The United States Armed Forces offer tuition reimbursement programs, academic courses, and Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) scholarships. The government also operates five highly competitive academies that prepare students for military or merchant marine careers.
Air Force ROTC Scholarship Program
The Air Force ROTC Scholarship Program is open to all high school graduates who are age 17 to 25 U.S. citizens. If you are a high school junior year of high school, you should apply no later than December 1 of senior year.
This program covers full college tuition and various laboratory, textbook, and incidental fees. Also included is a non-taxable $100 monthly allowance during the school year for eligible students and a potential scholarship. Keep in mind, scholarships are based on SAT or ACT scores, GPA, class standing, interview ratings, and physical aptitude test.
Army ROTC Scholarship Program
The Army ROTC Scholarship Program is open to all high school graduates who are age 17 to 26 U.S. citizens who have completed the following:
- Have a high school GPA of at least 2.50
- Have a high school diploma or equivalent
- Score a minimum of 920 on the SAT (math/verbal) or 19 on the ACT (excluding the required writing test scores)
- Meet physical standards
- Agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army on Active Duty or in a Reserve Component (Army Reserve or Army National Guard)
This program covers full college tuition and various laboratory, textbook, and incidental fees. Also included is a tax-free subsistence scholarship of up to $1,500 each school year. Keep in mind, scholarships are based on SAT or ACT scores, GPA, class standing, interview ratings, and physical aptitude test.
Scholarship winners are obligated to military service. This can be fulfilled by:
- serving 2 to 4 years followed by service in the Army National Guard or Army Reserve or
- by serving 8 years in the Army National Guard or Army Reserve.
If you're interested in enrolling in Army ROTC and you are in college, you can start by taking an Army ROTC basic elective course. If you have at least two or more years remaining toward your undergraduate degree but not enough time to complete the Basic Course, you can enter the Army ROTC Advanced Course by completing the Leader's Training Course held at Fort Knox, Kentucky, during the summer.
Talk to your campus Military Science department about other ways to join Army ROTC and incentives available, including opportunities to compete for two-, three-, or four-year scholarships.
If you are a student already in college and would like to explore Army ROTC, there are several scholarship options available.
If you apply for a scholarship, you first will need to create a MY GOARMY account. Once you create an account, you will be sent to the MY GOARMY Log In page. Once you can successfully login to MY GOARMY, you can use your newly created account information to login to the scholarship application site.
Naval ROTC Navy-Marine Corps Scholarship Program
The NROTC Scholarship Program is available to qualified students who graduate from high school before August 1 of the year they intend to start college.
Students selected for the NROTC Scholarship Program make their own arrangements for college enrollment and room and board, and take the normal course load required by the college or university for degree completion. Additionally, scholarship midshipmen are required to follow specific academic guidelines.
Selected applicants for the NROTC Scholarship Program are awarded scholarships through a highly competitive national selection process, and receive full tuition, books stipend, educational fees and other financial benefits
Full information concerning the NROTC Scholarship Program is available from any of the colleges and universities with NROTC units or from Navy and Marine Corps recruiters. A list of colleges and universities is available on at nrotc.navy.mil.