Giving up scholarship

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  1. beachkl

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    Is it possible after 2 years of receiving a ROTC scholarship and attending Air Force field training to give up the scholarship? If so, what is the procedure?
     
  2. Pima

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    Yes, you just dis enroll. That being said be prepared for you to write a check for the entire sum you have received, (3 years since I assume you are a 300) plus interest.

    I know my DSs friend did dis enrolled as soon as he came back from SFT and they handed him a bill for 43k.
     
  3. Non Ducor Duco

    Non Ducor Duco I am not led, I lead

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    Oh sure it's possible, but you'll have to pay them back every cent they paid in tuition, fees, stipend, book money, and training. Not a decision to be made lightly, they don't give you a whole lot of time to pay it back either. We've had about 4-5 POC disenrolled for various reasons just this year (most forcibly and some by choice). I believe the ones not on scholarship have to pay back stipend and training expenses if they diseroll after contracting.

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    Now, are you talking about dropping AFROTC completely? Or just the scholarship because of GPA issues and continuing in the program? I just ask because it is possible to go to field training, but get a crappy spring GPA and come back without scholarship and then improve your GPA enough to continue in the program as non scholarship or to reactivate your scholarship. Things happen, lol.
     
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  4. ERAUMattmom

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    Actually giving up the scholarship is no problem at all......they will gladly let you pay for your own education as long as you continue on as a POC on your own dime.

    BUT if you are giving up the scholarship because you want to quit ROTC as a result of deciding it is definitely not the path that you want to pursue then be prepared to whip out your checkbook and repay Uncle Sam.
     
  5. Pima

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    Non Ducor is correct they don't give you a lot of time to repay. Our DSs friend was given 4 years. As I said he only owed 43k, the total was 2 years type 2, but like non ducor stated you are required to repay everything and that includes the list he stated.

    He was given a 4 year repayment schedule with interest and I believe it totaled out to approx. 1 K a month starting 180 days after DISENROLLMENT.. Of course he than had to take student loans for the last two years.

    I hope you have discussed this with your parents because financially you will need to figure out where you/your family will find the money.

    JMPO, but I think our DSs friend made the right decision to go in the debt to get out of AFROTC. 4 years, /7/365 days is a heck of a price to pay, especially when you are living at Minot or Laughlin AFB.
     
  6. Sowbug

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    Can a scholarship cadet change major from a tech to non-tech and give up scholarship within the first year and stay in the program as non-tech? If so, does the scholarship have to be paid back in this case?


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  7. Pima

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    You should go to your CoC and request to change to non-tech, if they approve it you won't have to give up the scholarship at all. It is unlikely that they will transfer it because their current needs for tech majors.

    If they do not than you can still transfer to non-tech and stay in AFROTC, but without the scholarship. There is no repayment for dropping the scholarship within the first year.
     
  8. Sowbug

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    Thanks so much Pima.


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  9. Non Ducor Duco

    Non Ducor Duco I am not led, I lead

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    +1 to Pima

    I know a cadet that decided he'd rather be non-tech, dropped the scholarship after the 1st year, and still in the program doing well. Did not have to pay back anything because the 1st year is a freebie. A scholarship's not worth 4-5 years of suffering through a major you hate and then having the very real possibility of having to work in an AFSC related to that major for the duration of your AF commitment.
     
  10. Pima

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    Non Ducor brings up a very valid point.

    Certain majors are considered critical manning and you could not only hate that major, while you bear through it because you want to be in the AF, but only find out later on that now for the next 4 yrs 365 days/24/7 you will be working at a job you never wanted in the first place,
    ~ IE some go engineering thinking it will give them an edge for UPT, but as a 300 come to find out that they can't go rated because their major is considered critical.

    That happened a few years ago ME majors found out that the high majority applying for rated would be told NOPE, we need you to be an ME..
     
  11. wardnasc

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    Scholarship

    I've been following the topics on scholarships and EA results. My son has accepted an AFROTC scholarship. I understand that if a cadet is not selected for SFT, it's the end of the road. If this happens to a scholarship cadet, do they have to pay back any of the first two years?
     
  12. afrotc16

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    Technically they can ask for the money back, but with our EA results, the official paper I got says "Historically, AFROTC has not sought recoupment for failing to compete for PSP (POC selection process - i.e. not getting an EA slot)."
     

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