This will be specific to his ROTC unit. If he has an engineering major, they may allow and even encourage a 5-year plan, in which the ROTC scholarship will cover all 5 years. They will fill out a form that shows all the classes they must take in order to fulfill their graduation and commissioning requirements within the typical 4 years allotted for a typical degree. They can't simply take a lower class load or drop out of classes whenever they want to lighten their load without permission. All of this must be discussed with the cadre at their detachment. My DD's NROTC detachment does not allow 5 year programs, so as an engineering major it has meant many 20-21 credit hour semesters to meet her degree and NROTC course requirements.I am curious, my DS received a 4 year AROTC scholarship. What happens or how does it work if it takes him longer to complete his Bachelors degree then the 4 years?
We visited over 20 Army ROTC units with our DD and DS as they were looking at colleges. Both of them received 4 year ROTC scholarships and I can tell you that at least half of these schools encouraged them to take 5 years to get their engineering degrees and that the units said they would have no problem "extending" their 4-year scholarship to cover 5 years. They did say that this was NOT an option for a non-engineering degree, however. In the end, neither of them ended up going with the AROTC scholarships, but perhaps some current/recent 4-year AROTC scholarship recipients/parents can chime in with their experience on extending their scholarships.I have no idea about summer school for AROTC and I disagree with ClarksonArmy at my own peril, but my child visited a couple of schools that had Army cadets finishing identical engineering degrees in different time frames, all under scholarship.
Units show flexibility for those that perfom.