Differences on monthly stipends?

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  1. aglages

    aglages Parent

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    I know the monthly stipend increases for each year you are on ROTC scholarship, but are there differences between the branches? For instance does the Army offer $300 a month to freshmen while the Navy and AF gives $250? I can't decide whether I'm reading outdated web sites or actual differences.

    Somewhat related: Is there a difference between book allowances between branches for ROTC scholarship recipients?

    Thanks.
     
  2. The OC Josh

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    If I remember correctly from my PMS meeting,
    the starting stipend for AROTC is $300. (Increases every year)
    the book allowance was around $600 per semester.
     
  3. marciemi

    marciemi USMA Alumnus

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    My son's AFROTC scholarship says $300 per month to start and a $900 annual book allowance.
     
  4. singaporemom

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    son's freshman AROTC stipend: $300/mo. Books: $1200/yr
    sophomore stipend is now $350/mo.
     
  5. aglages

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    Thanks everyone for weighing in. Seems as though the stipend is the same (at least between the AF & Army) but some differences in book allowances. Is it possible these differences are caused by different costs at different colleges as opposed to a difference between the AF & Army?
     
  6. MissouriDad

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    Navy ROTC stipend is $250 per month for freshman increasing to $300, $350, and $400 by year. Book allowance is $375.00 per semester.
     
  7. singaporemom

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    AROTC goes up to $500/mo for Senior.
    Book allowances are not school specific, and my son usually has a lot left over to help outfit his dorm room with some new gadget. However, Chinese and Russian major....not alot of Calculus and Physics textbooks.
     
  8. DougBetsy

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    Cool majors, singaporemom. I predict he'll have job security long after he leaves the military.
     
  9. singaporemom

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    Thanks DougBetsy. He's hoping to branch Signal Corps and have a good combination of skills for civilian life later on. Younger son will probably combine Chinese(or Russian) with Math/Econ. Gosh...I wish I was young again so I could do what they are doing!!!
     
  10. aglages

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    Thanks MissouriDad. I knew at least one of the branches had a lower stipend. The book allowance is also substantially lower (if the Army is $1200).
     
  11. cjs

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    wish I knew how your son had so much left over from his books. We're just pricing out my middle son's textbooks for his spring semester that just started today. $650 for the required, $900 if he gets the recommended as well.
     
  12. marciemi

    marciemi USMA Alumnus

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    I don't think for AFROTC at least the book allowance can be location specific since unlike NROTC, my son's university isn't specified. Basically the scholarship just says that he can choose any university he wants as long as 1. They offer AFROTC (duh) and 2. It offers one of the technical majors listed that he would want to major in. I know that NROTC is tied in to a specific university when you receive the offer, but AF's apparently is not. All he needs to do to accept is to send in his letter of acceptance from whichever university he wants, along with his signed ROTC packet, to go to that college.
     
  13. aglages

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    Are these new or used prices? Are you able to sell last semesters books and apply that money to this semester? Things may have changed since I was in school.
     
  14. aglages

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    Well that makes sense! Seems then that it is unlikely the book allowance is tied to the school. Wonder why the huge variance in book allowance though? $375 per semester for the Navy vs $600 for the Army. It can't be that the Army text books require more pictures.......just kidding.:cool:
     
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    Oh don't get me started. :unhappy:
    things have changed. used books are extremely expensive and often in very short supply. most schools have a buy back but they give very little and some have a limit on the number of books they will buy back.
    My daughter went after a final to sell back a book and found they were no longer taking it.
    My kids have resorted to amazon; half.com and chegg.com for some of their ridiculously overpriced and worthless books.
     
  16. MissouriDad

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    Aglages - No problem but I must say I have a bit of a problem seeing different branches getting different amounts. Seems pretty strange to me.
     
  17. aglages

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    Seemed strange to me also. I thought that I was reading outdated web pages but it seems as though the Navy (and USMC?) give smaller ROTC stipends. As for the book allowance....that is completely baffling. I have a call in to the local NROTC Unit to confirm stipends and book allowance and will post when I hear back from them.
     
  18. singaporemom

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    son has a hundred or so left over. BUT.....his major doesn't have big, thick textbooks. Russian and Chinese has workbooks and he was taking both of these languages (8 units) each semester...so that was quite a bit of units for $75 worth of books. I'm sure when Son#2 buys is Math/Econ books we'll br hurting.
     
  19. aglages

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    Wow!!! I can understand the college book stores needing to make a profit but they used to keep it reasonable. Is it possible that the books become "outdated" quicker now and the inflated price is spread over fewer years? What ever has changed....it sounds as though the ROTC book allowances help another outrageous college expense to be somewhat more affordable.
     
  20. cjs

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    Two of the textbooks we just ordered were used! And to top it off, it's a softcover not a hardcover book. It's just crazy.

    The new book for one class was $168 and the used $126. They person who sold it back probably only got $30 so the store is making another profit.
     

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