For many of the formative moments in American history -- the Boston Tea Party, the battles of Lexington and Concord, and more -- the states in New England took center stage. For a member of the armed forces, or someone looking to join, there are several choices for military schools in the area, whether one is looking for full-blown military academies or military-friendly schools. We've provided a list of five military schools in New England, so a curious student or cadet should be able to find just what they're looking for.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition 2016-2017 (in-state)*||Tuition Assistance/Military Benefits|
|Norwich University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Northfield, VT||$37,354||Corps of Cadets, ROTC scholarships|
|Maine Maritime Academy||4-year, public||Castine, ME||$13,078||Training Ship State of Maine, cadet shipping training|
|Massachusetts Maritime Academy||4-year, public||Buzzards Bay, MA||$8,004||Sea Term, undergraduate scholarships|
|Southern New Hampshire University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Manchester, NH||$31,136||Tuition discount up to 30%, military spouse benefits for online scholarship|
|Granite State College||4-year, public||Concord, NH||$7,425||Active-duty tuition discount, open admission|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
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Military Colleges in New England
In addition to the prestigious military academies found in and around New England, many of the schools also have military-friendly tuition programs. Whether you are looking for a rigorous college experience as a cadet in an academy, or are a service member looking for an inexpensive education, there are opportunities for you throughout New England.
Also known as the Military College of Vermont, Norwich University is best-known as being the birthplace of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program. A student attending Norwich can become a part of its Corps of Cadets, a rigorous military program that builds leadership skills that will help in both military and civilian roles throughout life. The Corps of Cadets training lasts a student's entire time at Norwich, from academic and athletic support for underclass 'rooks' to upperclassmen leading-by-example. As the birthplace of the ROTC, Norwich naturally has a strong ROTC program for all branches of the military, including a scholarship that pays for part of tuition, as well as uniform expenses and a monthly stipend.
Maine Maritime Academy
For those interested in a Navy or Coast Guard career, the Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) can provide a comprehensive education in engineering, management, science, and transportation on a seafaring vessel. While studying at MMA, a student will get a chance to attend training cruises on their own oceanographic vessel, the Training Ship State of Maine (TSSOM), where students will learn about life on a ship, how to operate ship's machinery, and more. In 2018 the TSSOM will be heading to ports including those in Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands. For students interested in running merchant vessels, or planning on joining the Coast Guard, MMA also offers cadet shipping training, where those attending will study engineering or transportation aboard merchant ships.
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
For another option in maritime academies, Massachusetts Maritime Academy (Mass Maritime) offers marine coursework and opportunities at a lower cost than other military schools. Like MMA's Training Ship, Mass Maritime has its own training vessel, the TS Kennedy, and cadets can sign up for Sea Term courses, where they will stock, prep, and finally sail the Kennedy to ports in the Caribbean or Mediterranean Sea. For students starting their college careers at Mass Maritime, the academy also offers several scholarship opportunities. These scholarships pay up to the value of in-state tuition, room, and board, meaning that eligible recipients will have most of their expenses taken care of for an education at a prestigious military academy.
Southern New Hampshire University
Of course, a military commitment is a strong one, and not all service members can find the time to attend full-time classes at an academy. That's why Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) is dedicated to offer a military-focused college experience with an emphasis on online learning. In order to mitigate tuition fees for men and women serving in the armed forces, SNHU offers a tuition discount of up to 30%, without the need to apply for scholarships. SNHU also offers a similar discount to military spouses who are attending the school's online program, so a military family attending SNHU should be able to save a nice amount of money while furthering their education.
Granite State College
Another military-friendly institution that offers a tuition discount for service members is Granite State College (GSC), found in southern New Hampshire. For active-service members enrolled in undergraduate study, GSC will waive the student's tuition, leaving only fees and course materials to be paid for, while graduate students will receive a 15% discount on tuition each term. GSC also offers a generous admission window, allowing students to start their coursework at 8 different times per year. This means that no matter one's military commitment, it should be easy to find the time to jump into a course, and since GSC offers many courses 100% online, there's no worry about having to find time to attend classes at the school.