The College Program is a non-scholarship program. Applicants are selected from students already attending or accepted by colleges with NROTC programs. The program pays for uniforms and instructional fees for Naval Science courses. There is no difference between scholarship and non-scholarship midshipmen while in ranks. The advantage for non-scholarship midshipmen is no requirement to complete calculus or physics and a well-paying, meaningful job upon graduation.
In order to commission, College Program students must perform well enough to be selected for advanced standing prior to their junior year. Once accepted, they will receive a stipend for a maximum of 20 months. Advanced standing is only available starting the junior year of college. Stipend per academic month is $350 junior year and $400 senior year. College Program students will complete Naval Science and other university courses, a few specific university courses, and attend one summer training session, normally at-sea for Navy Option midshipmen and Officer Candidate School in Quantico, VA, for Marine Option midshipmen.
Applicants apply from January 1 until May 31 via the NROTC Unit they wish to join at the school they wish to attend upon commencement of freshman year. Upon graduation, College Program midshipmen may be commissioned as Ensigns, U.S. Navy, or Second Lieutenants, U.S. Marine Corps.