Michele D. Perkins, President of New England College, announces that the College has submitted a contract to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs allowing qualified veterans to participate in the Post-9/11 GI Bill and the Yellow Ribbon Program at New England College. Through the Department of Veterans Affairs program, veterans will be able to enroll in any undergraduate or graduate program without incurring tuition costs or fees for books and supplies.
The new Post-9/11 GI Bill offers a benefit equal to the cost of tuition at the State of New Hampshire’s most expensive public undergraduate program. The Yellow Ribbon Program augments that benefit by matching, dollar for dollar, up to half the additional cost of tuition not covered by the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
“New England College is pleased to participate in this veteran’s program,” stated Michele Perkins, President of New England College. “Serving the educational needs of veterans is a tradition at the College,” she continued. “It was the basis for the founding of the College in 1946 and continues to play a dominant role in our long range vision.” Last year, New England College announced 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 was to bridge the gap between the costs of undergraduate tuition at the college and the benefits available through the G.I. Bill. “Through this scholarship, the College was seeking to create the same opportunities that were enjoyed by the first students at New England College,” remarked Perkins. President Perkins also pointed out that the Post-9/11 GI Bill offers a tuition benefit that is higher than the cost of tuition for the College’s graduate programs. “We believe this new benefit creates a viable option for veterans seeking both undergraduate and graduate degree programs that is easily administered and creates new personal and professional opportunities for those who have selflessly served our country.”
Through the Post-9/11 GI Bill and the Yellow Ribbon Program, veterans may enroll in any of the College’s 30 undergraduate degree programs or in the seven graduate programs offered online, in cohort groups, or on the New England College campus in Henniker. “There are a number of programs that speak to the direct experience of our veterans and would complement their roles in the military,” noted Perkins. According to Perkins, veterans may be interested in pursuing undergraduate degrees in business or criminal justice, two of the College’s most popular majors, or the master’s degree programs in public policy, management, or healthcare administration.
For further information on educational opportunities for veterans at New England College, please contact the Office of Admission 603-428-2223.