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  1. Choose your desired associate degree program.
  2. Submit an application online during your desired program’s open application period. 
Please be prepared by having the following information available:
  • Basic military service information.
  • Prior education information, to include high school, college (if applicable), and military transcripts (JST).
  • Name and contact information for your command’s designated Education Service Officer (ESO) or designated command representative that approves education participation.
  1. Submit your Joint Service Transcript (JST) at the time of application. 
  2. Sign and return the USNCC *Student Agreement and FERPA consent waiver.  
*Instructions will be sent in an application confirmation email.

Steps After Application

  1. Evaluation — At the conclusion of the open application period, the USNCC admissions team will evaluate your application materials and prioritize who will be offered admission into the USNCC, pending command approval. 
  2. Notification — The USNCC admissions team will send out notifications to those whom are approved for admission, pending command approval. 
  3. Command approval — The USNCC admissions team will request approval via electronic form from your command’s Education Service Officer (ESO) or designated command representative (as provided on your application).
  4. Submit college transcripts — If you have completed any college-level coursework, you will be required to submit official transcripts from all previous institutions with who you attempted or completed college coursework. These transcripts will be submitted directly to your assigned partner institution.
  5. Partner institution notification — If command approval is granted, your designated partner institution will evaluate your application materials to determine admission into your desired degree program. If selected, you will be notified of your admission status and next steps working with the USNCC student success coaches for new student orientation and course registration.

Command Approval Requirements

Enrollment with the USNCC requires command approval for initial admission and again before the start of every new course. You must provide the contact information for a designated representative, such as your ESO or other command designated individual that would typically approve of participation in off-duty education programs.
The USNCC staff will communicate with your designated representative via email. 
The USNCC requirements for command approval include that you:
  1. are in good standing with your command;
  2. are serving on activity duty through the last day of the course term (at least 90 days from the first day of class); and
  3. will have adequate off-duty time to complete coursework (we recommend 10 to 12 hours per week to be successful).

Possible Admission Decision Outcomes

Admission into the USNCC is a competitive process. As such, not every candidate may be selected upon their initial application. Possible admissions outcomes include:
  • USNCC Admission — You gain admission into the USNCC and are assigned an enrollment coach.
  • Partner Institution Admissions — You gain admission into your desired degree program with the assigned partner institution.
  • Waitlist — Your application is pending further availability in the USNCC program. You will be notified with further admission details if spaces become available. If not selected for the current admission term, as a waitlist candidate, you will have the option to be considered for admission in future terms.
  • Denial of Admission — You are not eligible for admission to the USNCC.



Prospective student? Request more information here.

Current students with more questions about information not listed above can submit a request via our USNCC Support Center for any questions or assistance you might need. All requests will be followed up with as soon as possible and within 24 hours for cases submitted during a workday, or 48 hours for requests submitted over the weekend or during official holidays.
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