Seaman to Admiral 21 (STA-21) Program

The STA-21 program was designed to provide enlisted sailors a top-notch college education and a commission. There are programs which lead to a commission in the unrestricted line as well as many of the restricted lines.

While there are many Universities you can attend under the STA-21 Program, the University of Kansas offers some distinct advantages:

  • Tuition rates fall within the $10,000 a year limit of the STA-21 Program.
  • You will qualify for in-state tuition.
  • Our small unit size allows for individual attention.
  • You are immediately placed in leadership roles and provide much-needed enlisted insight.
  • Families live in safe communities and attend excellent schools.
  • Lawrence enjoys a low cost of living while maintaining a high standard of living.

Visit the Navy's website to apply to the STA-21 program. If you are considering attending the University of Kansas, feel free to contact us.

Participants in the STA-21 program will:

  • Receive Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) benefits (Chapter 30 of Title 38) to pay for courses after the service member's STA-21 funds are exhausted, as long as payment is for different courses and not combined to pay for the same course.
  • Receive full pay and allowances including BAH and BAS for their enlisted pay grades
  • Be eligible for enlisted advancement
  • Receive up to $10,000 per year, paid to the university to supplement the costs of tuition, fees, and books.
  • Upon successful degree completion, be commissioned as active duty Ensigns in the United States Navy (USN).


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