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The following chart shows the 50 institutions of higher learning most popular with recipients of the Post-9/11 GI Bill in fiscal 2013.

Rank Last Year School or system Headquarters/
main campus
Sector Highest degree GI Bill recipients Cost
1 1 University of Phoenix
University of Phoenix (Online)
University of Phoenix(San Diego)
University of Phoenix (Costa Mesa)
Phoenix For-profit Doctoral 49,046
21,975
4,300
3,634
$318,912,844
$129,922,191
$34,291,886
$32,051,200
2 2 California Community College System Sacramento, Calif. Public Associate 18,870 $12,752,235
3 3 DeVry University Inc.
Devry University Online
Downers Grove, Ill. For-profit Master's 16,087
3,506
$128,296,561
$25,434,720
4 6 University System of Maryland
University of Maryland University College
University of Maryland University College Europe
Adelphi, Md. Public Doctoral 15,476
8,505
3,245
$67,235,136
$36,560,542
$9,216,773
5 4 Education Management Corp. Pittsburgh For-profit Doctoral 15,310 $172,114,594
6 5 ITT Educational Services Inc. Carmel, Ind. For-profit Master's 13,559 $177,150,491
7 7 Virginia Community College System Richmond, Va. Public Associate 12,914 $29,481,915
8 10 American Public Education Inc. (incl. AMU) [1] Charles Town, W.Va. For-profit Master's 12,436 $48,841,902
9 9 Career Education Corp.
Colorado Technical University Online Campus
Schaumburg, Ill. For-profit Doctoral 9,948
3,089
$90,250,067
$25,352,828
10 12 Bridgepoint Education
Ashford University Online
San Diego For-profit Doctoral 9,055
8,821
$44,735,286
$42,873,653
11 11 Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges Olympia, Wash. Public Bachelor's 9,008 $27,074,854
12 14 State University of New York System Albany, N.Y. Public Doctoral 8,236 $33,097,910
13 13 University System of Georgia Atlanta Public Doctoral 8,043 $36,105,403
14 8 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona Beach, Fla. Private Doctoral 7,676 $34,005,901
15 15 North Carolina Community College System Raleigh, N.C. Public Associate 7,552 $10,144,637
16 16 State University System of Florida Tallahassee, Fla. Public Doctoral 7,275 $36,467,727
17 21 Kaplan Higher Education Corp.
Kaplan University
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. For-profit Doctoral 6,647
4,339
$40,997,476
$25,302,336
18 19 State University and Community College System of Tennessee Nashville, Tenn. Public Doctoral 6,376 $25,596,093
19 17 California State University Long Beach, Calif. Public Doctoral 6,346 $26,352,394
20 18 University of Texas System Austin, Texas Public Doctoral 6,061 $37,451,641
21 27 Corinthian Colleges Inc. Santa Ana, Calif. For-profit Bachelor's 5,905 $60,752,657
22 28 Liberty University Lynchburg, Va. Private Doctoral 5,873 $25,233,613
23 20 Strayer Education Inc. Herndon, Va. For-profit Master's 5,603 $35,079,922
24 22 University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, N.C. Public Doctoral 5,585 $28,074,116
25 34 Universal Technical Institute Inc. Scottsdale, Ariz. For-profit Associate [2] 5,289 $59,781,088
26 24 Saint Leo University St. Leo, Fla. Private Doctoral 5,018 $26,358,918
27 23 ECPI Colleges Virginia Beach, Va. For-profit Master's 4,944 $48,241,580
28 26 Alamo Colleges San Antonio Public Associate 4,596 $5,298,792
29 31 Webster University St. Louis Private Doctoral 4,586 $20,440,521
30 35 Technical College System of Georgia Atlanta Public Associate 4,475 $7,399,292
31 32 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities St. Paul, Minn. Public Doctoral 4,299 $15,941,205
32 29 Colorado Community College System Denver Public Associate [2] 4,225 $12,058,064
33 39 National University System
National University (San Diego)
La Jolla, Calif. Private Doctoral 4,152
4,102
$30,974,305
$30,479,817
34 33 South Carolina Technical College System Columbia, S.C. Public Associate 3,961 $9,631,452
35 37 Arizona Board of Regents Phoenix Public Doctoral 3,883 $33,176,588
36 25 Maricopa Community College District Tempe, Ariz. Public Associate 3,856 $5,321,799
37 30 Central Texas College Killeen, Texas Public Associate 3,775 $4,848,822
38 41 Columbia College Columbia, Mo. Private Master's 3,760 $11,803,154
39 36 Park University Parkville, Mo. Private Master's 3,712 $14,386,517
40 38 Texas A&M University System College Station, Texas Public Doctoral 3,637 $18,411,109
41 43 University of Wisconsin System Madison, Wis. Public Doctoral 3,523 $22,129,617
42 42 Strayer Education Inc. Herndon, Va. For-profit Master's 3,469 $25,288,951
43 44 City University of New York New York Public Doctoral 3,318 $13,627,387
44 Columbia Southern Education Group Inc.
Columbia Southern University
Orange Beach, Ala. For-profit Doctoral 3,306
3,247
$9,888,843
$9,582,984
45 40 Troy University Troy, Ala. Public Doctoral 3,284 $11,964,447
46 49 Pennsylvania State University University Park, Pa. Public Doctoral 3,205 $38,472,742
47 46 Massachusetts Community Colleges Boston Public Associate 3,039 $9,634,639
48 Grand Canyon University Phoenix For-profit Doctoral 2,933 $15,444,580
49 45 University of Hawaii Board of Regents Honolulu Public Doctoral 2,930 $10,105,762
50 Grantham University Kansas City, Mo. For-profit Master's 2,918 $11,879,781