FAFSA FOR MILITARY PARENTS

Discussion in 'Service Academy Parents' started by Capt MJ, Aug 16, 2018.

  1. Capt MJ

    Capt MJ 10-Year Member

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  2. AlwaysAProudParent

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    A relative of mine graduated from USMA this past May and he tells every single you man and women who is applying. Fill out every single source of aid, go after every grant and scholarship you can get your eyes on . Any scholarship you DS/DD is awarded is their money and don't let anyone tell you since your at WP and its free you don't get that money. WRONG you do. They Just go to the financial office and fill a few docs out and they will cut a check . ( That's unless the scholarship decided to break their promise to you which is a separate discussion )
     
  3. Stealth_81

    Stealth_81 Super Moderator 10-Year Member Founding Member

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    Sorry, but that is just not correct. Many scholarships state in their rules that they can only be used for tuition, or room and board. If that is the case then an Academy student cannot receive the money since they do not pay any tuition, room, or board. The only scholarships that will work are those that have no stipulations on the use of the money. My son was awarded many individual scholarships and there was only one that he could do this with since specific use of the money was not stipulated. With that one he did have the check made out to USAFA and he then had it deposited into his held pay account. It is important to read the rules and fine print of any scholarship offer.

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  4. AlwaysAProudParent

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    I thought it was implied that you must read the stipulations in the scholarship like anything else when your promised something.
     
  5. AuxNoob

    AuxNoob CGA Admissions Partner 5-Year Member

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    My son was awarded scholarships from his high school. He declined them so they would go to someone else. His tuition, room and board was paid. He figured he could cover anything else from his stipend.
     
  6. THParent

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    My DS turned down scholarships as well.
    ALL of them stipulated that they could NOT be awarded if he was appointed to a Service Academy.

    Here is what the National Eagle Scout Association says (for instance):
    "Attendance at U.S. military academies is paid by the U.S. Government. These scholarships are typically worth $400,000 each. Additionally, attendees receive a monthly stipend from the U.S. Government. These students have secured an education. Other Scouts might not be able to attend college at all without receiving a NESA scholarship. Our goal is to help as many Eagle Scouts as possible to attend college."

    The $400K thing seems a bit inflated, but there you go. It's an example.

    Back to the original intent (I think) of Capt MJ's post, though: DO fill out the FAFSA form, because everyone should have a "plan B", in case they don't get into a Service Academy or ROTC program. ;)
     
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  7. jrwork

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    So am I understanding this correctly that ROTC does NOT require FAFSA? I can't seem to find a definitive answer about this. FTR, we do have a "plan B', though ;-)
     
  8. AROTC-dad

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    ROTC scholarship applications (anyone can enroll in freshman ROTC with or without a scholarship) are not need based, therefore ROTC programs do not look at any FAFSA information.

    The college that you are applying to would look at the FAFSA data for aid from the school itself, such as school scholarships, grants, work/study or loans. The school has no idea if you are receiving an ROTC scholarship or not.
     
  9. jrwork

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    Thank you! That was what I meant, scholarship ROTC.
     
  10. justdoit19

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    I ended up here searching for information about filling out a FAFSA for my 4/c plebe. I am thinking no, but is that something that can be confirmed by someone who knows for sure?
     
  11. OldRetSWO

    OldRetSWO USNA 78/parent 11/BGO for >25yrs 5-Year Member

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    USNA does not look for or at a FAFSA. That is for civilian schools
     
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  12. AROTC-dad

    AROTC-dad Moderator

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    Agree with this ^

    There are no school codes for FAFSA for any of the Federal Service Academies.
    https://fafsa.ed.gov/FAFSA/app/schoolSearch
     
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  13. justdoit19

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    That makes it easy! Thank you.