One of the reasons to consider joining the Navy are the education benefits available to sailors. You can get help to pay for the cost of obtaining a degree and after graduation you will be guaranteed employment.
If you are interested in getting help with the cost of training for a medical career, the Navy offers scholarship programs which can help pay for your education. Your service commitment in this instance would include a certain number of days each year while you are in school. After graduation, you would become a naval officer and continue your service commitment.
Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) Scholarship Program
The NROTC Scholarship Program may cover up to 100 percent of tuition costs for eligible students. Funding is also provided to pay for required fees, books and lab expenses. Each recipient of an NROTC scholarship also receives a stipend for each month he or she is enrolled in school. These funds can be used in any way the student wishes.
To be considered for an NROTC Scholarship, an applicant must meet the following qualifications:
- United States citizen
- High school graduate or GED holder
- Have less than 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of college credit
- At least 17 years old by September 1 of the year he or she starts college and no more than 23 years of age on June 30 of the same school year
- Under the age of 27 by June 30 of the year the applicant expects to graduate from college
- No moral or religious objection to bearing arms while serving in the Navy
- Meet the Navy’s physical requirements
After graduation, the scholarship recipient is required to serve a minimum of five years on active duty status. Graduates from a nursing program must serve for at least four years.
Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP)
The HPSP pays for the full cost of the recipient’s tuition for a medical or graduate health degree program. It also provides a monthly stipend which the student can use for any purpose. The cost of school fees, books and supplies is also covered. An HPSP recipient also receives active duty pay and benefits for 45 days each year.
Eligibility requirements for the HPSP are as follows:
- United States citizen
- Meet the physical requirements for enlisting in the United States Navy
- Applicants must have applied to or been accepted into an American medical school, dental college or optometry school. Students pursuing a degree which will provide them with a Master’s degree as a Physician Assistant may also apply for a HPSP scholarship
After completing the medical degree program, the HPSP recipient is required to serve one year of active duty for each year he or she received scholarship funding. Physicians are required to serve a minimum of two years after graduation.
Help to pay for a post-secondary education is available to people who have enlisted in the Navy. In return for this generous financial aid, recipients are required to serve on active duty for a time. Prospective recipients will want to consider whether the available scholarships will help them reach their education and professional goals before accepting the funding.
More Information About Scholarships for Navy Personnel
Below is a list of resources that we have developed for specific members of the Navy and their families.