Private Universities for Veterans
Imagine attending Harvard University and Dartmouth College for free. Thanks to the New GI Bill and extra funding provided by some private universities the goal of attending a top private college for many veterans is within their financial reach.
Many accomplished private schools appear on our chart of the 30 Best Private Universities for Veterans below.
Findings & Recommendations
All private universities that made our list provide generous funding to veterans and act on their beliefs to educate military students. Some schools receive excellent rankings, many are recognized by name and several private universities have earned reputations for educating veterans.
The top eleven universities represent a diverse group. Aside from Harvard and Dartmouth, schools such as Brandeis University and the University of Rochester are more well-regarded regionally and all eleven pay 100% of private school tuition, which is a big advantage to veterans. If you can get admitted into these private schools, you have absolutely everything to gain from a decision to attend so enroll now.
The second tier of eleven universities pay over 80% of tuition for veterans, leaving the net tuition you pay between $340 and $7,100 per year. Private schools of this caliber represent an excellent value for veterans. Two Ivy league schools (University of Pennsylvania and Brown University), two universities in New York (Rensselaer Poly Tech and Syracuse University), three universities based in DC (George Washington, American and Georgetown) and three in the Midwest (University of Notre Dame, Case Western Reserve and Washington University in St. Louis) make the second cut of universities we recommend.
The final group has several standouts such as the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Boston University and Yale University where you'll pay $10,000 or more per year in tuition. As tuition rates increase, realize that private colleges cost on average almost $20,000 more per year than in-state public universities. Also, keep in mind that most additional fees and housing costs are covered under the Post 9/11 GI Bill, which are not accounted for in our evaluation below.
If the private university you prefer is not on the recommended list, you may take one or more of the following actions: