NROTC Book Stipend

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  1. jdalv2

    jdalv2 Member

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    Hey All,

    So I wondering how the NROTC Book Stipend worked...

    If we're on scholarship, do we pay upfront for the books and the Navy reimburses us? If so, what's the amount we're given each semester?

    Thank you you for your time.

    Josh
     
  2. CTXMom

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    You have it correct. You will pay for your books upfront and get reimbursed sometime in September via direct deposit. The stipend amount is 350 per semester. Hope this helps.
     
  3. Pima

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    I believe every branch is the same and it is 900 per yr, split into 450 per semester.

    Also, your pay usually will not show up until October. Main reason why is that pay is done in arrears and there is a cut off date. So when you get paid in October it is for the month of Sept. You will be paid on the 1st and the 15th, if those dates land on a Sat/Sun your money will be in your account on Friday.

    Make sure you take with you the material needed for contracting and if I recall correctly it is your birth certificate (no copies) and SS card. If you don't have them they can't contract you.
     
  4. MNDad2015

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    AROTC pays $600 per semester. And yes, given how far in advance you have to order books and pay for them, there will be $s out-of-pocket that eventually will be reimbursed.
     
  5. Packer

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    Here is for Army, Navy and AF

     
  6. Pima

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    Confused here for the Navy quote.

    It opens with they cover all books, and ends with "also receive 375 a semester for books"

    That puts it at odds, because I don't think many kids that are in a technical field can walk out every semester with only paying 375 for books. Our 2 kids are non-tech, and there have been semesters we have paid 200, and semesters we paid 450 His Italian book that he had to buy new was 210.

    I know for AFROTC they do not allow you to use it like a checking account...i.e., spend 200 in the fall, leaves you with 700 for spring. Additionally they don't just cut a check for 450, you submit the bill and they reimburse you for that exact amount, hence, spend 200, you get 200. Many cadets learn to work the system to buy the books (used and new) to hit the limit, than turn around at the end of the semester and sell them back so they can make money that way.

    Off topic, but on topic, has anyone heard that Amazon with Kindle are selling college books 80% less than hardbacks? DS has a kindle, but doesn't want to do it because of the stipend, and that sweet sell back deal, yet I am curious for our DD since we pay for her books, and it would be worth it.
     
  7. Packer

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    On technical book costs, as an engineering major ~25 years ago I had semesters where I paid $300 for a semesters worth of upper class books. I think the cost today is around double or a little more. Lower level classes the stipend will probably cover the cost on upper level costs it is only going to partially cover.

    On the Kindle deal, I still have many of those expensive books and reference some of them on a regular basis.
     
  8. -Bull-

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    The wording could be tricky. I believe AROTC words it similiar meaning they cover all books and materials related to ROTC and also give 600/semester for other books. That or they just might have it worded wrong.
     
  9. Pima

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    Bull,

    I would agree with you, but at least for AFROTC, even non-scholarship cadets are given uniforms free of charge, so wouldn't they give them the books too?

    I am willing to bet that they don't update the fiscal issues yrly, so maybe the last time they wrote the statement 375 per semester was on the high side. changedI.E. in 07 AFROTC was 16K, 09 it went to 18K. I also think the stipend changed. I believe our DS stated that C400 stipend changed to 550 this year. Point being, there is a lag regarding info.

    I have to say AROTC is really the best bang for your buck compared to the other services. However, for those who want to go AD it has the downside, since not every cadet will go AD, whereas AFROTC does, I have heard both NROTC is like AFROTC and AROTC.

    I wish Centh would chime in, her DS is a C300 NROTC.

    Packer, I am only considering this for DD because she is an English Scholars/ Journalism major, so the majority of her books are not like technical books where you would want to keep them for resourcing purposes.
     
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  10. larry2013

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    Navy ROTC - With two years completed I can tell you my son as a ME major, spends over $500 per semester, Navy ONLY pays 350 or 375 - whatever it has been, it doesnt cover the total for books, but on the other side, if you spend less, as NAVY you still get the flat amount.
    For the Navy classes, the Navy does provide all materials - so one doesn thave to purchase those materials.

    My son has also received around January each year, a uniform amount believe it has been $800,again direct deposited to his account, for navy uniforms.

    I have learned over these years, that the services have differing amounts of what they pay.

    Should say, all of the above is for VMI MIDN - since that is where my son attends. ALSO - the first year when you enter on Matriculation day (again VMI procedure), we had to be there earlier in the morning, to swear in and turn in all paperwork before the VMI activities. By october it seems, my son had received book allowance and had started receiving his monthly stipend. Then every 2 weeks 1/2 of his stipend is direct deposited. So we have had to be prepared to purchase books without the funds. After that first semester, a MIDN can manage his funds to have available to self float for subsequent semesters.

    larrys mom
     
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