FAQ

If I want to change my first-choice school, whom do I tell?

You should wait until after you are notified of selection as a scholarship nominee, and then email Naval Service Training Command (Code OD2); email links are provided under the contact link at www.nrotc.navy.milThis cannot be done over the telephone.

Can I join the Unit and attend school elsewhere?

There are no current cross-enrollment agreements between Yale and other schools in Connecticut, so in order to be a member of Yale NROTC you must be a student at Yale.  This may change in the future as Yale NROTC grows and establishes relationships with other colleges and universities in the greater Connecticut area.

As an NROTC scholarship student, can I attend the university of my choice?

Yes, provided that the University has an NROTC Unit or that it has an agreement with a Unit at a nearby university for you to attend in a “cross-enrolled” status.  A list of schools with NROTC units is available at www.nrotc.navy.mil.  In the NROTC scholarship application process, you will be asked to state your university preference by listing five NROTC programs/schools.  If you are denied admission to your first-choice school, or if your choices change due to personal preference, you must notify the Naval Service Training Command of your new desires.  Transfer of your scholarship to another school is permitted if the gaining NROTC Unit has not reached capacity.  Occasionally, an NROTC Unit’s freshmen class may fill to capacity.  When this happens, scholarship nominees who had wanted to attend that school, may be asked to attend their second or third choice school.  Scholarship awards are independent from admission to the host university.  In order to execute an NROTC scholarship you must gain admission to the host university.

How are the scholarships awarded?

The Navy scholarship selection board meets from August through April of each year in Pensacola, Florida and in November and April for the Marine Corps.  This board is made up of different groups of NROTC Unit Commanding Officers (Navy Captains and Marine Corps Colonels).  Because of the rolling nature of the board for Navy applicants, you could be awarded a scholarship at any time from November through April.  If you are ever in doubt as to the status of your scholarship application package, visit the NROTC website: https://www.nrotc.navy.mil.  Three and two year-scholarship awardees will be notified over the summer between their freshman and sophomore or sophomore and junior year, respectively.

What are my chances of receiving a scholarship?

If you have a “B” average or above, moderate-to-excellent SAT or ACT scores, have been actively involved in high school extracurricular activities (especially athletics), and wish to pursue a technical major, your chances of receiving a four-year scholarship are excellent.  However, as discussed in other answers, even if you don’t receive a four-year scholarship in high school, joining the College Program at the beginning of your freshman year is an excellent way to prove your aptitude and initiative, and compete for a three-year scholarship at the end of your freshman year.

What are the basic qualifications needed to join the NROTC program?

You must be a U.S. citizen; you must be at least 17 years old as of September 1st of the year you enter the program; and you must be able to graduate by age 25. Age waivers are available for those with previous military service. You must be a high school graduate and you must be medically qualified. Men must be between 62 and 78 inches tall (66 to 78 for Marines); women between 60 and 78 inches tall (same for Marines). Weight should be proportionate to height (a link to a height/weight chart is included below). Vision must be correctable to 20/20 with refractive error not exceeding +6.0 diopters (+7.0 diopters for nurses). Normal color vision is required for Navy students. There is no color vision requirement for Marine Option students. There can be no severe hay fever or chronic rhinitis, and no history of asthma since the 12th birthday. Positive HIV is disqualifying. 

How do I go about applying for an NROTC scholarship?

A1.  The application is done through the Naval ROTC website, https://www.nrotc.navy.mil. You can begin the application process at the end of your junior year of high school. You must have your ACT or SAT scores sent to the scholarship board, and they must arrive before December 31st. All aspects of the application process, including the interview and medical exam, are scheduled by the Navy recruiter in your area.

A2.  If you arrive on campus as a college freshman and desire to enroll in the NROTC program, you may apply for the College Program.  By entering NROTC as a College Program student, you can apply for a three-year scholarship at the end of your freshman year.  The staff at the NROTC Unit will assist you in preparing the application.  If you are awarded and accept a scholarship, you incur the same obligation as a four-year scholarship student entering their sophomore year.

Does the NROTC Scholarship pay for room and board?

No, the NROTC Scholarship does not pay for room and board.  However, Yale does offer financial aid and other grants for certain qualified students.  Prospective students are encouraged to contact the financial aid office to learn more information on room and board at Yale.

Are there any benefits for the non-scholarship (College Program) students?

Yes. Students who enter the junior year in College Program Advanced Standing status will begin receiving the $350 per month tax-free subsistence allowance ($400/month senior year).  Also, during the entire four years, they are given the uniforms and naval science texts they need.  College Program students in Advanced Standing status will also be permitted to attend summer cruise between their junior and senior years with the NROTC program covering transportation costs.

What are the NROTC scholarship benefits?

The scholarship covers full tuition at Yale University for two, three or four years depending on when the student applies for a scholarship.  In addition, educational fees, uniforms, and a $250 per month tax-free subsistence allowance are paid by the Navy for midshipmen on scholarship while in attendance at the university as a freshman (+$50/month each additional year; i.e., $300, $350, and $400). The students are also given a $750 textbook stipend every year, which is deposited in equal payments at the beginning of each academic term.  The NROTC program also pays for scholarship students’ transportation from home to summer cruise training.  Altogether, the textbook stipend, travel payments, and summer cruise pay over a four year period of full scholarship to Yale amount to well over $165,000.

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