Military service members may be eligible for an ROTC scholarship based on their merit and college enrollment status. ROTC scholarships are offered to service members in various branches of U.S. military.
Because of this, each scholarship may require a different application process. To receive financial aid for attending participating secondary and post-secondary institutions, military service members must understand the requirements for the scholarship and when to apply.
The following sections detail the types of ROTC scholarships available throughout the country and eligibility criteria that service members must meet before receiving funds. For instance, an army ROTC scholarship is offered to service members at over 1,000 colleges nationwide. Since scholarships can make a great difference when applying for financial aid, military service members should be familiar with the possible benefits that the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) funds may provide them. Once accepted, certain qualifying regulations may still apply to recipients of the scholarship. The sections below explain everything military service members need to know to receive and maintain their scholarship.
An ROTC scholarship is a type of financial aid offered to certain members of the U.S. military. The types of ROTC scholarships available are as follows:
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Four-year and partial scholarships are offered to service members depending on their merit and degree program. Additionally, some service members may qualify for free room and board rather than tuition. Usually, the monthly living expenses allotted to military service members increases as they progress through their degree programs. An estimated monthly living allowance for each scholarship type is provided below:
The ROTC scholarship requirements may affect service members’ ability to receive these monthly stipends.
Rather than financial need, an ROTC scholarship is awarded to qualifying service members based on merit and the degree that they are pursuing or intending to pursue. The eligibility criteria service members must meet for the air force and army ROTC scholarship may include the following:
The Air Force ROTC scholarship has additional eligibility requirements that pertain to service members after they receive scholarship benefits. Beneficiaries must agree to do the following to receive the scholarship:
For the Navy ROTC, service members must enroll in an appropriate academic major in engineering, math, science, foreign language and other majors, but service members in engineering programs of navy interest get priority. Students with 30 or more semester hours or 45 or more quarter hours of college credit when applying will not be eligible for four-year scholarships. A list of the eligibility criteria specific to the Navy ROTC is available below:
By the ROTC scholarship deadline (Dec. 31 or Jan. 31), service members must have applied and submitted all documents proving their age, identity and enrollment status.
Note: Scholarship benefits may be revoked if service members’ withdrawal from institutions, fail or repeat a course or require longer than four years to complete their degree program. Additionally, service members may only apply to one type of scholarship per academic year.
To apply for an ROTC scholarship, military service members must request an application packet online or by phone. The application process for each type of ROTC scholarship is outlined below:
Most applicants may begin applying during their junior year of high school, but some application deadlines may prohibit service members from applying too early in the academic year. There are also other financial aid options such as Direct Subsidized Loans, available to military service members.
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