Navy Voluntary Education

How joining the navy can help pay for a college degree.

March 10, 2014

Each branch of the US Armed Forces has its own education programs for members on active duty and in the reserves.
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Not sure how to balance serving in the Navy with completing a college degree? The Navy Voluntary Education programs can provide you with college financial aid in the form of tuition assistance, scholarships, grants, college credits and help paying off your college loans.

Each branch of the US Armed Forces has its own education programs for members on active duty and in the reserves. There are also opportunities for members’ spouses and children to receive college financial aid through some of these programs.

A Navy recruiter can give you the latest information about which programs are right for you. And you can learn more about the most popular Navy Voluntary Education programs below.

Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC)

NROTC scholarships award you college money that does not need to be repaid, unlike college loans. If you receive a scholarship, you attend a participating college full-time and become commissioned as an officer when you graduate.

Baccalaureate Degree Completion Program (BDCP)

This degree program provides up to $155,000 in college aid for a bachelors degree. Upon graduation, you can become a Navy officer in a variety of career fields that include aviation, civil engineering, intelligence, oceanography and public affairs.

Montgomery GI Bill

Through this bill, you take a reduction of $100 in your pay for 12 months and receive over $36,000 in money for college, which you can use after completing active duty.

Navy College Fund

Some members who sign up for the Montgomery GI Bill are also eligible for a Navy College Fund Kicker, which can earn you over $70,000 in money for college.

Navy College Program

This program allows you a college student to earn college credits for Navy training.

Navy Tuition Assistance

This program allows you to receive up to 100% of your tuition and approved fees paid for by the Navy, up to $4,500 per fiscal year.

College Loan Repayment Program

College students and recent college graduates who qualify for this program can receive up to $65,000 to pay for college loans.

Navy Voluntary Tips & Tactics

  • Find a local Navy recruiter to ask about the best education programs for you.
  • Navy members who are interested in pursuing their education in the medical and legal fields can receive college aid after earning their degrees or while they’re still in school. You can attend the Naval Dental School, Naval Postgraduate School or a variety of other graduate school.
  • Interested in attending the US Naval Academy? You must be nominated by a senator, congressman or the Vice President to attend, and then go through an approval process that can take at least a year. In return, accepted students receive scholarships for all four years of your bachelors degree and a commission in the Navy when you graduate.
  • Joining the Navy Reserve Officers’ Training Corps can earn you an NROTC, which can cover up to $180,000 of your college money for tuition, books and other college costs.

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