NEHBE to Present Excellence Award to New Hampshire College & University Council



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NEBHE to Present Excellence Award to New Hampshire College & University Council, Mark 60 Years of Tuition Savings on April 5 

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Release: March 31, 2017


The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) will honor the New Hampshire College & University Council (NHCUC) with a 2017 New Hampshire Excellence Award on Wednesday, April 5 at 10 a.m. in the New Hampshire State House.

NEBHE will also mark 60 years of tuition savings under its Regional Student Program (RSP) Tuition Break.

About the NHCUC

The NHCUC is a nonprofit consortium of public and private institutions of higher education in the state of New Hampshire. These institutions serve as major centers of activity that are vital to the economic development of the community and the state.

Founded in 1966, the NHCUC’s mission is the advancement of public and private higher education in the state. Through collaborative efforts between the member colleges and universities, the consortium enhances educational opportunities for nearly 70,000 students currently attending its member institutions.

The council works to accomplish its mission by:

  • Coordinating collaborative initiatives among admissions, library, career, information technology and academic offices.
  • Sponsoring professional development conferences for faculty and administrators.
  • Promoting greater awareness and understanding of higher education in the state to the general public and community leaders.
  • Providing a forum for discussion of vital issues in higher education among college presidents, academic officers, and administrators.

Mike Vlacich, former director of the NH Division of Economic Development, was recently selected as the new president of NHCUC, succeeding Tom Horgan, who is retiring.

About RSP Tuition Break’s Benefits to NH

NEBHE’s RSP provides a tuition break to New Hampshire residents enrolled in approved degree programs at public campuses in the five other New England states, and provides a reciprocal benefit to eligible New England residents enrolled at New Hampshire’s public institutions.

New Hampshire residents are eligible for more than 700 undergraduate and graduate degree programs with the RSP Tuition Break. Examples of programs that New Hampshire residents pursue out-of-state through the RSP are: Atmospheric Science, Biomedical Engineering, Criminology, Dental Medicine, Digital Media, Food Science, Pharmacy and Physiology and Neurobiology.

In 2016-17, 2,514 New Hampshire residents benefited from the RSP. The average full-time student from New Hampshire saved $7,200 on tuition–amounting to total annual tuition savings for New Hampshire residents of more than $14 million.

Meanwhile, 775 out-of-state students brought into New Hampshire nearly $10 million via RSP enrollment:

Examples of programs offered by NH public colleges and universities through the RSP include: Meteorology, Outdoor Education, Animal Science, Equine Studies, Health Management, Occupational Therapy, Marine Biology, Therapeutic Recreation and Sustainable Product Design and Innovation.


Founded in 1955 by six visionary New England governors, NEBHE brings together leaders of education, higher education, government, business and labor to forge partnerships and advance ideas that enhance the economy and quality of life in the six-state region and around the world. NEBHE works to increase the education opportunities for New England residents and to promote collaboration among the region’s colleges and universities to expand access, success, affordability and the economic impact of higher education.