MVRC Accolades and Accomplishments


  • 2014 Best for Vets Colleges Logo
  • MAE 2014 Top Military Friendly College Logo
  • 2014 Military Friendly School Logo
  • Yellow Ribbon 150x97

2014 Best for Vets Colleges

Military Times announced its 2014 Best for Vets College Rankings and UWF is #22 in the nation! The organization comprising Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times placed a new emphasis on academic rigor this year when conducting and scoring the fourth annual Best for Vets: Colleges survey, a highly respected 150-question analysis of a school's complete offerings for veterans.

Best for Vets provides service men and women a gauge by which to judge whether a school or degree program will truly benefit them. The rankings factored in service member enrollment, percentage of tuition covered by the GI Bill, and availability of specific programs to help service members.

Yellow Ribbon Program

The University of West Florida (UWF) has been a participating member of the Yellow Ribbon Program since 2011. UWF has voluntarily entered into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. This agreement is part of the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. Only individuals entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) may receive this funding.

If eligible, the Post-9/11 GI Bill pays up to the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition and fees. You may have tuition and fees that exceed that amount if you are in an out-of-state status. UWF will pay 50% of the amount above the maximum allowed by the Post 9/11 GI Bill and the VA will pay the remaining 50%.

To confirm your eligibility and apply for the Yellow Ribbon Program contact the Veteran Services Office at veterans@uwf.edu, 850-474-2262.

Military Advanced Education (MAE)

UWF NAMED MILITARY FRIENDLY SCHOOL BY "Military Advanced Education" for the Sixth consecutive year!

Military Advanced Education (MAE) again names UWF to its "Military Friendly Colleges and Universities" list for 2013-2014. "MAE congratulates the entire faculty and staff for their efforts to satisfy the distance learning needs of our men and women in uniform. For our 2013 Guide to America's Top Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities, Military Advanced Education conferred with ESO's from all of the branches of our military to come up with a set of criteria for inclusion in The Guide that set the bar higher this year than in any year since we began publishing The Guide.

It is the policies that you put into practice for our men and women in uniform that led to your being selected for inclusion in Military Advanced Education's 2014 Guide to America's Top "Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities".

Military Friendly School

UWF NAMED MILITARY FRIENDLY SCHOOL BY "G.I. JOBS MAGAZINE" for the Sixth consecutive year!

The University of West Florida was named a 2014 Military Friendly School by "G.I. Jobs Magazine." The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools which are doing the most to embrace America's veterans as students. Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community colleges and trade schools. Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools List included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students and academic accreditations.

The list was compiled through exhaustive research starting last May during which "G.I. Jobs" polled more than 7,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Committee (AAC) consisting of educators and administrators from Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Toledo, Duquesne University, Coastline Community College and Lincoln Technical Institute. "This list is especially important now because the recently enacted Post-9/11 GI Bill has given veterans virtually unlimited financial means to go to school,"said Rich McCormack, "G.I. Jobs" publisher. "Veterans can now enroll in any school, provided they're academically qualified, so schools are clamoring for them like never before. Veterans need a trusted friend to help them decide where to get educated, and the Military Friendly Schools list is that trusted friend."

New Joint Services Education Transcript

The Sailor Marine Corps American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART), the Army American Council on Education Registry Transcript System (AARTS) and the Coast Guard Institute (CGI) have been aligned to implement one collaborative transcript program called the Joint Services Transcript (JST). The JST is now the official transcript tool for Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard personnel. Service members can join upcoming webinar sessions on the new JST by registering. For more information on the JST, contact Laurine AndersonJST Program Manager at (850) 452-1001, Opt 3, Ext. 1097. For information about the Military Evaluations Program through ACE, contactSandra Winborne at (850) 452-1111 Ext 3213. For information on DANTES, visit theDANTES website.

For more on military education benefits and programs, visit the Military.com Education Center.

Online Campus - Supports Military and Veteran Students

One of the most innovative opportunities the Internet opened up for men and women serving in the military is the ability to earn a college degree online - wherever they are based or deployed. It's also a great option for employed veterans and their spouses - allowing them to earn a degree without taking time off from their civilian jobs. Online education has come a long way and the University of West Florida offers robust, highly interactive learning environments that can make online learning as engaging as on campus classes.

UWF makes it easy and affordable for military personnel and their family members to continue their college programs. Tuition fees are very affordable and are well within the military services range of tuition fees authorized for payment. The UWF out-of-state fee waiver covers the out-of-state portion of assessed tuition and fees for students enrolled in our fully online programs or certificates. This waiver makes tuition and fees only slightly higher than Florida resident tuition even though students may live outside the state.

For veterans and their spouses, the flexibility of online degree and certificate programs, coupled with the Post 9/11 GI Bill, could cover up to 100% of tuition expenses. Printable Online Program Flyer.

In addition to the academic programs listed on this site, the Online Campus provides educational support to the DoD - Worldwide through the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES). UWF actively participates in the DANTESTroops-To-Teachers program as well as the new The Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA) Initiative. For assistance contact online@uwf.edu.

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