Many jobs in the Navy don’t require a college degree to start. But regardless, education is an important part of service in one way or another. Therefore, there are several programs that encourage your career development through on-the-job training or by way of more formalized schooling.
NAVY COLLEGE PROGRAM AND TUITION ASSISTANCE
Considering working toward a college degree while you serve? Here are two ways to do just that:
Navy College Program (NCP) – This program makes it possible to receive academic credit for the training you receive and for the work you perform while serving on Active Duty. This could include coursework completed remotely when you’re deployed or even classes taught by instructors who are brought aboard ships while underway.
Tuition Assistance (TA) – This program pays up to 100% of the cost of courses taken at accredited institutions on your own time, while in an off-duty status.
These programs are available to both Enlisted Sailors and Officers but are typically geared toward Enlisted servicemembers (those without a college degree).
There are many components to these programs; visit the Navy College Program site for details.*
POST-9/11 GI BILL
For Navy servicemembers, veterans and their dependents, paying for a college education is easier than ever.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill provides up to 100% tuition and fee coverage, up to $1,000 per year for books and supplies, and a potential monthly living allowance. You may potentially transfer this valuable benefit to a dependent, and you may use it for up to 15 years after completing your service commitment.
To be eligible, you need qualifying service on or after September 11, 2001 – at least 90 days of Active Duty military service since this date (90 days of aggregate service for Reservists.)*
MONTGOMERY GI BILL – SELECTED RESERVE (MGIB-SR)
The Montgomery GI Bill — Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) program may be available to members of the Selected Reserve. It provides up to 36 months of educational benefits that may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses.*
RESERVE EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (REAP)
The Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) is available to Reservists who complete a minimum of 90 days of Active Duty service in response to a war or national emergency (in support of a contingency operation) after 9/11.*
LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAM (LRP)
Seeking assistance to manage the debt associated with student loans? The Loan Repayment Program can provide you with up to $65,000 to use toward paying off qualifying loans. To be eligible, your loan cannot be in default and you must be serving in your first enlistment. This program is available to Enlisted servicemembers (those without a college degree) serving in eligible Navy ratings/programs.*
DEFENSE ACTIVITY FOR NON-TRADITIONAL EDUCATION SUPPORT (DANTES) PROGRAM
Comprised of more than 1,200 colleges and universities nationwide, the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) Program allows you to pursue college and university independent study courses. The DANTES Program allows servicemembers to transfer credits from school to school and receive college credits for military training and experience.*
COLLEGE LEVEL EXAMINATION PROGRAM (CLEP)
Sailors have the opportunity to take free College Level Examination Program tests. Along with credit from service schools and work experience, these nationally recognized tests can provide a convenient way for members to earn college credit toward an associate degree.*
*For additional information on any of these prorgrams, contact a Navy Recruiter for details.