If you are already in or plan to attend school to be a physician, dentist, optometrist, physician assistant or clinical psychologist, the Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) will pay your educationally based tuition and fees for up to four years of school and provide a monthly stipend paid directly to you. In addition, all professional school required books and equipment are reimbursed by the Navy. The value of this program could be well over $300,000 during the course of a four year professional school program. After graduation, you’ll join the Navy’s active duty team as a commissioned officer. In return, you agree to serve a minimum of two years on active duty or year for year of scholarship, whichever is longer. If you are a physician or dentist in residency training for critical medical or dental specialties, the Financial Assistance Program (FAP) will pay your required educationally based tuition, a monthly stipend, reimbursement for required books and equipment, and an annual grant of $45,000.
To be eligible for an HPSP scholarship, you must be: accepted to or enrolled in a medical or dental school in the US or Puerto Rico (if you intend on pursuing careers in medicine or dentistry); be accepted to or enrolled in an accredited optometry or physician assistant masters' program in the US or Puerto Rico (if you intend on pursuing careers in optometry or as a physician assistant); be in your first year of didactic education for a Ph.D. or PsyD degree in clinical psychology from an APA accredited school in the US or Puerto Rico (if you're pursuing a career in psychology); and be under the age of 42. To be eligible for a FAP scholarship, you must be accepted into an accredited residency training program in an area needed by the Navy. For either scholarship, you must be a US citizen (dual citizenship is not permitted) and be physically qualified for a commission in the Navy.