Transferring AROTC Scholarship from one school to another...

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  1. ABF

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    I need advice from those who have done it.

    My son got a three year offer to his top two schools. One school is an out of state school that will run him $25K per year OOS tuition. He has already received an acceptance letter from that school. The other school is an in-state school that he can afford (about $10K per year), but he hasn't received an acceptance as no notifications go out until late March. (He should be able to get into that in-state school too).

    Since it's a three year offer, and because he is going to study Engineering (and it's likely he'll be in school for 5 years), he will have to pick up a year or two of the costs on his own.

    And... Do I understand this correctly... do the three year AD scholarships kick in AFTER th Freshman year?

    So, now the big question.... Does he take the scholarship to the expensive school to which he is already accepted, and if he gets accepted to the cheaper school, seek a transfer of the scholarship, or does he just risk it and take the scholarship to the cheaper school from the start?

    My thoughts... and correct me if I'm wrong... Take the scholarship to the school to which you are already accepted, and if the cheaper school accepts you, request the transfer. I bet it's easier to get the Army to transfer the scholarship from a $25K tuition school to a $10K per year tuition school than the other way around.

    What are your experiences with this issue?
     
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  2. Pima

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    It appears he wants to go to his ISS. If so, take the scholarship to the more expensive since it is not binding.

    He will have to pay the 1st year. The one thing to remember is for the last eons college tuition goes up by @7-10% per year. If it is 25k this year, expect 27 for next yr....now continue to take that out until 2019. The amount he will have to pick up for the final yr could easily be 35k+ for that last yr.

    Doing the math even if he can't transfer the scholarship the cost would be identical. Thus, he needs to also decide if he gets accepted to IS, but can't transfer whether he wants to go non-scholarship IS and chance an ICSP there or go with the scholarship in place.
     
  3. ABF

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    Solid advice PIMA. If my kid asks, that's what I'd suggest. Just one thing... and I already checked the acronym list... "ICSP" means...?
     
  4. FlyingWildcatDad

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    In College Scholarship Program
     
  5. Roxymom

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    To ABF:


    If I recall from last year's paperwork~ 3 yr awardees have to keep a minimum 2.5 GPA in order to contract. Please double check this. I only mention this because you stated that Engineering is the major. Once contracted the minimum GPA. Is 2.0. Freshman Engineering -first term is HARD.
    I would suggest taking at least 1 class over the summer to lighten the load and get a headstart on the GPA.
     
  6. dunninla

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    A fifth year, whether for a 3 Yr. AD or 4 yr. scholarship awardee is usually paid for by Cadet Command, assuming the student is in good ROTC standing and the 5th year is somewhat normal for engineering students at his school.
     

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