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New England College, also known as NEC, is a small private college in New Hampshire that functions as a non-profit college. Founded in 1946, NEC was one of several small colleges that formed after World War II. Soldiers returning from overseas used GI Bill benefits to pay their education expenses and go back to school. The college offered programs designed to help war veterans develop the skills to launch new careers. It later purchased a campus in England and allowed students of all ages to spend a semester or more abroad. Though NEC later sold that campus, it still offers study abroad opportunities. Many of its drama and theater majors spend at least one semester in a European program. This program lets them work on shows and gain experience both on stage and backstage.

Approximately 2,7000 students attend NEC, which offers more than 30 programs at the bachelor level and 12 programs at the master level. There is also a doctoral degree program available. Nearly half of its enrolled students study at the graduate or doctoral level. NEC also has teams that participate in 16 different sports, including field hockey, ice hockey, basketball and softball.

New England College Accreditation Details

Finding out if a college has accreditation is especially important for students who need financial aid. New England College has regional accreditation, which means that you can file the FAFSA and see if you qualify for any federal aid or financial aid from the state. Its regional accreditation comes from the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE), which is a division of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. (NEASC). This form of accreditation applies to all the programs that the college offers, including both certificate and degree programs. The New Hampshire Department of Education also granted approval to its teacher education program, which includes concentrations in fields like special education and secondary school education.

New England College Application Requirements

New England College offers two different applications that all incoming freshmen can use. You can use the application that is available on the college's website or the Common Application. The Common Application, also known as the Common App, is a separate website that lets you create one account that you can then use when applying to more than one college or university. With the Common App, you need to search for NEC and fill out the sections that the college asks for as part of the application process. You can also use either application when applying as a transfer student. A transfer student is anyone with a high school diploma or GED who wants to transfer credits earned at one campus to this school.

Applying online lets you find out if the college accepted your application even faster. NEC will mail out acceptance letters a few weeks after processing applications. You will also need to supply the college with an official high school transcript. This transcript should show your overall class ranking, your cumulative grade point average and all the classes you took prior to applying. You may need to provide the college with an official test score too from either the ACT or SAT.

Once you receive an acceptance letter, the college requires that you mail in a deposit check. The deposit acts like a hold and ensures that there is a space available for you in the coming semester. You must also fill out the FAFSA prior to the start of the semester. NEC recommends that you file the FAFSA several months before starting classes. If you start in the fall, file the FAFSA online by early spring.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The cost of attending New England College is close to $51,000 a year. This figure includes the more than $17,000 a semester that you pay for tuition and the $500 in fees that you pay each semester. It also includes the cost of health insurance. If you already have coverage, you can deduct this cost from your total fees. Other factors that add to your cost include a meal plan and dorm room. Choosing a different type of room or a different meal plan can change your annual costs.

NEC offers a number of scholarship programs that can help you pay your costs. Many are merit scholarships that go to students with higher grades and test scores. Some of these scholarships will even cover all your annual costs. You can combine those scholarships with grants and student loans. NEC uses your FAFSA form to determine how much aid you will receive and the type of aid that you can use. The college also has endowed scholarships that go to students with a higher amount of financial need. Private loans are also available for those who need extra help. The college can provide you with a list of lenders willing to offer alternative loans to students with good credit.

BA in Psychology

New England College offers a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and offers this as a 100% entirely online program. You'll take 120 credit hours of classes that include 40 credits in general education and liberal arts classes and 40 credits from within the psychology core. General education courses can include introduction to literature, college algebra and writing in the liberal arts. The college even offers a course built around the music of Bob Marley that fulfill one of your liberal arts credits. The psychology core consists of classes designed around specific aspects of the field, including abnormal psychology, forensic psychology, social psychology and human development.

Though the college also requires that psychology students take 40 credits of electives, these electives can come from within the concentration that you choose. Available concentrations include developmental psychology, clinical psychology and criminal justice. Developmental psychology looks closely at how and why humans develop and when they reach certain milestones. Clinical psychology deals more with the actual practice that professionals do in the field and can prepare you for graduate school. The criminal justice concentration can help you prepare for working as a corrections officer or a social worker or for going to law school. New England College also asks all its psychology students to do an internship worth up to four credits, but the college will help you find an internship in a field that interests you.

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