How to Apply


There are several programs at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln available to you to obtain a commission in the Navy or Marine Corps.  For more information, click on the program you are interested in below.


Four-Year Scholarship Program

The four year scholarship program is primarily for students that are in high school and interested in pursuing a commission in the Navy or Marine Corps. Scholarship applications are normally completed late in your junior year or in the fall of your senior year of high school. College freshmen may also be eligible if they have not yet completed a full semester of college coursework.

4 Year Scholarship Benefits:

  • Full Tuition and Fees for 4 academic years
  • $300 per semester book stipend
  • $250 - $400 per month stipend during the academic year
  • All uniforms are provided
  • Paid summer training for the three summers while in college


An online application process for the four-year scholarship can be found Here. If you want more information, or if you are considering attending the University of Nebraska, please Contact Us.




Two and Three-Year Scholarship Programs

Students can apply for a two or three-year scholarship as an existing student at the university. Scholarship recipients will also participate in summer cruise training during the summers between academic semesters while on a scholarship program.
For more information, visit the Official NROTC Scholarship website.

2 & 3 Year Scholarship Benefits:

  • Full Tuition and Fees for 2 academic years
  • $300 per semester book stipend
  • $350 - $400 per month stipend during the academic year
  • All uniforms are provided 


The two year NROTC scholarship is offered nationally but the application is processed through the local NROTC unit. For more information and application, please Contact us. Or visit the NROTC Scholarship page.


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College Program

The NROTC Basic College Program (CP) represents a path for receiving an officer commission in the United States Navy (USN) or Marine Corps (USMC).  The requirements for participation in college program vary slightly for each service: USN vs USMC (see the application links below for more details).  Both USN and USMC students participating in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln NROTC CP shall attend orientation week, attend NROTC classes at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, maintain at least 12.0 academic credit hours per semester at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and serve as full time members of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln NROTC battalion as midshipmen.  CP students receive all required uniforms for battalion participation at no cost.  However, CP students do not receive scholarship benefits of any kind, such as monetary stipends, tuition/fee payment benefits, or book payment benefits.  Additionally, basic CP students do not attend summer training.

The short-term objective of basic CP students is to earn a 'side load' scholarship.  Side-load scholarships require applications and may be submitted no earlier than the spring semester of a student’s freshman year.  The side-load scholarship, once activated, provides students with the same benefits as a 4-year national scholarship midshipman.  Side load scholarship applications are reviewed at the national level with many other applications from all NROTC programs across the nation.  Side load scholarship boards are very competitive.  Students with high grade point averages, outstanding physical fitness scores, and who demonstrate a high potential for officer service are generally the most competitive.  For both USN and USMC CP students, you must earn a side load scholarship by the close of their sophomore year. 

In the event a USN CP student does not receive a side load scholarship, they may be able to receive USN CP 'Advanced Standing' status in lieu of a side load scholarship.  Similar to the side load scholarship, an application is required to attain Advanced Standing status.  USN CP Advanced Standing Students receive a monetary stipend, but do not receive tuition/fee payment benefits or book payment benefits.  USN CP Advanced Standing students also attend summer training during the summer between their junior and senior years.  For USMC CP students, Advanced Standing is not available.  Failure to earn a scholarship (USN and USMC CP) or advanced standing status (USN CP only) by the required timelines shall result in the student’s disenrollment from the program as the requirement for commissioning is to be accepted as either an Advanced Standing or Scholarship student by the commencement of junior year.  

All USMC CP students earning a side load scholarship shall attend United States Marine Corps Officer Candidates School (OCS) during the summer between their junior and senior years the same as 4-year national scholarship students. It should also be noted that Navy ROTC will consider a CP application for a 5-year student with 3 academic years remaining, although they may be considered a 'junior' already by the university. These situations are handled on a case-by-case basis with current GPA as a strong consideration in the decision for acceptance.

The long term goal of USN and USMC CP students is to earn an officer commission.  USN and USMC CP at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln NROTC is not designed to be a “resume builder” for students.  Additionally, CP is not designed to prepare individuals for enlisted service.  Individuals applying for college program shall be motivated to earn a scholarship and ultimately earn a commission as an officer serving in the United States Navy or Marine Corps.  Are you ready for the challenge?  If so, click the appropriate link below to get started.


The College Program applications are managed at the local NROTC unit level. Download and complete the application.




Seaman to Admiral 21 (STA-21) Program

The STA-21 program was designed to provide enlisted sailors a top-notch college education and a commission. There are programs which lead to a commission in the unrestricted line as well as many of the restricted lines.

While there are many Universities you can attend under the STA-21 Program, the University of Nebraska offers some distinct advantages:

  • Tuition rates fall within the $10,000 a year limit of the STA-21 Program.
  • You will qualify for in-state tuition.
  • Our small unit size allows for individual attention.
  • You are immediately placed in leadership roles and provide much-needed enlisted insight.
  • Families live in safe communities and attend excellent schools.
  • Lincoln enjoys a low cost of living while maintaining a high standard of living.


Visit the Navy's website to apply to the STA-21 program. If you are considering attending the University of Nebraska, feel free to contact us.

Participants in the STA-21 program will:

  • Be granted Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) benefits (Chapter 30 of Title 38) to pay for courses after the service member's STA-21 funds are exhausted, as long as payment is for different courses and not combined to pay for the same course.
  • Receive full pay and allowances including BAH and BAS for their enlisted pay grades
  • Be eligible for enlisted advancement
  • Receive up to $10,000 per year, paid to the university to supplement the costs of tuition, fees, and books.
  • Upon successful degree completion, be commissioned as active duty Ensigns in the United States Navy (USN).




Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP)

The Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP) is an enlisted to officer commissioning program designed to provide outstanding enlisted Marines the opportunity to serve as Marine Corps officers. Marines selected for MECEP who have successfully completed Officer Candidate School and graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree will be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps.

As an active duty Marine at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) you will be a member of the NROTC unit and will fall under the leadership of the Marine Officer Instructor (MOI) and Assistant Marine Officer Instructor (AMOI). MECEP Marines will typically take 12 (at least) credit hours during a semester in a degree program of your choice. While in the MECEP program, by regulations you are required to complete the following Naval Science courses: Evolution of Warfare, Amphibious Warfare, Leadership & Ethics, and you must enroll in Naval Science Drill/Lab each semester. Drill/Lab is held twice a week – this is when we come together as a unit and conduct training and activities.

While in the MECEP program, you will normally attend your college courses in civilian attire and will be expected to wear Service “C” uniform every Tuesday. As an active duty Marine and a member of the NROTC unit, you are expected to set the example for the rest of the Midshipmen in the unit. You will have the opportunity to serve in platoon, company, and battalion leadership positions. You will also have the opportunity to mentor, coach, and participate in unit activities such as the Rifle & Pistol Team, Drill/Color Guard, Semper Fidelis Society, and unit fund raisers. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to travel to other universities to participate in NROTC events in locations such as Boulder, Colorado and New Orleans, Louisiana.


The Marine Corps puts out a MARADMIN annually to solicit applications to the MECEP Program. If you are interested in speaking with the MOI or AMOI concerning the MECEP program at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, contact us.

As a Marine officer candidate, physical fitness is important and critical to your success at Officer Candidate School (OCS), and later at The Basic School (TBS). The MECEP program requires that you attend OCS during the summer after your first year of college. The MOI and AMOI will assist you in preparing for the rigors of OCS and TBS by balancing structured unit and individual physical fitness training programs.

GI Bill Benefits
If you qualify for the GI Bill, you can utilize it to pay for your education here (up to $1,200 per month). The great thing about Nebraska is that as an active duty Marine, you will granted in-state tuition, which is a tremendous savings for the active duty student. Additionally, Financial Aid may be available to you, where you may qualify for grants and/or loans. Scholarships opportunities also exist and many of our current MECEP students are recipients of scholarships.