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Veteran Students & Services

Veteran Student

MCC is proud to support our military personnel and their families!

It is a privilege to have U.S. Veterans, active duty, reservists, and family members among our diverse student body. We value your service and commitment to duty.

Manchester Community College has a long standing tradition of providing quality education and training to veteran and active duty personnel and their families. Established as the State Trade School at Manchester in 1945, MCC was founded in order to train returning WWII soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen for life after military service.

MCC Veterans Center

The MCC Veterans Center, located in Room 264, provides a safe environment on campus for all MCC students who current or former military members, their spouses, and their dependents to study, relax, refresh, and socialize.

Veterans Service Team

The Veterans Service Team is committed to providing comprehensive coordinated service and support to those individuals seeking to gain new skills, enhance existing skills and to transfer skills acquired in the military for use in civilian life.

Veterans Admissions Counselor & Financial Aid Counselor
Mark McGrath
Office: Admissions Office
(603) 206-8104
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Benefits Verification
Office: Registrar's Office
(603) 206-8120
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Career & Transfer Development
Shelley Duquette
Office: Suite 248
(603) 206-8171
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Student Support Counselor
Kristen Butterfield-Ferrell
Office: Learning Commons
(603) 206-8177
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1) Getting Started

We strongly suggest that interested students start these processes at least 8 weeks before the start of the semester:

  1. Learn about the Programs of Study we offer here at MCC. Feel free to schedule a visit to meet with an Admissions counselor in person.
  2. Apply for Admissions as required by the specific program*.
  3. Apply for Financial Aid (FAFSA).
  4. Work with advisors to facilitate placement for English and math.
  5. Provide SMART transcripts if you earned any Military credits.
  6. Provide official college transcripts if you earned previous college credits.
  7. Apply for COE/NOBE at Please note that this process can take a while.
  8. When admitted to MCC and you have your COE/NOBE letter, you should submit them to the Registrar's office.
  9. Register for classes with your Academic Advisor. Matriculated students will have the option to register for classes online via SIS after their first semester.
  10. Plan ahead for payments of classes and fees prior to the semesters' Payment Deadlines. Veterans benefits and other payment options are accepted.
  11. Meet with Support Services as needed (see below).

* Some programs have additional requirements for admission. If your program is listed below, please check the program's page for the additional details:

MCC never engages in fraudulent and aggressive recruiting techniques and misrepresentations.

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2) Support Services

Click on each of the support services sections below to view its details.

Admissions/Financial Aid

Admissions counselor Mark McGrath serves at the point Direct Veteran students and their families to appropriate.

  • Work with students to answer questions about specific MCC programs, tuition, fees, etc.
  • Assist students with scheduling visits and tours of the college.
  • Provide a step by step break down of the admissions and financial aid processes.
  • Acts as a first point of contact of direction for referring students to other support services on campus.
  • Discuss the expectations of being a college student at MCC.
  • Help students identify potential career paths as they relate to MCC programs.

Applying to MCC

Applying to MCC is easy and can be accomplished in one of following ways...

  1. Apply Online
    Apply online at anytime after creating an account.

    Apply Online Today

  2. Apply in Person
    Apply in person with help from one of our Admissions Counselors.

    Schedule a Visit Today


The Registrar's Office is where you can submit appropriate forms such as:

  • Find VA Certifying Official
  • Submit Certificate of Eligibility
  • NOBE
  • VA Kicker
  • Registration Form (to add/drop classes)

The Registrar's Office also has computers available for student use to access the Student Information System (SIS) or apply for benefits using the VA's VONAPP (online application).

Once a semester students must complete MCC's VA Student Certification Worksheet. Plan ahead; changes may delay processing of your benefits. As the semester progresses make sure to notify a Certifying Official of any CHANGES you make to your class schedule to avoid or lessen overpayments by the VA.

Academic Advising

All students are assigned a faculty advisor who:

  • Are faculty members based on your major
  • Help with course selection
  • Provide academic resources and referral
  • Assist with academic planning
  • Monitor your "Personal Academic Plan" after the College Success Seminar

Experience & Transfer Credit Review

Military Training & Experience
  • The college may grant credit for those military training experiences that are evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE) and are comparable to course content required in a student's academic program.
  • Prior military learning experiences are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • Students may explore standardized testing (CLEP/DSST/Excelsior) to complement military training experiences. (see below)
  • The General Studies program is a flexible self-designed degree program allowing for the application of prior military and other life learning experiences.
  • Students should submit a Joint Services Transcript (JST) for military experience they wish to have evaluated.
Military Opportunities
  • DANTES (Defense Activities for Non Traditional Support) & DSST

    DANTES sponsors a wide range of examination programs to assist service members in meeting their educational goals. These examinations are administered on over 500 military installations by the DANTES Test Control Officer (TCO), who is normally the Education Services Officer or Navy College Education Specialist for the military installation, or by base-sponsored National Test Centers.

    The DSST program (formerly known as the DANTES Subject Standardized Tests) is a series of 38 examinations in college subject areas that are comparable to the final or end-of-course examinations in undergraduate courses. The American Council on Education (ACE) recommends 3 semester hours of credit per test.

    For more information, please visit:
  • ACE (American Council on Education) Credit

    Students can gain academic credit for formal courses and examinations taken outside of traditional degree programs. Manchester Community College accepts ACE exams as reliable course equivalency to facilitate credit award decisions. The ACE military evaluations program is funded by the Department of Defense (DoD) and coordinated through DANTES (above).

    For more information, please visit:

Transfer and Career

Students are provided opportunities for career exploration, preparation and guidance through support from the Career/Transfer Counselor and a variety of assessments including the Choices Career Software.

Students interested in pursuing further education at other colleges work with the Career/Transfer Counselor to discover the best college fit to further their goals and are assisted in completing the transfer process.

  • Career guidance including support for exploration, preparation and development using counseling and variety of assessments.
  • Transfer guidance focused on discovery of best fit for future goals, scholarship search and application support.
  • Assistance in completing the transfer process.
  • Assistance in identifying transferable skills from military to civilian career pathways.

Student Support Services

Student Support Services include but are not limited to:

  • Assisting in the transition from military to college life
  • Helping students negotiate college options
  • Short term individual Counseling/Support
  • Advocacy in identifying Veterans resources on campus - Veterans Center
  • Referral to Veterans Agencies in the community

Accessibility Services

The Accessibility Coordinator assists disabled students and their families with:

  • Academic accommodation within the classroom environment and on campus.
  • Advising and address academic success skills such as:
    • Time management skills
    • Study skills
    • Note taking skills.

In addition, the Accessibility Coordinator also works with disabled veterans on:

  • Easing the transition into the classroom environment.
  • Coordinating disability needs with Veterans Affairs/Vocational rehabilitation case managers.

Students can schedule a consult to discuss and determine reasonable accommodations within the learning environment.


3) Getting Settled in at MCC

All new students are encouraged to attend New Student Orientation to assist in the transition to MCC. Orientation will cover overviews of the various services on campus, access to online student accounts, campus safety, parking, etc.

Join the MCC Veterans student club. The club is here to establish a veteran-friendly environment at MCC.

Be sure to check out the Current Students page for more helpful documents and links.

Manchester Community College is approved by the NHSAA Office to administrate VA Educational Benefits for eligible students. The VA makes eligibility determinations and students that believe they may be eligible for benefits under the GI Bill® should seek determination from the VA. 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 Website.