Illinois AFROTC Tuition Waiver

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  1. evilleramsfan

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    I know DS will find out in October, but I was wondering if anyone here knows about availability of funds for the Illinois AFROTC Tuition Waiver. With the financial condition of the state and cutbacks in military budgets, I was wondering if anyone knew to what degree it will affect the detachments. He did go through the academy selection process last year and already has his medically qualified status through DODMERB established. His preliminary PFT is scoring out around a 98, so we are hoping that if some funds are available he will make the cut.
     
  2. Pima

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    Since you are saying Illinois Tuition waiver, I am assuming this is something your state does for the cadets, not something AFROTC has control over. They do not direct states to give tuition waivers. In other words is this an ANG issue that Illinois has in place?

    Or are you speaking of the IS board for this yr? Last I heard was they were meeting at the end of 1st semester, or the beginning of spring. Remember, for the last 2 yrs, there have been no IS AFROTC 3 yr boards, so many are hoping there will be one this yr. There had been talk last spring that they would bring it back, but that was before AFA reduced their class size.

    I am not sure there will be one this yr, due to the budget and the AFA. Historically many AFROTC cadets apply for AFA too, as your DS did, and AFROTC DOES NOT SPEAK to AFA when awarding scholarships. Many of these cadets accept the scholarship, knowing that they will not be penalized if they are appointed, but at least they had Plan B. LY in the early spring, after many of them had scholarships in hand were told the AFA was dropping appointments by @350. That means AFROTC now would actually have more taking them up on the offer and allowing them to get closer to their "number" without having to offer the IS option.

    It is all about the numbers, both manpower and budget.

    P.S. if he gets a 3 yr, realize to check that date on the DodMERB because if he had in July/Aug or even early Sept, it may fall out due to the 2 yr requirement before he contracts. If it does he would be forced to get a new one and no money will be paid, including scholarship and stipends until he has his medical in place. It has happened at our DS's school a couple of times, because that is the one thing they forget about when doing their paperwork. They may be cleared to go for the scholarship board, but not clear to go when it comes time to implement the scholarship.
     
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    My understanding this is a program within Illinois state schools. His detachment is comprised of several schools in Illinois and Missouri, but the school he attends is the only one that qualifies since the others are either in Missouri, private schools, or community colleges.

    As to the rest, we are waiting to see how he does with ROTC and what options become available regarding scholarships.
     
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    Illinois Tuition Waiver

    I have some familiarity with the Illinois In State Tuition Waiver process - for AROTC. Each State school has 40 waivers each year for AROTC that can be used either for tuition or housing. It is at the discretion of the PMS how these are awarded and allocated. Regarding funding, I know from personal experience that, at least for AROTC, state funding was in place for this school year as my son was offered 1 as advanced designee to use in combination with his Fed 4-yr at NIU (declined) and competed for one at UofI (not offered as cadets on the 4yr scholarship are last in line for this at Illinois as they are trying to get as many kids in the program as possible funded). I'd guess if there is a similar program for AFROTC that it is fully funded for this year.
     
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    Thanks for the info. DS said that they would make determinations at the beginning of October (after the PFT). He had to pay for the first installment and was told that if he received one, he would be reimbursed for the payment. I also heard some stories that there wasn't funding, but that may have been something altogether different. Thanks for the info!
     

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