Military Students

You have served our country, and we are committed to serving you with a quality education.

Join the ranks of thousands of active duty military, veterans and family members worldwide who earn affordable, accessible degrees through Saint Leo University's Education Centers. Our satellite learning centers in California, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia—located at military bases, community colleges and business parks—offer military students like you evening and weekend classes, and distance learning courses.

Our Military Heritage

From the time of its founding in 1889, the mission of Saint Leo—to educate and serve—has been illuminated with instances of resourcefulness, ingenuity and fulfillment of purpose. It was four decades ago that Saint Leo brought courses for the first time to 176 students at Avon Park and 13 students at MacDill Air Force Base. Today, more than 5,000 men and women of the armed forces are enrolled in Saint Leo University degree programs—that's about 30% of our university-wide community.

Learn more about our military heritage and rankings.

Military Partnerships

To provide affordable, rate-related degree programs designed to fit the mobile lifestyle of military personnel worldwide, Saint Leo University partners with:

Convenience for Your Lifestyle

You have a mobile lifestyle, but that shouldn’t keep you from moving forward with your educational goals. We understand that life is unpredictable, so we’ve built flexibility into our academic programs.

What are Education Center classes like?

Take traditional, in-person classes on evenings and weekends. Saint Leo also offers online and distance learning courses. If you need a course that is not currently offered, you can work one-on-one with an Education Center faculty member in a directed study. Learn more about the Education Center experience.

How long will it take to earn my degree?

Work at your own pace. Earn your degree in an accelerated program, with evening and weekend classes offered in eight-week terms, starting six times a year. You have up to seven years to complete your Saint Leo degree.

Does Saint Leo offer financial aid for military?

Saint Leo's military students receive tuition assistance through the Montgomery GI Bill®, Post 9/11 GI Bill® and the Yellow Ribbon Program, which makes additional funds available without an additional charge to a student's GI Bill® entitlement. A VA Certifying Official (VCO) at each of our Centers assists you in utilizing VA education benefits to your best advantage. Learn more about financial aid at Saint Leo, including military and veteran benefits.

What about transferring credits?

Have you attended other universities or taken credit-by-examination tests, such as CLEP or DANTES? Our academic advisors evaluate your transcripts and match credits with a Saint Leo program that’s right for you.

Have you attended ACE-accredited military occupational specialty schools? Credit for military courses and training may be granted, based on formal evaluation by the Registrar and on recommendations published by the American Council on Education (ACE). The maximum limit upon this category of transcript credit is 39 semester hours.

Learn more about transferring credits to your Saint Leo degree.

What if I'm deployed?

With Education Centers on military bases in seven states, you can begin your studies at one Education Center—and if you’re deployed or relocated—finish your degree at another location, or even online. If no internet connection is available, you can even take some courses via CD-ROM.

Who can I contact about veteran student services?

The Office for Veteran Student Services (VSS) works collaboratively with all University departments and community organizations to serve those who have served our country. For further information, contact vss@saintleo.edu or (352) 588-8234. You can also stay connected through the VSS Facebook page.

Are any non-academic programs or certifications offered?

The Center for Professional Development at Saint Leo University offers a variety of non-academic career certificate and certification courses online. Many of these programs are eligible for Military Tuition Assistance or the MyCAA program for military spouses. For more details, click here to visit the Center for Professional Development online.