Naval ROTC Scholarship

In order to attend Kennesaw State University on a Naval ROTC scholarship, you must successfully complete two separate and unrelated application processes: one for scholarship consideration and one for the university. Acceptance to the Naval ROTC program does not guarantee acceptance to its host college.

In order to apply for any of the Naval ROTC scholarship programs, you must fill out an online application.

  • In order to be considered eligible for Naval ROTC scholarship programs, the applicant must meet all of the following general criteria:

    • Must be United States Citizen.
    • Be 17 years old by September 1 of the first year of college and younger than 23 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 an equivalency certificate by Aug. 1 of the same year that entrance into the 4-year NROTC Program is anticipated.
    • Be physically qualified by Navy or Marine Corps standards.
    • Have no moral obligations or personal convictions that will prevent conscientious bearing of arms and supporting and defending of the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic.
    • Apply for and gain admission to Naval ROTC colleges. Admission to a Naval ROTC 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 SAT or the ACT or the ASVAB for Marine Options
      • Navy option minimums: SAT Verbal 530, Math 520; ACT English 22, Math 22 Marine option minimums: SAT Verbal and Math combined score 1000; ACT English and Math combined score 45; AFQT 74

    Besides these official criteria, the student must be willing to commit themselves to a very difficult and challenging academic environment. Midshipmen must maintain high standards of moral behavior, academic performance, and physical fitness - to keep their scholarship. Students must strive to become beneficial members of the Naval ROTC Battalion of midshipmen.

  • A Naval ROTC scholarship covers the cost of all tuition, fees, and uniforms. Scholarship midshipmen are also paid a subsistence allowance that increases each year. Freshmen receive $250 every month, in two bi-weekly payments. Each successive year the allowance increases by $50, sophomores receiving $300, juniors $350, and seniors $400. Scholarship midshipmen also receive $375 each semester for book expenses.

Types of Scholarships

The limits of an NROTC scholarship depend on the type of scholarship awarded. Here is a quick overview of the various scholarships. The minimum payback is 5 years of active duty service.  Additional service obligation may be required based on specific job requirements (e.g. Aviation).

  • The basic scholarship, where the Navy pays full tuition, costs of textbooks, college fees, and $250 a month - with an unconstrained choice of Naval ROTC school and choice of study. While the 4-year Scholarship is designed for incoming freshmen students, current college students may apply with up to 30 hours college credit. To apply for the 4-year National Scholarship, contact your local NROTC Scholarship Coordinator and fill out the application online:

    Students who have been awarded a 4-year NROTC scholarship and have been assigned to Georgia Tech, Georgia State University, or Kennesaw Sate University will be contacted via email by a Georgia Tech's scholarship officer in May.

  • A limited number of 2-year and 3-year NROTC Scholarships are available for students already attending a NROTC host school. The basic eligibility requirements are the same as those for the National 4-year Scholarship. However, your college academic record is the primary evaluation tool verse your high school grades. All eligible students attending a host university may apply. There is no requirement to have had previously participated in the college program or to have participated in any NROTC activities. Learn more on how to apply for the 2-year and 3-year Scholarships.

  • These are 4 and 2-year non-subsidized programs, with the Navy paying for uniforms, books, and instructional fees required for naval science courses. Between their junior and senior year, college program students can apply for advanced standing; if selected they will receive $250 a month for a maximum of 20 months for the 2-year program. The minimum payback is 3 years of active duty. To apply for the College Program, contact the KSU NROTC Office directly.

Scholarship benefits can be extended, on a limited basis, beyond the standard 4-year term - for major programs that take longer to complete. Extension of benefits beyond the original 4-year allotment requires an extension of the active duty commitment following graduation and commissioning. Application for extended benefits is made during the first semester of senior year.