The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) has a number of paid education programs for a first-class education that will prepare you for a challenging and rewarding career in Canada’s esteemed military.

Why Choose Paid education with the Canadian Armed Forces?

Paid Tuition

The CAF will cover all tuition and fees for your education, including all the textbooks and supplies you need.

Get Paid While You study

You will earn a Salary from the moment you start your studies, including Benefits and Vacation.

Guaranteed employment

Your career with the CAF is waiting for you after you graduate, no job hunting required.

And More...

Leadership training, personal & professional development, second language training, travel opportunities, and a rewarding career are just some of the many other benefits of Paid education with the CAF.

Paid tuition, a salary, and a guaranteed job are all part of the curriculum

How it Works

Whether you’re thinking of going to college, university or getting your post-grad degree, the CAF can help you get there with one of our six paid education programs. If you qualify, the CAF will pay 100% of your school fees, including your tuition, books and academic equipment! Meanwhile, you’ll earn a competitive annual salary and an excellent benefits package including health, dental, vision care and much more.
After you graduate from one of our paid education programs, you will be guaranteed a job in your field with the CAF. Your salary will continue to increase through professional experience and promotions. Each program requires two months of service for every month of paid education. For more information about the service commitment, or about any of our paid education plans, speak with one of our recruiters.

Find the program that's right for you

The program you choose will depend on where you want your education to take you
All programs involve intensive studying during the regular academic year and basic training during the summer months. Whichever program you choose, you’ll leave with professional experience unlike any other and skills that you will carry throughout your career in the Forces and onward. For more information about the programs, the curriculum or the facilities, speak with one of our recruiters.
When you enrol in any paid program, the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) will pay for your tuition, books and academic equipment. You will also receive a salary and benefits while you attend school. Your salary includes medical and dental care, as well as vacation time with full pay. In exchange, you must complete two months of service in the CAF for each month of paid tuition. That usually works out to three to four years.

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College

Become an expert in your field with hands-on technical training.

If you qualify for paid college, you will begin your studies at a Canadian college through the Non-Commissioned Member Subsidized Training and Education Plan (NCM-STEP). During the summer months, you will attend basic training and on-the-job training.

Your application does not guarantee a spot at a Canadian college. You are encouraged to apply to an accredited program through the college of your choice before applying to the CAF.

Students are expected to meet and maintain the academic standards of the college where they are enrolled. After graduating, you will continue with training to apply your technical education to the military environment.

The deadline to apply is in January for the fall college session.

The college program experience

University

Unparalleled education for tomorrow's leaders and decision-makers.

If you qualify for paid university, you will enter the Canadian Military College system under the Regular Officer Training Plan (ROTP). Students begin the program as Officer Cadets and receive a first-class education that balances academics, leadership, bilingualism and athletics. In most cases, our students complete their studies at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC).

In rare instances, based on the needs of the CAF, candidates may be approved to attend another Canadian University. A determination will be made on a case by case basis.

The Regular Officer Training Plan Selection Process

If you have an average of at least 70 percent in the subjects required for your program, you will begin your studies as a senior applicant. The first year of your program will take place at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC), Royal Military College Saint-Jean (RMC Saint-Jean) or a Canadian university. If you are attending RMC Saint-Jean, you will complete the last three years of your degree at RMC.

If you are a Quebec high school student who wishes to study at a Canadian Military College, you will begin the program as a junior applicant. Junior applicants start their studies through a preparatory year at RMC Saint-Jean. The prep year is equivalent to first year CEGEP in Quebec. If you are a high school student living outside of Quebec, who falls just below the senior minimum, you may be eligible to enter the program as a junior applicant. This is usually the case when a student needs additional courses for science or engineering programs, or has a lower average in the required subjects. Junior applicants complete their program over a period of five years.

In addition to a university education, Officer Cadets receive military training, occupation training and second language training.

A parade at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC)
A parade at the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC)

Submitting your application

Joining the ROTP is a competitive process with multiple assessment stages. You must submit your application by January 31 to be eligible for the upcoming academic year. Depending on availability and screening requirements, applications submitted after this date may still be considered.

Should your application be accepted, you may receive an Early Conditional Acceptance. If this is the case, a position will be held for you at one of the military colleges. If you have finished the aptitude test, you may be given a conditional offer of acceptance as early as September 15 for the University program starting in September the following year. The acceptance offer is conditional based on the applicant meeting academic requirements in their final year of high school and successfully completing the rest of the application process.

If you are a Canadian living abroad and are applying to the ROTP, submit your application and paperwork in advance to allow for possible delays. Candidates applying from outside of Canada should submit by November 30.

Graduate & Flight Programs

Each of our programs is designed to produce the best and brightest.

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) currently provides paid education for four specialized careers. If you are interested in one of these professions with the CAF, you may apply through one of our specialized Training Plans, below.

Medical Officer Training Plan (MOTP)

Because this position requires a medical degree, the CAF will pay you to complete an undergraduate medicine program leading to a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree at a Canadian university. The CAF will pay for your tuition, books and instruments. You will also receive a salary, medical and dental care, and paid vacation. In exchange, you must work for the CAF for a period of time.

If you are already enrolled in an undergraduate medical education program, you are also eligible for the MOTP. If accepted, you will receive a salary, benefits and paid vacation for the rest of your studies and residency. You will continue to attend university during the regular academic year and participate in military training during the summer months.

To be eligible for MOTP, you must apply to both the CAF and a Canadian university that offers a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree program.

Dental Officer Training Plan (DOTP)

Because this position requires a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) degree, the CAF will pay you to complete your program at a Canadian university. You will receive a salary, medical and dental care, and paid vacation. In exchange, you must work for the CAF for a period of time.

Students already enrolled in a dental program are also eligible for the DOTP. They receive a salary, benefits and paid vacation for the rest of their studies. Students attend university during the regular academic year and participate in military training during the summer months.

To be eligible for DOTP, you must apply to both the CAF and a Canadian university that offers a dentistry program.

Eligible members, including reservists, may claim reimbursement of education, training, and professional certification expenses, in whole or in part, under a series of Education Reimbursement (ER) programs.

The college program experience
The college program experience

Pilot - Continuing Education Officer Training Program (CEOTP)

The CAF offers a unique combined degree and pilot training program so you can obtain a Bachelor of Aviation Technology at Seneca College and your Pilot’s Wings in four years. You will receive a salary, medical and dental care, and paid vacation. In exchange, you must serve as a pilot with the CAF for seven years.

To apply for this combined degree and pilot training program, select “CEOTP – Pilot” when filling out the online application.

Social Work Officer - Subsidized Education for Entry Level Masters (SEELM)

If you have a Bachelor of Social Work degree from a recognized Canadian university, the CAF will pay you to complete a Master of Social Work program at a Canadian university.

You will receive a salary, medical and dental care, and paid vacation. In exchange, you must work for the CAF for a period of time. To apply, you must have been accepted without condition to a Master of Social Work program at a Canadian university in a program accredited by the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work.

Getting started

To qualify for paid education, you must first join the CAF. On your application, you will indicate which Paid Education program you are applying for. Visit Joining the Canadian Armed Forces for eligibility requirements and instructions on how to apply.