I want to reiterate some sound advice posted previously on this board, as my daughter, two years ago, said "It would be cool to go to MIT!" Yes, indeed, it would have been. At the same time she was applying for ROTC scholarships, she applied to the Coast Guard Academy, in the end, accepting there but being medically DQed and disenrolled. Came home, worked for a year, saved a ton of money and applied again for ROTC. Granted 4-year scholarships with NROTC-MO and AROTC. Currently slogging through the waiver process, but thankfully chose a school that she can afford without having to take out loans. Now her desperation comes from wanting so badly to serve, not how am I going to pay for school. Good luck to all! It's an exciting time!