Military & Veteran Services

Military & Veteran Services

What being 'military friendly' and a 'best for vets' college means at NMC

Why is NMC ranked second in the nation among community colleges for its service to veterans? It's because we're committed to and settle for nothing less than helping our veterans, active duty personnel, reservists, National Guard and their family members achieve their goals, succeed in college and move onto the next chapter in their lives. We're your new team as you embark on your new mission in life and we recognize the attributes you bring to our campus. Simply stated, we've got your six!

The Military & Veteran Services office is located in the Admissions Office in the Tanis Building (#5 on the Main Campus Map).

Getting Started

2019 Military Times Best for Vets logoMilitary Friendly School logoMilitary Friendly School logoListed as a military-friendly school and one of the nation's top two community colleges for its service to veterans, NMC prides itself on having many services specifically designed to support your individual needs. We will not only ensure that you have a smooth transition but will make sure that you have the necessary support and resources to accomplish your educational goals. Our office of Military & Veteran Services will also assist you in getting connected to campus and community resources.

Thank you for your interest in NMC, and more importantly, for your service to our country!

V/R,

Scott Herzberg
POC, Military & Veteran Services
Phone: (231) 995-2526
Fax: (231) 995-1339
sherzberg@nmc.edu

Eligibility for DVA educational benefits rests solely with the DVA. You may contact them by calling (888) 442-4551 or visiting the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs:

Enrollment Checklist:

  • Meet with your Military Services Point of Contact (POC). Call Scott Herzberg: (231) 995-2526
  • Apply for admission to NMC: nmc.edu/apply
  • Apply for and/or transfer VA Education Benefits from another school to NMC. vets.gov
  • Request official transcripts be sent to Admission’s Office at NMC (High School, GED, and/or any accredited colleges):
    Admission’s Office: 1701 E. Front Street | Traverse City, MI 49686
    Remember your military transcripts!
    Army, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard transcripts can be acquired through the Joint Services Transcript (JST) at https://jst.doded.mil
    Air Force: www.au.af.mil/au/barnes/ccaf/transcripts.asp
  • Create a FSA I.D. for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Even if you are covered by military benefits, this could open up other scholarship opportunities and financial assistance fsaid.ed.gov
  • Apply for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid): fafsa.ed.gov
  • New students are required to complete the placement assessment for reading, writing, and math. If you have credits from another institution, speak with your NMC POC.
  • Sign up for New Student Orientation: nmc.edu/orientation, we offer a specific orientation for veterans. You will meet with an advisor and register for classes at orientation.
  • Turn in paperwork to our Certifying Official(s):
    a. VA benefits eligibility letter
    b. Copy of your NMC class schedule
  • Be sure to check your NMC e-mail often for important financial aid and registration information. nmc.edu/myNMC
  • Join the NMC Student Veterans of America student group
  • Purchase books and get ready to start classes. Welcome to NMC!

Five NMC veterans describe the transition from military to civilian life and the classroom.

Get Credit for Military Service

While serving, you've also taken military and job-specific courses that are worth college credit. You can also apply credits that you've earned from military courses toward an NMC degree.

These earned credits have helped many service men and women obtain an associate's degree in less time.

GI Bill Updates

Make the Connection - Student Veterans & Higher Education »

Going to school after serving in the military provides opportunities to veterans. But sometimes, it can also bring challenges. Learn more »

Net Price Calculator / Shopping Sheet »

Use this calculator to make an early estimate of your total annual cost of attending NMC.

This tool is intended to provide general guidance in planning your educational financing and is not an application for financial aid.

Read how NMC is creating a veteran-friendly culture »

Learn more about military & veteran services at NMC (PDF) »

Benefit Information

In the News

Serving those who served
NMC is No. 2 among Best for Vets community colleges

RECORD-EAGLE
October 29, 2018

NMC Ranked Second Best Community College in the Nation for Veterans

THE TICKER
October 24, 2018

NMC earns Gold-level Veteran-Friendly School status for 2017-18

Gold-level Veteran-Friendly School logo

""The program awards bronze-, silver- or gold-level status to the participating educational institutions for their commitment to providing on-campus, veteran-centric services to student veterans and dependents utilizing a GI Bill and other educational benefits." Read more »

MICHIGAN VETERAN AFFAIRS AGENCY (MVAA)
August, 2017

NMC named a 2017 Military Friendly School

VICTORY MEDIA

What happens to the ones who serve when they come home?
Snapshots: Three NMC Vets

NORTHERN EXPRESS
November 7, 2015

College, state programs prepare veterans for life after military

Scott Herzberg, a member of the consortium's steering committee ... said schools need to continually evaluate programs they offer and assess future areas of employment, "so that when these veterans do land on these campuses ... (we) have the proper support pieces in place." Read more »

CRAIN'S DETROIT BUSINESS
September 13, 2015

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