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Air Force ROTC Scholarships

Air Force ROTC offers a variety of ways to get the money you need for school. But the benefits extend well beyond graduation – starting with a career as an officer in the Air Force straight out of school.

Air Force ROTC scholarships cover tuition, an annual textbook allowance, most lab fees and $250-$400 spending cash per academic month. The application deadline for high school students is December 1st of your senior year. The Air Force ROTC offers several scholarships depending on your personal situation these include the following:

High School Student Scholarship Program

The Air Force ROTC College Scholarship Program provides 4- and 3-year scholarships in three different types. The application process is the same for each type.

  • Type 1 – pays full college tuition, most fees and $600 per year for books. Approximately 5 percent of our 4-year scholarship winners will be offered a Type-1 scholarship (mostly in technical fields).
  • Type 2 – pays college tuition and most fees up to $15,000 and pays $600 per year for books. Approximately 20 percent of our 4-year scholarship winners will be offered a Type-2 scholarship (mostly in technical fields). If a student attends an institution where the tuition exceeds $15,000 per year, then he/she pays the difference. All 3-year scholarships are Type 2.
  • Type 7 – pays full college tuition, fees and $600 per year for books, but the student MUST attend a college/university where the tuition is less than $9,000 per year, OR a public college/university in which the student qualifies for the in-state tuition rate.

    If a student receives a Type-7 offer but wishes to attend a college/university where they do not qualify under the guidelines above, the student can convert the 4-Year Type-7 scholarship to a 3-Year Type-2 scholarship. You cannot activate a Type-7 scholarship at a non-qualifying school and pay the difference.

Living Expenses
Upon activation, all scholarship cadets receive a nontaxable monthly allowance (stipend) during the academic year. Currently, the monthly stipend is $250 for freshmen, $300 for sophomores, $350 for juniors and $400 for seniors.

Other Details
All 4-year scholarships activate in the fall of your freshman year. All 3-year scholarships activate in the fall of your sophomore year. All 3-year scholarship designees must complete AFROTC training during their freshman year in order to retain eligibility to activate their scholarships at the start of their sophomore year.

Travel Expenses
Upon activation of your 4-year scholarship, the Air Force pays for initial travel from your home to your Air Force ROTC unit. The Air Force does not pay for travel for 3-year scholarship designees. Some 4- and 3-year scholarships can be extended an additional year, if necessary, in certain academic majors approved by the Secretary of the Air Force (e.g., most engineering and technical degrees).

In College Scholarship Programs (ICSP)

The In-College Scholarship Program (ICSP) is open to college freshmen and sophomores in any major. The program is divided into two selection phases and awards Type 2 (tuition capped at $15,000 per year), Type 3 (tuition capped at $9,000 per year) or Type 6 (tuition capped at $3,000 per year) scholarships for 2 or 3 years.

ICSP Phase One
ICSP Phase One is open only to students enrolled in the Air Force ROTC program. The school’s AFROTC detachment commander nominates eligible applicants for ICSP Phase One. Nominees for each detachment are rank-ordered by the detachment commander based on their leadership ability, grades, fitness and overall participation in the Air Force ROTC program. Headquarters AFROTC makes the final decision and awards scholarships. The nomination deadline is between January 15 and January 30 of each year.

All cadets selected through ICSP Phase One are awarded a Type 2 scholarship (capped at $15,000 per year for tuition, $600 per year for books).

Freshmen nominees are awarded 3-year scholarships and sophomore nominees are awarded 2-year scholarships. All scholarships activate the following fall term.

ICSP Phase Two
ICSP Phase Two is open to college freshmen and sophomores in any major. ICSP Phase One non-selects and students not enrolled in Air Force ROTC are eligible to apply for ICSP Phase Two.

Note: The commander of the detachment serving the school where they attend, or the school where they will attend once they join Air Force ROTC nominates eligible applicants for ICSP Phase Two. The detachment commander or his/her designee must interview students not currently enrolled in Air Force ROTC.

The deadline for detachments to submit a nomination is June 30. The board meets in July and those selected are typically notified by August 1 of each year.

A limited number of cadets selected through ICSP Phase Two are awarded a Type 2 scholarship (capped at $15,000 per year for tuition, $600 per year for books). Most scholarship selected students are awarded a Type 3 scholarship (capped at $9,000 per year for tuition and $600 per year for books).

Freshmen nominees are awarded 3-year scholarships and sophomore nominees are awarded 2-year scholarships. All scholarships activate the following fall term.

ICSP Phase Three
Depending on officer production and funding, a limited number of qualified sophomore ICSP Phase Two non-selects may be offered Type 6 scholarships. This process takes place at the same time ICSP Phase Two results are released.

Applications for ICSP Phases One and Two are processed at the Air Force ROTC detachment. Contact the detachment serving the school you attend or desire to attend to begin the application process.

The Express Scholarship Program

The Express Scholarship is designed to meet Air Force ROTC officer production requirements in specific fields and year groups. See the list below to find out if your major and year group qualify for this scholarship.

This program awards Type 2 (tuition capped at $15,000 per year plus $600 per year for books) scholarships. In most cases, these scholarships can activate during the same term as nomination.

The Express Scholarship program is operated on a fully qualified basis – those who meet the qualifications are awarded the scholarship and do not meet a scholarship selection board. The processing of the scholarship award is completed at the local detachment.

[Note: this list is current as of December 2004 and is subject to change without notice]

  • Students who can graduate and commission on or before September 30, 2009 are eligible for an Express Scholarship in majors in Tier 1 only.
  • Students who can graduate and commission on or before September 30, 2008 are eligible for an Express Scholarship in majors in Tiers 1-2.
  • Students who can graduate and commission on or before September 30, 2007 are eligible for an Express Scholarship in majors in Tiers 1-2.
  • Activation dates vary by program. Contact the host detachment for the most current guidelines.

Technical–Tier 1
Computer Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Environmental Engineering

Technical–Tier 2
Aeronautical Engineering
Aerospace Engineering
Astronautical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Meteorology/Atmospheric Sciences

Applications for the Express Scholarship are processed and approved at the detachment level. Contact the detachment serving the school you attend or desire to attend, and they will work to nominate you for the appropriate scholarship program.

The Minority School Scholarship Program

We offer four scholarship programs for students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) or Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs).

You do not need to be a minority to qualify for these scholarships. You only need to attend a minority institution that offers Air Force ROTC and meet the eligibility requirements. Contact the school’s detachment to begin the application process.

Scholarship Features

  • Open to college students in any major
  • Type 2 (tuition capped at $15,000 per year plus $600 per year for books) scholarships
  • Fully qualified – those who meet the qualifications are awarded the scholarship and do not have to meet a scholarship selection board

Applications for all of our minority scholarship programs are processed at the school’s Air Force ROTC detachment. Start the application process by contacting the detachment serving the school you attend or desire to attend, and they will work to nominate you for the appropriate scholarship program.

The Air Force ROTC Enlisted Scholarship Program

Air Force ROTC provides several programs in nearly a thousand schools to encourage the best of the best to pursue a commission.
These programs and their requirements are frequently changing to meet officer production and scholarship budget requirements. In order to receive the most accurate, up-to-date information, please visit the Air Force Enlisted Commissioning web site.

Here’s a short description of the currently available enlisted scholarships:

AECP
The AECP is a way for enlisted personnel to enroll full time in AFROTC Commission program while remaining on active duty with full benefits and pay.

ASCP
The ASCP allows enlisted personnel to separate from active duty and receive a scholarship worth up to $15,000 per year while pursuing their commission through Air Force ROTC.

POC-ERP
The POC-ERP is available to Airmen who do not qualify for a scholarship through the SOAR or ASCP programs be within 2 years of completing their degree program. Although AFROTC does not provide scholarship funding for this program, students are limited to attending school with annual tuition and fees not exceeding $15,000. Students may not pay the difference to attend higher cost schools.

Qualified candidates must:

  • Meet age requirements,
  • Have a GPA of 2.50 or higher
  • Be currently working on their first bachelor’s degree

SOAR
The SOAR program allows enlisted personnel to separate from active duty and receive a scholarship worth up to $15,000 per year while pursuing their commission through Air Force ROTC. Students may not pay the difference to attend higher cost schools.

Note: Members of other branches of the service wanting to join Air Force ROTC and pursue a commission as an Air Force officer may apply for the Professional Officer Course-Early Release Program (POC-ERP) or the Airman Scholarship and Commissioning Program (ASCP). You must first obtain a conditional release from your enlistment from your service's personnel system. Then you must meet the requirements for the program you are applying to: ASCP or POC-ERP.

If you have questions on how to apply, please contact your base education office.

For questions on how to obtain a conditional release from your enlistment (i.e., conditioned on your entry into a commissioning program), please see your personnel office for assistance.

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