Financial Aid and Scholarships

ROTC members have several opportunities for scholarships worth thousands of dollars at IWU. As a high school student, you may compete for a four-year award. Once on campus, you may apply for three- and two-year or nursing scholarships. Each pays your tuition, most fees and books, and a monthly stipend of:

  • $300 Freshman year
  • $350 Sophomore year
  • $450 Junior year
  • $500 Senior year

All contracted cadets receive the monthly stipend allowance during their two years of advanced Military Science, plus pay for all summer training. Special IWU incentive scholarships are available for student with high grades.

To be eligible for an ROTC Scholarship, you must meet the ROTC Enrollment Requirements. If you feel that you meet the minimum standards for ROTC enrollment and are still in high school:

  1. Go to the Army ROTC Scholarship Web site.
  2. Scroll down to the "Apply Online for an Army ROTC Four-Year Scholarship" section.
  3. Click on "Take the Next Step: Create an Account."
  4. Follow the instructions.

In order for you to be considered for the scholarship, your online application must be complete, and you must have:

  • Taken the presidential physical fitness test and forwarded your scores to us.
  • Submitted your high school transcripts and ACT/SAT scores to us.
  • Have been interviewed by a Professor of Military Science from one of the college ROTC programs near you.

If you have already completed high school, contact us to complete a scholarship form on campus.

Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)

Many cadets choose to serve as officer trainees in the Army Reserve or the Indiana Army National Guard to earn more money for college. This is a volunteer officer training program that allows Army Reserve and Indiana Army National Guard enlisted members to participate in the advanced ROTC program. Upon completion of basic training, a Reserve Component soldier who is an academic sophomore can enter the SMP program. SMP students are paid for their Guard/Reserve training and may receive up to $2,000 per month while enrolled in the program. Upon completion, you have an eight year obligation which can be served in the Reserve Forces, on active duty, or in a combination of the two.

Students must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA to be eligible for the SMP program.