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Honoring the principle upon which the College was founded and the service of the men and women of the armed forces, New England College has instituted a comprehensive veterans program that helps veterans and active reservists take full advantage of their military education benefits.  We are a Yellow Ribbon Program College and can also offer additional assistance to Pre-9/11 eligible veterans with our unique military scholarship program (Russell Durgin Military Scholarship) named in honor of one of our own local heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice on the battlefield in Afghanistan.  It is our commitment to serve the educational needs of those who serve our country that has earned us the label of being a “military friendly school” by the G.I. Jobs magazine.

We encourage you to follow the steps below and always invite you to contact us with questions!

Please visit the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs site for information about applying for education benefits and eligibility. Applications for veteran benefits may be obtained directly from the VA by visiting the VONAPP (Veterans Online Applications) website. If you prefer, completed application forms can be mailed directly to the VA Regional Processing Office (P.O. Box 4616, Buffalo, NY 14240-4616).

NEC is also proud to offer the The Russell Durgin Military Service Scholarship Program named after a lifelong resident of Henniker who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2006. The purpose of the scholarship is to bridge the gap between the costs of undergraduate tuition at NEC and the benefits available through the G.I. Bill©. There is no need to apply separately for this scholarship, as the amount will be determined based on the student’s benefit eligibility and financial need.

Please follow these steps to apply your benefits to New England College:

1.  Contact the VA at or 1-888-GIBILL-1 (1-888-442-4551).

2.  Apply for benefits completing an “Application for Educational Benefits” (VA Form 22-1990).

3.  Submit copies of your DD-214, Certificate of Eligibility of Education Benefits and/or your “Notice of Basic Eligibility” (DD form 2384, if a National Guardsman) to the Admission Office. If you have received benefits while attending a previous institution, submit a “Request for Change Program or Place Training” (VA Form 22-1995). All of these forms are available on the VONAPP site mentioned above.

4.  Complete and submit the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) . The FAFSA form will help determine any additional federal grants and loans you may be eligible for.

6.  Complete your application and submit all necessary components.

Veteran Resources:

VA & DOD Hotlines
VA Education Office: 1.800.442.4551
VA Healthcare Office: 1.877.222.8387
VA Benefits: 1.800.827.1000
WAVE (Verify your Attendance) 1.877.823.2378
VA Gulf War Helpline: 1.800.273.8387
DOD Direct Veterans Hotline: 1.800.497.6261

Students Engaged with Respect to Veterans Education (SERVE): The Veterans Association of New England College:

Honoring both the principle upon which the College was founded and the service of the men and women of the armed forces this student organization was founded.  The goal of this group is to advocate for and support the matriculation of Veterans into the NEC community and to assist these Veterans with accessing campus services and programs.  The group will promote policies and administrative decisions that benefit Veterans.  They will also help the NEC community better understand the Veterans perspective by educating the NEC community about military life and customs.

For information about how to join this group, please contact  Karen Barilani at