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The 2017 scholarship application is open. The deadline for submitting an application is midnight (CST) 31 January 2017.


Applicants must use the online application to complete and submit all the required information in order to apply for the NROTC scholarship.

This online application is extensive and may require several hours to complete. You are able to start the application and save your progress as you complete each section. We have provided an Application Information Checklist to assist you in gathering information and to streamline the process of applying for a scholarship.

Download an Application Information Checklist PDF

Applicants are asked to pick five NROTC affiliated colleges or universities in their scholarship application. Each school must be for a different NROTC Unit and one of the top three choices must be a state school where they qualify to receive an in-state tuition rate, not necessarily in the applicant’s home state.

Each applicant must also select an academic program in which they intend to major. All academic programs fall into three tiers relative to the Navy’s technical needs.

Scholarships will be awarded to an NROTC unit in conjunction with the academic major and tier the applicant specified on their application. If offered the scholarship, the student will be expected to attend the school where their scholarship is placed and have the ability to request a change of placement as needed or desired.  Requests are approved on a case-by-case basis and are mainly dependent on the scholarship availability at the requested school at the time of processing. The student must be mindful if they choose a cross-town school that there may be cross-town commuting costs and class timing issues which will need to be resolved. The enrolled school must support the academic major or equivalent for which the scholarship was awarded. Also, the student must have applied for admission to and been accepted at any school they wish to utilize the scholarship.

An example may help clarify this:
Applicant has selected the Navy Option at the beginning of her application. She selects the George Washington University NROTC unit and cross-town affiliate Howard University as her first choice on the scholarship application. She selects her other four choices. She selects Astrophysics (a Tier 2 major) as her intended degree program. If she is selected for a scholarship at the George Washington University NROTC Unit- specifically Howard University, she may utilize it at Howard University.  If she wishes to change the location of the scholarship at any other NROTC affiliated college or university, she must have applied for admission and been accepted at the school, as well as be approved for the scholarship to be moved to another school. She must declare Astrophysics as her degree program or she may choose another Tier 1 or Tier 2 major.

Portions of the information in your NROTC application will be shared with the U.S. Naval Academy Admissions Office. However, in order to apply to the U.S. Naval Academy you must go to the website below and complete the application process.

Once you’ve submitted your application, you may update your information in your application until midnight, 31 January.

Requests to change your Program Option (Navy, Nurse or Marine) must be submitted at least 1 week prior to the application window closing.

Send updates to: pnsc_nrotc_applications@navy.mil





In addition to the online application, the following items must also be completed:

  • Applicants must conduct an Applicant Fitness Assessment (AFA) and provide the score sheet to your recruiter.  See the following link for information on the AFA:   http://www.nrotc.navy.mil/physical_requirements.html
  • Applicants must coordinate with their recruiter/coordinator in order to complete the following forms:
  • The recruiter/coordinator will be arranging for one or more officer interviews, teacher recommendations, gathering transcripts, and ensuring that test scores are received from the testing agencies.
  • Navy/Nurse Applicants:
    If you are already attending College and your Officer Interview was not conducted by an NROTC Unit Staff Officer, you may have a new Officer Interview conducted by an NROTC Staff Officer if you desire. Contact your local NROTC Unit to schedule an Officer Interview
  • Applicants must work with their recruiter/coordinator to ensure the application is complete and forwarded for consideration no later than the first week of March in order for it to be considered by the selection board.
  • Applicant must continue to check their application status on the website to ensure their application is processed.


At Recruiter level for Processing:
Application is not finished processing and may be missing some information

At NSTC level for Processing:
Application received by Naval Service Training Command and is being prepared for Board Review. Application is not finished processing and may be missing some information

Board Ready:
Application is complete and ready to go before a Selection Board

Pending Decision:
Application is being or has been reviewed by a Selection Board



  • After the application is finalized, it will be presented to a Selection Board, a diverse panel of senior officers, that will make the selection decision.
  • If selected, the NROTC Placement Office will determine the NROTC Unit at which the scholarship will be placed.  Placement decisions are based on:
    • Applicant preference, determined by the order of their 5 school choices
    • Scholarship capacity available at each school
  • If selected, the status of the application will be updated on the NROTC website and a selection letter will be sent via U.S mail to the address provided in the application.
  • The applicant will then be contacted by the Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DoDMERB) to initiate a medical examination. Applicants must be found medically qualified for the NROTC scholarship prior to activating their scholarship.
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