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2021 Best Special Education Colleges for Veterans in the Plains States Region

10 Colleges
690 Bachelor's Degrees
$21,500 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Special Education Schools for Vets

Best Special Education Colleges for Veterans in the Plains States RegionOut of all the majors we analyze each year, special education was ranked #55 in the country. In fact 8,866 bachelor's degrees were handed out in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 690 went to students in the Plains States region of the United States.

This year's Best Special Education Colleges for Veterans in the Plains States Region ranking analyzed 10 colleges that offered a bachelor's degree in special ed. The schools that top this list are recognized because they have great special education programs and a strong support system for veterans and active service members.

When determining these rankings, we looked at things such as overall quality of the special education program at the school, veteran affordability, and veteran satisfaction. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

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The special ed school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Special Ed Schools for Veterans.

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2021 Best Special Education Schools for Veterans in the Plains States Region

The following schools top our list of the Best Special Education Colleges for Veterans.

Top 10 Best Special Education Schools for Veterans

#1

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, MN

Saint Cloud State University earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. St. Cloud State University is a large public school located in the city of Saint Cloud. St. Cloud State University also took the #5 spot in our Best Colleges for Special Education in the Plains States Region rankings.

Among the 13,928 students enrolled at St. Cloud State University, 317 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 200 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $5,467. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Nebraska - Lincoln landed the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value special education schools. Located in the large city of Lincoln, UNL is a public college with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our best for vets list, UNL has also earned the #1 rank in our Best Colleges for Special Education in the Plains States Region ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 687 of the 25,820 students enrolled at UNL were GI Bill® students, of which 406 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $7,191. In addition to receiving other benefits, 92 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Black Hills State University earned the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the town of Spearfish, BHSU is a public college with a small student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at BHSU, the school also landed the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for Special Education in the Plains States Region ranking.

Of the 4,035 students enrolled at BHSU, 244 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 153 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $5,539. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Minnesota State University - Mankato landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value special education schools. Located in the city of Mankato, Minnesota State University - Mankato is a public college with a fairly large student population. Minnesota State University - Mankato not only placed well in our veterans rankings. It is also #4 on our Best Colleges for Special Education in the Plains States Region list.

According to our most recent data, Minnesota State University - Mankato supports 14,374 students, and 364 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 156 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $6,059. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Winona State University landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value special education schools. Winona State is a moderately-sized public school located in the distant town of Winona. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Winona State, the school also landed the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Special Education in the Plains States Region ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 174 of the 7,792 students enrolled at Winona State were GI Bill® students, of which 88 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $6,169. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of South Dakota

Vermillion, SD

Our rankings recognize University of South Dakota as the #6 school in this year's rankings. U of South Dakota is a medium-sized public school located in the distant town of Vermillion. U of South Dakota also took the #3 spot in our Best Colleges for Special Education in the Plains States Region rankings.

Our most recent data shows that 341 of the 10,066 students enrolled at U of South Dakota were GI Bill® students, of which 170 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $5,332. U of South Dakota does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of Central Missouri comes in at #7 in this year's ranking. Located in the town of Warrensburg, UCM is a public school with a fairly large student population. UCM did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #9 on our Best Colleges for Special Education in the Plains States Region list.

Among the 11,487 students enrolled at UCM, 569 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 345 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $4,983. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Northwest Missouri State University landed the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value special education schools. Northwest is a medium-sized public school located in the town of Maryville. Northwest not only placed well in our veterans rankings. It is also #6 on our Best Colleges for Special Education in the Plains States Region list.

According to our most recent data, Northwest supports 6,857 students, and 160 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 70 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $5,717. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #9 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Missouri State University - Springfield. Missouri State is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Springfield. Missouri State did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #8 on our Best Colleges for Special Education in the Plains States Region list.

Among the 23,697 students enrolled at Missouri State, 720 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 378 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $5,224. In addition to receiving other benefits, 6 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#10

Southeast Missouri State University

Cape Girardeau, MO

Our rankings recognize Southeast Missouri State University as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Southeast Missouri State University is a large public school located in the small city of Cape Girardeau.

Of the 11,071 students enrolled at Southeast Missouri State University, 397 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 163 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $4,091. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Best for Vets Special Education Colleges by State

Explore the best for vets special education schools for a specific state in the Plains States region.

State Degrees Awarded
Missouri 173
Minnesota 169
Iowa 32
Kansas 12
Nebraska 192
South Dakota 95
North Dakota 17

One of 14 majors within the Education area of study, Special Education has other similar majors worth exploring.

Majors Similar to Special Ed

Related Major Annual Graduates
Teacher Education Grade Specific 7,097
Teacher Education Subject Specific 2,851
Other Education 441
General Education 382
Teaching English or French 65

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 10 schools only.

**GI Bill® student total includes all chapters of the GI Bill® program (e.g., Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Education Assistance Program, and Veteran Readiness and Employment)

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
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