There are several threads this post could go under. So I thought that I would just post a new one instead of posting the same info over again. This is strictly just FYI about our experience this week. Maybe it might help answer someone’s questions. My DS received a 4yr national scholarship for AROTC at LSU. He and I went to spring invitational orientation for Fall 2013 this week. We met with the AROTC recruiting and admissions person. She explained the entire program, responsibilities, benefits, and commitment requirements that go along with his scholarship. It was very informational. Like others, I have posted several questions on this forum. Most of the time, just basic information can be given, as we all know, the difference can be the school. So below, I have listed a few points that really answered our questions pertaining to LSU. Hope this might help someone and/or give them an idea of what to expect. • LSU no longer provides free room and board to ROTC cadets. (They are trying to get this reinstated.) • Scholarship will go toward tuition and required fees. (Therefore, our state TOPS tuition, which is based on merit, will be applied to his LSU account and be credited to any other areas. Can go toward room and board.) • $300.00 stipend each month for ten months freshman year. (I know this amount was questioned because of the cuts) • $600.00 for books per semester • Must maintain a 3.0 GPA • Must take 2 MSL classes per semester plus PT • Can get a minor in Leadership (not sure the exact term she said) • LSU awarded 10 ROTC scholarships for the Fall 2013 (not sure if these were all 4yr or a combination) • Also stated that there were some on campus scholarships still available (There was another young man looking into joining that had not applied for scholarship. Said he couldn’t get it now, but may be able to get Spring 3.5 scholarship) So, this is the basics for LSU. Oh, and one thing she stated in the presentation is that my DS is in a 5 year degree program (mechanical engineering) and that ROTC will cover that year too. As long as he maintains his GPA, full class load each semester, the classes aren’t any retakes, and he is in good standing with ROTC. This was unexpected. But with taking 2 extra classes a semester, this would cut into his timeline for his major. Glad to hear that. Hope this helps.