15 Military Friendly Colleges in Washington

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Military Friendly Colleges in Washington

Funding for Military Friendly Colleges in Washington

There are many military friendly colleges in Washington. According to the VA, in 2017, 203 Washington schools got Post 9/11 GI bill funds for over 18,400 students totaling over $117 million dollars.

There are six active programs offering benefits for veterans’ education. If eligible, all of these may 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 Washington colleges, 84% of the beneficiaries used the Post 9/11 GI Bill to help fund their education.

Military Program# of 2017 veterans eaRNING aid at Washington colleges
Post 9 / 1118,216
MGIB – AD296
MIGB – SR615
REAP2
DEA2,504
VEAP0

 

15 Military Friendly Colleges in Washington

These 15 military friendly colleges in Washington 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 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.

1University of Washington Seattle Campus
1400 NE Campus Parkway | Seattle, WA 98195


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $11.73M

University of Washington (UW) Seattle Campus is the first military friendly college in Washington on our list. It has over 820 students who get GI Bill benefits. The UW has a long history of educating veterans, active duty military, and military dependent students. And, you could get involved in Student Veteran Life. This group was founded by student veterans, for student veterans, and helps with the college transition. 

Veterans are eligible for transfer credit of military training. The retention rate for full time students who get military benefits is 97%. And, the rate for part time students is 67%.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $10,378
Grad: $20,584

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 470
Grad: 313

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 97%
Part Time: 67%

2 Washington State University
French Administration Building | Pullman, WA 99164


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $8.11M

Washington State University (WSU) offers priority registration for classes at WSU during Fall and Spring semesters. (This benefit is for veterans, active duty members, reservists, National Guard members, and spouses.) And, don’t forget to stop by the WSU Veterans Center. This is a place to get help or hang out with fellow veteran students.

WSU participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. The school offers up $650 per year for up to 21 students at the Pullman campus.  At the Tri-Cities campus, 3 students are eligible for up to $650 per year. And, 6 students at the Vancouver campus may get up to $650 per year.

Veterans may get transfer credit for military training. The retention rate for full time students who get military benefits is 80%. And, the rate for part time students is 52%.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $9,532
Grad: $10,079

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 662
Grad: 100

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 80%
Part Time: 52%

 

3 Pacific Lutheran University
12180 Park Ave South | Tacoma, WA 98447


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $3.47M

Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) has been supporting military students since the 1940s. And, it formed its first Veterans Club in 1959. The Center for Military Support provides military personnel with the help they need to thrive at PLU and beyond.

PLU participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. It offers an unlimited number of undergrad students up to $11,310 per year. And, an unlimited number of grad students could get up to $5,994 each, per year.

Veterans are eligible for transfer credit of military training. The retention rate for full time students who get military benefits is 71%.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $21,653
Grad: $15,173

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 179
Grad: 33

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 71%
Part Time: N/A

4 Gonzaga University
E 502 Boone Ave | Spokane, WA 99258


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $3.28M

Gonzaga University has a rich military history. During the World War, Gonzaga started receiving naval cadets from the V-5 program. These military programs made a big impact on campus. Today, the US Military is the number one employer for Gonzaga graduates.

Gonzaga participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. It offers 100 undergrad students up to $10,000 each, per year. And, 13 grad students at the School of Law get up to $5,000 each, per year.

Veterans are eligible for transfer credit of military training. The retention rate for full time students who get military benefits is 67%.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $27,230
Grad: $11,467

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 91
Grad: 138

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 67%
Part Time: N/A

5 Seattle University
900 Broadway | Seattle, WA 98122


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $3.04M

Seattle University is home to a veterans’ community with many ways to get help. These include the Outreach Center, SU Veterans Community (SUVC) student club, School Certifying Officials, VA Work-study, and VetCorp Navigator.

Seattle U participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. It offers 120 undergrad students up to $14,000 per year. 50 grad students get up to $5,000 per year. And, 10 doctoral students get up to $10,000 per year.

Veterans may be eligible for transfer credit of military training. The retention rate for full time students who get military benefits is 78%.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $18,554
Grad: $12,375

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 124
Grad: 66

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 78%
Part Time: N/A

6 Clover Park Technical College
4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW | Lakewood, WA 98499


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $2.61M

Clover Park Technical College (CPTC) is a member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC). It has a dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families. And, the school has a recognized student veteran organization.

Veterans are eligible for transfer credit of military training. The retention rate for both full time and part time students who get military benefits is 100%.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $4,303
Grad: N/A

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 519
Grad: N/A

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 100%
Part Time: 100%

7 Western Washington University
516 High St | Bellingham, WA 98225


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $2.36M

Western Washington University (WWU) is another military friendly college in Washington. They are a member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC). It has a dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families. Also, the school has a recognized student veteran organization.

WWU participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. It offers 12 undergrad students an unlimited max contribution per year.

Veterans are eligible for transfer credit of military training. The retention rate for full time students who get military benefits is 83%. And, the rate for part time students is 50%.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $7,193
Grad: $5,092

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 342
Grad: 14

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 83%
Part Time: 50%

8 Eastern Washington University
526 5th St | Cheney, WA 99004


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $2.27M

Eastern Washington University (EWU) has an award-winning Veterans Resource Center (VRC). This VRC is the largest of its kind in the northwest, and helps military students transition to student life. Plus, there’s a lounge, study area, and computer lab.

Veterans are eligible for transfer credit of military training. The retention rate for full time students who get military benefits is 77%. And, the rate for part time students is 57%.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $6,261
Grad: $7,805

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 340
Grad: 31

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 77%
Part Time: 57%

9 Saint Martin’s University
5000 Abbey Way SE | Lacey, WA 98508


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $2.23M

Saint Martin’s University (SMU) has supported the military community for more than 40 years. The Veterans Center provides support, resources and community. And, the SMU Vet’s Club offers veterans ways to get involved and work on common goals.

SMU participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. It offers an unlimited number of students an unlimited max contribution per year.

Veterans are eligible for transfer credit of military training. The retention rate for full time students who get military benefits is 82%. And, the rate for part time students is 20%.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $15,655
Grad: $11,286

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 238
Grad: 48

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 82%
Part Time: 20%

10 Seattle Pacific University
3307 3rd Ave West | Seattle, WA 98119


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $2.20M

Seattle Pacific University (SPU) has a dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military service members, and their families.

Plus, SPU participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. It offers an unlimited number of undergrad students up to $12,500 each, per year.

Veterans are eligible for transfer credit of military training. The retention rate for full time students who get military benefits is 100%.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $26,153
Grad: $23,325

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 80
Grad: 60

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 100%
Part Time: N/A

11 Pierce College Fort Steilacoom
9401 Farwest Dr SW | Lakewood, WA 98498


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $2.19M

Pierce College Fort Steilacoom supports student veterans with a Veterans Services Office. The office helps students use their VA education benefits at Pierce College. The school is also a member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC). And, it has a recognized student veteran organization.

Pierce participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. It offers an unlimited number of students an unlimited max contribution per year.

Veterans are eligible for transfer credit of military training. The retention rate for full time students who get military benefits is 76%. And, the rate for part time students is 54%.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $2,852
Grad: N/A

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 653
Grad: N/A

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 76%
Part Time: 54%

12 Central Washington University
400 East University Way | Ellensburg, WA 98926


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $1.95M

Central Washington University (CWU) is a member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC). It has a recognized student veteran organization. And, it offers a dedicated point of contact for support services for military connected students.

Veterans are eligible for transfer credit of military training. The retention rate for full time students who get military benefits is 87%. And, the rate for part time students is 50%.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $5,772
Grad: $8,188

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 186
Grad: 5

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 87%
Part Time: 50%

13 Olympic College
1600 Chester Ave | Bremerton, WA 98337


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $1.86M

Olympic College is a member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC). It has a dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, service members, and their families. And, the MVP Support Center and Benefits Office may be a great resource. It’s a place for peer mentorship, relaxation, and VA application help.

Veterans are eligible for transfer credit of military training. The retention rate for full time students who get military benefits is 100%.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $2,443
Grad: N/A

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 795
Grad: N/A

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 100%
Part Time: N/A

14 City University of Seattle
521 Wall Street, Suite 100 | Seattle, WA 98121


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $1.80M

City University of Seattle (CityU) has served military students for over 40 years. The school is a member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC). And, it has a dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, servicemembers, and their families.

CityU participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. It offers an unlimited number of students an unlimited max contribution per year.

Veterans are eligible for transfer credit of military training. The retention rate for full time students who get military benefits is 100%. And, the rate for part time students is 75%.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $9,404
Grad: $7,670

# of Students Earning 9/11 GI Bill Benefits

Undergrad: 155
Grad: 108

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 100%
Part Time: 75%

15 The Evergreen State College
2700 Evergreen Parkway NW | Olympia, WA 98505


Total Post 9/11 GI Bill Sum Awarded in 2017: $1.62M

The Evergreen State College is the last military friendly college in Washington on our list. They also are a member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC). It also has a Veterans Resource Center. This is a place where military connected students can get compassionate and confidential help. And, you could join the Veterans of Evergreen Transition and Support (V.E.T.S.) group. They help raise awareness for veterans’ needs.

Evergreen participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program. It offers 10 students an unlimited max contribution per year.

Veterans are eligible for transfer credit of military training. The retention rate for full time students who get military benefits is 81%. And, the rate for part time students is 33%.

Average Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits Awarded

Undergrad: $7,303
Grad: $9,594

# of Students

Undergrad: 154
Grad: 6

Retention Rates For Students Who Receive Benefits

Full Time: 81%
Part Time: 33%

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