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Navy College

The Navy College Program (NCP) provides opportunities for Sailors to earn college degrees by providing academic credit for Navy training, work experience, and off-duty education. While the NCP is primarily geared toward enlisted Sailors, some NCP components are also available to officers. The NCP services include: educational counseling, apprenticeship opportunities, distance learning, college credit by examination/experience, tuition assistance and much more. Professional Education Services Specialists, Education Technicians, and Guidance Counselors advise Navy members on all matters relating to academic programs, authorize tuition assistance, and administer all on-base education programs. 

Service members and their family members who are interested in furthering their education should visit the installation Navy College Program (NCP) online. The NCP offers a variety of services to support the academic goals of Sailors and their families. Among the services available are:

  • Education Counseling – available to assist service members and their families with choosing colleges or classes.
  • Testing – GED, Graduate Record Exam (GRE), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), Excelsior College Examinations (ECE), SAT and ACT testing is available, as well as test preparation classes. Fees may apply.
  • NCPACE – Instructor-led and Distance Learning Courses with no tuition are available to Sea Duty Unit Identification Codes (UICs).
  • Tuition Assistance benefits – up to $4,500 per fiscal year for college and vocation programs for active duty service members.
  • SMART Transcript – American Council on Education (ACE) college credit recommendations for military training and experience.

For locations, contact numbers, and specific information visit the Navy College website.

College Classes

Navy College Program

Some of the institutions available through the San Diego area Navy College Program include: 

City College and others of the above list offer classes on base. Contact NCP for more details, including fees.

Additional San Diego-area colleges

Ask for in-state tuition waver eligibility guidelines for military family members.

  • University of California, San Diego (UCSD)
  • San Diego State University (SDSU)
  • University of San Diego (USD)
  • San Diego Community College District
  • Grossmont College
  • San Diego Regional Occupational Program (ROP):The San Diego County Regional Occupational Program (ROP) offers FREE occupational training programs to anyone age 16 and over. More than 265 courses are offered per year. Courses taken for college credit may require payment to a local community college.

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