AROTC Scholarship Transfer?

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  1. daine

    daine Member

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    Hello there,

    I was just wondering if anyone has had any trouble transferring their scholarship to another school? I was awarded a AROTC 4-year scholarship. I accepted it to one of my reach schools where I was denied. I am going to transfer it to one of the other schools I have been accepted to. I was just wondering if anyone has had any trouble with this in the past?

    Thanks for your help.
     
  2. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    I've seen applicants have trouble, and I've seen applicants not have trouble. Not sure what kind of answer you are looking for, but you need to do a couple things. contact the ROTC battalion at the school you have been accepted to and let them know you plan to request a transfer and send in your transfer request with your letter of acceptance and an explaination regarding getting denied. Send that request in now if possible. The worst that can happen is they deny your request.
     
  3. daine

    daine Member

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    When these people were denied was there reasoning for it? Is there anything I can write in my request or do to up my chances? If they deny the request can I try to request a transfer to another school? Sorry, just a bit nerve wrecking.
     
  4. fgr0001

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    When I got my scholarship notification in high school, it was to two schools I didn't even apply to... my top choice told me they "didn't have a 'mission' to produce nurses"... whatever the hell that means because there have been nurses in every class since I've been here and I'm a senior.

    Anyway, just keep pushing because there's always a way to transfer. Be civil, polite, and respectful, but there's always a way
     
  5. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    Do exactly what the instructions included with your offer letter tell you to do. A simple request explaining that you didn't get in to school X, and you did get in to school Y and here is the acceptance letter" is all you need to say. I'm sure there is a reason for getting denied, just as there is a reason to get approved. Cadet Command doesn't always tell us why. I can't say it enough time to contact the Battalion you want to join and get their help with the process. They are the ones who will be able to tell you what your chances are.
     
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    Daine,

    How badly do you want to attend the "reach" school which just rejected you? We have a family friend in town who has a full blown college admission's advisory business. He said that it is not unheard of for an admissions department to change their minds--for instance if they didn't know said applicant is carrying a full tuition scholarship. If they do not know that fact then you should inform them. The battalion at that school may even be able to help you in that regard.

    Sometimes schools reject an applicant because they don't really believe he/she will actually attend if accepted. This happened to DS #2 best friend. Accepted at Columbia, rejected out of state at U Mich. A low acceptance rate looks great in the headlines, but the holy grail in the admissions biz is high yield. Yield = how many you accept / how many actually enroll. Again, if you really want the "reach" school tell them.

    You should also be honest with yourself and ask if you were rejected for a good reason. Were your numbers in the upper third of recent enrollees or were you truly "reaching". ROTC entails a huge time commitment. If you are a STEM major being graded on a curve you may be putting yourself under undue stress if you are not at the upper end academically in the first place.

    If you choose to try and transfer, I can tell you that DS #1 successfully transferred AROTC 4yr scholarship from GA Tech (where he had been accepted) to Big 10 U. That, however, was 4 yrs ago and Big 10 U was $10k+/year cheaper. He followed the advice Clarkson just gave, but also enlisted the help of the admissions folks at the Big 10 U, who communicated with the battalion.

    Best of luck!
     
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  7. SA'19

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    Just curious, is the deadline to accept/reject the AROTC scholarship offer, March 1st for everyone? I haven't heard back from any of my colleges the scholarship offer listed on the paper so I am a little hesitant to accept it especially when my top choice (USAFA) still hasn't responded yet. It's hard for me to give them a direct yes/no because most colleges don't respond until late March/early April...can't undo a legally binding scholarship contract if I am offered an appointment to USAFA. Anyone else going through a similar struggle?
     
  8. platypus1618

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    Accepting the scholarship is not legally binding. The contract you sign after arriving on campus and passing the APFT is. So go ahead and accept.
     
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  9. sheriff3

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    SA'19, you are under no obligation in any way,shape or form if you sign the scholarship offer, as Clarkson has pointed out it is just an offer and not a legally binding agreement. It is in your best interest to sign the offer and return prior to the deadline otherwise the offer is rescinded. If you are appointed to the AFA you can send AROTC a note declining the offer or as other has said in you can wait until after I-day ( or whatever its called) to tell AROTC no thanks. Totally up to you but if you do not accept the conditional scholarship offer by the deadline it will be gone.
     
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  10. SA'19

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    Thank you so much :confused: Almost lost that scholarship without even knowing it.
     
  11. -Bull-

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    Lol, you'll know when you sign your life away, the wording starts to get bigger than the initial scholarship paper and is thicker than your textbooks, and you just start signing different places and leaving your initials on every paragraph while sweating bullets and jumping for joy. Then you see the PMS get an eerie smirk on his/her face, that's when they've gotcha.

    (sarcasm)
     
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