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  1. footballfreak44

    footballfreak44 Member

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    I am a 4 year AROTC scholarship winner, and will be starting college in about a month. I just had a few questions before the year starts.

    How will ROTC pay for my tuition? Will it be automatically covered, or will I be billed and then reimbursed? I was also wondering the same thing about the money for books and the stipend.

    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. larry2013

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    My son is Navy ROTC so I can not tell you about your specifics - but would imagine that the services are somewhat the same...so here's what our experience was last year
    1. you should be receiving paperwork before school begins from your unit - within ours was all the documents to start up stipend - these were turned in, signed in person the morning of first day (VMI has a matriculation thing so my son met with navy unit early morning before that began). This paperwork will then be turned in by unit and you should see stipend begin to be deposited in your bank by mid or late sept
    2. as for books, our experience was my son had to turn in all book receipts as soon as he had them - then again unit processed and money (max did not cover ALL Books, but certainly about 3/4 of expenses) deposited to his bnk account.
    3. As for tutition, sometime during the summer, before the college's bill was due, we heard from VMI - my son and I signed a promissory note for the first semester part that the navy would be aying. It was explained that navy wasnt going to be sending the funds this first semester until XXnumber of weeks into the semester - so the school accepted a promissory note saying if my son didnt stay for navy funds to be received, we would be on the hook for amount. Later, for 2nd semester, my son did NOT receive this kind of arrangement. So for VMI it was a one time thing.
    Hope tht helps - I would encourage you to call your unit at your college and the admin for college tutition and I am sure they will explain fully how they handle this.
    Hopefully someone who is has experience with Air Force will come on and give their words of wisdom
    larrys mom
     
  3. aglages

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    I can tell you for the AFROTC no money (stipend, tuition or books) is released until after you've passed the AFOQT and PT test. It is supposed to take about two months. At the University of Pittsburgh the AROTC and the AFROTC gives the Office of Admissions a list of students that have been awarded a tuition scholarship and Pitt will usually wait for the money.
     
  4. footballfreak44

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    Alright, thanks for the help guys. Im in AROTC, and already passed the APFT earlier this summer. I guess I will contact my unit, and the admissions office.
     
  5. aglages

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    I think it is a great idea (if your unit/detachment/battalion allows) to pass the PT test during the Summer. One less task to complete. I had not heard of any other ROTC programs that allowed it to be completed before the beginning of classes.
     
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    I had not heard of it before either. Although, my unit contacted me last month and asked me if I wanted to go ahead and get it over with. They said they advised doing it early, because anybody who failed would have a few times to retry without losing scholarship money.
     
  7. plmmar

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    AROTC pays your tuition directly to the school. Book money works the same way but may take longer to show up on account-speak to cadre about that. The stipend is dependent upon passing the apft.:smile:
     
  8. cjs

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    I thought that all of it was dependent on passing the test.

    I also thought the students received the book money directly so they could purchase the books off campus. They deposit the book funds into the students account at the school?
     
  9. The OC Josh

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    I second all of this. APFT must be passed to get any money from the Army. That seems standard in every battalion.
    Generally, books are deposited to student's account.
    Read this post. There is alot of good info from Clarkson Army...

    http://www.serviceacademyforums.com/showthread.php?t=12954
     
  10. Eagle 1

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    Hey guys, there's been something I've been trying to figure out with AFROTC. I know they pay for initial travel expenses to the college, but I'm on a 3-yr scholarship. Would they reimburse me for going down this fall, or does it take effect next year with everything else?
     
  11. Pima

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    It would take effect next yr when you are contracted. Currently, you have the scholarship, but you are not contracted, you will become contracted in your sophomore yr...make sure you get a new dodmerb done next summer because they only last 2 yrs. and you will need a new one since you will actually be receiving your scholarship after the dodmerb physical falls out of it's time limit. For example, you took your Dodmerb last Aug.(2009) school starts Aug. 30,(2011) AFPT is given Sept 15th., and now you are officially past your Dodmerb 2 yr marker. If you don't have a new one than they won't pay you squat until the Dodmerb is re-submitted and approved by Maxwell, which can take weeks.

    If you took your Dodmerb in Nov. 2009 than you should be fine because by then you would be contracted.
     
  12. House06

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    ARMY ROTC

    Please speak to the cadre at your individual school prior to the beginning of the semester.

    Each school works with Admissions/Financial Aid a little differently.DO plan to take a PT test as soon as you arrive on campus or within a few days. You cannot contract and begin your scholarship ( payment) until you pass the requirements necessary for contracting- passing PT test and Dodmerb requirements among others.

    It is VERY VERY important that the student/families speak to the ROTC program prior to showing up on campus to find out how charges for books, fees, tuition, etc are handled and what the student/parent responsibility is on day #1.

    Also ask and understant the process that is followed if the student DOES NOT pass the PT and cannot contract at the beginning of the semester. Everyone here can give general advice ( myself included) but you really need to know what is applicable to you personally at your school.

    Also remember to have an original or certified copy of your birth certificate, ROTC/cadet command must have this and also make sure you are aware of what your blood type is prior to reporting to college/ROTC. This will be needed for dogtags. If this information is not already available in your medical records, you can schedule with a lab for a fee of about $120.00 ( most insurances will not cover this fee- Tricare doesn't who insures servicemembers) or you can go to a local blood center; donate blood and find out for free.

    Please be sure to check your ROTC website, there is a possibility that all of your necessary forms may be online and you need to fill them out prior to showing up. Don't miss deadlines, it just makes it difficult for everyone else later and puts unnecessary stress on the incoming student who is already feeling stress about college, etc.

    Make sure you have a local dentist- if not- engage one immediately. You are required to have dental Xrays on file and it is tons easily to deal with a hometown dentist rather than rushing around to find one at school in a new town; particularly when you might not have transportation readily available.

    Bottom line- check your ROTC website and then call your program with any questions that you may have now. It is much easier to answer questions and solve problems now rather than waiting until the first or second week of college.
     
  13. havana brown

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    My son received a 4 hour campus based scholarship and his taking it for room and board. That was paid just last week. His books he has to pay for up front and will get reimbursed later in teh semester. Spring semester book money will appear before the start of the semester. Stipend will appear, as others have said, once the APFTLMNOP test has been passed. :biggrin:
     
  14. cjs

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    For AROTC scholarships that are not campus based and being used for Room and board, both my son's school and his friend's school have stated that this on basically a reimbursement schedule. We can expect to see payment around mid November. I've seen this on this board as well. The housing payments cans only be deferred until Oct 1, so we do indeed need to pay this upfront. It works the same in the spring.
    In speaking with the Dining department, they said that since the board part of the scholarship is paid directly to the students, they don't offer deferment based on this alone.
     
  15. Eagle 1

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    I took it in April 2010, so I should be good to April 2012, right?

    Would I need to retake it halfway through sophomore year, or am I good as a contracted cadet by then?

    My entire life I thought I was O+. When I gave blood in December I found out I was B+. That would've been a bad mixup...

    I certainly hope he gets the most of those 4 hours [​IMG]
     
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  16. goaliedad

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    That is better than the other way around. An O+ definitely would have a bad reaction to a B+ infusion.
     
  17. scoutpilot

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    Don't worry, they don't just take your word for it.
     
  18. goaliedad

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    I know that they don't take anyone's word for their blood type, just trying to set the record straight as to which blood types don't mix. And if there is any doubt and speed is required, O- is acceptable to everyone. :thumb:
     
  19. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    You'll see when you get your contract that there is a 45 day waiting period before you get your first payment (stipend/books). Tuition is usually paid directly to the school. Come to school prepared to pay for your books out of your own pocket, and get that big check around 45 days in. Same with stipend. And as all have said previously it all hinges on passing the PT test, so if you don't pass you are losing stipend that won't be reimbursed. So everyone, stop what you are doing and knock out a set of 40 pushups, 50 situps, and go for a run this afternoon!!!
     
  20. NC Mom

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    Just as an example that every school is indeed different: we received an account summary from my son's school today and it shows his scholarship has already been applied. School starts Aug. 18th and his PT is scheduled for that morning. We live very close to the college, so my son has been going to voluntary PT three mornings a week with the other cadets to make sure he is ready for it. They did a mock PT last week that he passed, but they told him he still needed to take the actual test on the first day of school. This is AROTC, by the way.
    When I read the statement is shows an itemized account for all of his expenses this semester, and then a "Sponsor Transfer" credit on July 19th which equals the exact amount of his tuition and fees. There is also a "sponsor transfer" credit of $156 on July 20th, but I can't figure out what that one is for. I am assuming his book money and stipend will be deposited some time in October, but it sure was nice to see that credit on his account this morning!
     

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