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Student Involvement

Veterans’ Affairs

Merrimack College was founded in 1947 by the Order of St. Augustine to educate returning World War II veterans for the post-war workforce. The college has remained true to that mission for successive generations of military men and women, including today’s veterans of the Global War on Terror.

We support the transition of veterans and military affiliated students to Merrimack College in pursuit of academic and professional success.  

  • Current Active Duty military and members of any of the uniformed services
  • Current members of the Air or Army National Guard
  • Current active or inactive Reservists of any of the uniformed services
  • Those who have previously served in any capacity in the uniformed services
  • Dependents of any current or prior member of the uniformed services


It is highly recommended that students begin the process of requesting their Certificate of Eligibility from the VA as soon as possible, even before completing their application process as it can take some time to receive it.


We highly recommend students check education benefits options to determine their eligibility since this can vary wildly.

Qualified military veterans can receive reduced tuition at Merrimack College due to the College’s participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program – an educational access program for military veterans through the U.S. Dept. of Veteran Affairs.

For additional information, check out the FAQ section of this site.

Campus Contacts

Admission Office
Nicole Williams

Certifying Official
Lauren Credi

Financial Aid — Yellow Ribbon
Brooke Barbieri

Getting Involved

Contact Rose McCarthy in the Office of Student Involvement at 978-837-5508 or for more information on getting involved on campus.


What documentation is required from military affiliated students?
Certificate of Eligibility

When does documentation need to be turned in?
Anytime before the start of classes.

Does Merrimack College accept SMART Transcripts? 
We do accept them however, they will need to be reviewed to determine if it is applicable to the student’s degree plan.

How Veterans can request their transcripts:

Am I required to be a full time student to receive military benefits? 

Am I able to take summer courses and be eligible for funding through the VA? 
Yes. Some students opt not to use the benefit since students only receive 36 months of eligibility.

Am I eligible for additional financial assistance?
You may be. Merrimack College requires the FAFSA and you may qualify for additional assistance depending on your finances.