Do you pay for prep schools?

Discussion in 'Service Academy Preparatory Schools' started by NamD, Apr 6, 2011.

  1. NamD

    NamD Candidate 5-Year Member

    Nov 26, 2010
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    Hello community,
    If a candidate does not get a direct appointment into an SA but is offered to attend a prep school at NMMI or anywhere else, does the candidate pay for the tuition or does the Academy pay for it?
    Thank you very much.
  2. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator 5-Year Member

    Jul 26, 2008
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    That depends.

    If you are offered a "Falcon Foundation Scholarship" for will receive a "portion" paid for, but not all; you'll have to make up the difference.

    If you are sent to "USAFA Prep School" then you'll enlist in the AF, be paid, cost to you.

    USAFA '83
  3. usna1985

    usna1985 10-Year Member

    Jun 9, 2006
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    Same is generally true for USNA prep schools. Foundation schools will require the parents to provide some support, based on their ability to pay. NAPS is free.
  4. Just_A_Mom

    Just_A_Mom 10-Year Member

    Jul 9, 2006
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    Scholarships from the Academy AOG or Foundation vary by academy and also usually by need.
    Cost to attend not only include tuition but room and board as well. Usually sponsored scholars are not able to hold down a part time job.

    There are two types of prep (other than the academy prep schools). One is a military junior college, the other type is a post grad program at a prep school or a semester at NWP.

    If you attend NMMI or another military junior college (i.e.MMI) - those schools are participate in Federal Financial aid. This includes federal grants and student loans. The military junior colleges also offer scholarships to sponsored cadets.

    If you attend a high school post-grad year - these programs will not entitle you to federal financial aid. They are typically expensive and you might be offered a scholarship from the school, esp if you will be playing a sport.

    When finances are an issue you need to look at all sources - the Academy's scholarship, the school's scholarship and any other financial aid available to you.
    Hopefully you have already done your FAFSA at
  5. CAmom2015

    CAmom2015 5-Year Member

    Mar 28, 2011
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    There is another type of prep which is similiar to the military junior colleges, and that is Greystone prep at Schreiner University in TX. It is the only prep that is situated at a 4 year university. As with the jr military colleges, you can receive grants, loans and scholarships. If you are a free agent of course you want as much finacial help from these sourses as possible because you are responsible for the cost. The Greystone prepsters attend college classes along with other college students who are attending Schreiner U. They have their own dorm though, and have a lot of prep school activities such as weapons familiarization, community service, camping, PT, CFA, SAT and ACT. There are both foundation and free agent students at Greystone.

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