The Waiver Wait puts you in distress

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  1. LLJ

    LLJ Member

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    Scenario:

    DS awarded 3 yr scholarship. Needs waiver. Chose the "expensive" school as opposed to the state school. ( still hasn't sent in decision - we were hoping to hear about waiver) If waiver denied he would go to the affordable school and still do ROTC and reapply after freshman or sophomore year. He'd like to go to the bigger/nationally recognized school; but we can't pay 4 years of that.

    Deadline in a matter of days.

    Dodmerb was already done for USMA , so ROTC portal quickly went up and went straight to "waiver pending". But, He's gotta send in decision this week.

    HOW LONG is this gonna take? I think he has to make this decision blind and then….deposits, etc., monies will go that way before we know. ergh! Looks like we will have to reserve spot at two schools. Is this what people do?

    He actually really liked the ROTC ROO and PMS at one school, but has read "pick the school , not the ROTC program"

    stressed out…and still waiting on USMA. hah.
     
  2. k2rider

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    Well, taking the USMA portion out of the scenario....my daughter was told DQ'd on April 7th and received the call that the waiver was approved in June so it took about (2) months for her. It sounds like the waiver process was already in motion so that has to work in your favor...I would think.

    To answer your second question though....yes, we had deposits down at (2) schools, knowing we were going to have to eat the costs on one of them.
     
  3. Joos

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    I was sort of in the same boat at one point. I was awarded a scholarship and was awaiting waiver approval. At that point I asked my local detachment's scholarship supervisor if I could still participate in ROTC but not on scholarship if the waiver is not approved. He told me that I would not be able to. So I'm not positive hear, and it could depend on what the waiver is for, but just a heads up that he might not even be able to participate while not on scholarship if he doesn't get the waiver
     
  4. k2rider

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    If so, that's a change from 2011 when my daughters boyfriend participated in AROTC his entire Freshman year while awaiting a waiver that didn't come through until March, about (6) weeks before the end of the school year.
     
  5. kinnem

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    I would say to accept the scholarship (if you haven't already) and put deposits down at both schools WHEN REQUIRED TO DO SO - usually May 1. That will cover all bases. I know waiting is a pain bt we make the best plans and backup plans we can in the interim,
     
  6. Joos

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    Is it maybe because the waiver had not been approved nor denied yet?

    In my case it would have been if it had been denied, I would not be able to participate, not if I was still waiting to hear back
     
  7. Polly59

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    I feel you pain - in the same boat with added stress of having a ROTC scholarship but not having an admission decision from the school yet. Hang in there!
     

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