Last Updated on April 2, 2022

The AFROTC has three scholarship types

  • Type 1 (10% of overall scholarships awarded):  Pays full tuition at any public or private college for four years
  • Type 2 (20%):  Pays $18,000 a year for four years
  • Type 7 (70%):  Pays in-state tuition for public schools for four years.  This scholarship can be converted to a 3-year Type 2 which starts paying at the beginning of the cadet’s sophomore year.

Scholarship recipients awarded a Type 2 or Type 7 may have their scholarship upgraded to a Type 1 if they obtain admission to and enroll at selected colleges and universities.  

Selected schools that will upgrade Air Force ROTC and Space Force scholarships

The following is the list of selected schools:

Air Force ROTC Scholarship:

  • Brown University
  • Columbia University
  • Cornell University
  • Duke University
  • Harvard University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Princeton University
  • Rice University 
  • Stanford University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Vanderbilt University 
  • Yale University

Space Force Scholarship:

  • Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Howard University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • North Carolina A&Y State University
  • Purdue University
  • The University of Texas at Austin
  • The University of Texas at El Paso
  • University of Colorado Boulder
  • University of North Dakota
  • University of Southern California

For those applicants interested in attending many of the high-cost private schools on this list, the automatic upgrade from a Type 2 or Type 7 to a Type 1 will pay for the full tuition to these schools—obviously a highly attractive situation.  

Additional Room and Board

Obtaining the upgrade will also allow for additional room and board payments to the following schools:

University of Southern California:  $4000 towards room or board.

Vanderbilt University:  $6000 towards room and board

Pro tip:  For those applicants NOT interested in majoring in one of Air Force ROTCs highly desired majors and believe they can obtain admission to one of the schools on the above list, designating General Studies as a major will allow the applicant to get an upgrade to a Type 1 and give them maximum flexibility to choose their major of interest.

In closing, knowledge is power.  We at ROTC consulting use our years of experience to help obtain a scholarship to pay for college so you can serve as an officer in the Air Force.   Please contact us.  We’d love to hear from you.

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