Military & Veteran Application

The following processes are required in order to enroll at Northland. In addition to submitting the required documents, applicants must either complete an assessment or be eligible for an assessment waiver. Some programs may have additional requirements for admission.

Steps to Apply

Here are the steps a Veteran needs to accomplish to apply to Northland. Schedule an appointment with the Higher Education Veterans Programs Regional Coordinator or staff at the on-campus veteran’s center to discuss specific veterans/higher education questions.

Please note the following:

  • Upon submitting your application, you will be informed of additional requirements to complete your admission. Be sure to fulfill these requirements and submit your application by the posted deadlines.
  • You will receive an email notification with your Student ID number.

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Request an official high school transcript or GED to be sent directly to Northland admissions. Some high schools require a consent of release form to be signed before your transcript is released. Please check with your high school to find out what they require. For a GED transcript, please do an online search for a transcript request for (the state in which you received your GED). Follow the directions to have a copy sent to Northland admissions.

Request all OFFICIAL college/military transcripts be sent to the college for transfer credit evaluation.

  1. You may be waived from the assessment test if you took the ACT or have college credits in reading, English, or Math. If so, please call to make an appointment to attend one of the scheduled Registration Days.
  2. All students NOT waived will need to schedule an assessment test. You will register for classes following your assessment test.

Most Northland Community & Technical College students are eligible to receive some type of financial aid. 

If applicable, apply for Federal Tuition Assistance or State Tuition Reimbursement.

Complete Northland’s online orientation.

Meet with the Veterans Certifying Official and share a copy of your class schedule, DD-214, and VONAPP if you applied for benefits online.

Steps to Enroll

1. Send Northland Your College Transcripts (including military courses)

Send a college transcript release form to ALL prior colleges you have attended, including military courses. Many colleges require a fee prior to mailing out an official transcript. You may wish to contact the college(s) you have attended to inquire about a possible transcript fee.

2. Contact Northland admissions to inquire if an assessment is required.

3. Complete the Immunization Form

The Immunization Record for Students Attending Post-Secondary Schools in Minnesota form is designed to provide the school with information required by law and will be available for review by the Minnesota Department of Health and the local community health agency. Minnesota law (M.S. 135A.14) requires proof that all students born after 1956 are vaccinated against diphtheria, tetanus, measles, mumps, and rubella, allowing for certain specified exemptions.

4. Complete an Out of State Reciprocity Application Form

5. File for Financial Aid

You may also apply for financial aid online. The Federal Financial Aid school code number for both the East Grand Forks and Thief River Falls campuses for financial aid purposes is 002385.

6. Apply for Eligible Benefit Programs

Visit the Certifying Official at Northland to apply for eligible programs. Bring copies of your DD-214 and VONAPP applications if you applied for benefits online.

7. Apply for Montgomery GI Bill

8. Apply for Federal & State Tuition Reimbursement

Apply for Federal Tuition Assistance and State Tuition Reimbursement (if applicable).

Contact Us

East Grand Forks Campus

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Heather Nelson

Financial Aid Advisor/Veterans Certifying Official

  • 218.793.2392

Thief River Falls Campus

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Lisa Bottem

Financial Aid Director

  • 218.683.8544

Northwest Regional Coordinator

Tony Schnellbach, MSW
Northwest District Veterans Assistance Coordinator
Office: 218-755-2230
Cell: 218-208-7544
tony.schnellbach@state.mn.us