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Education Benefits for Military Personnel, Spouses and Dependents

New England College is dedicated to providing special education benefits to the men and women of the armed forces reach their educational goals and provides active-duty servicemembers with a special military tuition rate. We’re proud to educate military servicemembers and have a long history of doing so. In fact, NEC was founded in 1946 to serve the educational needs of the service men and women returning home at the close of World War II.

Active Duty Saves Over 50% on Tuition

A special tuition rate applies to active-duty servicemembers (including Reservists and Guardsmen who are currently activated, mobilized or recalled to active duty), and their spouses and dependents. NEC’s standard tuition rate of $1,580 per 4-credit course is reduced to $750 per 4-credit course. This represents a savings of over 52%. Additionally, special military pricing is an additional education benefit for Reservists and Guardsmen non-activated, who will receive a flat rate of $1,000 per course. Veterans, spouses and dependents of disabled or deceased veterans receive 10% savings on undergraduate tuition.

Military Education Benefits

Active-Duty Opportunities

In addition to specific training schools that are mandated as part of required service training record, there are other opportunities for servicemembers to get their education while on active duty.  Whether it is through meritorious programs such as the various officer commissioning programs in each service, ROTC scholarships, or the voluntary education programs (VOLED), the servicemember who truly desires to get their education has been afforded opportunities to pursue that goal.  The best opportunity for active duty personnel to get the most current eligibility information for any of these programs is by contacting their local Education Services Officer (ESO) or their unit leader for further information.

All U.S. Armed Forces also have education portals that are provided to explore the options available and give general information about various providers and programs.  A list of some of those portals includes:

Veterans' Benefits Available to Active-Duty Personnel

The Department of Veterans Affairs administers several different education benefit programs including The Post-9/11 GI Bill® and Montgomery GI Bill. For information on eligibility and how to best apply your benefits with programs like Top-Up and others, visit the United States Department of Veterans Affairs or its GI Bill website.

New England College is proud to partner with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) providing numerous benefit programs that allow former and current military service members to fulfill their educational goals.

Students who are eligible to receive military education benefits as defined by the VA should contact the NEC’s Student Services Coordinator and Military Benefits Administrator, Joseph M. Face, by calling 603-428-2289 or emailing jface@nec.edu at the time of application.

Servicemembers' education programs are listed below.

  • Active Duty Tuition Assistance
  • The Post-9/11 GI Bill
  • Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (MGIB-AD)
  • Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)
  • National Call to Service Program

Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program

The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows United States institutions of higher learning to voluntarily fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. The institution can contribute up to 50% of those expenses and VA will match the amount. To apply, please contact NEC’s Student Services Coordinator and Military Benefits Administrator by calling 603-428-2289 or emailing jface@nec.edu.

College Fund Programs

Enlistees in the armed services who become eligible for their College Fund Programs receive up to $70,000 toward college tuition, when combined with the Montgomery GI Bill, and upon honorable discharge. Enlistees who are awarded the College Fund by the Marine Corps or Coast Guard receive even more.

Loan Repayment Programs

In the full-time duty Army, soldiers can qualify to have their loan repaid by the military at the rate of one-third of the loan for each year of full-time duty served (maximum loan repayment is $70,000). The Army also helps soldiers pay off student loans they've taken out, provided they attended schools on an approved Perkins, Stafford or other Department of Education Guaranteed Student Loan.

In the full-time duty Navy, a $65,000 loan repayment program is also available. Qualifications include prior military service, a high school diploma and a loan guaranteed under the Higher Education Act of 1965. You must qualify for Navy Nuclear Field or other designated critical rating as defined by the U.S. Navy, and other restrictions apply.

Military Spouse Career Advancement Account (MyCAA)

MyCAA helps Army spouses studying to enter selected portable career fields pay for tuition, books, supplies, exams, certifications and licensures. You can apply for the program by registering at the MyCAA website.

Scholarships & Grants for Military Spouses

There are a wide variety of private scholarships and grants available to military spouses and dependents. Much of this assistance goes unclaimed every year due to misconceptions about who is eligible and how difficult the money is to get. New England College recommends thoroughly researching scholarship and grants opportunities and applying for any you qualify for

Post-9/11 GI Bill Transferrability

Veterans who qualify for the Post-9/11 GI Bill may transfer their benefits to their spouse.  Details on this process and all guidelines that apply to the program can be found on the VA website on this program at www.gibill.va.gov.

GI Bill

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government web site at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.

Military Toll-Free Telephone Number: 855-821-7363 
International Telephone Number: 011 1-813-612-8168