Top 50 colleges for Post-9/11 GI Bill: fiscal 2015

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A Military Times analysis using data from the Department of Veterans Affairs for fiscal 2015. Individual institutions within a system, displayed in italics, would have ranked in the top 50 without being combined as part of the parent institution.

Rank
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School or system Headquarters or main campus Sector Level GI Bill recipients Cost
1 (1) University of Phoenix Phoenix For-profit Doctoral 43,973 $292,948,815
University of Phoenix-Online Campus 22,709 $135,107,635
University of Phoenix-Southern California Campus 3,737 $30,864,515
University of Phoenix-San Diego Campus 3,254 $25,940,470
2 (2) California Community College System Sacramento, Calif. Public Associate or lower 18,914 $8,713,699
3 (3) University System of Maryland Adelphi, Md. Public Doctoral 18,243 $70,666,496
University of Maryland University College 11,977 $45,083,484
4 (5) Education Management Corp. Pittsburgh For-profit Doctoral 14,619 $171,857,058
5 (6) American Public Education Inc. [1] Charles Town, W.Va. For-profit Master's 14,399 $55,544,752
6 (4) DeVry University Inc. Downers Grove, Ill. For-profit Master's 13,655 $107,095,101
7 (7) ITT Educational Services Inc. Carmel, Ind. For-profit Master's 11,223 $151,238,710
8 (8) Virginia Community College System Richmond, Va. Public Associate or lower 11,025 $29,547,030
Northern Virginia Community College-Annandale 3,173 $8,870,028
9 (9) Strayer Education Inc. Herndon, Va. For-profit Master's 10,094 $64,119,968
10 (10) Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges Olympia, Wash. Public Bachelor's 9,467 $30,107,511
11 (12) Bridgepoint Education San Diego For-profit Doctoral 9,008 $41,319,845
Ashford University Online 8,828 $39,886,727
12 (11) Career Education Corp. Schaumburg, Ill. For-profit Doctoral 8,786 $83,007,721
Colorado Technical University-Online 3,192 $27,720,673
13 (17) Liberty University Lynchburg, Va. Private Doctoral 8,598 $37,246,788
14 (15) North Carolina Community College System Raleigh, N.C. Public Associate or lower 8,040 $10,875,992
15 (21) University System of Georgia Atlanta Public Doctoral 7,894 $38,978,036
16 (14) State University System of Florida Tallahassee, Fla. Public Doctoral 7,484 $38,830,426
17 (18) Kaplan Higher Education Corp. Fort Lauderdale, Fla. For-profit Doctoral 7,166 $42,834,493
Kaplan University-Fort Lauderdale 5,102 $27,513,648
18 (13) Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona Beach, Fla. Private Doctoral 7,110 $44,327,315
19 (16) State University of New York System Albany, N.Y. Public Doctoral 6,714 $25,490,468
20 (20) University of Texas System Austin, Texas Public Doctoral 6,674 $42,640,844
21 (19) California State University Long Beach, Calif. Public Doctoral 6,495 $28,013,649
22 (22) State University and Community College System of Tennessee Nashville, Tenn. Public Doctoral 6,156 $27,077,023
23 (24) University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, N.C. Public Doctoral 6,078 $34,940,704
24 (25) Universal Technical Institute Inc. Scottsdale, Ariz. For-profit Associate or lower 5,550 $69,257,679
25 (26) Alamo Colleges San Antonio Public Associate or lower 5,284 $6,392,364
26 (29) Arizona Board of Regents Phoenix Public Doctoral 5,246 $46,397,177
Arizona State University-Tempe 3,445 $34,169,659
27 (23) Corinthian Colleges Inc. Santa Ana, Calif. For-profit Master's 4,869 $43,853,479
28 (36) South Carolina Technical College System Columbia, S.C. Public Associate or lower 4,850 $13,893,977
29 (27) Saint Leo University Saint Leo, Fla. Private Doctoral 4,679 $22,430,629
30 (31) Colorado Community College System Denver Public Associate or lower 4,611 $14,258,220
31 (28) Central Texas College Killeen, Texas Public Associate or lower 4,588 $6,397,254
Central Texas College Main Campus 3,467 $4,020,560
32 (33) National University System La Jolla, Calif. Private Doctoral 4,494 $30,815,925
National University-San Diego 4,423 $29,959,506
33 (30) Webster University St. Louis Private Doctoral 4,407 $19,557,495
34 (32) Novateur Education Virginia Beach, Va. For-profit Master's 4,361 $46,412,242
35 (34) Maricopa Community College District Tempe, Ariz. Public Associate or lower 4,321 $8,608,783
36 (38) Technical College System of Georgia Atlanta Public Associate or lower 4,241 $7,693,583
37 (35) Texas A&M University System College Station, Texas Public Doctoral 4,205 $23,719,538
38 (39) Columbia Southern Education Group Inc. Orange Beach, Ala. For-profit Doctoral 3,843 $11,843,827
Columbia Southern University 3,699 $11,268,305
39 (37) Minnesota State Colleges and Universities St. Paul, Minn. Public Doctoral 3,699 $13,952,721
40 University of Hawaii Board of Regents Hilo, Hawaii Public Doctoral 3,622 $13,828,569
41 (43) Grand Canyon University Phoenix For-profit Doctoral 3,604 $18,232,946
42 Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, N.H. Private Doctoral 3,534 $14,977,934
43 (47) The Pennsylvania State University University Park, Pa. Public Doctoral 3,468 $37,844,379
44 (40) Park University Distance Learning Parkville, Mo. Private Master's 3,372 $13,033,488
45 Grantham University Lenexa, Kan. For-profit Master's 3,348 $11,694,797
46 (44) City University of New York New York Public Doctoral 3,341 $14,447,757
47 (41) Columbia College Columbia, Mo. Private Master's 3,251 $10,026,393
48 (45) Alabama Community College System Montgomery, Ala. Public Associate or lower 3,227 $8,075,859
49 Education Corp. of America Birmingham, Ala. For-profit Master's 3,174 $33,672,464
50 (48) Full Sail University Winter Park, Fla. For-profit Master's 3,138 $40,276,320
[1] American Military University is part of American Public Education Inc. Veterans Affairs Department data did not distinguish it from its parent company, so precise student, course and dollar counts were not available.