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Why NEC is a Military Friendly College

Military CollegeMany colleges may advertise themselves as “military friendly.” But few started as a college built to provide an education to military veterans and their families. That’s the case with New England College, which opened after World War II with a focus on supporting service members and helping them make the transition into the civilian workforce.

Now, 74 years later, New England College remains a true military friendly college. Not only does the college offer benefits to active-duty service members, veterans, and their families, it also has many courses designed specifically for military students.

If you have served or currently serve in the military, NEC prides itself on providing one of the most military friendly experiences you will find anywhere.

Benefits NEC Offers Military Students

Since welcoming its first class in 1946, NEC has offered advantages to both active-duty and veteran military students. The college always makes it a priority to support those who have served our country as they seek a college degree. Some of the many benefits include the following.

A Generous Transfer Policy

NEC gives military students credit for military experience and training. For example, Marines who complete the United States Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command Individual Training Course (MARSOC-ITC) are guaranteed 60 transfer credits into the Bachelor of Arts in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness program or the Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy. They may receive up to 90 credits after individual evaluation.

Also, through a partnership with Marine Corps University: College of Distance Education and Training (CDET), New England College may grant military transfer credits that apply to the two programs above as well as an MBA in Strategic Leadership, Master of Arts in International Relations and Master of Arts in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

Military Partnerships

In addition to MARSOC and CDET, New England College also has partnerships with Joint Special Operations University (JSOU) and the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF). These partnerships have led to tuition discounts and programs designed uniquely for military students.

Online and On-Campus Options

New England College offers most courses 100% online, giving military students the flexibility they need to pursue a college degree. The college also offers on-campus classes and hybrid programs that mix traditional and distance learning.

Military Discounts

NEC offers a military tuition discount for active-duty members, veterans, and their spouses. Through partnerships with the U.S. military, the college offers military students substantial savings in seven courses designed for them. The cost per credit hour is $187.50 at the bachelor’s level (the regular cost is $415). At the master’s level, the cost is $250 per credit hour (the regular cost is $566 and $599).

NEC Programs Designed for Military Students

New England College designed the seven-degree programs mentioned above as part of its partnership with the U.S. military. Military tuition discounts are available for those programs. They include the following:

  • AA in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. Graduates leave this program prepared for careers in public and private organizations in jobs that involve homeland security, crisis management, and first response.
  • AA in International Relations and Diplomacy. Graduates have expertise in the theories, policies and politics that drive international relations.
  • BA in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. Graduates learn what is needed to succeed in crisis management, first response and homeland security, as well as the intellectual foundations for homeland security and how the political process impacts homeland security decisions.
  • BA in International Relations and Diplomacy. Graduates leave this program prepared for jobs in foreign policy and national security.
  • MA in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. Graduates have the expertise to become leaders in the crisis management and homeland security fields.
  • MA in International Relations. Graduates leave this program prepared to take on management and leadership roles in organizations that work in foreign policy and national security.
  • MBA in Strategic Leadership. This MBA focuses on giving students the skills they need to succeed as leaders in the modern business world. The program develops strong short-term and long-term strategic plans.

A Yellow-Ribbon School

NEC is a Yellow Ribbon Program College. Additional assistance to Pre-9/11 veterans is available with the Russell Durgin Military Scholarship. The Scholarship is named after a local hero who died in Afghanistan.

New England College also is on the list of participating institutions that meet the requirements of the Department of Defense Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (DoD MOU) that governs recruitment and enrollment of active duty service members.

Brigadier General Donald Bolduc also recently became the Scholar in Residence at NEC. He will teach two courses per term, lead campus events, and be available for students and faculty. Bolduc said in an interview that his decision to join NEC came from his “passion for teaching, for sharing my experiences, and for offering wisdom to the next generation of leaders in this country.”

His presence is another example of how NEC is a military friendly school. For active-duty service members and veterans, New England College offers challenging degree programs that are both convenient and affordable.