How to apply for Coast Guard service scholarship programs

ORANGEBURG, S.C. – On Tuesday, South Carolina State Interim President Alexander Conyers and U.S. Coast Guard Rear Adm. Keith Smith signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) renewing the university’s participation in the Coast Guard’s College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative (CSPI) scholarship program.

Students accepted into the scholarship program will be enlisted into the U.S. Coast Guard, complete basic training during the summer and receive full funding for up to two years of higher education. Funding includes not only payment of tuition, books and fees, but also, a full-time Coast Guard salary, housing allowance and medical benefits. The CSPI program includes a five-year service commitment.

The USCG College Student Pre-Commissioning Initiative – Student Loan Repayment Program (CSPI-SLRP) is a program for current college seniors or students who have graduated with their bachelor’s or post-graduate degree from a qualifying school within two years of the selection panel convening date. The program allows the USCG to repay 15 percent or $1,000, whichever is greater, for each year of service, of the qualifying student loans dependent on the number of years completed as a commissioned officer in the USCG.

CSPI-EXEC (Admiral Selection) deadline is Nov. 15, 2021.

CSPI and CSPI-SLRP deadlines are Dec. 27, 2021.

Information regarding eligibility and service requirements is available here.

The MOA, application forms and other pertinent documents are attached.

For questions or assistance, contact Mr. Joseph Thomas in the SC State Career Center at or (803) 536-8577. 

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