I am from CA, my DS is a MSIII at A&M, was accepted to a number of other SMC's but only two offered actual scholarships to out-of-state cadets/students and boy, I have to say...it makes a huge difference when you consider all the additional expenses. My DS receives an "in-state" scholarship at A&M along with some other small awards and I am paying less for college than I did for private high school. I can not stress how this is an investment in their future, not just a potential military career. There are so many factors that derail a cadet from reaching that commission, all are no negative..some are the young man/woman changing their mind. Also, I have some solid PLC knowledge and if your kid wants to go Marines, like others have said, they can enroll in PLC from any university. Matter of fact....for some, it's a far better deal than managing 4 plus years in a Corps of Cadets. Feel free to PM me if you want more PLC or other info...Just from one parent to another, if you can spend a far more reasonable amount on tuition, get the swim team exposure, participate in PLC at the same time, and secure that commission upon graduating, imagine how far ahead of the game you'll be! Good luck. Disclaimer - this is not meant to be negative towards any SMC...it's a function of finances and the individuals goal (PLC).