About STA-21 at TAMUG
Frequently Asked Questions
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Where is check-in located?
When planning to check-in for STA-21 arrangements need to be made through the
NROTC office prior to your arrival on-campus.
What should I bring with me to check-in?
- service record
- medical and dental records
- Naval Science Institute (NSI) transcript, if applicable
- all receipts and document to complete travel claim
NOTE: you will need to report in uniform the day of check-in. Service
khakis are acceptable.
What will I be doing up until classes begin?
You will be assigned to the administration office and will perform tasks as
needed by the Unit staff. If practical, you may be able to take leave. You will
have ample time to get acclimated to your new environment.
What will happen to my records?
Your service records will be maintained at the Personnel Support Detachment (PSD)
located in Corpus Christi. Your medical and dental records will be returned to
you and your are expected to maintain them.
Will I still receive Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH)? What is the real
estate market like locally?
You will still receive BAH for the Houston area once you have checked into the
unit. BAH rates can be found here:
The duty zip code is 77553. Your BAH should make it possible to rent property
locally. You will be mailed apartment guides. Your sponsor will also be able to
provide you with additional housing information upon request. Former STA-21
students have purchased local property while in the program. Local property
values vary significantly. Be cautious though, as you may not have the time
required to be a homeowner while simultaneously being an STA-21.
Is there base housing available?
What local resources are available for medical treatment for myself and my
Medical treatment locations will be based on where you choose to reside. In
Galveston you can receive treatment at a Medical Treatment Facility located at
the Coast Guard Base in Galveston. Most families choose to enroll in Tricare
Prime Remote for their medical coverage. If you live more than fifty miles from
Galveston island you also have the option for enrolling in Tricare Prime Remote.
Additional information can be found at
Where will my family and I go for dental treatment?
Your family should be enrolled in United Concordia. They can find a
participating dentist here:
Find a Dentist.
Dental treatment for you, if you meet the criteria for having Tricare Prime
Remote, allows you to use any dentist throughout a nationwide fee-for-service
program. This covers only a limited amount of services. For more information
regarding dental visits:
What should I do if I encounter a problem with pay?
Issues with pay should be addressed to the administration office.
What courses am I required
to take to satisfy STA-21 scholarship requirements?
All STA-21 students are required to take two semesters of calculus and
calculus-based physics. You must take a minimum of one semester of each at
TAMUG, even if you have prior calculus or physics credits. The following
courses satisfy these requirements:
- MATH 151 (Calculus 1)
- MATH 152 (Calculus 2)
- PHYS 208 (Physics 1)
- PHYS 218
- NAVY 401 (Principles of Naval Organization and Management)
- NAVY 402 (Seminar in Military Leadership and Management)
NOTE: Every fall and spring semester, all STA-21 students must
participate in Leadership Lab.
What is a degree
completion plan and how do I complete a plan?
A degree completion plan is a semester-by-semester breakdown of your course
schedule. It's purpose is to demonstrate how you will graduate in three years
or less. Your sponsor will provide you with an example format. By working with
your sponsor and using the TAMUG online catalog, you will be able to develop
your course schedules. This process will allow you to visualize both degree
requirements and course offerings. It is important to pay close attention to
when certain classes are offered and what prerequisite requirements there
TAMUG has limited class offerings during the summer sessions, especially for
upper-level courses and relatively small departments. Expect not to be able to
take core courses during summer sessions.
The class timetable will only advance one to two semesters. Use the specific
department's website for additional information on typical offerings for
classes. Past semesters may provide a good general guideline for future class
STA-21 OCs must routinely take at least 15 credit hours a semester during the
fall and spring terms, and at least 6 credit hours during the summer.
When can I enroll in
Enrollment for classes takes place on the University website. TAMUG staff
and/or Navy students will provide enrollment assistance as necessary. Course
schedules are typically posted several months in advance and should be
utilized for schedule planning. Keep in mind that some courses will fill
Will I exceed the $10,000
annual cap on the STA-21 scholarship?
TAMUG tuition and fees are some of the most affordable in Texas. STA-21
students and their spouses are eligible for in-state tuition rates. The
tuition allotment for fall and spring semesters is $4,000 each term, with
$2,000 allotted for summer courses. On average, semester books will cost
between $300-700. In regard to tuition, fees and books, STA-21 students will
not exceed the annual cap for their scholarships.
Am I eligible for
financial aid and additional scholarships?
Yes. The checklist for applying for financial aid and TAMUG scholarships
can be found at www.tamug.edu/finaid/.
You will need to have tax information from the previous year on hand. STA-21
students are not eligible to use the Montgomery GI Bill.
How do I submit payment
for my classes and books?
Once you have completed the enrollment process, you must deliver a copy of
your class schedule to the unit supply officer. The supply officer will give
you a form similar to the one used for tuition assistance, which you then must
deliver to the bursar's office. Once you are enrolled, you must address
payment matters immediately. The Navy will not cover fees related to late
You need to be prepared to pay for your books out-of-pocket. To do so, take
your course schedule to the bookstore to order your books. You will be
reimbursed for this purchase, but reimbursement can take up to three months to
process. Book purchases should not be combined with any other purchase (i.e.
food, drink or personal items).
Is there tutoring
TAMUG NROTC hires a Calculus and Physics tutor each semester. If you are
taking either of these courses, you are required to attend group tutoring
sessions. Tutoring sessions are typically held twice weekly, usually during
If you require or desire additional tutoring, you are responsible for
acquiring additional assistance on your own. Often another NROTC Midshipman or
another OC will have already taken the course and be available to provide you
with assistance. Academic Enhancement also offers tutoring in a variety of
Are there mandatory study
Outside of the aforementioned courses, there are no mandatory study hours
or sessions required automatically. Poor academic performance can result in
mandatory study hours during future semesters though.
What action should I take
if I am actively failing or have failed a course?
Due to the limited period which STA-21 students spend at TAMUG, failing a
course may result in a student not having the ability to complete a degree
within the required timeframe. A STA-21 student who cannot obtain the required
degree within three years will be returned to the fleet.
Typically you can work with a professor to improve your academic performance
to a passing grade. This will require a significantly proactive effort on your
In unusual circumstances, you may be allowed to withdraw from the course and
repeat it during a future semester.
The Navy only pays for each course once. If you are required to repeat a
course, you are responsible for that tuition.
What is my relationship to the TAMUG NROTC
STA-21 students are fully integrated into the battalion of midshipmen.
They perform the same duties as the midshipmen and occupy the same leadership
positions. They are expected to attend all NROTC functions.
What type of activities
will I be required to participate in with regard to the NROTC Company?
Your priority focus is academics. As a result, the amount of time which
will be devoted to NROTC activities is not excessive. You will be required to
attend Navy lab which takes place on Fridays from 0630-0800. Battalion
physical training currently takes place twice per week, on Tuesday and
Thursday at 0600.
There are also several activities which the Battalion participates in, such as
fundraising and military balls that you will be required to attend. In
addition, there are several teams which you may participate in including the
drill team, rifle and pistol team, and several intramural sports teams.
Overall, your Navy obligations are quite small. This can actually be quite
challenging when you have been used to living a Navy lifestyle. Enjoy the
tremendous opportunity and focus primarily on succeeding academically!
Will I be required to wear
my uniform to classes?
You will be expected to wear your uniform everyday during the fall and
spring terms. Uniform requirements are more relaxed during the summer terms.
I have been active duty
for several years. Am I expected to extend military courtesies to midshipmen?
As an active duty student, you are responsible for setting the appropriate
military image. As a result, you must extend the appropriate courtesies to
midshipmen. This may involve saluting, rendering of sir/ma'am and other
appropriate courtesies. Midshipmen look up to active duty students for advice
and guidance which is why it is necessary that you set a positive military
example. Also, remember that you will graduate alongside midshipmen and
receive the same Commission as direct-entry midshipmen. You are all candidates
for a Naval Commission with no one source being seen as better than any other