Do You Use Military Education Benefits?

You are required to contact NHTI’s SCO and complete a Military Certification Request Worksheet to start your benefits.

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Call NHTI's school certifying official at 603-271-6484, or email here:
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NHTI Proudly Supports Our Military Personnel

It’s a privilege to have military service members, veterans, and your families among our diverse student body. NHTI has a large military student population, and we value your service and commitment to duty. We have many resources on campus to assist you with your academic goals and utilizing your military education benefits.

NHTI charges qualifying military students and dependents the in-state tuition rate, in accordance with Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (“Choice Act”), for payment of benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill® and Montgomery GI Bill®-Active Duty, under CCSNH finance policies at 421.01.1.

Located in Sweeney Hall on the second floor, this quiet space offers you the opportunity to connect with other military students. The lounge features a computer, printer, TV, video system, and CAC reader, plus many additional resource materials.

NHTI has three CAC readers on site in Sweeney Hall: the Registrar’s Office, first floor across from the elevator, and the second-floor Military Students’ Lounge.

Steps for Registration and Enrollment

NHTI offers rolling enrollment, which means it’s always a good time to enroll for next semester! Not sure what program to choose? Review the programs of study or email an admissions counselor at [email protected].

1. Apply for VA Benefits

Our goal is to assist you, your dependents, guardsmen, and reservists in using educational benefits available through the Montgomery GI Bill®. Contact NHTI’s school certifying official (SCO) at 603-271-6484 x4279 or [email protected].

We strongly suggest you start these processes at least 8 weeks before the start of the semester:

1. Go to the Veterans website. Click on the link for Educational Benefits.

2. If you fall into one of the VA chapter categories, you will complete a VA application to use your VA educational benefits. You can complete and submit the online application, request a hard copy application be mailed to you from the GI Bill® website, or request an application from the SCO.

3. If you complete a paper copy of the application, send the application and the required documents listed below to the SCO. If you submit your VA application online, you must also provide any of the below listed documents that apply to you, to the SCO:

  • Copy of your DD214 (discharge papers)
  • Scholarship or kicker contract information
  • National Guard members: Notice of benefit eligibility (NOBE) from your unit commander

Within 6-10 weeks, you should receive a certificate of eligibility and a letter explaining your VA GI Bill® benefits. Send a copy of your certificate of eligibility to the SCO. It’s not uncommon to get a letter from the VA requesting more information. You’ll have to answer the Department of Veterans’ Affairs request to be determined eligible and complete the process.

4. Apply for admission to NHTI. See next section for more details.

5. Once you have registered for classes, please complete the Military Student Semester Certification Worksheet and submit to NHTI’s SCO. The SCO will then certify your enrollment with the VA for the semester, if indicated. While using VA education benefits, you must verify your enrollment directly with the VA office at the end of each month during the semester (excluding chapter 31-VRE and Guardsmen that are only utilizing TA or TW).

Dropping classes while using military education benefits may result in a debt with the VA and NHTI. The VA will notify NHTI and you, via email, the amount of tuition and fees that will be required for NHTI to return to the VA. You will then be responsible to reimburse to NHTI for these returned funds.

You may also incur debt for the monies provided to you for the book stipend and BAH. The VA will also notify you if that has happened because of dropping classes. NHTI will not be informed of any debt incurred for books or the BAH (that information is only provided to the student). These funds will be required to be paid to the VA (not NHTI).

You can complete a Web-Automated Verification of Enrollment (WAVE) online at the end of each month or contact the VA office at 877-823-2378. Chapters 33 (Post 9/11) VA recipients need to verify their enrollment each semester using the VA’s verification system. Please follow the steps at the following link:

It only takes a couple of minutes to complete. If you don’t follow this procedure, you will not receive your monthly payment. Please be aware that we are required by law to notify the VA whenever a change in enrollment affects your enrollment status. This will most likely affect your VA payments.

2. Apply for Admission

Great news: There is no application fee! If you fill out the online application, click “First time user account creation” and follow the instructions. Otherwise, you can download our application, fill it out, and return it to [email protected].

You’ll also need to submit official transcripts from any previous colleges, universities, or post-secondary institutions so we can evaluate them for transfer credit. Transcripts can be sent by the college to [email protected] or mailed to:

NHTI Admissions
31 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301

3. Apply for Financial Aid

In addition to your VA benefits, NHTI participates in all forms of federal financial aid. If you’re eligible to receive military education benefits, complete the following steps:

  • Finish all paperwork required through military service and/or the VA at least 8 weeks prior to the start of the semester (the VA may take up to 8 weeks to process).
  • Submit VA eligibility paperwork or guard and reservist tuition assistance/tuition waiver authorizations to NHTI’s school certifying official (SCO). Students receiving GI Bill® and VR&E (chapter 33 and 31 beneficiaries) must provide a certificate of eligibility or valid VAF 28-1905 to the SCO.
  • Set up a payment arrangement for your semester charges that are not covered by your military benefits. This must be done by the tuition due date. Tuition and fees are always due two weeks prior to the start of the semester.
  • Submit Military Student Enrollment Certification Request Worksheet prior to the start of each semester you want to utilize your military education benefits to the SCO.

In accordance with the Veterans Benefits and Transition Act of 2018, students receiving GI Bill® and VR&E (Chapter 33 and Chapter 31 beneficiaries) will be considered in good financial standing once the student:

  • Provides a certificate of eligibility or valid VAF 28-1905 to NHTI’s SCO
  • Establishes an approved payment arrangement for any tuition and fees (not covered by their GI Bill® and VR&E benefit) by the tuition due date each semester.

If your eligibility for benefits should change during the semester, it is your responsibility as the student to make payment arrangements for any balance that may be due as a result of the change.

The institution will not impose a penalty, or require the beneficiary to borrow additional funds to cover tuition and fees due to late payments from the VA.

The college will allow up to 90 days from the date the beneficiary provides COE or valid VAF 28-1905 form, to receive payment from the military. During these 90 days, the beneficiary should not experience any interruption in educational services such as being withdrawn from their course for non-payment.

Are you a reservist or guardsman or planning to use federal tuition assistance? Download this FTA PDF for more guidance.

Are you a Guardsmen looking to use tuition waiver? Members of the NH National Guard may be eligible to take courses tuition free (members are responsible of all fees associated with courses) using tuition waiver under RSA 110-B:63-c. Please review guidelines, requirements and restrictions at ( The student must provide completed, authorized documents from their unit to the School Certifying Official at the college each semester prior to the start of semester classes.

NHTI charges qualifying military students and dependents the in-state tuition rate, in accordance with Section 702 of the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014 (“Choice Act”), for payment of benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Montgomery GI Bill®-Active Duty, under Community College System of New Hampshire finance policies at 421.01.1.

4. Register for Courses

Your academic advisor will help you registered for courses and introduce you to the Student Information System, which gives you full access to online information such test dates, assignments, and grades.

You may need to take a placement test for a particular course; these can often be waived based on your high school GPA, transfer credits, or standardized test scores such as SAT and ACT. Have you earned AP Exam credits? You may be able to apply them!

What's Next?

Apply for Housing

Looking for the full college experience? Live on campus in one of our 3 residence halls. There are a lot of options, like mixed-gender and CHILL communities. Check out Residence Life to learn more and apply for on-campus housing.

Plan Your Payment

Tuition is due 2 weeks before you start classes – the Bursar’s office can help you sort through all the options, including payment plans, scholarships, and how financial aid impacts your bill. 

Visit Campus

At NHTI, we aim to make your transition here easy. Sign up for an orientation, which typically runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bring a friend or your parents; we’ll show you around and answer all your questions. 

File Health Documents

If you’re a student athlete, an Allied Health student, or planning to live on campus, Health Services needs a record of your health history. Download the form and instructions on the Health Services page.