NHTI is proud to support our military personnel and their families!

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.

Veterans’ Lounge

Located in Sweeney Hall’s 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.

CAC Readers

NHTI has three CAC readers onsite in Sweeney Hall: the Registrar’s Office, first floor across from the elevator, and the second-floor Veterans 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 NHTIadmissions@ccsnh.edu.

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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. Whether you are a new, returning, or transferring student, we’re here to guide you to the resources you need to make the most of your NHTI experience. Contact NHTI’s school certifying official (SCO) at 603-271-6484 x4279 or NHTIvetinfo@ccsnh.edu.

We strongly suggest that interested students start these processes at least 8 weeks before the start of the semester:

1Go to the Veterans website. Click on the link for Educational Benefits.
2If 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.

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.

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

Once you have registered for classes and the SCO for military educational benefits certifies your enrollment for a semester, you must verify your enrollment directly with the VA office at the end of each month during the semester (excluding chapters 31, 33 and 35). 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.

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

Complete your online application. As a new student, you will need to create a new account. Click “First time user account creation,” follow the checklist of forms, and submit your application.

3. Apply for Financial Aid

In addition to your VA benefits, paying for college can still be a challenge. To help you meet your college expenses, NHTI participates in all forms of Federal Financial Aid. We suggest you apply for financial aid at the same time you are applying for admission to the college. Applying and collecting all documentation early is important. Take a few moments to review these FAQs:

We also have additional online resources such as a list of forms, consortium agreements, more financial aid FAQs, and other financial resources for you to explore.

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

NHTI charges qualifying veterans 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. Complete Assessment/Testing

All students, whether you plan to take courses full-time or part-time, are required to take ACCUPLACER® placement tests to determine college-readiness in certain subjects. These tests are on-location assessments that help your academic advisors determine in which classes you’ll be most successful. If you have subject-specific transfer credits or meet the SAT requirements, you can be waived from taking some placement tests. Note: You are strongly encouraged to also submit your high school transcripts.

Contact the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) at 603-230-4027 to make an appointment to take any required tests and to register for courses.

For additional information and resources on how to prepare, visit our Placement Testing page.

5. Register for Courses

Once you have been accepted into a program and completed the placement test, you can begin the advising and registration process. All of NHTI’s academic programs are VA-approved. The SCO can assist you by providing resources and steps to obtain and use your military education benefits. We offer timely processing of your benefits and assistance with questions regarding your military education benefits. 

You will register for classes online through the the Student Information System (SIS)The first time you register for classes, you will need to meet with an academic advisor prior to registering. For following semesters, you’re encouraged to meet with your advisors prior to registering to ensure you’re making progress towards your program of study and educational goals.

If you have earned prior college credit, please forward an official college transcript to the Office of Admissions. An official transfer credit evaluation will be completed and mailed out to you by the Academic Affairs office. (Ask your college to include your current name on the transcript as this will allow us to process your application more quickly.

6. Pay for Classes

Tuition, fees, and housing costs for the upcoming semester are due two weeks before the first class day of the semester. If you chose to apply for financial aid and have been accepted into a program, you will receive your Financial Aid Award Letter (please allow 2-3 weeks for processing). This letter will detail the type of financial aid package for which you are eligible. 

Note: You must return all required financial aid documents, including your Award Letter, by the payment deadline to ensure you’re not dropped from classes. If your financial aid process is not complete by the payment deadline, you will need to have alternative payment arrangements to cover tuition costs.

NHTI provides a variety of payment options for students. The Bursar’s office can help you decide how to combine scholarships, awarded financial aid and your own personal funds to cover your tuition costs.

7. Attend Orientation 

At NHTI, we make your transition to college easy with our New Student Orientation! Sign up for an orientation, which typically runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Parents are welcome to attend.

8. … Almost there! Just a few more things.

  • Submit a Health History Form (for students in health programs, athletes, and residence hall students).
  • Apply to Residence Life if you want to live on campus.
  • Say ‘Hi!’ to your Lynx connection. Every new NHTI student is connected to an NHTI employee – we call these special people your LynC. Your LynC is your champion of success and navigator for NHTI departments, services, and opportunities beyond your classes and your academic program. Your LynC will help you throughout your first semester at NHTI.