Scholarship Vs. Contract

GoArmy22

Member
Hello everyone,

I'm currently a non-contracted AROTC freshman in college. I recently just got my waiver approved. Because I qualify academically (GPA), physically (APFT), and now medically, do I have the option to become contracted without receiving a scholarship? It says on GoArmy that a scholarship comes with committing which makes complete sense, but I've been hearing you can do vice versa but without the scholarship.
 
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MohawkArmyROTC

Recruiting Operations Officer
Yes, you can contract scholarship as an MS2 or MS3. If you are still an MS1, you then you can't contract non-scholarship.
 

MohawkArmyROTC

Recruiting Operations Officer
@MohawkArmyROTC
Can you summarize the advantage of going contract vs scholarship?
They are both contracted. The two options are:

Non-Scholarship contract: You have a military service obligation and ROTC will commission you. You do not have a scholarship but will receive the monthly stipend. You can't contract until MS2 year. Advantage: You will be able to contract sooner than other Sophomores waiting to see if they earn a scholarship. You can also be an SMP cadet and compete for active duty.

Scholarship contract: You have a military service obligation and ROTC will commission you. You have have a scholarship (either tuition and fees or room and board) but will receive the monthly stipend. You can't contract until the semester the scholarship starts. Advantage: You have a scholarship.
 

Jcleppe

5-Year Member
Can you summarize the advantage of going contract vs scholarship?
Just to add a couple things, Mohawk and Clarkson can correct me if I'm wrong.

Non-Scholarship Contract: If you leave the program after you contract or before you complete your service obligation, you will not owe the Army any scholarship money, of course you would not have received any either. If you complete your service obligation you will be eligible for the GI Bill after 3 years AD.

Scholarship Contract: The obvious is that if you leave the program you will owe the rack rate tuition back to the Army, same if you leave the Army before your service obligation is completed. If you just serve your initial service obligation you will not be eligible for the GI Bill, you would need to extend an additional 3 years to be eligible.
 
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