Air Force ROTC Scholarships
Air Force ROTC Scholarships
HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
FOR HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS
The Air Force ROTC High School Scholarship Program provides 3- and 4- year scholarships in three different types to high school seniors. The application process is the same for each type. On-line application deadline is Dec 1.
- Type-1 - Pays full college tuition, most fees and $900 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 $18,000 and pays $900 per year for books. Approximately 15 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 $18,000 per year, then he/she pays the difference. All 3-year scholarships are Type-2.
- Type-7 - Pays college tuition up to the equivalent of the in-state rate at a public school and $900 per year for books. 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 four-Year Type-7 scholarship to a three-Year Type-2 scholarship. You cannot activate a Type-7 scholarship at a non-qualifying school and pay the difference.
Upon activation, all scholarship cadets receive a nontaxable monthly allowance (stipend) during the academic year. Currently, the monthly stipend is $300 for freshmen, $350 for sophomores, $450 for juniors, and $500 for seniors.
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.
All high school scholarship winners are authorized travel pay from your home to your ROTC detachment. You will receive the pay upon activation of the scholarship.
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 our separate web site here »
Here’s a short description of the currently available enlisted scholarships:
Airman Scholarship Commissioning Program (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 the Air Force ROTC.
Scholarship for Outstanding Airman (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.
The Air Force ROTC (AFROTC ) professional officer course - Early Release Program (POC-ERP) offers active duty Air Force enlisted personnel an opportunity for an early release from active duty to enter AFROTC and receive a commission as an Air Force officer.
Members selected for the POC-ERP will separate from active duty, sign a contract with AFROTC and become full-time college students. The program is open to undergraduate degrees only. Upon completion of all degree and commissioning requirements, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants and returned to active duty for a period of at least four years.
To qualify, an applicant must:
- Be a United States citizen
- Have one-year time in service (waiver able)
- Have one-year time on station (waiver able)
- Be recommended by immediate commander
- Pass the Air AFROTC Physical Fitness Test
- Be worldwide qualified
- Be admitted to a school offering AFROTC
- Have qualifying AFOQT scores
- Be commissioned and enter active duty before age 35 (must be under age 31 on December 31 of the commissioning year to receive a scholarship)
- Be able to complete all undergraduate degree requirements in two years or less (minimum 1.5 years with a waiver)
- Have at least a 2.5 cumulative college grade point average
- Not be selected for a reassignment prior to submission of the application (waiver requests are due August 15)
Contact your base education office and/or the for guidance on the application process.
The POC -ERP is open to all academic majors.
While in ROTC, individuals will no longer receive military pay or benefits. All members applying for the POC -ERP are required to provide proof that they have the financial means to make it through the program.
All cadets in the POC -ERP will receive a non-taxable monthly stipend according to the chart below.
Additionally, members may use their MGIB benefits while in the program along with any additional grants or scholarships for which they may qualify.
JOINING AIR FORCE ROTC FROM OTHER ARMED SERVICES
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.