No offense I disagree with you for one reason.
The OP has stated they cannot afford these schools without the scholarship. In their case it is AROTC.
I hope for the best and that he enjoys ROTC, but what if he doesn't? That leaves him with 1 of 2 choices.
~ Leave the school because they can't afford it or go into 100 K debt for the education.
~ Stay and go deeper into debt with no true job offer on the table for 3 yrs from now.
I agree that that they offer an amazing experience, but with no grad degree, even with a GTown degree he is going to be up against stiff competition. Princeton, Harvard, Yale, STanford, Penn, Brown, Bucknell, etc. and let's throw in schools like American, GW, UMDCP that all have students interning at the Hill due to their proximity to DC.
~ You can't spit 6-9 inches without hitting a Govt/Politics, International Relations, etc. student at any of these colleges in the DC area. They are not unique. Granted he was accepted into their specialty school, but still there will be specialty schools all around.
I come from the Princeton area. I can tell you that if they do ROTC and try to intern at the UN as a student it is going to be insanely hard and costly. Princeton to NYC is on a good day a 45 min. commute. They will have to train it or bus it in, drive it in and you have to pay the tolls on TPKE and the GW bridge or the tunnels. Now add in the fact that they probably will do ROTC at Rutgers, which is xtown, it becomes even more difficult from an academic aspect. Rutgers with no traffic is 25 mins. If PT is 6:30, that means they will need to be up at 5:30 a.m. and will not be able to get back to Princeton for an 8 a.m. class. In essence, it can become a scheduling nightmare when juggling academics, ROTC and an internship. Something will have to give and usually it is the grades, which in turn impacts everything.
I just believe that the OP has to really think about more than college opportunities, like an internship, as a ROTC cadet when they say I can't afford to attend even with a generous FA package without the ROTC scholarship.
~ Kids bond that freshmen year. If they can't afford it without that scholarship, imagine how hard it will be for them next year when they have to decide do I stay in ROTC to pay for my college even though I hate it, or do I leave my college, my friends because I can't afford to stay?
~ It is not a question that many want to address, but it needs to be. My DS was fortunate, he loved his college, his ROTC det., and even if he dropped AFROTC he could afford to stay. However, he did see many leave. We all have seen it on this forum.