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U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Program Descriptions

Program Number



U.S. Merchant Marine Academy


Federal Agency




Public Law 96-453.






To educate and train merchant marine officers.


Types of Assistance



Uses and Use Restrictions

This program is a federally operated maritime academy providing education, training, subsistence, books, quarters, uniforms, medical care, and program travel to its U.S. citizen students without cost. Appropriations restricted to the above and the operation and maintenance of the school. International student costs subject to legislation.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

High school graduates who are U.S. citizens and international students in accordance with legislation. In general, criteria are similar to those generally used for college admission.

Beneficiary Eligibility

High school graduates who are U.S. citizens and eligible international students.


Usual documents for college admission and a comprehensive physical examination.


Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

U.S. citizens desiring appointment to the school apply to Senators or Congresspersons for nomination. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure

Nominating officials submit nominations to school's Office of Admission. Selection is competitive by merit.

Award Procedure

Appointment approved by the Maritime Administrator.


Nominations must be submitted by January 31 of the year preceding that in which admission is desired. Applications must be submitted by March 1 of the year in which admission is desired.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 3 to 8 months.


To the school.



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Not applicable.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Students are furnished with all required uniforms and textbooks during their 4 years at the Academy.


Post Assistance Requirements


At the request of the Maritime Administration.


Not applicable.


Copies will be furnished at the request of the Maritime Administration. Those pertaining to its officers, faculty, staff and midshipmen shall be kept for the period of enrollment plus eight years.


Financial Information

Account Identification



(Program Level) FY 07 $61,925,000 (result of reprogramming); FY 08 $62,747,000; and FY 09 est $0.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Allowance prescribed for all personnel for uniforms and textbooks. During the sea year a midshipman will earn $700 per month from his or her steamship company employer.


Program Accomplishments

A total of 207 merchant marine officers graduated in June 2007.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature

46 CFR 310C; Standard college catalogs and brochures.


Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Maritime Administration Field Offices listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.

Headquarters Office

Associate Administrator for Business and Workforce Development, Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E., Washington, DC 20590. Telephone: (202)366-5737.

Web Site Address


Related Programs

11.417, Sea Grant Support


Examples of Funded Projects

See USES AND USE RESTRICTIONS section of this program.


Criteria for Selecting Proposals

See Credentials/Documentation section of this program.


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