Combine Academic Merit Scholarship from University + AFROTC Scholarship

AFROTC_Parent_2021

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Can a student use both / combine academic scholarship from a university with the 4-year AFROTC scholarship? I know Navy covers tuition only in NROTC schoalrship....is it the same for AFROTC? Then can a student use the academic scholarship from university to pay for everything else? And if there is a balance left (more than needed)...does the student get that money? Thank you for your time and guidance here.
 

jaglvr

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You will have to check with the indivudual universities. Some scholarships can not be used for room and board because those items are taxable. It would definitely be allowed for any extra fees and supplies though.
 

Orionling

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We were able to use both the AROTC scholarship (to cover tuition) and a merit scholarship (to cover room and board). However, it took some negotiating with the school to make that happen.
 

gibsontrio

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Institution dependent. Mississippi state is floating my sons academic scholarship money to his account and will be used for room and board.
 

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We've checked with my boy's AROTC school-of-choice a few times, now.

ROTC is covering 4 years of tuition and fees. His merit-based scholarships are covering room and board, for those same 4 years.

Allegedly...his out-of pocket costs for his degree amount to gas money around town.
 

AFROTC_Parent_2021

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Thank you all for your replies. I guess every school / state can be different. The school is University of Mississippi......we are waiting to talk with the detachment recruiter there to understand the specific rules for this school. I understand some schools even give the excess (if so fortunate) back to the student.
 

SOG-SA

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Thank you all for your replies. I guess every school / state can be different. The school is University of Mississippi......we are waiting to talk with the detachment recruiter there to understand the specific rules for this school. I understand some schools even give the excess (if so fortunate) back to the student.
One thing to also clarify...when you have that chat.

My son's school made it clear that the merit scholarship will cover ACTUAL costs of room and board. Any merit amount initially awarded to him, above those costs, is not dispersed to the student.

I'm sure other schools do that differently, too...so definitely worth asking. I suggest getting it in writing, too (email, document, or similar)
 

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As many have said above, it is usually school dependent. That being said, MOST schools have "student accounts" that in house scholarship money is deposited into. Our son gets his Merit Money put into his account, pays his school bills and whatever is left is his to use. He lives off campus so what is left of the scholarship money after paying tuition and fees and buying supplies is his to use as he see fit. There was never any "requirement" to live on campus to get the room and board money. Pell Grant money or Scholarship money or any other "outside" funds (VA, DOE, State) sent to the school go into his school account which after about four weeks into the semester is "swept" into his checking account on file.

But as said above every school is different, buy I think that normally you can use any funding outside of ROTC for whatever you need it for. Check with the financial aid people at your school, they are one who will know absolutely..:)
 

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Can a student use both / combine academic scholarship from a university with the 4-year AFROTC scholarship? I know Navy covers tuition only in NROTC schoalrship....is it the same for AFROTC? Then can a student use the academic scholarship from university to pay for everything else? And if there is a balance left (more than needed)...does the student get that money? Thank you for your time and guidance here.
Here is the COA (cost of attendance) document for the school. Note the in state vs out of state difference and the personal and travel expenses that are included in the COA. https://finaid.olemiss.edu/cost-of-attendance-2021-2022/ Schools are more likely to cover up to the COA than above that number. The Personal and Travel expenses could be dispersed to the student. 1620053957869.png
 

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Thank you all for your replies. I guess every school / state can be different. The school is University of Mississippi......we are waiting to talk with the detachment recruiter there to understand the specific rules for this school. I understand some schools even give the excess (if so fortunate) back to the student.
Every school is different. We had one college pull my son's merit aid when they found out he also received a partial AFROTC scholarship.
But do talk directly to the university financial aid office. They are the ones who make the policy and we have also found that detachments weren't always aware of what the university policies were.
 

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Here is the COA (cost of attendance) document for the school. Note the in state vs out of state difference and the personal and travel expenses that are included in the COA. https://finaid.olemiss.edu/cost-of-attendance-2021-2022/ Schools are more likely to cover up to the COA than above that number. The Personal and Travel expenses could be dispersed to the student. View attachment 9018
In this example, a nonresident student in possession of an HSSP Type 2 scholarship would receive $18,000, which the school would credit against the tuition portion of the Total for Nonresidents.

That tuition portion = $8,718 Tuition [ i.e. the in-state tuition fee ] + $16,272 Additional Fee for Nonresidents = $24,990.
$24,990 less the HSSP $18,000 Scholarship = $6,990 for Tuition, which would bring the total cost down to $24,024 for a Nonresident.

Now, if the school were to offer you a scholarship to be used against tuition -- as merit scholarships aimed at nonresident students usually are required to be used -- then that scholarship, regardless of how large, could go up to $6,990 and no further for the nonresident. IOW the school will usually not put cash in your pocket with their merit aid; the goal is merely to bring down the cost of tuition.

But again, some schools may take a different approach. Check with the Financial Aid folks -- go to the source.
 
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