Desperately searching for an answer to this question on any forum I can. I won a 4 year Army scholarship to both American University and George Washington University but I highly doubt my issue is specific to those two schools so if anyone can shed some light on the matter I'd be very appreciative. Since room and board costs are still a substanial $14000 I really need to cut into that number to make it affordable. I've recieved conflicting answers on whether institutional need or merit based aid can ONLY be used for tuition expenses or whether they can be used by the student to pay for room and board as well? It's great that the Army will pay for tuition but I cannot pay $14000 and do not want to take loans. Do some universities really restrict their need or merit based awards to tuition for cadets and other students? If anyone has experience with this issue at these schools specifically or any other school, I would really appreciate help. This is the difference between being able to attend school on an ROTC scholarship or not. Thanks. As a side note the obvious answer is to ask the school. Well I recieved two a yes answer and no answer from two different FA officers within 30 minutes yesterday.