Tuition and room and board at the Coast Guard Academy are paid for by the government. All candidates who accept an appointment to the Coast Guard Academy must submit $3,000 to purchase uniforms, a laptop computer, school supplies, and other necessary items. Other than this initial deposit, there are no additional fees, and all cadets receive pay totaling $12,000 per year. Students have a five-year service commitment after graduation, but that can be lengthened by the many available postgraduate degrees and training made available to USCGA alum. Approximately 80 percent of academy graduates go to sea after graduation, and the other 20 percent of academy graduates go to marine-safety offices, ashore operations, or flight training.