What if you didn’t have to worry about how to pay for college? Air Force ROTC offers a variety of scholarships that will help relieve the financial burden of your college education. That way, you can focus on preparing for your future.
Air Force ROTC scholarships cover your tuition and most lab fees. Also, you’ll receive an annual textbook allowance and up to a $500 spending cash monthly stipend. A variety of full and partial scholarships are available, and certain scholarships have specific requirements. You can learn more about that here.
You’re under no obligation by simply applying for an Air Force ROTC scholarship. However, if you are awarded a scholarship, you become obligated when you accept and sign an agreement with the United States Air Force. If you are under legal age in the state where the school is located, your parent or legal guardian signs this agreement.
You will agree to:
- Enroll in the academic major for which the scholarship is offered.
- Enroll in Air Force ROTC beginning with the 2018 fall term.
- Complete a 24-day summer field training course at Maxwell AFB, Alabama (usually between your sophomore and junior years).
- Complete Air Force ROTC General Military Course (GMC) your freshman and sophomore years and the Professional Officer Course (POC) your junior and senior years.
- Accept a commission as an Air Force Officer and serve at least four years on active duty.
Our high school scholarship application acceptance period opens June 1 in the calendar year PRIOR to your graduation, and you must submit your application online before midnight (Central Time) on December 1. Once you've applied, you must then download, complete and upload all required forms to our website before midnight (Central Time) on January 12 of the calendar year of your high school graduation to be eligible for scholarship consideration. Upload required forms here. For the 2017-18 scholarship cycle, there will be an Early Scholarship Board in September 2017. In order to compete and be eligible to meet this board, you must meet all HSSP eligibility requirements and complete the application process. Click here for next steps. All questions in reference to this early board may be directed to Headquarters AFROTC by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 1-866-423-7682.
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After graduation, in exchange for getting their college education paid for, a contracted cadet accepts a commission as a second lieutenant in the Air Force. Most cadets make a four-year, active duty service commitment.