Active-duty servicemembers and veterans who plan to further their education must weigh numerous factors in choosing a school that best suits their needs. Two publications may prove useful in conducting this research: G.I. Jobs’ list of Military Friendly Schools; and Military Advanced Education’s Guide to Military Friendly Colleges & Universities.
The guides are published on a yearly basis and contain a wealth of information about the on-campus and online degrees, financial assistance and other programs that schools nationwide offer for military personnel, veterans and their families. For example, dozens of schools in the Northeast region are included in the guides and some are listed in both, such as New England College in New Hampshire.
Both guides are based on the results of surveys sent to colleges and universities across the country. G.I. Jobs and Military Advanced Education give weighted scores for survey responses relating to various categories, such as nonfinancial and financial assistance, military student recruitment, support services, accreditation, flexibility and military culture.
G.I. Jobs surveyed more than 12,000 schools for its 2013 list, which honored the top 15% of universities and colleges with the Military Friendly School designation. “These schools offer military students the best services, programs, discounts, scholarships, clubs, networking and staff,” according to the magazine.
Military Advanced Education included results for all of the approximately 300 post-secondary institutions that responded to its 2013 survey, although it did not rank the schools.
New England College (NEC) has appeared on both lists for several years consecutively. The school was founded in Henniker, N.H., in 1946 specifically to meet the needs of veterans returning from World War II. NEC offers a variety of services and benefits targeted toward servicemembers, Reservists and veterans, including 100% online degree programs that provide enhanced flexibility and convenience for active-duty personnel.
In addition, the school provides active-duty servicemembers and their spouses and dependents with a special tuition rate of $750 for a 4-credit course. Students with a military affiliation are not required to pay an application fee and do not face any penalties if they must temporarily exit an online degree program as the result of deployment.
For veterans, Guardsmen, Reservists, and the spouses and dependents of deceased or disabled veterans, NEC offers a 10% savings on undergraduate tuition.
For anyone considering pursuing a college education, it’s important to conduct independent research. This is especially true for active-duty servicemembers, veterans and their families, who must balance their sacrifice and commitment to the nation with their personal and professional goals.
The guides published annually by G.I. Jobs and Military Advanced Education can be useful components in the search for a college or university.