Plan A and Plan B and injury?

Discussion in 'Air Force Academy - USAFA' started by Mattsmom2015, Mar 4, 2011.

  1. Mattsmom2015

    Mattsmom2015 Member

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    Our DS has been awarded a 4 year type 2 AFROTC scholarship. We are still waiting to hear if he has received an appointment to the Academy. The Academy is his first choice but the scholarship will work with his second choice. He has 2 other scholarships already awarded which with the ROTC scholarship will pay all but about $4500 per year including room and board and books. Expensive private college so we are pleased with these awards.

    I read on another thread about still paying the deposit to attend the other college even if he receives an appointment just in case he gets injured. My question is if he receives an appointment and gets injured before taking the Oath is the ROTC scholarship in jeopardy? He would have the summer to recoup before starting college in the fall. The ROTC scholarship is $18,000 per year which is a huge amount of money to lose.

    I have already checked the AFROTC paperwork. He can accept the scholarship even if he receives an appointment to the Academy. Once he signs the Oath the scholarship is revoked. From what I have read on this forum we are best to accept the ROTC scholarship and send in the registration deposit to the other school. If he gets an appointment we are out the money for the deposit ($175) but if he gets injured we still have a Plan B (as long as he is ok by the time school starts).

    I have read so much and my head is spinning. I just want to make sure we have all the bases covered. He is a very bright student and don't want him to miss any opportunities he may have.
     
  2. Pima

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    Yes, take the scholarship and if you can afford to pay the deposit do so.

    Let's play this game... he gets the AFA apptmt, reports June/July whatever. However on graduation day he trips as he goes to accept his diploma, breaks his ankle and will be in a cast until Aug.

    Fact is because he would be in a cast, he can't go to the AFA.

    IF you didn't pay that deposit he would also be out of a school while he works out his medical issues with the AFA. AFA doesn't allow you to transfer in Spring semester, which means for 1 yr he would have to find another school.

    Colleges call it a security deposit, and that definition has another meaning to you than it does to them. To you this is truly a "security", not for the school, but for your child. Think of it like paying for insurance.

    OBTW a few yrs ago, a kid getting off the bus for BCT, broke their leg. It happens.
     
  3. Mattsmom2015

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    Ok, I get that part but what about the ROTC? Assuming he can get medical clearance after breaking the hypothetical ankle he should still be able to join the ROTC right? I think it would take something major in order for him to lose the ROTC scholarship. Losing an $18,000 scholarship would put us in financial distress.
     
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    No - he wouldn't automatically lose his AFROTC scholarship for hypothetically breaking his ankle. Nobody actually receives their scholarship (tuition, book and stipend) money until after they begin school and pass the PFT. In your son's case he would also need to have his injury evaluated by DoDMERB and be "re-approved" by DoDMERB before receiving his scholarship funds.
     
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    Thank you, that is pretty much what I figured. If he doesn't receive an appointment all this won't really matter, meaning he will just go the ROTC route, but we are still very hopeful about the Academy. He still will be happy in AFROTC at the other school he chose. He does want the opportunity to fly and we all know he has a much greater chance of that at the Academy. Keeping our fingers crossed for the Academy but still very proud of the AFROTC scholarship!
     
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    thanks for posting that question Mattsmom i had the same question. My DS recieved a NROTC, AROTC and appointed to USNA. we sent THE CITADEL $300.00 deposit to hold his spot. we will turn down the AROTC and keep the NROTC untill the day he walks into Annapolis. i just hate keeping the NROTC which may keep some one from getting it that could really use it. but we need to do whats best for our child and have a back up. i was not sure he could accept it then drop it. there is so many smart people on the forum with great answers i love this forum:thumb:
     
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    I know exactly what you mean about holding up the scholarship. In our son's case he does not know yet about USAFA but we have to be sure anyway. I am curious about these scholarships that are held until the last minute, if they can still be turned over to somebody else to use them.
     

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