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Military & Veteran Services

What being a 'Veteran-friendly' and 'Best For Vets' college means at NMC

Why has NMC ranked second in the nation among community colleges for its service to veterans for two years in a row? 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're not just military-friendly, we're veteran-ready! 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

2020 Military Times Best for Vets logo Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency veteran-friendly school logoListed as one of the nation's top two community colleges for its service to veterans, and a gold-level Veteran-Friendly School for the third year in a row, 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!


Scott Herzberg
POC, Military & Veteran Services
Phone: (231) 995-2526
Fax: (231) 995-1339

Eligibility for VA educational benefits rests solely with the VA. 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:
  • Apply for and/or transfer VA Education Benefits from another school to NMC:
    • Reservists, National Guard or active duty intending to use Tuition Assistance or GI Bill® are encouraged to speak with their Education Officer.
  • Request official transcripts be sent to Admission’s Office at NMC (High School, GED, and/or any accredited colleges):
    • Admissions Office: 1701 E. Front Street | Traverse City, MI 49686
  • Request military transcripts be sent to NMC:
  • Create an FSA ID 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:
  • Apply for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid):
  • Sign up for New Student Orientation:
    • We offer a specific orientation for veterans. You will meet with an advisor and register for classes at orientation.
  • Turn in VA Certificate of Eligibility to your NMC POC
  • Be sure to check your NMC e-mail often for important financial aid and registration information:
  • Purchase books and get ready to start classes. Welcome to NMC!

In compliance with the Veteran Affairs SIT-REP Act, Northwestern Michigan College will not impose any penalty, including but not limited to, the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, institutional facilities/resources, or require students to borrow additional funds for which interest or other charges are assessed, on any eligible student that is unable to meet his or her financial obligations because of a delayed GI Bill® payment. Students who are unable to make payments to NMC due to delayed GI Bill® payments should contact NMC's POC for Military and Veteran Services, Scott Herzberg, at (231) 995-2526, for assistance.

GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at

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

Best for Vets: Top Colleges 2020

October 28, 2019

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

October 29, 2018

NMC Ranked Second Best Community College in the Nation for Veterans

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 »

August, 2017

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

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 »

September 13, 2015

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