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Discussion in 'ROTC' started by Vista123, Nov 22, 2013.

  1. Vista123

    Vista123 5-Year Member

    Aug 5, 2011
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    since the gov't seems to be pretty slow in paying tuition, is going to school on an ROTC scholarship seen as a negative these days?

    My son got a scholarship in this cycle . He has not yet gotten into the college and has a lot of plusses and a lot of minuses with regards to admission. My first thought was for him to let admissions know that he received the scholarship thinking that may positively influence their decision if he was on the fence. However, before he/we begin that process I would like some opinion on whether this is even a positive or not?
  2. kinnem

    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

    Oct 21, 2010
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    The government is always slow about paying all its bills. It's certainly always been slow about paying ROTC tuition. This is especially true for entering freshman.

    I don't think having a ROTC scholarship is ever a negative with a college. I would say either it's a positive or they don't care. Financially it's nothing but a positive as the Feds always pay full freight and they don't dip into merit money for that student. Of course financial aspects don't necessarily have a big (if any) impact on admissions. So... .it may or may not make a difference to admissions, but I don't think it could hurt to let them know. I have to emphasize it's all just my opinion though, based on my years here and common sense.

    Edit: Congrats on Georgetown! Sounds like a great match for your DS. I know I'm speaking to the choir, but make sure he understands the cross-town commitment involved. I have no idea how often he will be required to be at George Washington.
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  3. EDelahanty

    EDelahanty 5-Year Member

    May 7, 2010
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    Like all other merchants, schools are happy to have someone paying full list price - even if the exact time of the payment may be in question. So I see it as a positive. The degree of the school's happiness may depend on its finances.
  4. nofodad

    nofodad 5-Year Member

    Dec 21, 2011
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    We get a tuition bill each semester that does not list our son's scholarship. When I first saw this I freaked a little, then was reassured that since the scholarship is not provided by the university it is not listed. DS was informed by HR at his battalion that tuition is paid each semester after the drop/add period has passed. Sure enough, University knew this, and tuition, and all fees were paid and any "late" fees were forgiven. I think it is a huge plus to have an ROTC scholarship that pays full tuition and fees and could not see how a College would perceive this as a negative.

    Kinnem: G'town hosts AROTC, GWU hosts NROTC.
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  5. DanGir

    DanGir 5-Year Member

    Mar 2, 2012
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    I was thinking the same thoughts. Should my son call the admissions office (after he receives the letter, of course) and let them know he has received a scholarship? Along the same lines, should he call the school ROTC number and make contact with the battalion? Introduce himself, so to speak.
  6. dunninla

    dunninla 5-Year Member

    Jan 26, 2010
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    this can go two ways:

    1) the GW PMS has a positive working relationship with Admissions at GU, and he can go to bat for your son
    2) he doesn't

    In either case, it is not your son's call to Admissions that matters, but the call from the PMS that matters. For that to happen, your son needs to establish a relationship with the PMS. DON'T YOU CALL. That wouldn't be well received. Make sure your son does all the contacting.
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