For students interested in military service and the obligation and commitment to serve in the military, there are options outside of military academies. Your pursuit of a military career does not rest on whether you are accepted by an academy or not! Congressman Brown joined the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) while in college, earning a scholarship for his service. After graduation, the Congressman spent five years on active duty, most of it as a helicopter pilot in Germany during the final years of the Cold War.
See below for ROTC financial aid that you are eligible for should you choose to join the ROTC in college, as well as other avaialable grants and scholarships. Please find more information from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Federal Student Aid for information on other grants and scholarships available to students.
Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) Scholarships
These scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit rather than financial need:
- Army ROTC scholarships are offered at more than 1,000 colleges. For application packets, information about eligibility, and the telephone number of an ROTC advisor in your area, call 1-888-550-ARMY (1-888-550-2769) or visit the Army ROTC web page.
- The Air Force ROTC college scholarship program targets students pursuing certain foreign language and technical degrees, although students entering a wide variety of majors may be accepted. For more information, call 1-866-4-AFROTC (1-866-423-7682) or visit the Air Force ROTC Scholarship web page.
- The Navy ROTC offers both four-year and partial scholarships. To learn more, call 1-800-NAV-ROTC (1-800-628-7682) or visit the Navy ROTC website.
- The Navy ROTC Marine Option Scholarship helps you pay your way through college at approved Navy ROTC schools. Learn more about the Navy ROTC Marine Option Scholarship.
Federal Pell Grants
Federal Pell Grants usually are awarded only to undergraduate students who have not earned a bachelor's or a professional degree. (In some cases, however, a student enrolled in a postbaccalaureate teacher certification program might receive a Federal Pell Grant.) You are not eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant if you are incarcerated in a federal or state penal institution or are subject to an involuntary civil commitment upon completion of a period of incarceration for a forcible or nonforcible sexual offense.
A Federal Pell Grant, unlike a loan, does not have to be repaid, except under certain circumstances. See more here.
A Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
The FSEOG program is administered directly by the financial aid office at each participating school. Not all schools participate. Check with your school's financial aid office to find out if the school offers the FSEOG. See more here.
Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant
A Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant is different from other federal student grants because it requires you to take certain kinds of classes in order to get the grant, and then do a certain kind of job to keep the grant from turning into a loan. See more here.
Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant
Like other federal grants, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants provide money to college or career school students to help pay their education expenses. However, Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grants have special eligibility criteria. See more here.