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Army ROTC Scholarships

While you gain invaluable leadership skills in Army ROTC, you can continue your college education at the same time—with financial support from the Army.

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Let the Army Help You Pay for College

Scholarships and stipends from Army Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) allow you to focus on your education by relieving some of the financial pressure. You'll graduate with a respected and secure career path as an Army Officer, and with less debt for the school years your scholarship covers.

You’re eligible to apply for ROTC scholarship—which could get you up to 100% tuition coverage—if you’re a high school student enrolling in college, currently-enrolled college student, or an active enlisted Soldier.

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Tuition and Fees are Covered, on Top of Monthly Stipends

Get the full college experience, only with less debt, in exchange for a commitment to serve in the Army as an Officer after graduation.

  • An ROTC scholarship can cover either tuition and fees, or room and board, and each comes with stipends for living and books
  • The scholarships can be applied to any of the more than 1,000 participating schools
  • Your achievements and grades determine if you’ll be awarded a scholarship, not your financial need

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Additional Money for Expenses and Books

Receive monthly stipends to offset costs of living and books.

  • All scholarships include an extra $420 per month for the school year to use toward monthly expenses, like housing
  • All scholarships also allow $1,200 per year to spend toward books

Apply While In High School

As a high school senior, you can get a head start on your future by applying for the ROTC National Scholarship, a Four-Year Scholarship, at a participating school.

Your Commitment

Your acceptance of the scholarship means a commitment of:

  • Eight years of Army service, with requirements for active duty in the Army, and/or serving in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard, depending on the scholarship
  • You may be eligible to serve part time in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard while pursuing a civilian career immediately after graduation

How To Apply

Get started on your scholarship application:

  • Create an account on My GoArmy
  • Upon creating an account, login to the Scholarship Application
  • Locate and contact the Recruiting Operations Officer at the school you plan to attend—most of them have served before and understand the process you’re going through

Important Dates

Applications opened June 12, 2021. Your application must be started by Feb. 4, 2022 and completed by Mar. 1, 2022 to be eligible for review.

The Army ROTC National Scholarship Board will next review applications for the 2021-2022 school year on:

  • Jan. 24-28, 2022
  • Mar. 14-18, 2022

Apply While in College

If you decide to join Army ROTC as a current college student, you’ll have access to Four-Year, Three-Year, or Two-Year Scholarships.

Four-Year scholarships are most commonly applicable to current students who are on a five-year college plan, while Two-Year Scholarships are more common for those who attend certain participating two-year community colleges before transferring to a four-year university.

Your Commitment

  • Eight years of Army service, with requirements for active duty in the Army, and/or serving in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard, depending on the scholarship
  • You may be eligible to serve part time in the Army Reserve or Army National Guard while pursuing a civilian career immediately after graduation

How To Apply

Locate and contact the Recruiting Operations Officer at your school to discuss how to apply. Their years of experience will help the process.

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Standard Requirements for ROTC Scholarships

To be accepted for any ROTC Scholarship, you must meet these standards:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be at least 17, and under 31 in year of commissioning
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Have a high school GPA of at least 2.50, unweighted if you're in high school while applying
  • Have taken the SAT or ACT
  • Pass the current Army physical fitness test
  • Meet the physical weight and height requirements
  • Agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army on Active Duty or in Army Reserve or Army National Guard

Career-Building Scholarship Programs

Scholarships for Studying Nursing

Nursing students who are in Army ROTC can apply for the Two-Year, Three-Year, or Four-Year Army ROTC scholarships. To apply, follow the directions above for high school students or college students, depending on your education level.

Being a nurse in the Army provides you with opportunities not found in the civilian world, including a three-week paid Nurse Summer Training Program, which introduces students to the Army Medical Department and the roles and responsibilities of an Army Nurse Corps Officer.

Scholarships for Enlisted Soldiers

Enlisted Soldiers have unique scholarship opportunities to earn an undergraduate or graduate degree. Additionally, they allow you to showcase your potential to your division commander and get nominated for a Division Commander’s Two-Year, Three-Year, or Four-Year Hip Pocket Scholarship.

Apply online to get two, three, or four years of tuition or room and board covered by the Green to Gold Scholarship.