Non-ROTC Scholarship Payment Process

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  1. ARS14

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    I am a senior in high school, and I was awarded an AFROTC Type 1 Commander's Scholarship to my school of choice last September. I then accepted it when I was admitted to the school mid-January. While the scholarship does cover all my tuition needs, the monthly stipend and book allowance will not cover all other costs of college, such as rent, food, and miscellaneous expenses (deodorant is a necessity, not a luxury!). As such, I have dedicated myself to applying for non-ROTC scholarships all throughout this school year. As acceptance letters for some of these scholarships have started to roll in, I am now concerned about the payment process.

    Some of these scholarships stipulate that they are directly wired to the school. My outstanding balance at the school (pre-ROTC scholarship payment) will only be tuition, engineering differential tuition, and other fees, as I have elected to live off-campus for financial and location reasons. My understanding is that if a student's balance with the school exceeds their amount of monies owed, then the school cuts that student a check for the difference between funds deposited and monies owed. My understanding is also that the AF typically pays the school last (as a cadet must first pass the PFA for the scholarship to activate). This is where my dilemma arises. If my non-ROTC scholarships are deposited into my account first, and then the AF pays the remainder of my balance (total tuition minus the non-ROTC scholarships I have won), then my non-ROTC scholarships will have simply reduced the burden of the AF, and I will not receive a check from the university so I can cover my housing/food expenses.

    I have contacted my future CO regarding my concerns, and he referred me to my school's financial office. I have yet to receive a reply from the office (in my experience, persistence usually prevails in these cases, so I'll have to keep pressuring them).

    Anyone who has experienced this situation is highly encouraged to correct my misconceptions, refer me to a solution method, or be the bearer of bad news. I appreciate any insight you may have. Thanks in advance!

    ARS14
     
  2. Norfolk63

    Norfolk63 BGO and MidDad 5-Year Member

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    Contact your external scholarship donors and explain your situation. See if they will send payment to you directly.
     
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  3. ARS14

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    Will do! I'm already exploring this avenue, which I apologize for not including in the post. Thanks for the recommendation!
     
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    kinnem Moderator 5-Year Member

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    Also, be certain your other scholarships can be applied to expenses other than tuition.
     
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  5. ARS14

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    Thanks! I always do this before applying. If it's not listed, I call the sponsoring organization to make a determination.
     
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  6. Pima

    Pima 10-Year Member

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    I would also contact the bursar. The bursar should know exactly how they apply the monies, i.e. in what order. For our DS AFROTC was applied 1st and then the rest of the monies. However, his college merit stated UP TO just like the AFROTC scholarship, thus for him they did not cut a check back. Our DS2 would get a cut check back if there was any money left.

    Just saying it varies with the college.
     
  7. ARS14

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    Thank you! That's fantastic advice. If I'm reading your reply correctly, does this mean that for your son's case, the bursar could choose in what order to apply the monies? So if my school operates similarly, I could notify the bursar what order would be optimal for my situation and wouldn't have to organize a specific order of application for each scholarship between the committees?
     
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    Pima 10-Year Member

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    No, it means that for my sons school they choose to apply AFROTC money 1st to the bill and then the merit money. His merit was not designated to be tuition only, it was just merit, thus they could do it that way.
     
  9. ARS14

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    Gotcha. Thanks for the clarification!