Ok, ds is filling out the NROTC app. He has five schools chosen, and as most of you know, the app requires him to indicate at which of the five he can get instate tuition. One of his five is TAMU where he knows he can get instate tuition- he was given a scholarship at JCAP that indicated this. It's obvious to me that the Navy might like to match you with schools which would be cheaper with instate tuition... My question is: several of the other schools he's chosen indicate automatic scholarships for certain ACT scores. These scholarships would greatly decrease tuition - are these situations different because the fine print doesn't explicitly say they are qualifying him for in-state tuition like TAMU print says even if in effect they are? What makes TAMU's offer different than other colleges's offers exactly? All his schools are state public schools, btw. maybe it doesn't matter to little-ole-us, but I really want to know how say Iowa State's scholarship offers aren't as meaningful as TAMU. is it because you won't know their official offers until much later in the process or do their offers not matter - meaning the Navy would have to pay full tuition for you there. and if so, why not at TAMU also, because it is an SMC? thanks for sharing your wisdom!