AROTC Value?

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  1. thepetester

    thepetester Member

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    Is there a list of how much the different levels of the Army ROTC scholarships will pay?

    My DS was offered the type2/7 from the AFROTC. I knew that he would only qualify for that based on his major. Still pretty exciting. I have tried to figure out what the AROTC offers, but other than 4/3/2 years, I cannot find $ values anywhere.
     
  2. thepetester

    thepetester Member

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    actually, I just found it. no idea why this didn't come up... is this accurate:

    Scholarships are awarded at different monetary levels. At some schools an ROTC scholarship is worth up to $80,000, which goes towards tuition and educational fees. Also, scholarship winners receive an allowance of up to $1,500 a year.
     
  3. platypus1618

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    AROTC will pay whatever the cost of tuition and fees is at the school for which you get the scholarship. At an expensive private this could exceed $80,000 over 4 years. The allowance is between $300-500 per month of school, depending on your MS level, so that's going to be be more than $1500/year.
     
  4. thepetester

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    oh, wow, thanks for the information. That would be killer. He would honestly probably forgo an appt to one of the academies that he is in the running for at that point.
     
  5. platypus1618

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    Keep in mind that if AROTC pays tuition, you're responsible for room and board, although a lot of schools offer free or reduced room and board to scholarship cadets, or take outside or college-funded scholarships. Something to look into when selecting schools...
    And there's a $1200 book allowance/year.
     
  6. thepetester

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    yes, his first, second, and third choice all pay at least a portion of room and board. And his forgoing the service academy is just my thoughts on what he would do. He has not verbalized it and I think he is a little scared to say it to me! haha
     
  7. platypus1618

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    Sounds like he's got some great options, good luck!
     
  8. thepetester

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    Thank you. Hopefully one of the two (Service Academy/Full AROTC) pans out. He has worked really hard (as most kids whose parents are on ths board have.)
     
  9. Pima

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    One thing to remember is when selecting your path that in 4 years you will go AD, except for AROTC. Think about what your career goals are when you start deciding. We all understand the cost of college, but the saying Service before Sled is true for the military. There is no guarantee you will get your dream career field at your dream base. Yet, where ever they send you will be there for up to 3-4 years. It will be 24/7/365.

    Good luck.
     
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    Christmas Freudian Slip

    Sled, that's great for this time of year!
     
  11. Pima

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    I guess autocorrect must know what time of year it is too!:shake:
     
  12. Jcc123

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    Roughly half of all AROTC cadets go AD. Your post makes it sound like none do. I know you didn't mean it that way, but didn't want to confuse the noobs.

    Can't help with the sledding. It's 60° here today!
     
  13. sheriff3

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    thepetester, also know if you do go AFROTC there is a slight posibility that you may go reserve. I recall reading the AF has done this just recently. As far as value of AROTC scholarship (AKA forgivable loan): This is a snapshot, some will be higher some lower...

    DS Tuition $20K annually x 4 = $80K
    Stipend total for all four years + $16K
    Book Money four 4 years = $4800

    Over $100,000!!! DS is at an in state school, out of state could be 50% higher.
     
  14. k2rider

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    Another example for you with AROTC...my daughter went the private school route and tuition (which went up EVERY year) over (4) years was $140K + the same stipends and book money above. On top of that, her *school* paid for room & board for ROTC cadets which from the school was valued at $50K. My daughter walked out of school with a nursing degree debt free.

    My son is at an out of state public school but had a GPA that qualified him for in state tuition rates so the Army is getting a bargain at less than $35K for all (4) years. We are paying his room and board (and utilities) at an off campus house which is costing us $850 per month.
     
  15. Jcc123

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    Except, to my knowledge, the Army pays the school at the rack rate regardless of what discounts your son might be eligible for. That's a small point, unless you get disenrolled for some reason, and find out you're on the hook for the entire undiscounted tuition. Another "fine print" detail.
     
  16. thepetester

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    thanks for all the information. couple more questions...

    1) He wants to serve. I mean he REALLY WANTS to serve. Are you saying that they might not let him? Or is it that you have the choice to serve or go reserve?

    2) He would be going public school out of state, so it sounds like he might get the full tuition for out of state? They do offer half room and board for AROTC kids also. I would be ecstatic if we could get 60-70% paid for.

    3) What does service before sled mean?
     
  17. k2rider

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    As you'll learn from reading the board, the possibilities are endless and depend on what route he ultimately takes. If he goes to one of the academies, he'll be going Active Duty whether he wants to or not. Same deal with NROTC. With AROTC, *about* 1/2 the cadets go AD and 1/2 go National Guard or Reserves (some by choice, some not). This next year, they are changing up the selection process so nobody really knows how things are going to sort out. Even after (3) years, I still don't understand the Air Force's ROTC program so I won't even try to explain their process.

    Yes, he could absolutely get full tuition to a public out of state school. Sometimes it's for (3) years and sometimes all (4) years. Even when it's (3) years, sometimes they upgrade it mid-year when money is available and there are deserving cadets in the unit.
     
  18. platypus1618

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    She meant service before self- the needs of the military come first.
    There are no guarantees, but the best way to get the army to let you do what you want to do is to have a good GPA, fitness score, recommendation from the cadre, etc.
     
  19. kinnem

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    Both really assuming your talking AROTC. One can choose to go reserve upon commissioning. Alternatively, if he doesn't perform well enough to place high enough on the OML to get Active Duty then he'll be force to go Reserves. I wouldn't say that isn't serving especially given how often folks have been called up in the recent past. In the case of AFROTC its almost certain, if not totally certain, he would go active duty. Of course things can always change over the course of 4 years.

    Again, if your talking AROTC then he would get full tuition. Keep in mind that an AROTC scholarship is awarded to a certain school. It may not be the school he has in mind but another one he listed. If your talking AFROTC then there are restrictions on how much they will pay, however you can use the scholarship at any school that has an AFROTC unit. With a type 7 they must be paying in-state tuition or they need to change it to a 3 year type 2 as I recall, and there are still restrictions on how much they pay.

    I think that was a typo and they meant to say service before self.
     
  20. Pima

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    It is great he wants to serve, but has he thought about in what position he wants to serve.

    For example,

    AF and Army both have pilots...big difference is AF has very few Helos and the Army has very few fixed wings.

    AF is commonly called the Chair Force if you are not flying.

    AF has very small fine print on their scholarship....it is guaranteed for 2 years, if not selected for Field training as a sophomore it can be revoked for the last two years.
     

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