I recently found out that my DS would automatically receive free in-state tuition at one of his top schools (University of Illinois) if he joined ROTC. This in essence is pretty much equal to the National Scholarship. He is pretty much undecided between UofI and Texas A&M. He has already been accepted to A&M and are awaiting the decision from Illinois. He applied EA and we should get some news in Mid December. He had listed Illinois as his #1 choice but now I'm thinking that might be a mistake. Since he already would qualify for free tuition as in-state if he joins ROTC, why would they give him a national scholarship (And why would he need it)? My questions is, would he be better off moving Illinois down the list and put Texas A&M as number one? I don't see any reason to list Illinois so high since he can get free tuition without the national scholarship. Also, since he has already been accepted to TAMU it is more of a sure bet. He is going into Civil Engineering and this is very competitive at UofI so we are very unsure whether he will get accepted. Thoughts?