AFROTC App - order of preferred colleges

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  1. sdsmom

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    DS started AFROTC app this week and is having trouble with the preferred colleges. They appear to be in random order and he is not sure how to list them from first choice on down to last choice. Has anyone had any trouble with this? Thanks.
     
  2. eljay60

    eljay60 AFROTC parent, former ANC in USAR

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    The Air Force does things differently than the other branches. The scholarship is independent of the school, so you can use it wherever you want, if you get the award.
     
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  3. sdsmom

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    That is good to know! Thank you!
     
  4. eljay60

    eljay60 AFROTC parent, former ANC in USAR

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    I'm not sure if the school has to be on your list - so make sure his preferred colleges are on there.
     
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  5. COAFROTCMom

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    Also, a thought, kind of like an athletic scholarship, you should always pick a school you WANT whether you are in ROTC or not, because things happen and things change and you want to be at a school you truly want to be at, no matter what.
     
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  6. PlanAhead

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    To piggyback on this question...should DS only list schools in our state, or even out of state? It seems like you have to indicate your state in the drop down box, but are you limited to those?
     
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  7. eljay60

    eljay60 AFROTC parent, former ANC in USAR

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    No. However depending on the type of scholarship 1,2 or 7) the tuition reimbursement may be limited to an in-state rate. Having said that, my sons college accepts in state ROTC payment as full payment for out of state cadets as well.
     
  8. COAFROTCMom

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    Hi. My DD received a national scholarship for AFROTC for pretty much anything she chooses to study. She chose a pretty expensive private out of state school. So with her ROTC scholarship she basically was offered $18,000/yr. BUT honestly if you have a kiddo that qualifies for a national scholarship then I'm guessing the school is going to give him an academic. For us my daughter receives 1/2 tuition from AFROTC and 1/2 from Creighton on academic. Then Creighton pays 100% room and board for any student on ROTC Scholarship. Her tuition this coming up semester is $.29 out of pocket. So I would not limit myself to just instate. If I recall, we listed Creighton and then a couple of state schools in Colorado. Then Creighton sent their offer and the ROTC sent their scholarship. It worked out REALLY well. :) Let me know if you have any questions about any of it. It's a process.
     
  9. unkown1961

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    Do you mean "anywhere" as opposed to "anything?" AFROTC requires studying the major listed, at least as far as my kids have experienced.

    Just an add on to COAFROTCMom's comments - Parents and kids should keep in mind that many private out of state schools offer enough merit aid to make the tuition comparable to in-state public colleges (Creighton, St. Louis U, Loyola, U of San Francisco, Portland are a few my son and daughter received merit aid to). These scholarships will fit nicely with the partial Type 2 and Type 7 scholarships as mentioned like the one your daughter got for AFROTC. But parents and students should keep in mind that some schools will pull their merit scholarship if an outside merit scholarship is received. St. Louis U did that with my son 2 years ago (though they might have changed their policy since then). For my daughter who is going to MIT on a Type 1 AFROTC scholarship, their financial aid package was handled a little differently. They provided a package that included the"Parent's Contribution" and the "Student's Contribution and Workstudy." After we informed them of the AFROTC scholarship, all they was to delete my daughter's expected contribution and work study. Our "Parent's Expected" contribution stayed the same, which basically represents ¾s of the dorm cost.

    Schools are different in the way they handle their financial/merit aid packages and impact of outside scholarships. It's always best to research the issues and/or contact them to ask about it. But current high schoolers can look at experiences such as COAFROTCMom's and see that Creighton is a good deal and might be a good school to apply to. It's great to see info like the above shared so that future ROTC applicants can add schools to their consideration list that they might have thought were too expensive.

    Apart from the merit scholarships offered by these private colleges, is the potential for room and board. Creighton looks very generous. Other schools that my kids applied to offered varying amounts of room and board, but based on whether the ROTC scholarship was full or partial (George Washington, Boston U). For anyone looking at AFROTC, Creighton seems like a definite school to include in the application process.

    My son chose Boston U. They didn't offer merit aid, but for partial AFTORC scholarship holders, BU pays half of the first year's tuition (for 3-year partial scholarships) and then tops off the remaining year's tuition. Plus, they pay half of the room and board.

    COAFROTCMom - I guess we're both in CO. My kid's high school always has a fair amount of kids going to Creighton (of course the Catholic connection between our school and Creighton helps), and I've heard very good things about the school. Congrats to your daughter!
     
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    That's fabulous!
     
  12. COAFROTCMom

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    Hi. I guess I meant both. She could choose her degree and she chose psychology (but cannot change it after she starts without some serious paperwork) and could choose any school that accepts ROTC Scholarships. ROTC basically offered her $18,000/yr, or same as instate, so if she chose a more expensive school the rest was up to her to find.
     
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  13. COAFROTCMom

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    ... and congrats to your kiddo as well. I want to add that for my daughter, because she chose an out of state school, her 4 year national scholarship was reduced to 3 years. So she only had 1/2 academic that first year. We went back to Creighton and talked to them and they gave her a grant for the remaining tuition that first year because she was a national scholarship winner. They also picked up her room and board that first year, even though she did not contract until her sophomore year. As you said, they were extremely generous.
     
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