Switching?!?

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  1. jojo1137

    jojo1137 Member

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    I recieved a AROTC scholarship to my top 3 choices. I narrowed it down to two. One school where I have been accepted AND offered an additional scholarship that would cover room and board. However my top school doesn't notify out of state applicants until March. Therefore I had no idea IF I was in and if I would recieve aid.

    I LOVE my top school, the ROTC program is very strong and they provide a lot of support to their cadets. The Captain I have been in contact with has been VERY helpful and has guided me through the whole process.

    However I accepted the scholarship to my 2nd choice because I cannot imagine passing a sure deal.

    I am interested in "switching" my scholarship if I get accpeted and get enough aid to my first choice. My first choice is only about $2000 more expensive.

    Any advice or knowledge on this process of "switching" scholarships would be GREAT!
     
  2. rkrosnar

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    Switching

    jojo1137
    First congratulations, seems to me your in great shape. Of the most important, you are going to have to be happy where you go to school. If you think you are not going to be happy going another school. Then you have to think about. If you can go and visit the school who offered the slot and additional scholarship, go visit them, please. Meet the program staff and see if you get a warm and fuzzy. Talk to your parents, as well. Listen, what that have to say. My son, who doesn't do ROTC attends Penn State and does not like there. He admitted this to me last spring semester, when I went to visit. I told him straight out. That if he would have listened to me after freshman year and found a school . Where he would have been happy and transferred, he would have been better off. Best of luck.

    God Bless and God Speed,

    RGK
     
  3. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    here's the deal with transfers, as best I can tell. At this point you have accepted the scholarship at school "B". To switch, what will probably happen is you need to ask to switch. Then the cost of the School "A" will need to be less than or equal to the cost of school "B". School "A" will also have to have an allocation available.

    Wouldn't your top school allow you to apply Early Action or Early Decision? Have you spoken to your top school about your desire, and the availability of campus based scholarships, and your chances of getting into the school?

    Good luck
     
  4. jojo1137

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    They do offer early decision...but it does not affect out of state applicants. The admissions officers said I had a good application but nothing that was set in stone. I did talk to the ROTC program, and while they offer room and board scholarships, they only offer them in your second year and they are competitive. I already sent in my acceptance to my second choice (as it was due today) but I would love to go to my first choice if everything could work out.

    So if my first choice is more expensive then there is no hope of getting my scholarship switched? It is only slightly more expensive.
     
  5. The OC Josh

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    My information is dated(Last year) so take it with a grain of salt. There are exceptions. Work with both battalions and see what happens.
     
  6. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    There are always exceptions. Josh is right, in that you should be talking to both schools. What will probably have to happen is for your top school to have scholarships they couldn't give away during the national process (kind of unlikely), or they are willing to allocate a campus based scholarship to you. Until you are accepted to the school I wouldn't expect that to happen, since you aren't a sure thing yet. I may be totally wrong, since I don't know which schools you are looking at. Small schools, big schools, popular programs all have different ways of effecting the things they can control. To reiterate, talk to the Battalions, tell them what your desires are, and see where you stand.

    Good luck
     
  7. jojo1137

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    This is delayed, but I should tell the school I accepted the scholarship to that I may wish to transfer it to another school?
    I have talked recently to my top school-the one where I declined the scholarship, and they said they would still love to have me and told me to contact CC and request the paperwork. I know as of the first round my top choice only had 2 scholarships awarded, but they are a large state school so I am expecting that this round they will recieve more.
    Would it make a difference that I am going into nursing? My top school offers a winter semester, which would lighten my load and allow me to look at playing club sports and my AROTC class and lab would be on-campus.

    Any advice would be helpful!
     
  8. blueridge

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    Schools that cost more

    If a school that you want to "move" your scholarship to, costs more than where the scholarship is assigned, should not be a factor. If you are awarded a say NROTC scholarship and let's say it is assigned to state school A and you want to move it to out of state school B, and you are wait listed there, the money has nothing to do with it. READ THE SCHOLARSHIP. It states $180,000, not 4 years at state school times 15,000 for 60,000. If you are being told that you can not be wait listed at a school that costs more, that would mean the scholarship would be deceptive as offered.
     
  9. clarksonarmy

    clarksonarmy Recruiting Operations Officer at Clarkson Army

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    Blue..that may be with a Navy scholarship...Army scholarships pay all tuition and fees. Offers don't state dollar amounts, so Cadet Command is using the cost to determine whether to allow a transfer or not.
    Jojo...nursing might help, but you accepted for nursing at your #2 school, so it's no advantage to CC whether you study nursing at one or the other. Additionally, CC really doesn't care if you take a winterim, or play club sports, or do ROTC on campus. CC will agree to pay your tuition and make you an officer, and you will agree to train and become an officer. I know that's a little simplistic, but in the big picture that's the deal. Ask for the transfer, hope for the best, and be prepared to attend #2 if you can't afford #1 or get the transfer.
     
  10. dunninla

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    jojo, you need to speak with a live person at Cadet Command asap. Do not wait for your acceptance at School #1.

    I don't know how Army works exactly. For Navy, you can request to be put on a waitlist for School #1 NOW, and then when you are accepted into that school, you tell NETC (the Navy's equivalent of Cadet Command) and they see if they can get you off the waitlist and into the Battalion. Your order on the waiting list is first come, first served. I assume it is the same way for AROTC.
     
  11. jojo1137

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    I've learned that the different branches operate very differently. I have sent out an e-mail to my poc and haven't recieved anything in several days. I have also contacted school #2 and they have not responded either. On Monday I will try contacting CC again. I'm hoping for the best!
     
  12. blueridge

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    Clarkson

    Yes Clarkson I should have clarified that my experience is with the NROTC scholarship. Thanks.
     
  13. P-Flying17

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    Blue it states up to $180,000.
    Being instate does make a difference for NROTC, but cost difference is looked at but does not count for or against during initial placement. Cost is considered if a transfer is requested after you have already reported to your assigned school's unit.
    Navy plays off in and out of state caps.
     

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