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Financial Aid


Welcome to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy’s Financial Aid Website.  It is the goal of the Office of Financial Aid to ensure that all students who are accepted to the Academy are able to attend, regardless of financial need.

Midshipmen attending USMMA receive tuition, room and board, uniforms, and textbooks at no cost.  Midshipmen are responsible for the payment of Midshipman Fees and other costs associated with enrollment at USMMA. These include:

  • Midshipman Fees for personal services (laundry, tailor/seamstress, and barber/hairdresser)
  • Academy-approved computer package
  • Plebe and Educational Kits
  • Transportation Workers Idenfication Credential (TWIC) and Passport
  • Miscellaneous expenses
  • General supplies
  • Transportation costs for liberty and leave periods
  • Academy-approved health insurance

USMMA participates in the Federal Student Aid (FSA) programs for Pell Grants, Direct Subsidized Loans, and Direct Unsubsidized Loans. Financial aid is available for all qualified Midshipmen, regardless of income level, and may be used to offset the costs outlined above. USMMA does not offer institutional aid. All outside scholarships are welcomed.  Students residing in states that offer tuition programs for qualified residents should contact the appropriate state office for more information.

Students interested in receiving Federal Financial Aid should file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Instructions on how to file are available in the Apply for Aid section of this website.

Please take time to review our FAQs. Should you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Office of Financial Aid.

Last updated: Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Applications for the Class of 2026 Open May 1

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