NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars

Frequently Asked Questions

For questions not answered on the website, please contact us at jsc-ncas@mail.nasa.gov

NCAS is funded by the Minority University Research Education Program (MUREP). NASA JSC covers all expenses for travel, lodging, meals, and project supplies while at NASA.

There is a $30 non-refundable/transferable registration fee for each participant invited to the onsite workshop. Scholars should make out their $30 checks to OSU Research Foundation and send them to:


NASA Education Projects
ATTN: NCAS Registration
224 Scott Hall
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078-2052

Attendees may wish to bring spending money for souvenirs and snacks.

Participants will be selected based on the following criteria.

  • U.S. citizenship
  • High school graduate and at least 18 years of age
  • Must be a registered community college student
  • Concurrent enrollment or completion of 9+ hours of STEM coursework
  • Able to commit to a 5 week online session
  • Internet access
  • Have not previously attended an NCAS onsite workshop

The full program timeline is available here.

The application for the spring semester opens in September and closes in November. The application for the fall opens in March and closes in May.

Any community college student interested in the STEM disciplines who has taken or is concurrently enrolled in 9+ hours of STEM coursework is eligible to apply.

Interested part-time or full-time students should be enrolled in at least 3 credit hours per semester. These courses do not have to be only STEM course.

  • Participate in interactive web-based activities including:
    • Approximately twenty hours of work online.
    • Online interaction with participants across the country
    • Webinars with NASA engineers/scientists
    • Plan a mission to Mars
  • Students who successfully complete the interactive web-based activities may be eligible for an onsite experience at NASA, where you will:
    • Work on a team project mentored by NASA engineers
    • Attend briefings by engineers and scientists
    • Tour NASA facilities
    • Compete in a rover competition
    • And much more!

No, we will accept unofficial transcripts or screenshots of your online transcripts as long as it includes your name, your school’s name, your current registration/enrollment (in progress is okay), and 9 hours of STEM courses. If your unofficial transcript does not provide all of the required information, please send an email to
jsc-ncas@mail.nasa.gov. You will need to provide an alternate proof of enrollment.