Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I get an NROTC Scholarship Application Form?
- What are the eligibility requirements for an NROTC Scholarship?
- What does the NROTC Scholarship pay for?
- When is the scholarship application deadline?
- What is the Patriot Scholarship, and what does it pay for?
- What is the Corps of Cadets?
- Do I have to be in the Corps of Cadets?
- Where do I buy uniform items?
- How many 4-year NROTC scholarship recipients can attend Texas A&M?
- If I don’t receive a 4-year scholarship, can I still attend Texas A&M and eventually receive a scholarship or a commission in the United States Navy or Marine Corps?
- How do I get in touch with Texas A&M NROTC for more questions?
1. How do I get an NROTC Scholarship Application Form?
The quickest way to get information on NROTC Scholarships and begin the application process is to log on to https://www.nrotc.navy.mil. You can also call 1-800-USA-Navy and request an NROTC scholarship application be sent in the mail.
2. What are the eligibility requirements for an NROTC Scholarship?
- Be a U.S. citizen.
- Be 17 years old by Sept. 1 of the first year of college and younger than 27 on June 30 of the year in which you are eligible for graduation and commissioned status. An age waiver may be granted for prior active military service.
- Be a high school graduate or possess equivalency certificates by Aug. 1 of the same year that entrance into the four-year NROTC Program is anticipated.
- Be physically qualified Navy or Marine Corps standards.
- Have no moral obligations or personal convictions that will prevent conscientious bearing of arms and supporting the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic.
- Apply for and gain admission to NROTC colleges. (Admission to an NROTC institution is not required during the selection process.) However, notification of admission must be received before the scholarship can be activated.
- Achieve qualifying scores on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or the American College Test (ACT).
- Credits do not count until an applicant has graduated high school AND completed a term of college.
- Only those credits earned as of the date the applicant hits the submit button count.
- If a high school graduate AND has completed a term of college prior to submitting their application, all college credits earned (in high school and in college) are counted towards the credit limit.
- If a high school graduate AND is enrolled in college, all college credits anticipated to be earned by June of the application year (defined as April to December) will count towards the credit limit.
3. What does the NROTC Scholarship pay for?
The Scholarship pays for the following:
- Tuition and school/class related fees OR Room and Board related costs. At Texas A&M University, all NROTC scholarship students also qualify for the Patriot Scholarship (see #5), which pays for Room and Board, so most NROTC students at Texas A&M University select the NROTC scholarship to pay for tuition and school-related fees.
- Book stipend. This amounts to $375 a semester. For several majors, this will pay for most books. For others, like engineering, it may not cover all your books.
- Uniforms. The NROTC scholarship will pay for both Midshipmen and Corps of Cadet uniforms. The amount that covers Corps of Cadet uniforms is called “commutations.” Both 4-year NROTC scholarship students and college programmer students receive commutations.
- Monthly allowance. All scholarship students will receive $250 a month. This allowance increases by $50 each year.
- Summer training pay.
4. When is the NROTC scholarship application deadline?
Applications may be submitted from 1 April until 31 January of the following year. Completed applications will be processed as they are received. Notifications of early selection will begin in September.
• 1 April – online application opens
• 31 Dec 2020 – online application closes
• 31 Jan 2021 – deadline to submit update material for previously processed application
• 15 Feb 2021 – deadline for NRD to have all completed packages in the mail to NSTC.
5. What is the Patriot Scholarship, and what does it pay for?
The “Texas A&M University Patriot Scholarship” is a scholarship from Texas A&M University to recipients of ROTC/NROTC scholarships to cover room and board costs. Since the NROTC scholarship can cover tuition and fees OR room and board, the Patriot Scholarship enables NROTC scholarship recipients to have all their college expenses paid for.
6. What is the Corps of Cadets?
The Texas A&M Corps of Cadets is the largest, oldest, and most visible student organization at Texas A&M University. The Corps upholds and participates in most of the traditions that Texas A&M is famous for. All students in the Corps of Cadets must participate with an NROTC/ROTC unit for a minimum of three semesters, but military service is not required of all cadets. Because of this, the Corps of Cadets and the NROTC unit should be considered related but independent organizations.
To learn more about the Corps of Cadets, visit https://corps.tamu.edu.
7. Do I have to be in the Corps of Cadets?
If you receive and accept an NROTC scholarship at Texas A&M University, yes. Texas A&M University is known as a senior military college, which means that every student in any ROTC unit at the university must also be in the Corps of Cadets. Remember: the Corps of Cadets and NROTC unit are related but independent organizations. Not all of the students in the Corps will commission into the United States Armed Forces, but all Corps students will need to participate with an ROTC unit for at least three semesters. As an NROTC scholarship student, you will have to be in the Corps of Cadets for all four years of your college career.
8. Where do I buy uniform items?
Generally, you order uniform items from the Uniform Support Center at 1-800-368-4088. We will give you all the information you need regarding uniforms once you receive a NROTC scholarship to Texas A&M University.
9. How many 4-year NROTC scholarship recipients can attend Texas A&M?
There is no quota for the number of students that Texas A&M can accept.
10. If I don’t receive a 4-year scholarship, can I still attend Texas A&M and eventually receive a scholarship or a commission in the United States Navy or Marine Corps?
Absolutely! Our staff is dedicated to helping you in every way reach your goal of becoming an officer in the Navy or Marine Corps. We have 2 or 3 year scholarships available and encourage you to set your sights on them early. Competitive applications for these opportunities include completion of Calculus and a high GPA. If you were not selected for a 4-year scholarship out of high school, but strongly desire to attend Texas A&M, be a member of the Corps of Cadets, and eventually an officer, there are many opportunities for you!
11. How do I get in touch with Texas A&M NROTC for more questions?
Click on one of the contacts available in the Contact Us area of the menu on our website.