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For those not receiving an NROTC Scholarship there are a few possible opportunities available (must meet the same requirements as a scholarship applicant):


National Four-Year Scholarship

The summer prior or the first semester of your freshman year of college, apply and/or re-apply for the Four-Year National NROTC Scholarship. No applicant can have more than thirty college credit hours. It is recommended that every applicant register for Naval Science courses, which are open to all enrolled university students, while in the non-scholarship interim period.


College Program (Basic)

Applicants with over thirty college credit hours should apply for the “College Program” (National Scholarship requirements still apply). This allows students the opportunity to compete for a “Side-load/NSTC Controlled Scholarship” (either a two or three year scholarship) issued by Marine Corps Recruiting Command (MCRC) or Navy Officer Development (OD). Please note the allotted number of scholarships given is determined by the needs of service per graduation year. 

College Program (Advance)

Applicants entering either their junior and/or senior year of college who have not received a scholarship may be selected by NSTC OD or MCRC for advanced standing. Those selected must enlist into the Naval or Marine Corps Reserve and accept the advanced course. These individuals will receive student uniforms, Naval Science textbooks, and a subsistence allowance for a maximum of 20 months. This program does not pay for tuition or housing costs. The college program provides an opportunity for the student to receive a Navy or Marine Corps commission upon graduation.

(Deadline for Fall: July 15; Deadline for Spring: November 01).


college Program Application


Other Options

For those students in their junior or senior year of college, having not been selected for any of the programs, participation in the NROTC is not a viable option. However, there are several other avenues available to obtain a commissioning as an officer in the Department of the Navy, such as:


For further information regarding these programs, please contact your local Navy or Marine Corps recruiter.

Last Updated: 9/17/19