Financial Incentive

Students participating in NROTC receive financial benefits which vary by program. Columbia may supplement the assistance they receive.

Scholarship Program

Students in the Scholarship Program receive a scholarship for the full cost of Columbia’s tuition, for two, three, or four years depending on when they apply and are accepted. In addition, the Scholarship Program covers the cost of educational fees and provides students with uniforms, $375 toward books each semester and a monthly subsistence allowance. The NROTC also pays for students’ initial trip from home to the university and for the round-trip transportation costs associated with their summer training.

College Program

Students participating in the College Program are not charged for courses taken at SUNY Maritime and are issued uniforms free of charge. During their first and second years, they may compete for two- or three-year tuition scholarships and thus become a part of the Scholarship Program. They are selected based on grades, performance, and potential. Students who are not selected for a scholarship during this period may be selected for “Advanced Standing” and, if approved, receive a monthly living stipend of $350 in their junior year and $400 in their senior year.

STA-21 and MECEP

Students participating in the Seaman to Admiral – 21 (STA-21) or Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Programs (MECEP) receive certain allowances based upon their rank and time in service. STA-21 Students receive $10,000 per year to defer the cost of tuition in addition to their Navy pay. MECEP Students do not receive tuition compensation but do receive their Marine Corps pay and allowances.