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Educational Opportunities

How can I attend school while I'm in the Navy?

The Navy encourages continuing education, and will pay all or most of the tuition for active duty people stationed ashore who attend courses during their offr-duty time at accredited colleges, universities, vocational/technical schools and business schools.

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Will the Navy help me get a college education?

Today's Navy wants to help every Sailor working toward a college degree to earn one while experiencing the pride and adventure of Navy life. Through the Navy College Program, all qualified individuals have the chance to achieve their educational goals.

Participation in the Navy College Program is easy. Choosing a major is entirely up to you. It doesn't have to be related to your job specialty. You don't have to worry about application fees, or a tuition deposit. All yo need to begin your educational journey with the Navy are the desire to learn, and the qualifications to enlist in today's high-tech Navy.

The Navy College Program provides transcripts good for recommended college credit for your Navy training, on the job experience and coursework.. While you learn your Navy skills, you're earning valuable academic credits. The Navy College Program also minimizes much of the headach of residency requirements, credits not transferring from training or work experience. Best of all the Navy will pay three-fourths, and sometimes all, of the tuition for classes taken while on active duty.

How do I qualify for these programs?

Simply apply. Once you're on active duty in the Navy, you can request help to pay for college. If eligible for the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) Scholarship Program, you can receive tuition and other financial benefits worth up to $80,000 at one of more than 60 leading colleges and universities.

Specific Programs Offered

If you want a college degree, one of our programs can help (see below):

The Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB)

This program is all about you helping yourself. Upon signing up you agree to a $50 per month contribution from your salary for 12 months. In return you earn up to $23,400 towards your college education for use after you complete active duty. The only requirement? That you are not prior enlisted.

The Navy College Fund

In combination with the MGIB, the Navy College Fund can offer upwards to $50,000 to those interested in pursuing mission-critical positions.

Associate Degree Completion Program(ADCP)

The Associate Degree Completion Program is the newest Navy program available for the motivated college student with greater than a year of college and who qualify for the Nuclear Field. For those that qualify, this program allows you to get paid and have Navy benefits while attending college full time.

Loan Repayment Program

$5,000 Loan Repayment option available for applicants who are non-prior service. High School Diploma Graduates with a loan guaranteed under the Higher Education Act of 1965 may apply. The applicant must qualify for Nuclear Field and other disignated critical ratings as defined by the U.S. Navy and meet other eligibility requirments.

Service Members Opportunity College, Navy (SOCNAV)

SOCNAV is a worldwide network of more than 1300 civilian colleges and universities from which you can earn an associate's or bachelor's degree while on active duty. It's designed to meet the needs of Sailors who start a degree program at one duty station and finish at another. Your degree program starts with a home college. After duty station transfer, you complete your program requirements with courses from any SOCNAV college. You're guaranteed credit transfer to your home college, which awards your degree.

Program For Afloat College Education (PACE)

Earn your degree while stationed aboard a Navy ship through PACE. Courses are taught by instructors and computers. All PACE courses at sea are free. You only pay for textbooks.

Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)

DANTES supports voluntary education programs of all active and reserve military forces. SAT, ACT and GED tests are all available to you through DANTES.

Academic Skills Program

Improve your reading, English and Math skills by enrolling in Academic Skills courses taught at sea and ashore at state-of-the-art Academic Skills Learning Centers.

American Council on Education (ACE)

Earn additional college credit. Your Navy training may be recommended for credits by the American Council on Education. ACE teams review Navy technical school courses and recommend college credits that are accepted aby the vast majority of colleges.

Tuition Assistance

If you're interested in going to school while you're in the Navy, this program will pay up to 75 percent of the tuition for courses taken on your own time (off-duty) at accredited institutions.