Financial aid?

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  1. Backtrack

    Backtrack New Member

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    I believe this is where I am suppose to ask my question. Hi, I've been thinking about joining ROTC for a while but couldn't make up my mind. I'm a double major in Computer Engineering/Science and my interest in last semesters IEEE South East Conf ended up over turning my interest in classes. I dedicated so much time into my chapters robot that I slaked in a few classes that I ended up withdrawing from (two in particular) in order to save my GPA. However, I failed to realize that the classes I dropped out of left me below the 67% requirement to apply for financial aid. Don't get me wrong my GPA is well above 3, however because of my lack of discipline I put myself into financial suspension. I have since taken the measures to reinstate my position, and am able to successfully appeal. My problem is that even though I can still receive the aid I cannot use it to pay this semesters tuition. I'm hoping that I can knock out two birds with one stone here and both join ROTC, and secure my financial situation. Is it possible? Should I talk to my university's recruitment officer about it or am I out of luck all together? Thank you in advance for any responses, and sorry if this is the wrong sub-forum to ask this question.
     
  2. 5Day

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    You are currently in college and want to join ROTC and you want ROTC scholarship money to pay for next semester (spring 2017)?

    That's not going to happen. Not for next semester.

    If you want to join ROTC and get maybe get a scholarship in a year or so we can give you some help. If you want to join ROTC to join the military and serve your country we can help.

    Let us know if you need any additional information.
     
  3. EOD/SEALmom

    EOD/SEALmom Member

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    I'm sorry to tell you, but ROTC doesn't work like that. Sure, you might be able to join the unit at your college, but in order for ROTC to pay for your tuition you would need to win a ROTC scholarship. That is a national competition, and it is extremely competitive to win a scholarship. Academics, sports and leadership is what they look for.

    You could probably speak with your college's officer about joining the unit, but simply joining ROTC does NOT give you tuition money.
     
  4. AROTC-dad

    AROTC-dad Moderator 5-Year Member

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    It cannot hurt to speak to the ROO.

    Also there may be a limited number of campus based scholarships available from the battalion, however these will likely go to a non contract cadet who has already been busting his rear for at least a semester in AROTC.
     
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  5. Dckc88

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    I know in the case of my DD's school. The campus based "board" met this week and only included current cadets that are not already on a scholarship. The kids that Get to be evaluated during the board already have APFT scores on file and have been participating all semester, they were granted an interview and are being considered for next year.

    While every school is different, it is likely that you will be expected to participate starting next semester and might be able to apply in the spring for next year, but most likely will apply for a scholarship next year for your last two years. Be advised that many cadets do not receive a scholarship at all.

    Good luck, and I definitely agree with the above advice, go talk to the ROO at your school sooner rather than later.
     
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  6. Dckc88

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    This is very good advice that many times there is not money involved, but for current college students it is actually a campus based board. For services other than Army, I think some are still national. But for Army, definitely campus based.
     
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