Miscellaneous Information

Auburn is located in East Central Alabama, on I-85 between Atlanta and Montgomery.  It has a thriving community of approximately 54,000 residents -24,000 of which are students. On football Saturdays, Auburn’s population swells to the state's fifth-most-populous city. The City of Auburn has a unique character which is a culmination of influences from the special atmospheres and energies provided by the diversity of its communities. The city has a small-town atmosphere with a non-student population of about 30,000.  In 2009, U.S. News and World Report rated Auburn as one of the “Best Places to Live”. This claim is due in part to Auburn’s the low crime rate, low cost of living, and its nationally ranked public school system.

Auburn is:
  • 55 Miles southwest of Montgomery, AL (Maxwell AFB)
  • 50 miles Northwest of Columbus, GA (Ft. Benning)
  • 90 miles Northwest from Atlanta, GA (Albany Marine Logistics Base, Ft. McPherson)



Active duty Marines enrolled in TRICARE Prime Remote have the option to obtain either Civilian or Military Primary Care Manager. The regional healthcare contractor for this area is Humana Military Healthcare Services. The can be contacted toll free at (800) 444-5445. It is important that you contact this provider so they can get you and your family signed up for medical care. Below is a list of Primary Care Managers that some Marines use in this area. The civilian list is not a complete list of providers, it only serves as recommendation

Military Primary Care Provider
  • Fort Benning (Columbus, GA)
  • Maxwell AFB (Montgomery, AL)

Civilian Primary Care Provider
  • Auburn Urgent Care - (334)821-3221



Housing is readily available in the Auburn/Opelika area.  Below are listed some average costs for housing.  Keep in mind that the low-end costs for rental are probably low-end quality with a large number of college students in the area. If you plan on buying a house, now is the time to find great deals within the Auburn and Opelika area. There are many new and existing homes in great communities that are available for a price lower than average prices. Below are some average prices for renting or buying residences in the area.

  • Apartments:                  $300-900/mo
  • 2-Bdrm houses:             $450-950/mo
  • 3-Bdrm houses:             $550-1100/mo

  • Condo (700 sqft)            $55,000
  • New homes. (1450 sf)    $140,000

BAH Rates for Auburn (ZIP: 36849)
       Rank  w/ dep w/o dep
  • E6          $1,236          $927
  • E5          $984             $783
  • E4          $927             $693



When applying to Auburn University send a copy of your admissions application to both the Admissions Dept. and the Marine Officer Instructor. This gives the Marine Officer Instructor (MOI) the opportunity to assist you in gaining admission into Auburn University in some cases where you otherwise would have complications due to various reasons. The information below denotes the average incoming freshman academic statistics

  • ACT            23-28
  • SAT            1050-1250
  • H.S. GPA     3.7
The state of Alabama grants IN-STATE tuition to active duty personnel and their spouses.  MECEP students signed up for the G.I. Bill benefit from this when enrolled full time because, at Auburn University, the G.I. Bill covers the total cost of tuition and fees.  (Do not intend on using the G.I. Bill to cover the first semester's tuition as the money tends to arrive a couple months behind tuition bills.).

A number of other grants, scholarships, and assistance is available from the University and the NROTC unit.  Most scholarships awarded by the NROTC are based on performance and are competitive.  It is possible to have your full tuition payed through scholarship funding. Below is information that will give you an idea of what additional assistance is available as a student.

Post-9/11 GI Bill - Effective for training on or after August 1, 2009. It pays your tuition based upon the highest in-state tuition charged by an educational institution in the state where the educational institution is located. For more expensive tuition, a program exists which may help to reimburse the difference. This program is called the “Yellow Ribbon Program”.

Montgomery GI Bill - The MGIB program provides up to 36 months of education benefits. This benefit may be used for degree and certificate programs, flight training, apprenticeship/on-the-job training and correspondence courses. Remedial, deficiency, and refresher courses may be approved under certain circumstances. Generally, benefits are payable for 10 years following your release from active duty. This program is also commonly known as Chapter 30.

Grants - Federal Pell Grants are provided to undergraduate students who demonstrate exceptional need.  Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants are available, in limited number, to undergraduates with financial need.

Scholarships - Entering Freshmen Scholarships - The minimum eligibility requirements for Entering Freshmen Academic Scholarships are test scores of 27 ACT or 1220 SAT and a 3.0 high school GPA. All required credentials must have been submitted to the Admissions Office by December 1 of the student's senior year of high school. Upon acceptance to Auburn University, students meeting the above criteria will automatically be considered for an Entering Freshman Scholarship. No additional applications are necessary. Many of AU's General and Departmental Scholarships require a demonstration of financial need. Therefore, to ensure consideration for this scholarship pool, students must file a free Application for Federal Student Aid.

General and Departmental Scholarships - Auburn University offers an array of General and Departmental Scholarships. A listing of these scholarships can be found in the University Bulletin. The minimum eligibility requirements for them are as follows:

  • Freshmen: 27 ACT or 1220 SAT and 3.0 high school GPA.
  • Transfer: 3.0 GPA with acceptance of admission
  • Currently Enrolled: cumulative 3.0 GPA

NROTC Scholarships - If a student enrolled in NROTC failed to receive a 4-year national NROTC scholarship prior to enrolling, he/she can apply for a 3-year or 2-year scholarship after receiving his first set of grades at Auburn. These scholarships are awarded based on college GPA, physical fitness and military aptitude.

Other Scholarships - Throughout the academic year, several one-time scholarships are awarded to students that excel in academics and military aptitude.

Loans – Federal Student Aid is available to supplement any additional costs. Click http://www.fafsa.ed.gov to visit the FASFA website. All students wishing to receive any financial aid (i.e. scholarships and grants) from Auburn University must submit this application.
For any additional questions or concerns regarding MECEP, or attending Auburn University, please contact the NROTC MECEP point of contact GySgt Jeffrey Williams.


NROTC Unit Phone Numbers

Admin Office
Marine Officer Instructor

(334) 844-4364
(334) 844-3431
(334) 844-3430
(334) 844-3428


Last Updated: Nov. 04, 2013

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