U.S. Naval Community College (USNCC)
Frequently Asked Questions
USNCC Pilot I FAQ (Phase I Pilot - January 2021 to June 2022)
1) How can I volunteer to be a part of this Pilot program?

Student selection for participation in the pilot phase I program is complete across the services. USNCC has stood-up several working groups in conjunction with service leadership to establish foundational policies and effective administration of the USNCC and the programs offered. These policies along with service policies will identify the process for future enrollment and participation following the USNCC pilot phase. Student selection for Pilot II will begin Fall 2021 and Spring 2022, based on degree program.

2) Will Service Members be forced to participate?

We expect the various commands and services will set their own policies as to how they incentivize/reward students for participation and/or completion of college courses and degree programs.

Current service policies do not require enlisted service members to pursue or complete college education. Both the USN and USMC enlisted advancement policies include some incentives for completion of college classes and degrees. Services can adopt or change policies in the future to further incentivize the use of the USNCC educational opportunities.

3) What will the Service Member’s course load look like?

The pilot will be one course at a time, likely to be about 8-12 weeks in duration (similar to many online schools supporting Vol-Ed / TA).

4) Will the curriculum be based on a full time or part time schedule?

Instruction is designed in an asynchronous fashion, which does not require the student to be online at any certain point, but will have a required amount of interaction and participation throughout the week/course to support successful course completion. An expected weekly workload for a given course may be between 8-12 hours/week.

5) Are there specific details outlining Service Member’s responsibilities with full time work and school?

Students’ course load will require participation in a similar fashion to online schools, allowing service members to complete courses during nights and weekends, not during the work day.

6) How do I register and/or enroll for the USNCC Pilot Program?

Student selections were made through service (USN, USMC and USCG) leadership in the month of October 2020 and submitted to the USNCC for participation in the pilot phase I program in 2021. We will expand and begin phase II Pilot program in 2022, so watch for the latest info on future opportunities on our USNCC Social Media and website.

7) Do I have to pay to participate in USNCC Pilot Program?

No. The USNCC Pilot Program is separately funded. Participants will not need to use their Tuition Assistance (TA) or pay out of their own pocket to attend these courses. The USNCC will fund all tuition, mandatory course fees and digital course materials for these courses and fund application fees when applicable.

8) Does this count against my service provided TA (Vol-Ed) entitlement?

College education opportunities offered through the USNCC are funded independent from service offered TA programs. Participation or enrollment with the USNCC will not affect your TA (Vol-ED) entitlements.

9) Can I use TA while participating in the USNCC Pilot Program?

Although college education opportunities offered through the USNCC are funded independent from service offered TA programs and participation or enrollment with the USNCC will not affect your TA (Vol-ED) entitlements, it is highly recommended that TA is not used while participating in the pilot program due to course load and demands.

10) How long are the classes in the USNCC Pilot Program?

The USNCC pilot Program will run from January to June 2021 and include two courses per student. Courses will be one at a time and normally be 8 to 12 weeks in duration, depending on the partner institution and the course offered.

11) When will I find out what partner school I will be taking classes with?

The USNCC finalized partner school contracts in the Fall of 2020 and notified Pilot I students in mid to late November 2020 of the school selections and courses they are being enrolled in.

12) What if I have already taken the class that I am enrolled in for the Pilot?

As part of our student communications and enrollment process, we will confirm with students the courses they will be enrolled in, based on previously completed college courses.

13) What happens after the Pilot ends in June of 2021?

After completion of the prescribed pilot program in June of 2021 (USNCC data collection period), the USNCC will likely offer additional courses (courses 3-6) with the participating schools before Pilot phase II commences in 2022.

14) As a Pilot I student, if I continue with courses 3-6, will I need command approval?

Yes, the USNCC will send out a new Student Agreement Form (SAF) in May 2021 for each student to digitally sign along with a digital signature from their command Educational Services Officer (ESO) or designated command education rep. The courses 3-6 SAF will contain updated USNCC academic policies and the command approval signature.

15) What if I'm already enrolled in another program at a different school?

Although USNCC students may have an approved degree program on file with their service’s Vol-ED (TA) organization, while students are participating in the USNCC Pilot Program and taking USNCC funded courses, they should not be taking TA funded courses with other academic institutions.

16) What if the programs offered don't interests me?

The USNCC plans to offer 15 degree programs that are relevant to the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, over the next three years. As part of Pilot Phase II in 2022, we will launch seven of our degree programs, so even if you don’t see a program that interests you now, continue to follow us on social media and watch our website for the latest degree program information. All of the USNCC AS degree programs will have established transfer pathways to related four-year degree programs at reputable colleges and universities.

17) As a Pilot I student, do I have to take all four courses (courses 3-6)? What if my work schedule or family obligations intervene?

No, USNCC students do not have to participate in all courses. We prefer students elect to take courses when their schedules can support the required time to successfully complete required course work.

18) Are there any requirements to participate or to continue to participate as a Pilot I student?

No, for those students who volunteered to participate in Pilot Phase I, there is no obligation to continue after completion of the two course series. Courses three through six are an option provided by the USNCC to bridge the gap between Pilot I and Pilot II. Additionally, students can elect to switch schools/programs before beginning course three in the Summer of 2021. For more information, contact the USNCC at student.help@usncc.usmcu.edu.

19) How do I/can you help me get my transcripts to apply/enroll in a degree program?

As part of the degree program application and enrollment process, each student will be required to request an official JST be sent to the USNCC and the designated participating college/university in order for the school to potentially award credit from the prior college experience and/or ACE recommended credit from the JST. The USNCC is unable to pay or reimburse for official college transcripts requests, students are responsible for this action.

20) Who do I contact if I have questions or need assistance?

The USNCC team can be contacted at any time by emailing us at student.help@usncc.usmcu.edu for assistance to pilot students or for general questions or future inquiries at info@usncc.usmcu.edu. Please follow us on social media for current news and updates.

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