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Discussion in 'Service Academy Preparatory Schools' started by PAParentUSNA, Oct 10, 2009.

  1. PAParentUSNA

    PAParentUSNA Member

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    To any current, former Napsters or Parents of,,
    My student received an appointment to NAPS a week ago.
    Question,,,
    Did you/your student continue with their nomination process?
    OR,,,
    Did they call/remove their application packets for that year?

    I know you have to reapply in the summer of your NAPS year for a nomination, I just wandered how many still followed through prior.

    I know some that were originally NAPSter appointees did great on later SAT's/ACT's and received conditional/contingent appointments to the Academy on nominations.
    My situation is,,most I have spoke with on this forum did not receive a NAPS appointment well into the new year and had already went through the process of nominations.

    Any suggestions from anyone that received an early appointment?
    thankyou!:wink:
     
  2. NorthernCalMother

    NorthernCalMother Member

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    Congratulations to your student. NAPS is a fantastic opportunity.

    Yes, you should continue the nomination process. While it's pretty unusual, I have heard of a NAPSter-to-be who was offered a direct appointment to USNA @ the very last minute.

    It's also great prep for the nomination app s/he will have to do from NAPS.

    My son, a 2/C @ the Academy was disappointed to be offered NAPS out of high school -- and now he thanks his lucky stars every day that he went that route. It made plebe summer and year easier, he has fantastic friends from NAPS (including a couple wonderful prior enlisted), and it let him validate a couple classes @ USNA (that last part means he can apply for VGEP-- a program that will let him begin a master's degree @ a nearby univ during his 1/C year, stick around Annapolis for an extra 7 mo. then begin his service w/ no additional service requirement).

    Good luck to your student.
     
  3. USNA'02

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    Yes, continue w/ the nom process. As NortherCalMother stated it is possible some NAPSters-to-be were offered an appointment @ the last minute.

    In the mean time I would recommend your son/daughter get together with their BGO and see if there are some areas in which they could improve. There is still time to retake SATs/ACTs and USNA will accept scores up until December time frame. If there are areas in the CFA which they can improve I would suggest they attempt to retake that as well. Continue to be in contact with your BGO and if there are any items, small as they may be, that you feel would benefit them in the application process see if the BGO can enter it in their "Student Notes".

    Each BGO keeps a record on their candidates assigned to them. What I do with my candidates is ask they keep me informed of any new things that may not have been included in their package that I can add to their notes - for example, voted President of a club, or significant community involvement/achievement that may not have been included in their application packet. Records continue to be updated until early March.

    As a NAPS graduate myself I'm very glad I went to NAPS even if it took me an extra yr to get my commission. NAPSters have a higher graduation rate than straight admissions - we may need that extra year of "studying" but it certainly made Plebe summer and Plebe year easier. Not to mention you make some great friends and get a taste of what life is going to be like once get on The Yard and enjoy your four years by the Bay.

    Best of luck to your son/daughter and congrats on the offer to NAPS! :smile:
     
  4. OhioWrestler

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    My son just received his appointment to NAPS a few days ago. Like the majority of wrestlers, he is going thru NAPS. Navy has been his first choice since he decided his goal was to attend a service academy. He was very excited about receiving the NAPS appointment and has already signed/mailed back the acceptance form.
     
  5. PAParentUSNA

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    fees involved

    Congrats Ohio!

    Take that big Sigh of relief!

    My question goes out to any napsters. What are the fees involved?
    I looked on the NAPS official site and they said bring $300.00 for expenses due to the layover in pay. I know the USNA site speaks of the $2,500 initial payment for I day at the Academy itself.
    I have seen other posters on different threads talk about NAPS and a $900.00 fee for "this" a $500.00 fee for "that", but have seen no official documentation from a Navy site (or the Parents sites) that state actually what they need. I KNOW it will be listed/stated in the follow forms and documentation that will come in the months ahead, but since we have not received that yet I was curious.
    Thanks!
     
  6. cheers

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    I wrote this on a different thread but it answers your questions. These were the costs for this year's (2010) class. Not sure if next year's class will be the same, but I imagine it won't be much different.

    "While at NAPS, you will have three significant bills. First, you will have a one time Battalion Activity Committee Fee (BAC Fund) of $900.00; this is to cover the yearbook, physical fitness gear, various awards, your graduation, and other student activity expenses. NAPS can accept cash, checks and credit cards.

    The second bill will be approximately $650.00 for your textbooks. It is desired that you pay the BAC Fund on your day of arrival at NAPS and you will receive a $50 discount if paid in full. However, this bill will be paid by Thanksgiving weekend of the school year through direct withdrawal from your paycheck if necessary. Since textbook costs vary, there will be a textbook fee refund in the fall.

    Finally, your initial uniform issue will be approximately $875.00-$1,200.00. Either of the above bills can be paid in full at the start of the school year."


    My Napster is paying his fees from his paycheck with plenty of extra spending money left. They ask that the students bring a graphing calculator but they provide a computer for each Napster.

    Hope that helps!
     

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