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Paying for College with an ROTC Scholarship

Students interested in receiving military training toward a military career along with tuition assistance to pay for college are ideal candidates for the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC). This program provides competitive scholarships, monthly living stipends, and book/expense allowances to qualifying students who commit to basic military training while attending a four-year college or university and also commit to serving in their chosen branch of the U.S. armed forces for a period of time following graduation. ROTC students participate in regularly scheduled training and drills during the school year, and summer training activities as well. ROTC has a long history in the United States, dating back to the late 1800s, and 39 percent of active duty officers in the Department of Defense are ROTC officers. The U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Air Force all participate in ROTC, and the structure, benefits, eligibility, and service commitment vary among these military branches.
 

U.S. Army ROTC

ROTC students who choose the U.S. Army ROTC become cadets who are part of a unit organized as a brigade, battalion, or company. The majority of the Army's officer base comes out of the ROTC program.
 

U.S. Army ROTC Benefits

  • Four-year scholarships for students graduating from high school
  • Two-and-a-half and two-year scholarships for students already enrolled in college
  • Scholarship funds can be applied to room and board expenses
  • Monthly living stipends ($300/month for the first year of college; $350/month for the second year; $450/month for the third year; and $500/month for the fourth year)
  • Textbook/school fee allowance


U.S. Army ROTC Eligibility

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must have a high school diploma, or equivalent
  • Must be between 17 and 27 years old
  • Must maintain a college grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5
  • Must meet the U.S. Army physical fitness standard
  • Minimum SAT or ACT scores may apply, depending on the scholarship


U.S. Army ROTC Service Commitment

  • An eight-year period of service with the U.S. Army is required for students who receive an Army ROTC scholarship or enter the Army ROTC Advanced Course.
  • The service commitment can be fulfilled by serving four years on Active Duty, followed by four years of service in the Inactive Ready Reserve (IRR).
  • Selected ROTC cadets may serve part time in the U.S. Army Reserve or in the Army National Guard while pursuing a civilian career.
  • No service commitment is required for students who enroll in the Army ROTC Basic Course if they do not receive an Army ROTC scholarship.

 

More Information About the U.S. Army ROTC

For the most up-to-date information about the U.S. Army ROTC or to apply to the program, visit:
http://www.goarmy.com/rotc.
Interested students should also talk to their local Army recruiter or request information about the ROTC program at any colleges or universities they are interested in attending.

 

U.S. Navy ROTC

Navy ROTC students, called midshipmen, are organized as battalions. NROTC students may choose the Marine Option, eventually becoming officers in the U.S. Marine Corps, or the Navy Nurse Corps Option. NROTC midshipmen are required to complete the course of study prescribed by the NROTC program at the college or university they attend, which includes enrollment in a tier 1 major, as specified by the Navy. These majors include:

  • Aerospace, Aeronautical, Astronautical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Naval Architecture & Marine/Naval Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Systems Engineering

Several naval science courses are also required, regardless of major. Two semesters of calculus must be completed before the end of their sophomore year, and two semesters of calculus-based physics must be completed before the end of their junior year.
 

U.S. Navy ROTC Benefits

  • Four-year scholarships covering most or all tuition costs available to incoming college freshman
  • Students with 30 or more semester hours or 45 or more quarter hours of college credit upon application or students already enrolled in the NROTC College Program are not eligible for four-year scholarships, however other scholarship opportunities may be available. These students should see professors of naval science at their university to discuss options available to them.
  • Coverage for all additional educational and lab fees
  • Stipend to cover the cost of textbooks
  • Monthly living allowance ($250/month for the first year of college; $300/month for the second year; $350/month for the third year; and $400/month for the fourth year)

    
U.S. Navy ROTC Eligibility

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national
  • Must be at least 17 years old by September 1 of the first year of college; not older than 23 on December 31 of the first year of college; and must not have reached 27 years old by December 31 of the anticipated graduation and commissioning year
  • Applicants with prior military service may be eligible for age adjustments for amount of time equal to their prior service, on a month-by-month basis, for a maximum of 36 months, if they will not reach their 30th birthday by December 31 of the anticipated graduation and commissioning year.
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Must pass physical qualifications specified by Navy or Marine Corps standards
  • Must not have any body piercings or tattoos that violate Navy or Marine Corps policy
  • Must have qualifying scores on the SAT or ACT (SAT: 530 Critical Reading, 520 Math; ACT: 22 English, 21 Math)
  • Applicants in the top 10% of his or her high school graduating class can have SAT or ACT scores below the qualifying minimum
  • Students who cannot meet academic criteria may have other opportunities to receive an NROTC scholarship. These students should contact their local Navy recruiter or NROTC unit to discuss options available to them.


U.S. Navy ROTC Service Commitment

  • Navy Option midshipmen are required to serve a minimum of five years of active military service, with possible additional requirements for specific job assignments.
  • Marine Corps Option midshipmen are required to serve at least four years of active military service.
  • Navy Nurse Corps Option midshipmen are required to serve at least four years of active military service.
  • Midshipmen who pay their own educational expenses or have non-Navy sources of educational funding are required to serve at least three years of active military service.

 

More Information About the U.S. Navy ROTC

For more information about the U.S. Navy ROTC or to apply to the program, visit:
http://www.navy.com/joining/education-opportunities/nrotc
Interested students should also talk to their local Navy recruiter or request information about the ROTC program at any colleges or universities they are interested in attending.

 

U.S. Air Force ROTC

The U.S. Air Force ROTC program provides four-year scholarships (activating in the fall of the first year of college) and three-year scholarships (activating in the fall of the second year of college) to qualifying students. These students become cadets who are eventually commissioned into the U.S. Air Force.
 

 

U.S. Air Force ROTC Benefits

  • Three Categories of scholarships are available:
  1. Type 1: Pays full college tuition, most fees and $900 per year for books. Approximately 5% of AFROTC four-year scholarship winners will be offered a Type 1 scholarship, mostly in technical fields such as engineering, chemistry, meteorology, applied mathematics or computer science.
  2. Type 2: Pays college tuition and most fees up to $18,000 per year and $900 per year for books. Approximately 20% of AFROTC four-year scholarship winners will be offered a Type 2 scholarship, also mostly in technical fields. If a student attends an institution where the tuition exceeds $18,000 per year, he or she is responsible for paying the difference. All three-year scholarships are Type 2.
  3. Type 7: Pays college tuition up to the equivalent of the in-state rate and $900 per year for books. If a student receives a Type 7 offer but wishes to attend a college/university where they do not qualify under the guidelines above, the student can convert the four-year Type 7 scholarship to a three-Year Type 2 scholarship. A Type 7 scholarship cannot be activated at a non-qualifying school where the student pays the difference.
  • Enlisted personnel may separate from active duty and receive a scholarship worth up to $15,000 per year while pursuing their commission through the AFROTC.
  • Under the AFROTC professional officer course - Early Release Program (POC-ERP) active duty officers can apply for an early release from active duty to enter AFROTC and receive a commission as an Air Force officer. Those accepted sign a contract with AFROTC and become full-time college students. The program is open to undergraduate degrees only.
  • Nontaxable monthly living stipend ($300/month for the first year of college; $350/month for the second year; $450/month for the third year; and $500/month for the fourth year).
  • Travel expenses from a cadet's home to his or her Air Force ROTC detachment are reimbursed by the Air Force.
  • Cadets who are the sole provider for another person (such as a single parent, guardian for a younger sibling, etc.) should contact the nearest AFROTC detachment admissions representative for dependent care plan information.


U.S. Air Force ROTC Eligibility for Incoming College Freshman

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Must be at least 17 years old prior to scholarship activation
  • Must be under 31 years old as of December 31 of the year in which you will commission
  • Must not be enrolled full-time at a college or university except for joint high school/college programs
  • Must have qualifying SAT or ACT scores (SAT composite score of 1100 or ACT composite score of 24)
  • Must have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Must be medically certified as determined by the Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board
  • Must complete a Physical Fitness Assessment and submit a Letter of Certification
  • Must submit to a scholarship interview
  • Must disclose all civil involvements and any drug or alcohol abuse that occurred prior to the scholarship interview
  • Must adhere to the Air Force drug and alcohol policy (explained during the scholarship interview)


U.S. Air Force ROTC Eligibility for Enlisted Personnel

  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must have one-year time in service
  • Must have one-year time on station
  • Must be recommended by an immediate commander
  • Must pass the AFROTC Physical Fitness Test
  • Must be worldwide qualified
  • Must be admitted to a college or university offering AFROTC
  • Must have qualifying AFOQT scores
  • Must be commissioned and enter active duty before age 35, and must be under age 31 as of December 31 of the commissioning year
  • Must be able to complete all undergraduate degree requirements in two years or less
  • Must have a cumulative college GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Must not be selected for a reassignment prior to submission of the application


U.S. Air Force ROTC Service Commitment

  • All cadets must enroll in the academic major in which their scholarship is offered.
  • Cadets are required to complete a four-week summer Field Training course at an Air Force base, typically scheduled between the sophomore and junior years of college.
  • AFROTC cadets are required to accept a commission as an Air Force officer and serve at least four years on active duty.

 

More Information about the U.S. Air Force ROTC

For more information about the U.S. Air Force ROTC or to apply to the program, visit:
http://afrotc.com/
Interested students should also talk to their local Air Force recruiter or request information about the ROTC program at any colleges or universities they are interested in attending.

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