ROTC Financial Assistance

The following serve as the basic guidelines for all ROTC financial assistance. Additional criteria may apply, depending on the type of aid requested. For more details, contact the GGC ROTC office at armyrotc@ggc.edu.

Financial Aid Requirements

  • Be a U.S. citizen;
  • Be less than 31 years of age at the time of graduation from college;
  • Have a high school diploma or the equivalent;
  • Score a minimum of 920 on the SAT or 19 on the ACT;
  • Pass a military physical;
  • Meet U.S. Army physical fitness standards;
  • Agree to accept a commission and serve in the Army on active duty or in a reserve component (U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard);
  • Have no major legal violations (minor infractions, such as speeding tickets, can be waived on a case-by-case basis).

The Army ROTC program can offer students assistance with tuition, books and living expenses while they are enrolled in the ROTC program at GGC. The financial assistance available through ROTC is in no way connected with the grants, loans and other assistance available through the Office of Financial Aid

Students with questions about their GGC financial aid package should contact the Office of Financial Aid.

The following is a general outline of the various options available to eligible students enrolled in the ROTC program. For more information, contact the GGC ROTC office.

Dedicated Guard Scholarship

Recipients of this scholarship are required to maintain a minimum college GPA of 2.5 and to join the National Guard, where they will report for duty one weekend a month and two weeks a year. They are paid at an E-5 rate ($247/weekend) for drills and annual trainings and are required to fulfill this duty for eight years.

Each academic year (for up to three years), this scholarship pays for:

  • Either full tuition and fees OR room and board (up to $10,000 for on-campus students; $7,800 for students who live off-campus);
  • Up to $1,200/year for books ($600/semester);
  • Monthly stipends of between $300 and $500, depending on class rank.

For more details, view the DG information sheet (PDF).

Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) Scholarship

Recipients of this scholarship are required to maintain a college GPA of 2.5 and to join one of the reserve components - either the National Guard or the Army Reserves - where they will report for duty one weekend per month and two weeks each year. They will be paid for drills and annual trainings at an E-5 rate ($247/weekend). Recipients must fulfill this commitment for eight years.

Each academic year (for up to two years), this scholarship pays for:

  • Either full tuition and fees OR room and board (up to $10,000 for on-campus students; $7,800 for students who live off-campus);
  • Up to $1,200/year for books;
  • Monthly stipends of between $300 and $500, depending on class rank

For more, view the GRFD information sheet (PDF).

Simultaneous Member Program (SMP)

The SMP requires students to join the National Guard or Army Reserves where they will report for duty one weekend per month and two weeks a year. After college graduation, SMP enrollees may select a full-time military assignment (Active Duty) or an assignment with the reserve forces (one weekend a month, two weeks a year).

The SMP is not a scholarship program, but it does provide financial assistance in the following ways:

  • Up to $4,500 per year toward tuition;
  • Automatic in-state tuition;
  • Recipients are paid for annual trainings and drills ($247/weekend);
  • Monthly stipends of between $350 and $500, depending on class rank. 

For more details, view the SMP information sheet (PDF).

Simultaneous Member Program (SMP) with GI Bill


Recipients of this assistance agree to join the National Guard or Army Reserves during college, where they will be required to report one weekend a month and two weeks a year. It allows recipients to choose a full-time military assignment (Active Duty) or reserve forces assignment (one weekend a month / two weeks a year) after college.

This is not a scholarship, but it does offer recipients financial assistance in the following ways:

  • Up to $4,500 per year toward tuition;
  • Automatic in-state tuition;
  • Paid as E-5 during drills and annual trainings ($247/weekend);
  • Monthly stipends of between $300 and $500, depending on class rank;
  • GI Bill benefits: $317/month plus $350/month for the GI Bill kicker ($667/month total).

For more details, view the SMP-GI information sheet (PDF).