Naval Education and Training Professional Development Center (NETPDC) is responsible for executing and administering the Navy College Program for Afloat College Education (NCPACE).

NCPACE offers participating Sailors high quality learning opportunities and experiences from post-secondary institutions accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the Department of Education. The objective of NCPACE is to provide shipboard personnel with educational opportunities comparable to those available to shore duty personnel. Tuition is funded 100%. Students are responsible for the cost of textbooks and related materials. Participation in NCPACE does not limit your fiscal year tuition assistance funding.

The Navy has contracted with Central Texas College (CTC) to administer the NCPACE program, which provides instructor-led (IL) and distance learning (DL) courses. NCPACE IL is taught by resident instructors. NCPACE DL courses are provided to commands through CD-ROM, PDA or MP4 formats. NCPACE offers academic skills (IL only) and undergraduate/graduate courses. Degree opportunities are available at the associate, bachelor's and master's degree levels. IL courses are provided by CTC. DL courses are provided by a consortium of nine academic institutions to include:

  • Central Texas College
  • Coastline Community College
  • Dallas Colleges Online
  • Governors State University
  • Old Dominion University
  • Saint Leo University
  • Thomas Edison State University
  • University of Oklahoma
  • Vincennes University


The following individuals are eligible for funding from NCPACE:

  • US Naval vessels and deployable squadrons assigned a Unit Identification Code (UIC) sea duty type code of 2 or 4. Only US Naval personnel permanently assigned to those commands including US Marine Corps personnel assigned as ship's company are eligible to participate in NCPACE. Naval personnel, to include embarked Marines, on temporary assignment to the command may be eligible to participate as long as they have sufficient time to complete course work while assigned to the command. USMC personnel are only eligible for the IL program on a space available basis. USMC personnel are not eligible for the DL program.
  • All active duty personnel assigned to US Naval Ships (USNS) under the cognizance of the Military Sealift Command (MSC), are eligible for the DL program and those carrying at least ten Navy active duty members and having available required instructor berthing are eligible to participate in the IL program.
  • Ships moored within a shipyard or undergoing an in port/unavailability period or commands utilizing classroom facilities on base must use an instructor from the local area or an active duty member to participate in the IL program. DL or potentially tuition assistance remains an option for the command if a local instructor is not available.
  • The Navy has waived NCPACE program eligibility requirements for Individual Augmentee (IA) Sailors stationed OCONUS. To participate in NCPACE, IA Sailors must have orders reflecting IA status and be serving a tour as an IA for the duration of the course term. IA Sailors are limited to one course per term.
  • Eligibility to participate in NCPACE is solely at the discretion of the Navy and may be changed at any time. Waivers to eligibility requirements can be submitted to the NCPACE Program Manager.

Checklist, Training and Supplemental Brief Materials

The following materials/training will assist you in navigating the NCPACE program and requirements for participation. Please confirm with your NCPACE Command Coordinator/ESO that your command is eligible and participating in the NCPACE program. If you are a IA/OSA/GSA, please confirm your NCPACE eligibility with your servicing Navy College Office or your Navy College Program Representative or submit a VOLED help request small square with diagonal arrow extending from it (be sure to select "NCPACE" as the category to ensure prompt processing). Begin with the NCPACE Remote Process Sailor Checklist to understand the process and your responsibilities. The NCPACE Crew Brief Individual Training (online) is part of the checklist process and required every two years. The NCPACE Crew Brief PowerPoint supplements the information provided in the online training.

  • NCPACE Sailor Checklist
  • NCPACE Crew Brief Individual Training
    Choose one of the links below to access the interactive NCPACE Crew Brief Individual Training. When you complete the training print a copy of the certificate for your records AND submit the auto-generated email to ensure your completion is recorded in your Navy education record.
    • Flash version small square with diagonal arrow extending from it Best used with Internet Explorer on an NMCI Workstation or using Google Chrome browser.
    • HTML5 version small square with diagonal arrow extending from it Best used with mobile devices, Apple devices, and Mozilla Firefox browser.
  • NCPACE Crew Brief

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