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The following charts shows the 50 institutions of higher education most popular with service members using tuition assistance in fiscal 2013.

Rank Last Year System or school Headquarters/
main campus
Sector Highest degree Students using TA Courses TA received
1 1 American Public Education Inc.
American Military University [1]
Charles Town, W.Va. For-profit Master's 57,689
153,294
$115,782,060
2 2 University System of Maryland
University of Maryland University College
Adelphi, Md. Public Doctoral 34,970
34,705
83,894
82,847
$55,218,643
$54,559,032
3 3 Central Texas College Killeen, Texas Public Associate 21,662 50,297 $23,509,085
4 4 Bridgepoint Education
Ashford University
San Diego For-profit Doctoral 17,384
17,353
54,635
54,536
$40,964,759
$40,891,009
5 5 University of Phoenix Phoenix For-profit Doctoral 12,170 38,467 $27,895,940
6 6 Columbia Southern Education Group Inc.
Columbia Southern University
Orange Beach, Ala. For-profit Doctoral 10,345
10,239
29,206
28,834
$17,942,773
$17,698,020
7 7 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona Beach, Fla. Private Doctoral 9,860 26,786 $19,717,213
8 10 Park University Parkville, Mo. Private Master's 8,234 20,274 $14,457,182
9 11 Liberty University Lynchburg, Va. Private Doctoral 6,315 20,288 $14,852,366
10 12 Excelsior College Albany, N.Y. Private Post-master's 6,196 16,935 $11,441,339
11 9 Grantham University Kansas City, Mo. For-profit Master's 6,016 21,615 $15,629,646
12 8 Trident University International Cypress, Calif. For-profit Doctoral 5,056 12,276 $12,075,399
13 13 Columbia College Columbia, Mo. Private Master's 4,985 14,044 $9,435,124
14 14 California Community College System
Coastline Community College
Sacramento, Calif. Public Associate 4,839
3,932
10,815
9,119
$4,879,837
$4,590,889
15 16 Saint Leo University St. Leo, Fla. Private Doctoral 4,212 12,123 $8,677,902
16 18 Kaplan Higher Education Corp.
Kaplan University
Fort Lauderdale, Fla. For-profit Doctoral 4,191
4,157
11,827
11,671
$9,862,153
$9,770,691
17 17 North Carolina Community College System
Fayetteville Technical Community College
Raleigh, N.C. Public Associate 3,932
2,267
11,539
6,761
$2,479,133
$1,386,373
18 19 Thomas Edison State College Trenton, N.J. Public Master's 3,685 8,819 $6,738,432
19 15 Wash. State Board for Community & Technical Colleges
Pierce College at Fort Sheilacoom
Olympia, Wash. Public Bachelor's 3,147
2,205
7,898
5,356
$4,273,674
$3,097,469
20 22 Webster University St. Louis Private Doctoral 3,044 8,446 $6,298,322
21 Touro College and University System
Touro College
New York Private Doctoral 2,998
2,965
7,433
7,370
$7,160,299
$7,113,244
22 27 Post University Waterbury, Conn. For-profit Master's 2,996 9,188 $6,854,641
23 20 DeVry University Inc. Downers Grove, Ill. For-profit Master's 2,796 8,523 $7,142,924
24 21 Troy University Troy, Ala. Public Doctoral 2,637 8,567 $5,855,990
25 23 Allied American University Laguna Hills, Calif. For-profit Bachelor's 2,499 8,544 $6,287,385
26 33 National University System
National University
La Jolla, Calif. Private Doctoral 2,358
2,353
6,930
6,904
$4,631,337
$4,616,670
27 25 Career Education Corp.
Colorado Technical University
Schaumburg, Ill. For-profit Doctoral 2,019
1,410
7,449
5,180
$5,105,867
$3,474,571
28 30 Wayland Baptist University Plainview, Texas Private Master's 1,896 5,406 $3,733,059
29 29 Vincennes University Vincennes, Ind. Public Bachelor's 1,876 4,392 $2,632,622
30 24 Virginia Community College System
Tidewater Community College
Richmond, Va. Public Associate 1,867
1,363
4,949
3,529
$1,831,649
$1,306,793
31 35 International Sports Sciences Association Carpinteria, Calif. For-profit Associate 1,808 3,070 $2,396,631
32 28 University System of Georgia Atlanta Public Doctoral 1,746 7,366 $3,504,823
33 31 State Univ. & Community College System of Tenn. Nashville, Tenn. Public Doctoral 1,717 7,021 $3,808,067
34 34 Hawaii Pacific University Honolulu Private Post-master's 1,698 4,523 $3,196,795
35 32 North Dakota University System Bismarck, N.D. Public Doctoral 1,622 4,938 $2,764,883
36 University of Management and Technology Arlington, Va. For-profit Doctoral 1,504 5,501 $4,112,312
37 39 State University of New York System Albany, N.Y. Public Doctoral 1,469 4,141 $2,435,110
38 26 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities St. Paul, Minn. Public Doctoral 1,428 6,533 $3,887,817
39 40 University of Oklahoma Norman, Okla. Public Doctoral 1,368 3,980 $2,956,114
40 42 Grand Canyon University Phoenix For-profit Doctoral 1,353 3,807 $3,570,001
41 Colo. Community College System[2]
Pikes Peak Community College
Denver Public Associate [3] 1,349
1,091
3,280
2,586
$1,701,201
$1,337,204
42 38 Strayer Education Herndon, Va. For-profit Master's 1,335 4,038 $2,901,961
43 36 Education Management Corp. Pittsburgh For-profit Doctoral 1,323 4,301 $2,781,894
44 37 University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, N.C. Public Doctoral 1,283 5,613 $2,363,092
45 45 Southwestern College Winfield, Kan. Private Doctoral 1,233 3,560 $2,633,740
46 Chapman University Orange, Calif. Private Doctoral 1,150 3,024 $2,228,222
47 49 Barton County Community College Great Bend, Kan. Public Associate 1,137 2,902 $1,112,618
48 47 National American University Rapid City, S.D. For-profit Doctoral 1,070 2,729 $1,993,386
49 Campbell University Buies Creek, N.C. Private Doctoral 1,030 2,929 $2,179,232
50 University of Alaska System of Higher Education Fairbanks, Alaska Public Doctoral 1,008 2,329 $1,276,962