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WVU Online is Military Friendly

November 11, 2021

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Did you know that WVU Online is military friendly?

WVU currently serves more than 1,000 veterans, military personnel and/or their dependents who are furthering their education and has been named the 40th best college in the nation for the military and veteran community. This is a jump of 51 spots from last year, according to the latest rankings by Military Times magazine.

WVU Online is military friendly because WVU is military friendly.

According to Jerry Wood, director of the WVU Center for Veteran, Military and Family (CVMF) Programs, this recent jump in the rankings is due to the many added improvements with WVU Online program initiatives for veteran and military-connected students, as well as improved student access to resources needed to enhance their college experience.

“Our team is working tirelessly to ensure our veteran and military-connected students have an excellent experience, have services and resources they need, have their benefits processed efficiently and accurately, and are treated fairly,” he said.

A major WVU accomplishment has been to make its programs affordable for military personnel and veterans by matching the Department of Defense’s rate of $250 per credit hour for all undergraduate online programs for service members.

Any undergraduate student pursuing a completely online degree while receiving federal tuition assistance (FTA) will receive the rate of $250 per credit hour. If service members are approved for FTA through his/her education center, WVU will honor the $250 DoD rate. Active duty as well as National Guard and Reservists may be approved for FTA. To receive this rate, students will need to contact the CVMF for further instructions.

*As of the fall of 2021, non-resident students who attend on campus or online and are using Chapter 33 or 33T (Post 9/11), Chapter 31 (Veteran Readiness & Employment), Chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill), and any National Guard or Reservists drilling in a WV unit will receive in-state tuition rates.

Yellow Ribbon Program

WVU participates in the Yellow Ribbon (YR) Program. The YR program applies to Chapter 33 (Post 9/11 students) and is an agreement between Veteran Administration (VA) and WVU in which the VA and WVU split the difference above the in-state rate for tuition and fees.

Non-resident students residing outside of WV but commuting to WV and attending courses on campus, are eligible to use Yellow Ribbon. The student must be eligible for 100% of Chapter 33 benefits to use this program. Yellow Ribbon can be used in all graduate and professional programs, as well as for undergraduate programs.

Are You Receiving VA Benefits?

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All students receiving VA benefits for the first time need to apply through the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs ( Once approved, you will be sent a Certificate of Eligibility (CoE) in the mail. After that, you should visit WVU’s Center for Veteran, Military and Family Programs or email the CoE to You will also need to complete an Intake/Agreement form found on CVMF’s website at for benefit certification.

Undergraduate students who wish to receive the full stipend of VA Educational benefits in the fall and spring semesters, must maintain a minimum of 12 credit hours the entire semester (16 weeks) that meet their degree requirements.

If you are an undergraduate student receiving VA benefits, you must declare a major by the time you reach 29 earned hours, and you must matriculate into your intended degree program by 59 earned hours.

Both undergraduate and graduate students should speak with their academic adviser to confirm that their credits are degree pursuant and that they meet the requirements for full-time status.

For VA purposes, students receiving benefits will be certified as on-campus students, hybrid (low-modality) students, or online students.

Hybrid programs are those in which you are required to be in attendance on campus at least one time per term (attendance must be for academics, orientations do not constitute a hybrid program).

WVU offers priority registration to veterans as part of the Forever GI Bill - Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act.

The Mountaineer Bunker

The WVU Veteran, Military, and Family Support Headquarters, also known as the “Mountaineer Bunker” is located in Room 214 of the Mountainlair on the downtown campus and is open Monday through Thursday, from 8:15 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Friday 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

The Bunker is a 2,500-square-foot gathering space and support center for student military service members, student veterans, armed forces personnel and dependents of current and former military service members. The Bunker helps support military students during their transition from military life into college life.

It offers a variety of programs and services related to academic success, career development, overall well-being, personal success, tutoring and veteran certification services.

Students will need to make an appointment to meet with the staff of the Bunker and may be conducted virtually, by phone or email.

WVU Online students are welcome to call, email, or visit The Bunker, and are welcome to take part in any of the virtual activities or meetings.

Earn Credits for Military Experience

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WVU Online offers more than 75 degrees and certificates where Joint Service Transcripts (JST’s) can be used to fulfill electives or used as equivalent courses, but there is one unique bachelor’s degree program that allows eligible students to acquire a plethora of college credit for military experience.

The online Regents Bachelor of Arts (RBA) degree, offered through the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, allows students to tailor their academic careers to meet their individual needs and you can complete the program online, at your own pace.

To enter the program, you need to have been out of high school for at least four years. In this program, you package together previously earned credits, online classes, and a portfolio of real-world experience to create a unique degree. The RBA degree is designed to provide adult learners with either a Liberal Arts or a more comprehensive education when combined with Areas of Emphases and minors.

Furthermore, there is considerable flexibility in how, when, and where degree requirements are achieved. Specifically, students may earn credits through on-campus and online courses (at WVU or transfer), credit by exam, standardized awards, and/or writing portfolios to petition for eligible courses based on work experience, or a combination of each.

The RBA degree is a perfect fit for service men and women and veterans who may be able to earn college credits based on their service training.

Business Program Discounts

One area in which veterans can excel after their military career is business. WVU’s John Chambers College of Business and Economics offers a $100 discount per credit hour to all current and former service personnel pursuing certain WVU Online graduate business-related programs, in addition to the other discounts available. These programs include:

Certificate programs:

Speak to our Admissions Coaches

Whether you are a veteran, a reservist, a National Guardsman, or still serving on active duty, WVU is a great place to further your education.

In addition to the Military Times magazine ranking of 40th Best College for Veterans, WVU has earned G.I. Jobs Magazine’s Military Friendly School rating for six consecutive years.

Military Advanced Education magazine also called WVU a Top Military-Friendly University.

If you are interested in any of our WVU Online programs, the admissions coaches and academic advisers in our Learning Engagement Center would be happy to speak with you. Or, you can check out the links below for more information.


VA benefits:
U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
WV Educational Encouragement Program

VA Education Hotline: (888) 442-4451

Veterans Affairs benefits:

Find a VA location near you:

GI Bill:

The WVU Center for Veteran, Military, and Family Programs (CVMF) AKA "Mountaineer Bunker" WVU Mountainlair, Room 214
Phone: (304) 293-8825
Facebook: WVUVeteransHQ
Twitter: @WVUVeterans

Career Resources for Veterans:

Additional WVU Resources:

WVU RBA Program:

If you have any questions, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page, attend one of our info sessions or webinars, or speak to an advisor by phone at (304) 293-5441 or by e-mail at

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