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ROTC Scholarship Policy

All three ROTC branches of the military (Air Force, Army, and Navy) are represented at Illinois Tech. Interested students may apply for scholarships through their respective ROTC branches.

For a full list of ROTC contract scholarships, including ROTC Room and Board scholarships, use the following scholarship charts depending on admission to the university:

ROTC Military Coverage

Each military branch determines the scholarship award provided to the cadet and submits the information to the Office of Student Accounting and the Office of Financial Aid.  The Office of Student Accounting will then post branch awards to each cadet’s account. Depending on branch coverage, a cadet may be eligible for an Illinois Tech funded scholarship depending on unit and type of benefit. Cadets who are federal aid recipients should note that their federal aid awards will work in conjunction to stay within the cadet's budget.

Financial Aid Process

The Office of Financial Aid will award ROTC benefits and financial aid awards to eligible cadets in accordance with the policies established by the Office of Financial Aid and the Department of Education. These policies include, but are not limited to the following:

Federal Aid Restrictions

  • Air Force cadets receiving federal aid who are eligible for a MAP grant can only receive a MAP grant if it is replacing the Illinois Tech tuition scholarship portion and cannot exceed the cost of tuition and mandatory fees.
  • Army or Navy cadets covered at 100% by their military benefits will be ineligible for a MAP grant.
  • Cadets who are eligible for a Pell Grant can receive this grant up to their Cost of Attendance (budget).
  • Cadets who are receiving military benefits are not eligible to receive an SEOG Grant and will have this award removed from their account.

Air Force Illinois Tech Scholarship*

Air Force 3 year-Type 2 (Cadets who matriculate Fall 2017)**

During the first year, cadets are awarded an Illinois Tech Air Force scholarship whose value matches the institutional scholarships awarded upon admission to the university (min value of $28,000). During the last three years, eligible cadets will receive an Illinois Tech Air Force scholarship that covers the remaining tuition balance minus military benefits. The Illinois Tech Air Force scholarship in combination with the cadet's military benefits cannot exceed tuition and mandatory fees.

Air Force 3 year-Type 2 (Cadets who matriculated prior to Fall 2017)

Cadets are eligible to receive an Illinois Tech Air Force scholarship that covers full tuition and fees during the first year at Illinois Tech. During the last three years, cadets are eligible to receive an Illinois Tech Air Force scholarship that covers the balance of tuition and fees minus military benefits. The Illinois Tech Air Force scholarship in combination with the cadet's military benefits cannot exceed tuition and mandatory fees. 

Air Force 4 year-Type 2 (Cadets who matriculate Fall 2017)**

Eligible cadets will receive an Illinois Tech Air Force scholarship that covers the remaining tuition balance minus military benefits for all four years. The Illinois Tech Air Force scholarship in combination with the cadet's military tuition benefits cannot exceed tuition and mandatory fees. 

Air Force 4 year-Type 2 (Cadets who matriculated prior to Fall 2017)

Eligible cadets will receive an Illinois Tech Air Force scholarship that covers the remaining tuition and fees balance minus military benefits for all four years. The Illinois Tech Air Force scholarship in combination with the cadet's military tuition benefits cannot exceed tuition and mandatory fees.

*Cadets receiving federal aid who are eligible for a MAP grant can only receive said grant if it is replacing the Illinois Tech Air Force scholarship portion and cannot exceed the cost of tuition and mandatory fees.

**Effective for students matriculating Fall 2017 or later, mandatory fees include: U-Pass fee, Student Service fee, and New Student fee. Mandatory fees do not include lab fees, graduation fee, health insurance fee or other miscellaneous fees.

ROTC Room and Board

Cadets receiving military benefits are eligible for either a Housing scholarship or a Room and Board Scholarship based on the unit, type and matriculation. Incoming Cadets should refer to the ROTC Scholarship Criteria (Beginning Fall 2017) chart for a full outline of benefits. Students who matriculated Spring 2017 or prior should refer to the ROTC Scholarship Criteria (Spring 2017 or prior) chart for a full outline of benefits. General scholarship stipulations and restrictions can be found below:

ROTC Housing Scholarship:

The housing scholarship is awarded at a rate of $2,500 per semester and can be used toward any room charges at McCormick Student Village, Gunsaulus Hall, Carman Hall or Illinois Tech sororities. The Housing Scholarship does not apply to students living off campus, in State Street Village (SSV) or Greek Housing not owned by Illinois Tech. Recipients of the ROTC Housing Scholarship are not eligible for the Illinois Tech Greek Housing Scholarship or an ROTC Board Scholarship.

ROTC Room and Board scholarship:

  • The ROTC Room and Board scholarship replaces any original institutional housing scholarship offered to a student.
  • Eligible housing units include McCormick Student Village (MSV), Gunsaulus Hall, Carman Hall or Illinois Tech sororities.
  • The ROTC Room and Board Scholarship will cover up to the cost of the standard double room in MSV ($3,075 per semester for 2017-2018).
  • The scholarship also covers the cost of the cadet's selected meal plan up to the cost of the Hawk 19 meal plan ($2,965 per semester for 2017-2018).
  • Cadets who chose to live in State street village are not eligible for the ROTC Room and Board scholarship but are eligible to receive an ROTC Board Scholarship for billed meal plan charges up to the Hawk 19 plan.
  • Cadets who chose a housing/meal plan below the standard amount will receive a scholarship to cover the billed charges only.
  • Cadets who opt to live off campus will not receive a ROTC Room and Board Scholarship.
  • Cadets living in sorority housing are eligible to receive coverage for one type of board plan. Cadets can opt to receive a meal plan offered through the university or a meal plan offered through their sorority.
    • If sorority board plan is selected, cadets are required to submit their meal plan bill to the Office of Financial Aid before funding is disbursed.

Fraternity Resident Stipulations:

Cadets who matriculated prior to the summer 2012 term will be eligible for a ROTC Room and Board Scholarship at a fixed rate of $2,588 per semester, regardless of fraternity choice, meal plan enrollment, or initial housing charges received.

Cadets who matriculated after the summer 2012 term will be eligible for the ROTC Greek Housing Scholarship. Additionally, they will be eligible for an Illinois Tech ROTC Board Scholarship should they have a charge on their account for a meal plan.

ROTC Greek Housing Scholarship*

The ROTC Greek Room Scholarship became eligible for matriculated cadets in Fall 2015. Eligible cadets, as outlined in the each respective ROTC Scholarship charts (see ROTC Room and Board) who live in fraternity housing during the fall or spring semester can receive an ROTC Greek Housing scholarship that will cover up to $1,900 each semester. The award amount depends on the charges outlined on the cadet's Greek Housing Contract and will be contingent upon submission of the student’s contract to the Office of Financial Aid.

Cadets are required to submit their contract by the following deadlines to ensure their Greek Housing scholarship is awarded to their account:

Fall 2017: Tuesday, September 5

Spring 2018: Monday, January 8

*Cadets should note that depending on the student’s federal eligibility there may be additional adjustments on their account to ensure that they remain within their allotted budget. 

Loss of ROTC benefits and Institutional Award Reinstatement

In the event that a cadet's branch does not provide benefits as outlined in the "Military Provides" category of the ROTC Scholarship Charts, Illinois Tech will not cover the difference. If a cadet elects to no longer participate in the ROTC program, or the ROTC branch deems the cadet ineligible for a term, the student’s financial aid will be reverted to the original scholarship package offered to the student at the time of their admittance to the university. Cadets should note that these adjustments will occur once the student’s branch confirms ineligibility or loss of benefits during a given term.

ROTC Summer Continuation

There is no ROTC scholarship award for cadets who wish to study at Illinois Tech during the summer term. Student enrolling for summer classes are eligible to receive a summer scholarship calculated at the percentage of coverage of their initially awarded institutional aid following the Summer Term Financial Aid Policy.  Cadets will be notified of this eligibility at the conclusion of the spring semester. For questions regarding ROTC benefits or financial aid please contact:

Samantha Young-Montilla

Financial Aid Counselor
VA and ROTC Representative
E: syoungmo@iit.edu
P: 312.567.3842