How do you get the money for tuition under scholarship?

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  1. Marie

    Marie Member

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    I recieved a NROTC scholarship, and basically my question is how do they pay the tuition? Do they put it in your bank account, and then you pay it, or do they pay it directly to the school? Also, when does this happen? For my college, I have to have my tuition paid by August 1st, so I'm just hoping nothing conflicts. Thanks!:smile:
     
  2. gojack

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    ROTC Tuition payments are handled just like federal financial aid -
    They pay the school directly. If you are on a ROTC scholarship,
    and your first payment is delayed, let the financial aid office know -
    they have done this a few times before.
     
  3. Marie

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    oh okay, great, thank you!
     
  4. marciemi

    marciemi USMA Alumnus

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    My son is also doing NROTC and his school told us the same - that it's handled directly at the school level and if you get any letters/emails telling you your tuition is overdue, to just let them know it's being paid by NROTC and they'll know how to handle it. I will tell you though that they all warned us that payment isn't usually made until 45 days after the semester starts (to make sure the student sticks with ROTC) so it won't be close to the deadline (his school payment deadline is Aug 1 and he was told ROTC would pay in early October). So I fully expect that we'll be calling them in August when they ask where our payment is! I guess the secondary warning in the message though is that if you decide to drop from ROTC before they make the payment, then it won't be applied from them (kind of obvious, but just letting you know!). Good luck!
     
  5. Pima

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    Most schools will send out the bill of what you owe in July. It will show if they have been informed of the scholarship. If it appears, just keep an eye on it during the fall to see that it was credited.

    As others have stated it is usually October that it gets paid to the school. It is not so much about sticking with ROTC, as it is about how the military budget works. The scholarship will be charged to the DoD for FY 12, and that begins Oct. 1st, thus, they pay it in Oct.

    Granted for freshman it is about sticking with it because you are not contracted yet since you have yet to pass the PFT, which is traditionally given in Sept. Yet, than again, that could be the reason why they don't contract until the end of Sept., so they can be charged to the following yrs fiscal budget.

    Right now all you need to do is work out physically. Many cadets/mids have problems with the PFT if they have not "worked out" during the summer. You will be running in the rain or the heat at ungodly hours. That combined with the traditional college students lack of sleep can mess up the scores. If you are going to a college with a different alt., make sure you take that into account too. Also make sure you do the sit-ups and push-ups to the proper form. They are not going to let you slide just to up the numbers. Remember if you don't have the proper form, you have exerted energy with no positive result.

    If that doesn't motivate you, think about the fact that you will be new to the unit, and you don't want them to learn your name day one because on the run you were the last one. The way they run at our DS's det., is there will be a POC at the back on purpose and will be screaming their last name to make them move. Scream it enough and day 1 they know you in a negative light.
     
  6. larry2013

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    Pima is of course accurate, but wanted to just add our experience in case someone can be forewarned -
    We are very proactive June of my son's senior year. By that I mean my son made sure that the school knew that he had received NROTC scholarship. His unit made advance calls in early June, welcoming him, confirming he was attending,etc. The office that bills did tell us that they would eventually get list direct from NROTC and that for the first year payment would be delayed.
    In early July I believe, but before the bill was due, the scholarship did appear listed on his account and then in August as I recall, we received instructions to sign an IOU for the tutition. Both my son and I had to sign that we acknowledged should something happen and he not be/stay within NORTC that first semester, we would be on the hook for the tutition.
    Of course in due course the school received their funds, and all subsequent semester bills have shown the NROTC scholarship immediately.
    So just make sure the student checks with the school since maybe our school isnt the only one to do this. (my son attends VMI) larrys mom
     

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