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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.

From NROTC, to the Post-9/11 GI Bill there are a variety of ways to fund your education while you serve. For more information and to find out if you can qualify for some of these programs, contact a Navy recruiter.

Commissioning Programs

Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC)

If you are interested in a collegiate scholarship program that pays for your education and molds you into a leader, consider the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) Scholarship program, which you can apply for while in high school or college. These 2, 3 or 4-year scholarship and non-scholarship opportunities can lead you toward commissioning as a Naval Officer upon graduation.

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 on-board a nuclear submarine, with aircraft carriers and aviation squadrons or in a foreign nation training with international branches.

Scholarship Benefits

  • Full tuition at one of the participating colleges or universities
  • All mandatory fees imposed by the school on all full-time undergraduate students
  • Stipend for textbooks
  • Uniforms and Naval Science textbooks
  • Summer training
  • A monthly spending allowance
  • In addition to the above, some universities have chosen to provide additional benefits to students in the NROTC program.

Scholarship Requirements

  • Must be a U.S. citizen, naturalized U.S. citizen or in process of becoming a naturalized U.S. citizen.
  • Meet the required SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Be between 17-23 years old by September 1 of the year starting college; Must not have reached 27th birthday upon graduation and commissioning.
    • Applicants with prior military service may be eligible for age adjustments for amount of time equal to their prior service, on month-by-month basis, for maximum of 36 months, if they will not reach their 29th birthday upon commissioning.
  • Applicants must have no criminal record of military or civilian offenses pending or federal convictions.
  • Have a high school graduation or equivalency certificate
  • No moral obligations or personal convictions that prevent conscientious bearing of arms and supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic or to taking an oath to perform such acts.
  • Be physically and medically qualified by Navy standards
  • Must not have body piercing or tattoos which violate Navy policy
  • Be within Navy height and weight standards when you report
  • Be admitted to an approved Navy ROTC college or university

A full list of detailed requirements can be found here.

Learn more about career options, scholarship and non-scholarship programs, find out which colleges and universities participate or apply now.

Specialized College Programs

Civil Engineer Collegiate Program (CECP)

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.

Nurse Candidate Program (NCP)

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.

Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate Program (NUPOC)

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:

  • Submarine Officer
  • Surface Warfare Officer
  • Naval Reactors Engineer
  • Naval Nuclear Power School Instructor
  • Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit Instructor

General Programs

Navy College Program & Tuition Assistance

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.

Post 9/11 GI Bill

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 Navy Reserve Sailors)

Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR)

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

Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

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

Loan Repayment Program (LRP)

The Loan Repayment Program helps Sailors pay off student loan debt. 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.

While the Navy is not currently offering student loan repayment for Enlisted rates, there may be other financial benefits and options available to you. Connect with a recruiter for more information.

Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support Program (DANTES)

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.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Sailors have the opportunity to take free College Level Examination Program. 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.