I am in a bit of a situation regarding financial aid. I have been awarded a four year tuition scholarship. Which per University regulations disqualify me from any merit based aid. I was also awarded 20k in need based aid. My question is whether my ROTC award is reported and will reduce that need based offer down to 0? In this case I have literally no possible way other than outside loans or scholarships to pay for room and board? I have seen "around" howevwr that recent (2010) changes to FA laws classifys ROTC scholarships as military compensation and do not take away from my need and thus I would still be eligible for need based FA? If this is the case the university FA office is unaware. But the government FA help site seems to suggest this is the case. This came from there regarding the 2010 legal change: "As noted earlier, the amended section 480(c) of the HEA includes, in addition to education benefit programs administered by the VA, two ROTC programs that are administered by the DOD. These are the scholarship benefits provided under the Senior Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) in chapter 103 of title 10 of the United States Code and the subsistence allowance benefits provided under the ROTC in chapter 3 of title 37 of the United States Code. Therefore, education benefits from these two ROTC programs must be excluded as EFA even though they are not VA programs and the recipients are not veterans." Any clarity or clarification here would be GREATLY APPRECIATED. Thank you!!!