There are three types of high school scholarships.
Pays full (100 percent) college tuition and authorized fees at any public or private institution with an Air Force ROTC detachment. Type 1 selectees will also receive a monthly living expense stipend and an annual book stipend.
Pays up to $18,000 per year in college tuition and authorized fees at any public or private institution with an Air Force ROTC detachment. Scholarship payment is further capped at up to $9,000 per semester or up to $6,000 per quarter. Type 2 selectees will also receive a monthly living expense stipend and an annual book stipend.
Note: At schools where tuition and authorized fees are over the scholarship cap, students are liable for the difference—even if the tuition is below the cap when the student starts at the school but then increases above the cap during the student’s academic program.
Pays full (100 percent) college tuition and authorized fees (capped at the in-state tuition rate) at a public institution with an Air Force ROTC detachment. Type 7 selectees will also receive a monthly living expense stipend and an annual book stipend.
Note: Type 7 selectees must attend a school where he/she qualifies for the in-state tuition rate. Type 7 selectees must not attend a higher-cost institution and pay the difference. If annual tuition and fees increase after the scholarship has been awarded due to inflation, AFROTC will continue to pay the full in-state amount. Type 7 selectees who choose to attend an out-of-state public institution or a private school can convert their scholarship to a Type 2 for a three-year academic term.
SCHOLARSHIP LENGTH—TERMS OF PAYMENTS
Scholarship payments are limited to the number of terms in the scholarship contract or the number of terms required to complete Air Force ROTC academic requirements, whichever occurs first, unless additional terms are awarded.
|Length||Terms of Authorized Payment|
|4-year||4 academic years (8 semesters or 12 quarters)|
|3-year||3 academic years (6 semesters or 9 quarters)|
Additional terms of scholarship payments can be authorized for students pursuing a Secretary of the Air Force (SAF)–approved five (5)-year major.
Note: Additional scholarship payments are capped at five (5) total years (10 semesters or 15 quarters). Additional terms of payments may not exceed one (1) academic year after the completion of the required Air Force ROTC courses.
Four-year scholarships are paid beginning in the fall of your freshman year. Three-year scholarships are paid beginning in the fall of your sophomore year.
AUTHORIZED TUITION AND FEES
Air Force ROTC will not authorize payment for an amount that exceeds the student’s annual scholarship cap based on the awarded scholarship type and length. Additionally, scholarship payment is limited to tuition and fees associated with required and elective courses.
A required course is a prerequisite for further advancement in the student’s contracted major. For required courses, Air Force ROTC will also pay mandatory institutional fees that are incurred.
An elective course is one required to meet graduation requirements, however, the student has a say in actual course selection.
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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.