I have been looking at Senior Military Colleges (SMC)s because I want to serve the country and did not make the military academy. My main goal has always been to serve the country- I planned on participating in ROTC regardless. My main concern is tuition. I am from Illinois, and have been accepted to The Citadel, Norwich, and North Georgia. I LOVE what I have seen from the various SMCs opposed to just general rotc at an illinois school. My parents don't understand why I want to pay through the nose for out of state tuition, if the military can not help with the costs. (out of state tuition for these schools are around 40,000 a year) I'd love to attend an SMC but they have a valuable point. Is it worth it to go the general ROTC route and pay 12,000 a year opposed to an SMC and have a lot of student loans for 40,000 a year? I applied for an ROTC 4-year scholarship but they were unable to give me a scholarship. I know that wither I attend regular ROTC, or an SMC you would come out a 2nd lieutenant regardless...so my questions are... Is it worth paying through the teeth for an SMC experience? Is their any advantage going to an SMC over general ROTC? Promotional wise in the Army, does comming from an SMC carry more weight? Any advice would be most appreciated.