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Fleet Scholars Education Program (FSEP)

FSEP is geared toward junior and mid-level unrestricted Line (URL) and Information Warfare Community (IWC) officers. Officers interested in applying for FSEP should contact their detailer. Selections will be made and forwarded by community sponsors by December of the FY the selected officer students will start their education tour. Community allocations are announced via NAVADMIN message.


FSEP selectees can choose any accredited graduate school in the continental U.S., Alaska, or Hawaii and attend for up to 24 months. The chosen school must have an Education Service Agreement (ESA) with CIVINS for tuition to be paid. For a current list of schools with existing ESAs click the map to the right. If an FSEP selectee is considering a school that is not on the list, they should email with the name of the school and the desired program of study ASAP. NOTE: It can take up to six months for new ESA approval and not all schools desire to sign an ESA with the Navy.


Distance learning, Executive MBA, night/weekend/part-time programs structured for the working professional, medical, and legal education programs are not authorized graduate programs under FSEP.


Those officers who have already received an advanced degree funded by the Navy are not eligible. This does not include those officers who earned a degree using their G.I. Bill, tuition assistance, or Navy College Program for Afloat College Education.


The CIVINS office at NPS manages FSEP students after community selection and throughout the education tour.


FSEP is covered under the following instructions:

OPNAVINST 1520.23C - Graduate Education

OPNAVINST 1500.78 - Fleet Scholars Education Program

NPSINST 1520.1K - Procedures and Management of Navy Fully-Funded Graduate Education Programs at Civilian Institutions



CIVINS Director 
Ph: (831) 656-3345


Program Manager 
Ph: (831) 656-2417


Office Email:


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Contact Information

Civilian Institutions Office (Code 522)

Naval Postgraduate School
1 University Circle, Herrmann Hall Rm HE046
Monterey, CA 93943-5033

PH:  831-656-2417


CIVINS has Education Service Agreements with over 100 colleges and universities.

To view the list of schools with existing ESAs click the map below.


Schools with ESAs