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Fees and Expenses

The Federal Government pays the majority of the costs associated with enrollment at USMMA. Midshipmen receive tuition, room and board, uniforms, and textbooks at no cost.  Basic medical and dental care are provided through the Academy’s Office of Health Services.  Midshipmen are responsible for all other costs associated with attendance at USMMA.  Those costs include Midshipman Fees, an Academy-approved computer, Plebe and Educational kits, general supplies, miscellaneous expenses, and transportation costs for liberty and leave periods. Only Midshipman Fees are payable directly to USMMA.  Plebe Candidates and returning Midshipmen who have a signed Financial Aid Acceptance Form with sufficient funds to cover Midshipman Fees will not be required to pay up front.  Financial aid awards, once disbursed, will be applied directly to Midshipman Fees.  Midshipmen must provide a signed Financial Aid Acceptance Form to the Office of Academy Financial Management (OAFM) to qualify for deferment of Midshipman Fees. 

Midshipman Fees

The Academy imposes Midshipman Fees in accordance with 46 CFR Part 310.62 (b) to cover the cost of personal services, which are provided on campus through service contracts. These personal services include:

  • Wash-and-fold laundry services
  • Tailor and seamstress services
  • Barber and hairdresser services

Academic Year 2019-2020 Midshipman Fees

Note: Midshipman Fees vary during the 3rd and 2nd class years due to the number of terms in residence at USMMA.  Midshipmen are not charged for fees during sailing periods.

Invoices and Payments

Midshipman Fees are payable in full for the entire academic year and are due 30 days prior to Indoctrination for incoming Plebe Candidates (5 June 2019), or the first day of classes for returning Midshipmen (21 June 2019).  OAFM will invoice each Plebe Candidate and returning Midshipmen no later than 1 June 2019.  Payment of Midshipman Fees can be made online at https://www.pay.gov with a credit or debit card, or by check or money order made payable to U.S. DOT/MARAD and mailed to:

Office of Academy Financial Management
Attn: Midshipman Fees
U. S. Merchant Marine Academy
300 Steamboat Road
Kings Point, NY 11024

Payment instructions will be included with Midshipman Fee invoices.  Any check returned by the Academy’s bank may be subject to a penalty fee.  

Refund Policy

Indoctrination Period – A Plebe Candidate who declines his or her appointment after paying Midshipman Fees will receive a full refund of those fees.  A Plebe Candidate who is separated during the Indoctrination period will receive a refund for the remaining terms in the Academic Year, but not for the first term.  Midshipman Fees are not refundable for any portion of a term where a Midshipman is in residence at USMMA.

Regular Academic Year – Plebe Candidates and Midshipmen separated during a term are not eligible for a refund of Midshipman Fees for that term.  If a Midshipman is in residence for any portion of a term, he or she is responsible for the term’s fees.  Midshipmen on hold who are waiting for academic or other Board review decisions will be charged Midshipman Fees for that term.  Midshipmen who are disenrolled or set back to a later term will receive a refund only for future terms in the Academic Year.  Refunds for future term Midshipman Fees will be refunded to the Midshipman’s bank account on file in the Academy Office of Financial Management.  It is the responsibility of the Midshipman to ensure bank account information is always up to date to avoid delays in receiving refunds.

IRS Form 1098-T

The Academy does not issue an IRS Tax Form 1098-T, Tuition Statement, for Midshipman Fees collected for the barber, laundry, or tailor services.  These services are considered personal expense items and not qualified tuition or related expenses.  Further questions should be referred to your tax advisor.

Other Expenses

Incoming Plebe Candidates must purchase the required items listed below prior to reporting to USMMA for Indoctrination, unless otherwise noted. 

Passport and TWIC

Midshipmen must have a current, signed Passport prior to reporting for Indoctrination.  Passports expiring prior to 1 January 2020 must be renewed prior to reporting.  U.S. citizens must obtain a Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC), administered by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), prior to reporting for Indoctrination.  The cost of a Passport is approximately $150 and a TWIC is $125.25.

Academy-Approved Computer Package

The USMMA educational program leverages technology to enhance student learning in the classroom, in the barracks, at sea, and during individual study.  Plebe Candidates must report to Indoctrination with a tablet computer that meets or exceeds specified hardware and software requirements to ensure they are best prepared to accomplish the institutional learning outcomes.  The Microsoft Surface Pro 6 Tablet is strongly recommended for the Class of 2023.  For the convenience of Plebe Candidates, the recommended tablet model is available as a package for tax-free purchase at the USMMA Navy Exchange (NEX), which is located conveniently on campus.  The total price for the tablet computer package offered by the NEX is approximately $2,200, and an optional accessory package is approximately $410. Incoming Plebe Candidates should refer to the Logging In book for specifications and additional information.

Plebe Kit

For the convenience of Plebe Candidates, the Plebe Kit (complete, to proper specification, and pre-bundled) is available for a tax free purchase from the USMMA Navy Exchange (NEX). The cost of this kit is approximately $630.  Incoming Plebe Candidates should refer to the Logging In book for additional information.

Educational Kit

For the convenience of Plebe Candidates, the Educational Kit (complete, to proper specification, and pre-bundled) is available for a tax-free purchase from the USMMA Navy Exchange (NEX). The Educational Kit will not be available for purchase prior to September when the academic major is declared.  The cost of this kit is approximately $120 to $160, depending on major. Incoming Plebe Candidates should refer to the Logging In book for additional information.

Health Insurance

All Midshipmen are required to have an Academy-approved health insurance plan for health services that exceed the services offered through the Office of Health Services.  Midshipmen must purchase the qualifying Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) through the Academy-sponsored provider unless they can provide proof that existing health insurance coverage meets all minimum coverage requirements established by USMMA.  More information on health insurance requirements are available in the Logging In book or at https://www.usmma.edu/academy-life/activitiesservices/health-services.

Financial aid is available for all eligible Midshipmen, regardless of income, to cover the educational costs above.  Visit https://www.usmma.edu/admissions/financial-aid for more information.

Updated: Friday, May 10, 2019
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