I was awarded a 4-year Army ROTC scholarship to VMI in November, I am officially DoDMERB qualified and paid my enrollment deposit to VMI a few days ago. I'm excited about attending the Institute, but had some questions about where to go from here regarding having my scholarship pay for VMI: I plan on attending STP in the summer. Since I'll have to pay tuition for the class, will the Army cover that cost, or will I have to pay for it on my own? I was reading the New Cadet Handbook, and they make it seem like you have to buy your books as soon as you arrive on Post. Will I be eligible to use my Army book stipend then, or will I have to cover books on my own? How is tuition actually paid by the Army? Will I literally have to forward the check to Cadet Command, or does it even go through me? Sorry I'm kind of clueless on the process! I understand that benefits don't start until you pass the APFT though, and I've been preparing vigorously for it (can currently score a 293).