waiver for any qualified veteran, dependent, or active duty personnel who lives in the state of Florida while enrolled in the university. Their Office of Veteran Success is staffed by veterans and dependents and they have created a Pathways Program to help military students and veterans by creating clear steps on how to navigate the admissions program and more.

As a part of the Yellow Ribbon Program, the school offers the these benefits: 24 undergrads students are offered up to $6,000 per year, per student; 10 grads students (Master’s program) are offered up to $6,500 per year, per student; and 4 doctoral students (School of Medicine) are offered up to $2,100 per year, per student. The University offers credit for military training.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $4,796
Grad: $8,617

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 940
Grad: 293

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 90%
Part Time: 50%

5 Nova Southeastern University
3301 College Ave | Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $7.00M

Nova Southeastern University’s Veterans Resource Center is the operational heart of all military and veteran related information, resources, opportunities, and events. NSU provides veterans, dependents of veterans, and military affiliated students a deliberate space to connect with others, relax between classes, and academic amenities such as computers, printers, whiteboards, TV’s, and space for meetings and projects.

As a part of the Yellow Ribbon Program, the school offers the these benefits: an unlimited number of undergrad and grad students are offered up to $8,500 per year, per student; 35 doctoral students in the Health Professional Division are offered up to $2,000 per year, per student; 5 doctoral students in the Law Center are offered up to $2,000 per year, per student; and 55 doctoral students from all other divisions/schools are offered up to $2,000 per year, per student. NSU offers credit for military training.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $19,171
Grad: $12,312

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 161
Grad: 317

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 87%
Part Time: 67%

6 Jacksonville University
2899 University Blvd N | Jacksonville, FL 32211


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $6.75M

Jacksonville University’s Veterans and Military Resource Center has implemented multiple initiatives to enhance their support for military students with their comprehensive approach to assimilating military students and veterans into the University community.

The school is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program. An unlimited number of students are awarded various amounts by Division/School. Jacksonville University offers credit for military training.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $19,416
Grad: $9,981

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 305
Grad: 57

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 97%
Part Time: 60%

7 University of Miami
Coral Gables | FL 33146


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $5.78M

The school’s Veteran Student Services provides support to veteran students for their successful transition from military service to campus life and beyond. 

The school is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program and offers an unlimited number of undergrad and grad students per year an unlimited maximum contribution each year, per student, for almost all divisions/schools. The Law School offers a maximum of 15 grants up to $3,000 and they are awarded on a first come, first served basis. The Miller School of Medicine offers a maximum of 5 grants up to $5,000 and they are awarded on a first come, first served basis.  The University of Miami offers credit for military training.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $29,003
Grad: $19,356

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 151
Grad: 156

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 100%
Part Time: N/A

8 University of Central Florida
4000 Central Florida Blvd | Orlando, FL 32816


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $5.70M

The school’s Veterans Academic Resource Center (VARC) recognizes and supports student veterans as they transition from military to student life. The VARC, a unit of the Registrar’s Office, is a collaboration between the offices of Career Services, the Counseling Center, Student Academic Resource Center, Student Disabilities Services, and Transfer and Transition Services, and provides the home for Veteran Services.

The school offers these benefits as a participant of the Yellow Ribbon Program: 30 undergrad students are offered an award of up to $12,000 per student, per year; 10 grad students are offered an award of up to $12,000 per student, per year; and, the College of Medicine offers a maximum of 10 grants to Medical Doctors per year, per student. UCF offers credit for military training.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $4,644
Grad: $5,910

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 1,080
Grad: 141

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 97%
Part Time: 50%

9 The University of Tampa
401 W Kennedy Blvd | Tampa, FL 33606


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $5.58M

The University of Tampa has military students in all four UT colleges and nearly all degree programs. U.S. News and World Report ranked The University of Tampa #14 in Best Colleges for Veterans of Regional Universities South. 

The school offers an unlimited number of Yellow Ribbon scholarships to both undergrad and grad students, with awards varying by division/school. UT offers credit for military training.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $16,572
Grad: $11,397

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 350
Grad: 72

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 88%
Part Time: 100%

10 University of Florida
Tigert Hall | Gainesville, FL 32611


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $5.58M

The school is committed to providing meaningful, accurate, and timely information to military servicemembers regarding the costs associated with attending the University of Florida. The Office of Student Veteran Services serves as the liaison between the University of Florida, its students, and the various federal, state, and local agencies concerned with veterans’ benefits.

The Collegiate Veterans Success Center serves student veterans at UF by providing a designated location on campus for student veterans to study, meet with on and off campus resources, and to spend time with and support each other in a fun and relaxing space. SFA offers service members credit for military experience.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $7,012
Grad: $5,069

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 356
Grad: 273

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 89%
Part Time: 100%

11 Florida International University
11200 S. W. 8 Street | Miami, FL 33199


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $5.21M

Florida International University has more than 1,400 veteran students. FIU’s Veterans and Military Affairs (VMA) has partnered with the Veterans Education Project to help provide veteran students and veteran dependents additional support as well as develop models on how to address obstacles they may face as they progress toward graduation.

FIU was the first in the state to offer in-state tuition to veterans regardless of their state of origin. The University offers credit for military training and experience.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $4,225
Grad: $8,817

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 592
Grad: 196

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 75%
Part Time: 73%

12 Saint Leo University
33701 State Road 52 | Saint Leo, FL 33574


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $4.84M

Saint Leo University’s Office of Military Affairs and Services (OMAS) provides a comprehensive approach to facilitating continuing education opportunities to active duty military and veterans, focusing on the “whole person” concept. Since 1973, they have been a leading institution of higher education for military members.

The school participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program and offers an unlimited number of undergrads up to $2,500 per student, per year, at all locations. Veterans are eligible for transfer credit for military training.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $6,088
Grad: $6,507

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 2,721
Grad: 996

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 86%
Part Time: 73%

13 The University of West Florida
11000 University Parkway | Pensacola, FL 32514


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $3.97M

The University of West Florida (UWF) is a recognized military and veteran friendly institution by Military Times, GI Jobs, and Military Advanced Education. The UWF Military & Veterans Resource Center (MVRC) provides assistance to active duty military, military veterans, active duty/veteran spouses, and dependent children.

The school participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program by offering up to 250 students an unlimited max contribution per year, per student. UWF offers credit for military training.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $1,066
Grad: $3,735

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 7
Grad: 6

Full Time: 89%
Part Time: 85%

14 Everglades University
5002 T-Rex Avenue | Boca Raton, FL 33431


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $3.89M

Everglades University has an admissions team dedicated to serving military personnel. They are committed to helping service members and their families obtain their college degree.

The school participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program by offering up to 400 students a grant of $3,000 per year, per student. The University grants academic credit for learning acquired in the military.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $15,994
Grad: $14,816

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 402
Grad: 51

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 88%
Part Time: N/A

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