A United States Merchant Marine Academy education is one of the great adventures of a lifetime. For half a century young individuals like you have come to Kings Point to acquire the knowledge, experience, discipline, and skills that strong leadership demands.
Graduates of the Academy serve their country by pursuing highly successful careers in the maritime industry and the armed services. Many continue their studies in graduate or professional schools. Many become outstanding government and business leaders. The direction you take after you graduate will be up to you. However, two things are certain: You'll have choices and you'll be prepared to make the most of them.
The purpose of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy is to ensure that such people are available to the nation as shipboard officers and as leaders in the transportation field who will meet the challenges of the present and the future. The Academy is a national institution, operated by the Federal Government's Maritime Administration, an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation. The Academy's four-year program centers on a regimental system that instills its students - called midshipmen (a term used for both men and women) - with the traits of leadership, discipline and dedication required for a career that typically may include service at sea, maritime employment ashore, and serving as a commissioned officer in a reserve component of the U.S. Armed Forces.
To be complete, your Application Package must contain all of the following::
*Nominating Authority: A member of the U.S. Congress (House of Representatives or Senate). Each Representative and Senator may nominate 10 candidates to the Academy each year. The President and Vice President are not nominating authorities for the Academy. In addition, the U.S. Representative for Guam, the Virgin Islands, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and American Samoa; and the governors of the Northern Mariana Islands and the Marshall Islands, may nominate 10 candidates annually.
Student Loans, Grants, Scholarships
The Academy recognizes that some candidates may require financial assistance in order to meet required midshipman costs. Since the Academy does not offer direct financial aid, a limited number of hardship deferrals are available to prospective Freshman candidates with demonstrated financial need. Approved candidates are allowed to defer payment of their midshipman fees pending receipt of their Federal Family Educational Loan Program and Pell Grant proceeds. Any midshipmen who have duly completed an application for Financial Aid Deferral (and were granted a hardship deferral) will be responsible for any amounts not covered by their financial aid.
Based on the results of the FAFSA evaluation by the U.S. Department of Education, certain very needy midshipmen may be deemed eligible to receive Federal Pell Grant funds. In order to be considered for a Pell Grant, students must request financial assistance and submit a FAFSA.
Students who are eligible for the Federal Pell Grant program may also be eligible for the Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG). This grant is for students who are enrolled full-time in their first and second academic years and who have graduated from a rigorous high school program of study. Students in their third or fourth academic year may also be eligible for a National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (SMART). SMART grants are awarded to students who are eligible for a Pell grant, and who are majoring in science, technology, or engineering, and who have at least a 3.0 grade point average.