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Baker supports those who serve.

Baker offers courses that are 100% online, and all our online degree programs are compatible with your military service. There are no on-campus courses or meetings. Classes are available 365/24/7 so you can fit college into your schedule anywhere you’re stationed.

Baker College strongly believes in the Principles of Excellence as outlined in Executive Order 13607 in serving all military connected students by being an active participant of GoArmyEd and CCAF’s AU-ABC Program. The college is a proud signer of the DOD MOU and is eligible to receive Federal military and Veteran education benefits.

Baker Online has been awarded the designation of “Top Military-Friendly College” by Military Advanced Education (MAE), a journal of higher learning for members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

In addition, the Baker College system has been ranked among the nation’s top 20 online/nontraditional schools in the annual Best for Vets college rankings by Military Times.

We specialize in meeting the needs of every individual service member, starting with a free military evaluation of credit transfers and work experience. It’s quick and it’s honest.

At Baker Online, service members return from deployment exactly where they left off. We hold your place while you serve, allowing you to return to your classwork without penalties or additional fees.

Learn more about how Baker Online can contribute to your career success. Request for information or call (810) 766-4390 to speak with our Military Representative.

You can also view 10 Questions every military student should ask when considering an online college.

Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • How do online classes work?

    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.
  • Is Baker College Online accredited?
    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan. As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education. All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant. Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?

    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:
    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips
  • Is Baker accredited?
    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in:
    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?
    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.
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Military Friendly

Active Duty, Veterans, or Reserves

Baker supports those who serve.

Baker offers courses that are 100% online, and all our online degree programs are compatible with your military service. There are no on-campus courses or meetings. Classes are available 365/24/7 so you can fit college into your schedule anywhere you’re stationed.

Baker College strongly believes in the Principles of Excellence as outlined in Executive Order 13607 in serving all military connected students by being an active participant of GoArmyEd and CCAF’s AU-ABC Program. The college is a proud signer of the DOD MOU and is eligible to receive Federal military and Veteran education benefits.

Baker Online has been awarded the designation of “Top Military-Friendly College” by Military Advanced Education (MAE), a journal of higher learning for members of the U.S. Armed Forces.

In addition, the Baker College system has been ranked among the nation’s top 20 online/nontraditional schools in the annual Best for Vets college rankings by Military Times.

We specialize in meeting the needs of every individual service member, starting with a free military evaluation of credit transfers and work experience. It’s quick and it’s honest.

At Baker Online, service members return from deployment exactly where they left off. We hold your place while you serve, allowing you to return to your classwork without penalties or additional fees.

Learn more about how Baker Online can contribute to your career success. Request for information or call (810) 766-4390 to speak with our Military Representative.

You can also view 10 Questions every military student should ask when considering an online college.

Military Tuition & Financial Aid

Military Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition for Baker Online courses is less than half the tuition of most other major online colleges. And Baker is eligible to receive Federal military and Veteran education benefits.

Our tuition is purposefully structured around military benefits to ensure that military students do not incur out-of-pocket expenses. In addition, Baker Online offers special tuition rates for active duty service members.

To learn more, request for information online or call (810) 766-4390 to speak with our Military Representative.

Veterans

Veterans

As a military veteran, the GI Bill entitles you to receive a quality education, and as a military supportive school Baker College is committed to helping you get it. With 15 convenient locations throughout Michigan—and online classes available worldwide—we’re here to get you started in one of over 150 career programs in growing and in-demand fields. Earn an accredited college degree and be on your way to a successful career.

Baker College has earned the gold-level status as a veteran-friendly school through a program created by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA). The Veteran-Friendly School program recognizes institutions of higher learning for their dedication to student veterans and dependents, and awards gold-, silver- and bronze-level statuses to institutions based on their veteran-centric services:

  • On-campus veteran’s coordinator and staffed veterans center.
  • Established process for the identification of current student veterans.
  • Evaluation and awarding of credit for military training and experience.
  • Veteran-specific website/portal.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of student veteran academic retention, completion and graduation rates.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of student veteran job placement rates.

Baker College is a private, not-for-profit institution and our mission is your success. From admissions through instruction, and even after graduation, you’ll be supported at every level. After graduation you’ll receive Lifetime Employment Assistance—free and forever. It’s one of the reasons Baker College has one of the nation’s highest available graduate employment rates.

Learn more about how Baker Online can contribute to your career success. Request more information or call (810) 766-4390 to speak with our Military Representative.

Online Admissions Calendar

Online Admissions Calendar

New students to Baker Online and Center for Graduate Studies (CGS) are encouraged to submit their Application for Admission and supporting documents 2-3 weeks prior to an acceptance deadline.

New Baker Online and CGS students should first select the quarter they would like to enroll in and then the session within the quarter to start. Each session has 2 corresponding start dates.

Download the Baker Online New Student Admissions Calendar  (90 KB).

10 Questions to Ask an Online College

10 Questions to Ask an Online College

As a servicemember, choosing the correct Online college for you is an important decision. It can affect your career and life for years to come. Research shows that most people who end up transferring colleges didn’t adequately research their college of choice. This series of 10 questions has been designed to help you gather the information you will need to make the best decision.

Questions Answers – Baker Online
Is this college For-Profit or Non-Profit Private, Non-Profit—which means we work for our servicemembers instead of shareholders. Just compare our military tuition rates withour For-Profit competitors and you will see the difference.
Is this college Accredited? Yes, we are Regionally Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges & Schools.
How much does this college cost? Baker Online’s military tuition rates and discounts are purposefully structured around military benefits to ensure that students incur little or no out-of-pocket expenses. Our military tuition rates start at $165 per credit hour. Contact us today to see if you qualify for this tuition rate and additional discounts.
Will this college accept my transfer credits? And more importantly will they count toward my degree completion? Baker Online admissions offers a free transcript evaluation to assess the number of credits that will transfer and apply toward your degree completion. In addition to traditional transfer credits, we will also review your ACE credit as well as DANTES and CLEP.
What kind of support do you offer to help me afford college (Scholarships & Financial Aid)? Each student’s financial need is unique so we offer free financial aid counseling and work hard to find all the aid available to you. We invite you to get a jump start on this process by using our Financial Aid Estimator.
What support do you offer students to help find them jobs after they graduate? All Baker Online graduates receive Lifetime Employment Assistance—free and forever— to help them establish and sustain successful careers.
What kind of academic support is available to me as a student? At Baker College we offer our online students the same resources that are available to our campus-based students. These services include: Free Tutoring, Academic Counseling, Research Help, and an Online Library.
What is the structure of the class? (Asynchronous vs. scheduled) How are new students orientated to the online learning environment? Course structure is Asynchronous—your online classes are neither time nor place dependent. You can go online at any time of the day or night to read lectures and participate in discussion. Our Online Orientation Course teaches you the online environment before you begin your actual classes.
Can I review the course list for my program of interest? (Compare major courses vs. general eds) Yes, all of our programs course listings are available online.
Are class start dates frequent enough to be convenient? Baker Online classes begin every three weeks so you are never more than three weeks from getting started. Our full list of start dates is available online.

 

Download the 10 Questions Worksheet for Servicemembers

12 Reasons to Choose Baker Online

12 Reasons to Choose Baker Online

  1. Baker College is regionally accredited, which assures you that credits earned are recognized and meet high standards of educational quality.
  2. Over 40 certificate, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degree programs are available 100% online with no on-campus classes required.
  3. GetEducated.com ranks Baker Online as one of their 30 “Best Buys” nationwide.
  4. Baker Online programs are available 24n /365 from virtually anywhere in the world.
  5. Baker College, founded in 1911, was one of the first colleges to offer online classes.
  6. Baker College is the largest independent college in Michigan with nearly 35,000 students. Over 20,000 students attend online worldwide.
  7. Our Online Orientation Course teaches students the online environment before they begin their actual classes.
  8. Online students have a personal academic advisor to answer questions, provide guidance, and help them succeed.
  9. Proven on-campus curriculum is optimized for online delivery by our Instructional Design Department to ensure an optimal distance learning experience.
  10. All Baker Online graduates receive Lifetime Employment Assistance- free and forever- to help them establish and sustain successful careers.
  11. Tuition is affordable because we are a not· for~profit institution focused on serving students, not shareholders. The Jewel Education Fund invests in our students via scholarships, grants, etc.
  12. As America’s leading career college, Baker programs are· designed to meet the needs of today’s job market. giving our graduates an employment advantage.

To get started, request for information online or call (810) 766-4390 to speak with our Military Representative.

FAQ's

  • What is the high school GPA requirement to enroll into Baker?
    Baker College has a “right-to-try” admission policy. That means all students who have earned a high school diploma or its equivalent, such as a General Educational Development  (GED) certificate, are accepted at Baker. Find out more by reading our Undergraduate Admissions Requirements or by talking with an admissions advisor.
  • Can I take classes without a high school diploma or GED?
    If you haven't earned a diploma or a GED certificate, you may be able to take classes at Baker College. We will ask you to take placement tests to ensure you have the foundation of knowledge you need to successully complete college-level studies. Please contact the Admissions Office to learn more about our placement testing and admissions policy. Note: This does not apply to online students; for Baker Online, a diploma or GED certificate is required.
  • How do I apply for Financial Aid?
    Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code for the Baker College Campus that you plan to attend. Remember, you must apply for financial aid every year. New applications are available after January 1st each year. Always complete your FAFSA as early as possible. To help speed the application process, we encourage you to have your taxes completed prior to applying. The Federal government’s FAFSA website allows you and/or your parent or guardian to link to the IRS website to retrieve tax information. Note: Students and parents of dependent students are required to apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) in order to sign the FAFSA application electronically. Please visit www.pin.ed.gov for more information.
  • How do I apply for a student loan?
    Once you have applied for financial aid, you will receive a Financial Aid Notification package from the Financial Aid office. Your FAFSA serves as the application for the Student Loan. If it is determined that you qualify for student loan funds, the eligibility amounts will be listed on your award notification, and a student Loan Request Form will be included with the award package. The Loan Request Form must be completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office before the loan process can begin. If you are a new student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Complete the paper loan request form indicating the amount you would like to borrow.
    • Sign and date the form.
    • Return the form to the Financial Aid office.
    If you are a returning student and would like to request student loan funds to help cover your educational expenses you will need to:
    • Log into the SOLAR system.
    • Select STAR System.
    • Select Financial Aid office.
    • Select Loan Request.
    • Select the appropriate financial aid year and click Continue.
    • Select the type of loan you would like to request and click Continue.
    • Read the Stafford Loan Request Authorization information and click I Agree.
    • Type in the requested dollar amount and click Submit Request.
  • How do online classes work?

    After you enroll, and are accepted to your online program, you sign-up, or "register" for your first courses. Like all Baker Online students, you will begin your online experience with a three-week online class designed to orient you to the Baker Online classroom, and review the expectations and requirements of Baker Online students. When you have completed this course successfully, you can move on to additional online courses.
  • Is Baker College Online accredited?
    Baker Online is part of Baker College, a private, non-profit, accredited, degree granting, higher educational institution with locations throughout Michigan. As an accredited college, Baker College has been granted legal authority by the state of Michigan to operate as a nonprofit educational corporation and is empowered to grant certificates, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. It is approved for veterans’ benefits. Baker College is recognized as an institution of higher education by the U.S. Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education. All Baker Online undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant. Some Baker Online graduate programs have additional accreditation:
  • Does Baker provide any help in my job search?

    As a graduate of Baker College, you are eligible for our Lifetime Employment Services, which include:
    • Job searching techniques
    • Resume and cover letter assistance
    • Job interview questions
    • Job postings
    • Relocation tips
  • Is Baker accredited?
    Yes. Baker College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission / 230 South LaSalle St., Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411 / 800-621-7440 / www.ncahlc.org. Baker College is an Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) participant.

    Additional Accreditations

    Baker has also earned specialized accreditations for programs and degrees in:
    • Business Administration
    • Engineering and Technology
    • Health Sciences
    • Human Services
    • School of Education
    • School of Nursing
    For details about these specialized accreditations, see the individual Programs and Degrees pages.
  • How can I send a copy of my official transcripts to another organization?
    To access your transcripts, log into the SOLAR System, select the Star System and select the Academic Office. Once there, click on the transcripts link.
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