Enlisted Airmen ASCP & SOAR

Airman Scholarship & Commissioning Program (ASCP)

ASCP offers RegAF enlisted personnel the opportunity to earn a commission while completing their bachelor’s degree as an AFROTC cadet. Scholarships range from two (2) to four (4) years in length. Participants receive payment for tuition and scholarship fees, an annual textbook allowance, and a monthly stipend when the scholarship is activated. AFROTC scholarships do not pay for room and board costs.

Scholarships For Outstanding Airmen And Guardians To ROTC (SOAR)

SOAR allocates scholarship quotas to MAJCOMs, field operating agencies and direct-reporting units for outstanding RegAF Airmen. If qualified and selected by the AFROTC board, Airmen and Guardians receive scholarships to a college or university offering AFROTC for a time period ranging from two (2) to four (4) years. Commanders are encouraged to seek out their strongest performers with exceptional potential, motivating them to complete college degrees and be commissioned through AFROTC. RegAF personnel are discharged from the RegAF and enlisted in the AFR-Obligated Reserve Section to accept the scholarships and enroll in AFROTC.


Air Force ROTC cadets must complete all of their bachelor’s degree and commissioning requirements within four years. The time spent in school does not count toward total time in service.

Upon graduation and completion of the program, SOAR cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants and return to active duty for four years of service.

Air Force And Space Force Provides:

  • $900 textbook allowance per academic year
  • Monthly stipend increases based on an individual’s student status:
    • Freshman: $300
    • Sophomore: $350
    • Junior: $450
    • Senior: $500

GI Bill

While the Air Force and Space Force maintain several enlisted commissioning programs, many prior-service members separate from active duty and participate in Air Force ROTC by attending college with their GI Bill benefits. For more on the GI Bill, please review the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs website.

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