Military Students

We are here to support you! Whether you're serving or have already served, University's College is here to work with you to get you started on your next steps.

We collaborate and maintain partnerships with education officers throughout the military branches so we can best serve our military families and offer services and resources like military discount and a Student Veteran Organization (SVO).

A woman in army fatigues holding a folder.For more than 20 years, RWU has collaborated and maintained partnerships with education officers throughout the military branches and we offer military benefits like waived a application fee, discounted tuition rates for both and service members and their spouses, online program offerings, personal advising, and academic support. RWU supports our service members, including Guard and Reserve and their spouses.

Our advisors understand where you've been and where you want to go, because some have military backgrounds and understand the culture and lingo you're used to. We'll make it easy for you by helping you navigate the application process for tuition assistance, GI Bill benefits and other tuition benefits, including financial aid. Then while you're here we'll set you up with our career transition resources that helps translate your military experience into in-demand careers.

Whether attending a local campus or working towards a degree online, a UC college experience is possible no matter where you are. We offer a wide range of programs at all levels—from associate through graduates.

Why RWU?

  • Military students account for more than 60% of our continuing studies student population
  • RWU is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program and currently offers a total of 15 seats in the program. Seats are not limited to an individual major and/or school within the institution.
  • Advanced Military Education magazine acknowledged RWU as a top military-friendly school for 4 years in a row.  
  • The U.S. Navy has endorsed RWU as one of its top 30 recommended distance universities in the country.
  • RWU is recognized as one of the best colleges in the nation by Forbes, a College of Distinction by Student Horizons, Inc. and as both a best college in the Northeast and one of the nation’s greenest universities by The Princeton Review.
  • RWU School of Continuing Studies offers a 12 week, Non-Credit Veterans’ Gateway to College and Career Success program free to all veterans and their spouses.
  • If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call our office at (401) 254-3530 or you can also email your questions to us at

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Academic Programs

Service members are eligible to enroll in any of the academic programs offered by University College. Our courses are offered online or at our Providence Campus.

Click here for a complete listing of our academic programs.

Through enrollment, military students are eligible to seek credit from their Joint Service Transcripts (JST), CLEP exams, DSST exams, credit from other accredited higher education institutions, and through the Credit Documentation process. The minimum residency requirement of thirty credits (10-three credit courses) applies to service members. Service members are subject to the academic and institutional rules and regulations which apply to all students at the University, as explicitly stated in the course catalog.

Military Benefits

At Roger Williams University, we know that you are juggling a demanding military career and personal life while making time to pursue your educational goals. We’d like to help.

As a member of the Armed Forces, you are eligible for a discounted tuition rate. Most military students are eligible for government funding under the Post 9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill Selected Reserve or the Reserve Educational Assistance Program. This rate may be applicable to your spouse and family members as well.

Roger Williams offers you flexible scheduling based on your deployment and allows you to return to the program. In addition, your tuition gives you access to all of the services, course and program information regularly available to all on-campus students, including academic advisement, use of facilities, student services, access to course schedules, catalogs and more.

If you are an active-duty soldier and plan to use the Army Tuition Assistance (TA) program to pay for school, then you must first register with GoArmyEd.

At the GoArmyEd portal, you can:

  • Identify your chosen degree/certificate program and request TA
  • Register for courses (you will also need to register for those same courses here)
  • See a record of courses previously taken
  • View your available TA balance

For questions about the GoArmyEd programs, please e-mail

RWU is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program and currently offers a total of 15 spots in the program at any one time; spots are not tied to individual majors, schools or colleges of the University. 

The institution is required to approve spots to qualified applicants on a first come, first served basis. When all 15 spots are being utilized, new spots will be unavailable until one of the students using a spot has graduated or left the institution.

In order to be approved for the program, applicants must:

  1. Already be officially accepted to RWU
  2. Submit an application to the Yellow Ribbon Program using the form below
  3. Submit a copy of a Certificate Eligibility showing 100% eligibility for the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill

Applicants cannot be approved until ALL of these conditions have been met; at this time, we are unable to approve an applicant unless an accompanying Certificate of Eligibility has been submitted. However, if an applicant has been admitted to RWU, a Yellow Ribbon Program application can be submitted without a Certificate of Eligibility, and the applicant will be placed on a waiting list. Once a valid Certificate of Eligibility is submitted, provided that a spot is available and all necessary, valid documents have been submitted a spot will then be approved.

RWU Yellow Ribbon Program Application

In compliance with our Affordable Excellence campaign at Roger Williams University, our tuition prices do not change for wherever you live in the world.  You also can find our tuition a total cost for all three (3) college credits.

  • Evening Classroom Course (3 credits)  $750
  • Directed Seminar (3 credits)  $750
  • Online Course (3 credits)   $750

General Fees

School of Continuing Studies applicants may waive their application fee upon discussing their intent to apply with an admissions representative.  Applicants & current students will pay only a one (1) time semester fee of $30.00 for each semester of attendance.  This price is not per course you take.

School of Continuing Studies students can take up to fourteen (14) college credits and pay the evening/online course rates.  If you enroll for fifteen (15) or more credits, you must pay our day course rate of $3,747 per 3 credit course.

  • Application Fee $50
  • Audit Fee $387 (per course)
  • Semester Fee $30
  • Computer Lab Fee $165 (if applicable) 
  • Graduation Fee $250
  • Lab Course Fee $398 (if applicable)
  • Late Payment Fee $280

Withdrawal Policy & Refund Schedule

A direct link to view our withdrawal policy, and refund schedule

Meet Us On Base

Interested in learning more? RWU is represented at bases throughout the country every year. We know that time is a luxury for service men and women, so we do our best to accommodate your schedule in any way we can.

Please contact us if you have any questions! 

Roger Williams University
Attn: University College
One Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-254-3530

Directions to University College


Legalmen achieve knowledge, practical skills and expertise regarding military and civilian legal systems, and substantive and procedural law that qualify them to perform the work of a legal nature under the supervision of an attorney.

A close up of the american flag patch on the shoulder of a person in army fatigues.The JAG Corps selects, develops and retains a diverse force of mature, intelligent and challenge-seeking personnel for the Legalmen rating. Legalmen work under the supervision of attorneys, preparing and processing legal documents in the areas of military justice, legal assistance, and administrative, civil and operational law. Their knowledge and expertise make them a valuable asset to civilian law firms if and when they decide to leave the Navy.

Upon successful completion of the accession courses at the Naval Justice School Newport (NJS), a Legalmen receives 10 semester credit hours of American Bar Association-approved credits toward a degree in paralegal studies. The courses include: Ethics; Introduction to Law; Emerging Technology in the Law Office; and Legal Research and Writing.

Legalmen are able to continue at RWU toward earning credits for an associate’s degree and/or bachelor’s degree. RWU delivers 5 courses at the NJS, in which a Legalmen can earn up to 15 additional college credits. The courses include: Criminal Law for the Paralegal, Law of Contracts, Litigation I, Law of Business Organizations, and Domestic Relations.

Legalmen also have the option of pursuing a degree at distance via online learning.