College program students can be nominated for 3-year scholarships after successful performance during their first full year in the program (Marine option midshipmen are eligible after their first fall semester). If not selected for a 3-year scholarship, students can be re-nominated for a 2-year scholarship the following year. Any students not selected for a 2-year scholarship are automatically screened for Advanced Standing.
Once selected for a 2- or 3-year scholarship, also known as a “side-load scholarship”, students begin receiving a stipend and other benefits in addition to full tuition and fees just like national scholarship recipients. These benefits are not retroactive. They have no service obligation and do not participate in summer training until selected for scholarship or advanced standing. While calculus and physics are not requirements for college program students, it is highly encouraged that they take these courses as scholarships are largely awarded on academic performance. The University of Kansas NROTC has a strong record of earning scholarships for College Program students.
College Program students can also be selected for commissioning via Advanced Standing. For those who do not receive a side-load scholarship, Advanced Standing allows them to complete the four-year program and commission into the Navy or Marine Corps.
Midshipmen with an Advanced Standing contract receive a subsistence allowance of $350 per month in their junior year, increasing to $400 in their senior year. All uniforms and NROTC course materials are still provided at no cost.