You must meet certain requirements to be eligible for an Air Force ROTC scholarship. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about Air Force ROTC or the application process.
To be eligible for scholarship consideration, you must achieve an SAT composite of 1180 on tests taken prior to March 2016 (math and critical reading portions only) or ACT composite of 26. SAT composite of 930 on tests taken after March 2016 with new SAT format (math and critical reading portions only) will be determined on a case-by-case basis to see if they meet eligibility requirements once an applicant uploads their scores. Applicant must also attain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. There are no waivers or exceptions to this.
The following table provides some information to indicate whether or not you think you will be academically competitive for an AFROTC scholarship. This is last year’s average select rate winners:
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CIVIL INVOLVEMENTS AND DRUG USE DISCLOSURE
AFROTC policy is to withdraw the scholarship offer to High School Scholarship Program (HSSP) winners who failed to disclose all civil involvements and drug or alcohol abuse that occurred prior to the HSSP interview.
- These scholarships are considered to be obtained under fraudulent circumstances since the student failed to obtain the required waiver.
AFROTC policy is to withdraw scholarship offers to students who use illegal drugs after being briefed on the Air Force drug and alcohol policy during the interview.
Before you are eligible for the scholarship interview, you must complete the Physical Fitness Assessment (which consists of three events: crunches, push-ups, pull-ups and a 1.5-mile run) and submit the Letter of Certification. If you are offered an Air Force ROTC scholarship, you must pass the Physical Fitness Test before the end of your first semester of college.
Once you meet the academic and general requirements, you are considered an eligible applicant. You will be contacted by the nearest Air Force unit to set up a personal interview.
To be eligible for the scholarship interview, you must meet the following requirements:
- Be a United States citizen or be able to obtain citizenship by the last day of the first term of your freshman year (for four-year offers) or the first term of your sophomore year (for three-year offers). Activation cannot occur prior to obtaining citizenship. Also, if you receive a scholarship and possess dual citizenship, you cannot activate a scholarship or be contracted until you renounce your non-U.S. citizenship.
- Graduate from a high school or have an equivalent certificate.
- Be 17 years old prior to scholarship activation.
- Be under 31 years old as of December 31 of the year you will be commissioned.
- You cannot be enrolled full time at a college or university (except for joint high school/college programs).
- If you are the sole provider for another person (e.g., single parent, guardian for younger sibling, etc.), please contact the nearest Air Force ROTC detachment admissions representative for dependent care plan information.
When selecting a college or university, applicants and families are encouraged to consider their own ability to pay tuition. Although the applicant may have received a scholarship offer, there may be a delay in activation due to various reasons—for example, a delay in medical qualification by the Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DODMERB).
If there is a delay in activation that extends beyond the start date of the first term of a scholarship offer, the designee is normally responsible for that term’s tuition. Depending on the reason for the delay, the offer may be withdrawn.
Once a scholarship has been activated, if the student fails to maintain academic or military retention standards, his/her scholarship benefits may be suspended or terminated. As a result, the student will be responsible for a term or more of tuition and fees.
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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.