GI bill and ROTC

Wgrace37

5-Year Member
Hello all,

My daugther will start AFROTC in the new few weeks. Unfortunately she did not get a scholarship for freshman year as she signed up too late for AFROTC. So this year she is taking loans to pay for the freshman year. If she is able to get a scholarship for the next three years, as we are hoping she will able to pursue, can she take GI bill after graduation to help pay for the cost of freshman year? I do realize there is the service committement after graduation which she is fully aware of.

Her commanding officer had stated at her inteview she would have been an excellent candidate as an incoming freshman for a scholarship due to her grades, community service, and letter of recommendation but due to her applying late in the year she had missed the scholarship opportunity.

As an afterthought she is exremely excited to start not only college but the ROTC program. We had dropped off some forms today for her CO and she told me, "Mom, I can't wait to start, I think I will really enjoy this"

I appreciate any input.

Thank you.
 

NavyHoops

Super Moderator
5-Year Member
No, the GI Bill as it's written today cannot be used to pay for loans from previous education. Also there are intracacies to the GI Bill. If she does pick up a scholarship she would need to serve beyond her initial commitment to qualify for the GI Bill. There are some old threads on here if you use the search function as this has been discussed. For example as a USNA grad I would of needed to serve 3 years beyond my initial five to qualify for the GI Bill. The number of years to qualify for the GI Bill can vary and depends on commissioning source, scholarships, etc.
 

Wgrace37

5-Year Member
No, the GI Bill as it's written today cannot be used to pay for loans from previous education. Also there are intracacies to the GI Bill. If she does pick up a scholarship she would need to serve beyond her initial commitment to qualify for the GI Bill. There are some old threads on here if you use the search function as this has been discussed. For example as a USNA grad I would of needed to serve 3 years beyond my initial five to qualify for the GI Bill. The number of years to qualify for the GI Bill can vary and depends on commissioning source, scholarships, etc.
 

Wgrace37

5-Year Member
Thansk Navy Hoops. That makes sense. She had discussed with me possibly leaning towards a career in the service beyond her ROTC committement so that info is good to know if she decides to pursue that option.
 

Day-Tripper

5-Year Member
Hello all,

My daugther will start AFROTC in the new few weeks. Unfortunately she did not get a scholarship for freshman year as she signed up too late for AFROTC. So this year she is taking loans to pay for the freshman year. If she is able to get a scholarship for the next three years, as we are hoping she will able to pursue, can she take GI bill after graduation to help pay for the cost of freshman year? I do realize there is the service committement after graduation which she is fully aware of.

Her commanding officer had stated at her inteview she would have been an excellent candidate as an incoming freshman for a scholarship due to her grades, community service, and letter of recommendation but due to her applying late in the year she had missed the scholarship opportunity.

As an afterthought she is exremely excited to start not only college but the ROTC program. We had dropped off some forms today for her CO and she told me, "Mom, I can't wait to start, I think I will really enjoy this"

I appreciate any input.

Thank you.
GI Bill gets you full benefits if you serve 36 months active duty. So if your daughter gets a 3 year ROTC scholarship then serves only 3 years active duty, she won't qualify for GI Bill education bennies. If she serves 6 years active duty, she'll qualify & can use for that master's degree.

Here's a great GI Bill comparison tool to use: https://www.vets.gov/gi-bill-comparison-tool
 

Klone

Member
Hello,

Following onto this thread, if I do not take a scholarship through ROTC would the 4 year commitment count towards the GI Bill?

Thank you for your replies.
 

Jcleppe

5-Year Member
Hello,

Following onto this thread, if I do not take a scholarship through ROTC would the 4 year commitment count towards the GI Bill?

Thank you for your replies.
Yes, if you do not receive any scholarship money during ROTC you would be eligible for the GI Bill after 3 years AD Service.
 
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