Northern Essex Community College (NECC)

100 Elliott Street, Haverhill, MA

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Northern Essex Community College, located in Haverhill, Massachusetts, began operations in 1961 on the former site of Greenleaf Elementary school. Starting with a class of 186 students, the school became popular from the start, quickly expanding its enrollment and facilities to match the demands of residents and students within the school's service area. The college proved to be too popular, requiring the addition of several campuses throughout the years to expand the school's service area and meet the needs of the community. The school has added facilities and programs to meet and anticipate community needs, utilizing funding to ensure that programs are modern and relevant and that buildings are upgraded with equipment and technology that is necessary for the modern student.


Northern Essex Community College offers a large variety of programs that allow students to pursue academic transfer or career training opportunities. Such programs typically take two years to complete and result in an associate degree, through some programs may instead confer a certificate and take significantly less time to earn. Academic transfer programs allow students to complete the first two years of a four year education at Northern Essex Community College, followed by applying for transfer to a four year institution to pursue the final two years of a bachelor's degree through participation in upper division courses typically offered at colleges and universities.

Career training programs provide students with the opportunity to receive training and skill development in a high demand field. Students will take traditional classroom courses alongside more practical training oriented courses that provide work like environments and allow student to apply skills and techniques learned. Such programs typically take between one and two years to complete and allow the graduate to enter the workforce as a professional. Entry level positions are normally available to recent graduates with opportunities for growth based on the field of entry and the area of study.

Program offered include:

Admissions and Financial Aid

As an open enrollment institution, Northern Essex Community College admits any students that meet the minimum requirements for enrollment. Students interested in full or part time program enrollment should complete the application for admission, provide all pertinent information regarding previous education, participate in student orientation and meet with a counselor to discuss program choice and develop a curriculum best suited to one's schedule and needs. Registration takes place shortly before the start of each semester and some students may be required to take a placement exam in order to be eligible for registration.

Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, and scholarships. Individuals requiring financial assistance must complete all necessary forms, the most important of which is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which is used to determine the student's financial needs, eligibility for aid programs, and the monetary awards he or she may receive. Aid must be reapplied for prior to the start of each academic year, as one's financial situation may change and thus needs regarding aid.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $6,300. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition range:
    • State Residents: $600-$720
    • Out-of-State: $6,400-$7,661
  • Charges per unit:
    • State Residents: $180-$220 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $420-$510 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid71%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships59%$4,667
Receiving Student Loans24%$3,558

Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2012 was around 15%.

Admissions, Academics, & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and recent graduates, Northern Essex Community College may offer services to students including:

  • Distance learning
  • Weekend and night classes available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Counseling assistance
  • Work study style employment
  • Employment search assistance
  • Day care

Graduation & Transfer Rates

Community colleges often times offer both career training courses and curriculum to help students transfer out to a 4-year college or university, that is why we include how NECC compares for both graduation and transfer rates against other community colleges in Essex and community colleges in Massachusetts in total.

Graduation Rate17.8%17.3%16.5%
Transfer-out Rate18.2%20.6%19.8%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Dental Assistant Program
    • Accredited by the American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation (since 1970)
  • Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
  • Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) Program
    • Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1989)
  • Radiology Technician Program
    • Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1971)

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Business and Marketing Studies

Communication Technology

Computer and Information Sciences



Engineering Technology

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions

Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Science Technology

Security and Protective Services

Visual and Performing Arts

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