Non-Scholarship nrotc applicants
For those not receiving an NROTC Scholarship there are a few possible opportunities available, but you must first meet the same service eligibility REQUIREMENTS as a scholarship applicant.
College Program (Basic)
Applicants with over thirty college credit hours and a minimum college GPA of 2.5 should apply for the College Program. This allows students the opportunity to compete for a “Side-load/NSTC Controlled Scholarship” which is either a two or three year scholarship issued by Navy Officer Development (OD) or Marine Corps Recruiting Command (MCRC). This scholarship covers tuition, fees, textbooks, and uniforms, plus a monthly subsistence stipend (for a maximum of 20 academic months for the junior and senior years of college only). Please note the allotted number of scholarships given is determined by the needs of service per graduation year. The College Program provides an opportunity for the student to receive a Navy or Marine Corps commission upon graduation. For application information and deadline dates contact your local Navy or Marine Corps Recruiter.
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 monthly subsistence stipend for a maximum of 20 months for the junior and senior years of college only. This non-subsidized 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. For application information and deadline dates contact your local Navy or Marine Corps Recruiter or if you need to talk to someone, call 1-800-NAV-ROTC and enter extension 320 or 321 when prompted.
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 or Marine Corps, such as:
- Navy Officer Candidate School (OCS)
- Marine Corps Officer Candidate School (OCS)
- The Baccalaureate Degree Completion Program (BDCP)
- Civil Engineering Collegiate Program (CECP)
- Nursing Candidate Program (NCP)
- Platoon Leaders Class (PLC)
- Officers Candidate Course (OCC)
- Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate Program (NUPOC)