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Navy / Marine ROTC Program

Columbia College NROTCStudents at Columbia College participate in ROTC through a cooperative program with the University of Missouri—Columbia (MU) by attending regular classes on the Columbia College campus while completing ROTC coursework on the MU campus, just 10 blocks away.

Navy / Marine ROTC Scholarships

Recipients of Navy ROTC Scholarships can receive an additional scholarship from Columbia College that covers 100 percent of room charges. Up to ten scholarships are awarded each year. Contact the Admissions Office for more information.

For more information about the Navy ROTC, see your local Education Services Officer or visit the Navy ROTC website. For information about Columbia College's Navy ROTC affiliation with the University of Missouri, visit nrotc.missouri.edu.

Seaman To Admiral-21 Program

Naval officer crestThe Seaman to Admiral-21 (STA-21) program is an enlisted-to-officer commissioning program allowing sailors to maintain their military pay and benefits while pursuing a college degree and a commission in the United States Navy. Columbia College is one of a limited number of 4-year institutions able to accept participants in the Seaman To Admiral-21 (STA-21) Program; Columbia College provides an excellent opportunity for you to work directly towards your degree while applying for the STA-21 Program.

The STA-21 Program keeps all participants on active duty, with all pay, allowances, benefits and privileges, while attending college. In addition, sailors receive up to $10,000 per year to cover college tuition, books and fees. The application deadline for the STA-21 program is 1 July each year, so continuing your progress towards your degree is critical while working through the application process.

For more information about the STA-21 Program, see your Navy College Office director or visit the STA-21 website.

Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program

Marines symbolThe Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP) is designed to provide outstanding enlisted Marines the opportunity to become Marine Corps officers. MECEP is open to all active duty Marines and Marines in the Active Reserve (AR) program who meets the eligibility requirements. Marines successfully completing the program receive a Baccalaureate Degree and a commission as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Selection is based on an individual's potential for commissioned service as demonstrated by his/her service record, previous academic record, and evidence of career and academic self-improvement.

The MECEP keeps all participants on active duty, with pay, allowances, benefits and privileges, while attending college. The application deadline for the MECEP is 1 June each year, so continuing your progress towards your degree is critical while completing the application process.

For more information on the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program, see your Navy College Office director or visit the MECEP website.