The 2019 scholarship application is now Closed.
The 2020 scholarship application will open on 1 April 2019.
Please note that for the 2020 application all Officer Interviews must be conducted by an Officer at an NROTC Unit.



Applicants must use the online application to complete and submit all the required information in order to apply for the Navy ROTC 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 Navy ROTC affiliated colleges or universities in their scholarship application. Each school must be for a different Navy ROTC 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 Navy ROTC 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 Navy ROTC 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 Navy ROTC Unit- specifically Howard University, she may utilize it at Howard University.  If she wishes to change the location of the scholarship at any other Navy ROTC 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 Navy ROTC 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:





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:
  • Applicants must coordinate with their recruiter/coordinator in order to complete the following forms:
    • Statement of Understanding for Navy ROTC Application
    • Debarment Statement for Navy ROTC Application
    • Drug Statement for Navy ROTC Application
  • Applicants must coordinate with their recruiter/coordinator to conduct an officer interview and ensure teacher recommendations, transcripts and test scores are received in order for their application to be processed.

Navy/Nurse Applicants:

  • For the 2018 application (Fall 2019 scholarship):
    • Applicants are highly encouraged to have their interview conducted by a staff officer at the NROTC Unit affiliated with their 1st choice school.
  • Beginning with the 2019 application window (Fall 2020 scholarship):
    • Applicants will be required to have their interview conducted by a staff officer at the NROTC Unit affiliated with their 1st choice school.
  • Applicants can schedule an officer Interview by calling, emailing or visiting the NROTC Unit's website. A complete list of our schools and their contact information can be found on our website at:
  • 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 Navy ROTC Staff Officer if you desire. Contact your local NROTC Unit to schedule an Officer Interview.
    • You must provide a copy of your application to the person conducting your officer Interviewer.
    • Applicants must work with their recruiter/coordinator to ensure the application is complete and forwarded for consideration no later than 15 February in order for it to be considered by the selection board.

All Applicants:

Applicant must continue to check their application status on the website to ensure their application is processed.

If you have changes or any updates to your application, use the Application Adjustments email below:

For Application Adjustments please email:


Requests to change your first choice school must include your planned college major at that school.
Once you've submitted your application, you may update your information in your application until midnight, 31 January.



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 Navy ROTC Placement Office will determine the Navy ROTC 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 Navy ROTC 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 Navy ROTC scholarship prior to activating their scholarship.
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