Whether it is a 2-year, 4-year, or non-traditional trade school, North Carolina offers good choices for veterans and military students. The table below lists some of the schools which have a variety of program offerings and actively support military members in their studies.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||In-State Tuition(2017-2018)*||Tuition Assistance/Military Benefits|
|Fayetteville Technical Community College||Public 2-year||Fayetteville, NC||$2,528||Basic Skills Education Program (BSEP), Military Certificate Programs, Online Flex Courses, Military training credit, Degree fast track, Transition Tech Training Program|
|Elizabeth City State University||Public 4-year||Elizabeth, NC||$4,986||Military and Veterans Affairs Office|
|Appalachian State University||Public 4-year||Boone, NC||$7,302||Student Veteran Resource Center, Tutoring services, Career development workshops|
|North Carolina State University||Public 4-year||Raleigh, NC||$9,058||Military and Veteran Resource Center, Military credit|
|Roadmasters Drivers School of North Carolina||Private, non-traditional||Dunn, NC||Tuition costs vary||Truck Driver Training for Military Veterans|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics, School website
North Carolina Military-Friendly Schools
Military and veterans are likely to find schools that meet their needs in North Carolina since diverse options are available. Schools offer courses ranging from truck driving to doctorates in Physics.
Fayetteville Technical Community College
FTCC, as it is often referred to, offers a number of services to military students and veterans such as the Basic Skills Education Program (BSEP) and Military Certificate Programs as well as flexible online courses, among others. But the biggest benefit may be available as well to the more than 11,000 students enrolled in this college, they offer a wide range of practical 2-year degree and certificate courses.
FTCC offers certificates or degrees in auto mechanics and maintenance, programs in computer-aided drafting/design (CAD, or CADD), and an associate's degree and certificate in computer programming. These may be quite practical and can lead to well-paying jobs in the relatively short study period of two years. Plus, it is affordable to attend compared to most colleges.
Elizabeth City State University
This state university opened a Veteran Resources Center, which serves as a one-stop-shop for veterans and military student issues. In addition, this university offers courses on weekends, evenings, and in accelerated time frames to accommodate non-traditional students.
Elizabeth City State University is part of the University of North Carolina network. Although they are a small school with only about 1,400 students, they are able to offer bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as professional certificates.
Appalachian State University
Appalachian State University recently added a Student Veteran Services Coordinator, to ensure they offer top quality programs to their veterans and military students. They also recently created a Student Veterans Resource Center which offers support by providing a study lounge with snacks and free printing, tutoring services, and career development workshops as well helpful information on other student resources.
This 4-year institution offers degrees in a number of hard-to-find fields, such as sustainable agriculture, sustainable development in environmental studies, and building sciences. There are about 19,000 students at this school, and it offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate programs.
North Carolina State University
Military students and veterans can take advantage of attending a respected research college if they choose to apply to North Carolina State University. For many, that is a good opportunity from the start. In addition, the university is trying to make it even better for military and veterans, with a new veteran student center, and by expanding the number of courses that can be taken online and through distance education, so that military students can still complete their coursework in the event of relocation or deployment.
North Carolina State University has more than 34,000 students attending the school in a wide number of programs. They offer more than 90 degrees through distance learning alone. This is the largest university in the state and a leader in the UNC system.
Roadmaster Drivers School of North Carolina
A private non-traditional school may seem a bit of a surprise on a list with such high-ranking public and private schools and colleges, however, this particular school offers programs which may be helpful for students planning to transition into civilian careers.
For those looking to pursue a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) and enter into trucking, this may be a great school choice. The tuition fees vary because it is often paid by a future employer. By being a member of state school associations, the school can also offer scholarships to spouses and have other benefits which may be attractive to veterans and military students who want to pursue truck driving. In addition, they offer accelerated training for veterans and job placement assistance.