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ACM and the Corps of Cadets

Discussion in 'Publicly and Privately Funded Military Colleges' started by rebelforhim, Jan 17, 2013.

  1. rebelforhim

    rebelforhim Member

    Jan 16, 2013
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    I'm a junior in high school, looking to join the AFROTC and preferably go to one of the Corps of Cadets school (probably VT or TAMU). I heard somewhere how you might be able to get in-state tuition rates to out-of-state schools through the Academic Common Market. If no colleges in my state offer a program that I want, and one out-of-state college does, ACM claims they'll provide in-state rates. For me, I would do this and select a "Corps of Cadets" program, because Alabama (my state) doesn't have a SMC. My question: Has anyone actually done this? Is it actually a viable option for me, or just some idea?

    - Henry
  2. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

    Oct 21, 2010
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    I don't know if anyone has tried this and until reading your thread wasn't even aware of ACM. However, I do have a couple comments.

    First you would have to attend a participating institution. For example, Va Tech is not a participant so you would have to strike that school off your list. Neither does VMI... so you would at least need to do more research on the schools etc.

    Many of these schools have limits on the number of out of state students they can accept and are therefor very competitive for out of state students. You need to have an excellent resume or some stand out feature to pull you into acceptance. Texas is one of these states. Not saying you couldn't get in, just saying it isn't easy.

    Third, some states/institutions already offer in-state tuition for ROTC cadets. Texas A&M is one of those schools, so ACM may not even be relevant in some cases.

    Hope this helps!
  3. Lawman32RPD

    Lawman32RPD 5-Year Member

    Jan 29, 2011
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    I don’t have any information regarding Virginia Tech. My best advice, call ‘em and ask. It is possible to get in-state tuition as an out of state student if you a Corps member at TAMU, regardless of whether or not you “contracted” (have an ROTC scholarship). Now, if you look around on this site you’ll find information about schools that offer housing assistance etc if you have an ROTC scholarship. You should contact those schools and those specific ROTC units for additional information. With respect to TAMU, just ask ‘em. http://corps.tamu.edu/ . There is a connect tab, use it. You can ask questions of cadets. http://corps.tamu.edu/Talk-To-A-Cadet . There is a separate tab to ask questions of the professional Corps cadre (retired officers). http://corps.tamu.edu/Talk-To-A-Staff-Member . The Corps Cadre will, most likely, be in a better position either answer or guide you to the right place to find answers to dollars and cents questions. The Corps cadre is separate from the ROTC departments. You can also find a way to contact the sundry ROTC units. http://corps.tamu.edu/contact-us . While there is a higher percentage of out of state students in the TAMU Corps than the TAMU general population (where it is about 3%) neither is high. That said, there are folks there from all over the country. Good luck.
  4. Cindy15905

    Cindy15905 Member

    Mar 26, 2012
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    Great answer Lawman!:thumb:
  5. BlindROTC

    BlindROTC 5-Year Member

    Apr 25, 2011
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    This would have been viable at Virginia Tech. The ROO suggested this option to my son one or two years ago, but we are not in a reciprocating member state. In any case, Virginia Tech is dropping out of the academic common market, so it's not an option anymore.

    The Corps of Cadets at TAMU effectively gives in-state rates to out-of-state students, just not through the Academic Common Market.

    South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia participate in the ACM. So you might check into VMI, the Citadel, and N GA State.

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