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You don’t have to put college on hold while you pursue a career in the Navy. In fact, much of your on-the-job training and experience can directly translate to college credit. It’s a win-win, as you get paid to work toward your degree while serving your country.

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Specialized Programs

If you're currently in college, the Navy offers generous financial assistance programs to help you pay your way through school. This enables you to enjoy a normal college experience and focus on your studies before launching your Navy career.


If you are interested in a collegiate scholarship program that pays for your education and molds you into a leader, consider the NROTC Scholarship program, which you can apply for while in high school or college. The program provides:

  • Up to $180,000 to cover the cost of earning your degree at one of more than 160 leading colleges and universities
  • Money for tuition, lab fees and textbooks
  • A monthly spending allowance for up to five years of college

NROTC students gain valuable skills, while learning leadership experience from a Navy perspective. This includes:

  • Taking a Naval Science course each semester
  • Participating in drills at least once a week
  • Wearing your Navy uniform once a week
  • Participating in community service projects

The NROTC program also offers Summer Cruise Training, where you can spend part of your summer vacations alongside Navy Officers in the field gaining on-the-job experience in various areas, including:

  • Nuclear Power: Assigned to a nuclear submarine or nuclear surface vessels
  • Afloat Aviation: Assigned to train aboard a carrier, including flight time
  • Ashore Aviation: Assigned to train with a Navy aviation squadron, including flight time
  • Foreign Exchange: Assigned to train with navies of other countries

Learn more about career options, how to apply, and which colleges and universities participate in the NROTC program.


If you are interested in pursuing important civil engineering projects around the world, consider the Civil Engineer Collegiate Program. It provides:

  • Up to $139,000 while finishing your degree
  • A regular monthly income ranging from $2,900 to $5,800 for up to two years prior to your graduation
  • A generous military salary
  • A food allowance
  • A housing allowance that is based upon the location of the school you attend (the national average is $3,900 per month)
  • Comprehensive military health care benefits

There will be no uniforms, no drilling requirements and no service obligation until you graduate. From there, you’ll begin the process of being commissioned as a Navy Civil Engineer Corps Officer. Learn more about Civil Engineering career opportunities in the Navy.


If you are interested in becoming a nurse in a global health care network that promotes patient-focused care and humanitarian work, look into the NCP program. It offers up to $34,000 to help pay your way through nursing school, which includes an initial grant of $10,000, plus a monthly stipend of $1,000 for up to 24 months while earning your degree.

Similar to CECP, there are no service obligations until after you graduate. From there, you’ll begin the process of being commissioned as a Navy Nurse Corps Officer. Learn more about Nursing career opportunities in the Navy.


If you are interested in being part of one of the top nuclear programs in the world, look into the NUPOC program. It offers:

  • Up to $168,300 while finishing your degree
  • A regular monthly income ranging from $3,280 to $5,610 for up to 30 months prior to your graduation     
  • A generous military salary
  • A food allowance
  • A housing allowance that is based upon the location of the school you attend
  • Comprehensive military health care benefits

There are no service obligations until after you graduate and begin the process of being commissioned as a Navy Nuclear Officer. This highly competitive program equips you with the skills to be successful within any of these career fields:

General Programs

America's Navy is passionate about education, so we make it easy and affordable for you to earn a degree, develop on-the-job training skills and advance your career.


If you're interested in earning a college degree while you serve, the Navy offers two options:

  1. Navy College Program (NCP) – This program enables you to receive academic credit for training you receive and work you perform while serving on Active Duty. This includes classes and coursework completed remotely when you’re deployed, including on ships and submarines.
  2. Tuition Assistance (TA) – This program pays up to 100 percent of the cost of courses you take at accredited institutions on your own time, while designated as "off-duty."

Both programs are available to Enlisted Sailors and Officers, but they are typically geared toward Enlisted servicemembers who do not yet have a college degree. For more information, go to the Navy College Program site.


For Navy servicemembers, veterans and their families, paying for a college education is easier than ever thanks to the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which:

  • Provides up to 100 percent tuition and fee coverage
  • Provides up to $1,000 per year for books and supplies
  • Potentially provides a monthly living allowance
  • Can potentially be transferred to a family member
  • You may use it for up to 15 years after completing your service commitment

To be eligible, you need:

  • Qualifying service on or after September 11, 2001
  • At least 90 days of Active Duty military service (90 days of aggregate service for Reservists)


The Montgomery GI Bill — Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) program may be available to members of the Selected Reserve. It provides:

  • Up to 36 months of educational benefits that may be used for degree and certificate programs
  • Flight training
  • Apprenticeship/on-the-job training
  • Correspondence courses.


The Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) is available to Reservists who complete a minimum of 90 days of Active Duty service in response to a war or national emergency.


If you need help paying off debt from student loans, the Loan Repayment Program can provide you with up to $65,000 to use toward paying them off. To be eligible, your loan cannot be in default and you must be serving in your first enlistment. This program is available to Enlisted servicemembers without a college degree who are serving in eligible Navy ratings/programs.


Comprised of more than 1,200 colleges and universities nationwide, the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) Program allows you to pursue college and university independent study courses. The DANTES Program allows servicemembers to transfer credits from school to school and receive college credits for military training and experience.


Sailors have the opportunity to take free College Level Examination Program tests. Along with credit from service schools and work experience, these nationally recognized tests can provide a convenient way for members to earn college credit toward an associate degree.