The Navy offers several scholarship programs to help pay for school so you can enjoy a normal college life and focus on your studies before starting a career in the Navy. Through these programs, you will enter the Navy in a leadership position as a Commissioned Officer - a member of the Navy who has a degree from a 4-year college or university and who has completed Officer Training. Officers in the Navy have responsibilities that include anything from low-level management to the highest levels of command.
Typically, those who enter the Navy through an Officer position require an initial service commitment of 3-5 years, though positions involving longer-term training may require longer service obligations. The best way to confirm the specific service commitment that will apply to you is to contact a recruiter.
What to Expect
Naval Academy students are midshipmen who train to be commissioned Officers on Active Duty in the U.S. Navy while they are still in school. They attend the Academy for four years, graduate with Bachelor of Science degrees and begin their careers as Officers in the Navy.
Join the Navy while attending college through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) Scholarship program. It pays for school, provides leadership training, and offers money for up to five years of college. You can apply for the program while you’re still in high school or college.
By joining the NROTC program, you get to enjoy being a typical college student while also participating in weekly drills, summer programs and community service projects that help prepare you for your future role as a leader and a Navy Officer. Learn more about the NROTC scholarship program.
The Navy Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate (NUPOC) program enables you to join both the Navy and one of the top nuclear programs. It offers scholarship money to pay for your degree and provides a regular monthly income while you’re still in school.
Through the NUPOC program, you’ll be a typical college student with no service obligations to the Navy until you graduate. You’ll kickstart your career as a Navy Nuclear Officer, with advanced training opportunities and leadership responsibilities. Learn more about Navy nuclear careers, the specific qualification requirements and the specific offers.
If you're an engineering and architecture student, you can join the Navy while you're still in school through the Civil Engineer Collegiate Program (CECP). This program offers money towards your degree and regular monthly income that includes food and housing allowances. You could earn up to $139,000 (between $2,900 and $5,800 per month), depending on your rank and BAH while in school. The national average is $3,900 per month.
There are no service or drilling requirements while you are still in school, and once you graduate, you’ll be commissioned as a Navy Civil Engineer Corps Officer and begin your professional responsibilities with the Navy. For detailed information, click here.
If you’re in a graduate-level theological program, you can potentially enter the Navy Candidate Program as a student. Through this program, you can be commissioned as a Navy Officer while you finish your theological studies at an accredited seminary or graduate school. As a Chaplain Candidate, you’ll wear the uniform and receive pay and benefits while on your annual training and not in school. To find out whether your graduate program is eligible for the Chaplain Candidate Program and to learn more, contact a recruiter.
If you’re already in or plan to attend medical school, dental school or a qualifying health-care-related postgraduate program, you can join the Navy while you’re still in school through the Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP). The program pays for tuition, offers monthly living expenses and boasts a potential sign-on bonus.