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U.S. Naval Community College (USNCC)
Frequently Asked Questions
USNCC Pilot II FAQ (Phase II Pilot - January 2022 to August 2023)
1) How can I volunteer to be a part of this program?

Student selection for participation in the Pilot Phase II program will include two separate open enrollment periods beginning in the Fall of 2021 and in the Spring of 2022. These enrollment periods will be advertised on our website, social media and via email to service Senior Enlisted. To get additional information emailed to you on future student opportunities, subscribe on our website at .

USNCC has stood-up several working groups in conjunction with service leadership to establish foundational policies and effective administration of the USNCC and the degree programs offered. These policies along with service policies will identify the process for future enrollment and participation following the USNCC pilot phase.

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 - e.g. through points on evaluation, etc…

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 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 per course.

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) Do I have to pay to participate in USNCC Pilot Programs?

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

7) 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.

8) Can I use TA while participating in the USNCC Pilot II 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.

9) 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.

10) What happens after Pilot II ends in 2023?

After completion of the pilot program in June of 2021, the USNCC will evaluate the potential to offer additional courses with the partner schools before pilot phase II commences in 2022.

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

After applying for a degree program offered by the USNCC, we will process your application, verify command approval for participation and pass your application information to the participating college who supports the program selected and applied to. Once the student has been accepted by the participating college, both the USNCC and the participating college will notify the student.

12) When will I find out what classes I am enrolled in?

Upon degree program enrollment and following the assessment of a student’s JST and any prior college experience, the participating college will academically advise students on class selection for each term.

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

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

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