Granite State College has a proud history of helping military and veteran students succeed. Our team of dedicated professionals supports you through each step, beginning with your application and continuing after your graduation. We’re here to help you balance the demands of earning your degree with military service and everyday life.
We sat down with one of our military-focused academic advisors, Joe Hannon, to discuss some of the ways Granite State College supports military students.
Joe is an Army veteran and a Granite State College alum, who used the Post 9/11 GI Bill® to pay for his education. He is currently enrolled in the Master’s in International Criminal Law and Justice (LL.M.) program at UNH’s Franklin Pierce School of Law.
Joe, who’s been a part of the Granite State College community for 10 years, is heavily involved in networking with New Hampshire’s veteran community and building relationships with military bases nationwide.
Academic and Career Resources for Military Students
Joe highlighted the academic and career resources Granite State College provides to military students as one of the primary benefits.
One of the great things about Granite State College is that we not only provide strong support resources, but also help military students find additional resources outside the college.
Military-Focused Academic Advisors
At Granite State College, we have several academic advisors like Joe who specialize in working with military students.
Military students often prefer to work with an advisor who has a military background, because we speak the same language. There’s a certain degree of common ground and a sense of trust, so you can make a bond.
Your advisor will support you throughout your time at the college. They’ll guide you through the financial aid process, help you select a program and the right course, and provide resources as you work toward graduation. They can also help you connect with other resources, such as student support services, career advising, tutoring, and counseling services.
Granite State College’s Career Advising team can help you successfully plan to make your career goals a reality. Whether you seek to advance up the ranks through your military service or prepare for a civilian career, we can help you determine the right path to meet your goals. Through one-on-one sessions, we conduct career assessments, discuss work experience options, and offer professional resources for networking and resume and cover letter writing.
Military Tuition Discount and Military Benefits
Joe shared that one of the key benefits at Granite State College is our substantial military discount for active duty military students.
We’re an excellent choice for active duty soldiers because our tuition payment structure mirrors the tuition assistance provided by the military. The military offers a maximum of $250 per credit hour of tuition assistance, and that’s what we charge active duty students, so there’s no extra out-of-pocket payment for the student. Not all colleges can do that.
Additionally, Joe noted that our team also helps military students take advantage of other military benefits. This includes the Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program and the NH National Guard Tuition Waiver program.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program
Granite State College participates in the Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program, which means that if your tuition and fees as a nonresident student exceed the benefit provided under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, then we can make additional funds available for your education without an additional charge to your GI Bill entitlement.
NH National Guard Tuition Waiver
If you’re serving in the NH Army National Guard or NH Air National Guard, this waiver covers 100% of your tuition!
Transfer Your Military Experience as College Credits
Joe shared that Granite State College is transfer friendly, allowing you to transfer up to 90 credits toward your undergraduate degree. Plus, as a Military Friendly® college, our team will also help you to maximize your military experience for college credit.
We work closely with the Registrar’s Office to make sure any experience you have, inside or outside the classroom, is evaluated for college credit.
Another great way to maximize your transfer credit at Granite State College is through credit-by-examination programs. These exams allow you to demonstrate prior knowledge and earn transfer credit.
Student Support Services
Joe also acknowledged the support services Granite State College offers to students to help them succeed.
We are committed to helping students complete their degrees. We also know that balancing military service and college can be challenging. That’s why we have these support services in place.
Need help with a tricky assignment? Granite State College offers all students free one-on-one online tutoring sessions in subjects such as math, writing, and other general education topics.
We also know that your well-being and happiness, both inside and outside the classroom, have a profound impact on your ability to meet your goals. That’s why we offer free counseling services 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Up to six counseling sessions are available. You can meet with a professional counselor virtually, by phone, or get a referral to meet in person with a local counselor at no cost to you.
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