Military and UWF
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.
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) - DANTES External Degree Catalog. For assistance contact email@example.com.
Military Times - 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 850-474-2262.
G.I. Jobs Magazine - Military Friendly School
UWF NAMED MILITARY FRIENDLY SCHOOL BY "G.I. JOBS MAGAZINE" for the Seventh consecutive year!
The University of West Florida was named a 2015 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 Anderson, JST Program Manager at (850) 452-1001, Opt 3, Ext. 1097. For information about the Military Evaluations Program through ACE, contact Sandra Winborne at (850) 452-1111 Ext 3213. For information on DANTES, visit the DANTES website.