Is ROTC considered financial aid?


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Aug 5, 2007
For all the colleges that I applied to, I clicked "NO" when the said "will you be a possible candidate for financial aid" because I didn't think ROTC fell under this category. Was I making a mistake, or did I do the right thing?


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Actually, would I even be eligible for financial aid? I'm applying to mostly private schools for Army ROTC, and a couple for NROTC Marines (already got it)
The financial aid discussion needs to be w/ your parents. They have to fill out a form (FAFSA) online w/ their tax info...then you will see what you qualify for in the way of financial aid.
EG - Your ROTC scholarship is not in jeopardy because you indicated you would not be applying for financial aide.

Nearly every college and university has a need-blind admissions policy - the box is there mostly so they can get you on the list to send out financial aide information. Many times financial aide deadlines are prior to acceptance notifications.

Now - you can still apply for financial aide so long as you comply with the deadlines.

While a ROTC scholarship is not considered need-based aide - it is still financial aide. It is counted against the costs of attending.

Actually, would I even be eligible for financial aid?
This is determined by your parents income, the costs of attending and the school.

A piece of unsolicited advice for all -
Anyone applying to any civilian school (unless maybe they have a 7 figure trust fund) should at least apply for federal financial aide by completing the FAFSA.
Several reasons -
Even if you are accepted to an SA or receive a scholarship you should have a back up plan. Think about what would happen if you blew out your knee and didn't make R-day or you lost your ROTC scholarhip because blowing out your knee kept you from passing the PFT.
You could be stuck with a nice tuition/room&board bill.

For ROTC scholarship winners, you still probably have a room/board bill and completing the FAFSA makes you eligible for very low interest loans.

Unless you are prepared to write a check for your college expenses - think of it as another "insurance policy".

And yes - your parents must complete and sign their part.
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