Non-Scholarship Opportunity

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 KU NROTC CP shall attend orientation week, attend NROTC classes at KU, maintain at least 12.0 academic credit hours per semester at KU, and serve as full time members of the KU 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 end 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 Advancing 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.  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. 

The long term goal of USN and USMC CP students is to earn an officer commission.  USN and USMC CP at KU 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. 


The College Program is managed at the local NROTC unit level. The following are required to complete application:


Applications can be submitted electronically via fax to: 785-864-3144, or as a scanned PDF file via email. For Marine option please email: For Navy option please email:





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