There are over 20 colleges and universities in the state of Florida where students can participate in an ROTC program. The schools differ in that some exclusively offer Army ROTC programs, while others offer programs for the Navy and Air Force. Both private and public universities offer ROTC programs, which allows prospective students to consider the affordability of public colleges which tend to have lower tuition rates. All ROTC programs listed here offer some sort of monthly living stipend to students depending on their status in the program. Below we will look at five schools in Florida with some type of ROTC program and what sets their program apart from the rest.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (in-state 2016-2017)*||Tuition Assistance/Military Benefits|
|Florida State University||4-year, public||Tallahassee, FL||$6,507||Army ROTC, FSU ROTC Scholarships|
|University of Florida||4-year, public||Gainesville, FL||$6,381||Army ROTC, Navy ROTC, Air Force ROTC, scholarship opportunities|
|Jacksonville University||4-year, private||Jacksonville, FL||$33,930||Navy ROTC, Scholarship Program|
|University of Central Florida||4-year, public||Orlando, FL||$6,368||Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, Scholarships|
|University of Miami||4-year, private||Coral Gables, FL||$47,004||Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, guaranteed quarter tuition coverage|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Some schools in Florida act as host campuses for ROTC programs. That means that students at that school can benefit from the program directly on campus. However, other universities may send their students who are interested in ROTC to the host campuses to participate in ROTC there. We will look at schools from both categories below.
Florida State University
At Florida State University, students have the option of participating in Army ROTC as a college elective for their first two years in college. While some students may know they want to enlist in the military immediately upon graduating, the freshman and sophomore ROTC program requires no military commitment. However, for students who do commit to serving, they qualify for a monthly living stipend of up to $500. They also can apply for FSU specific scholarships which go towards tuition and housing and they receive a book allowance. ROTC students take the required courses for their selected major, as well as various military science courses. Student cadets also attend either a basic or advanced training camp depending on when they join the program, and can participate in summer training opportunities.
University of Florida
One of the larger universities in Florida, the University of Florida hosts all three ROTC programs: Navy, Army, and Air Force. Within the Navy ROTC program, students can apply for a scholarship that covers all of their tuition and fees except for room and board. The program is designed for students who are interested in becoming members of the Navy, as well as the Marines, so the requirements for each program are a little different. In the Army ROTC program, students take the basic course throughout their first two years in school. If they do well enough and continue to meet the physical requirements, they can enroll in the advanced course which will qualify them to become commissioned officers upon graduating. The Air Force ROTC program offers a competitive scholarship award for students who are physically and scholastically qualified, which also comes with a monthly stipend of up to $600.
At Jacksonville University, students have the option of participating in the Naval ROTC program. Students either participate in the Scholarship Program or the College Program. Students in the College Program can apply for scholarships after they have already shown they can be successful in the NROTC program. In the Scholarship Program, students receive a full tuition scholarship, funds to cover fees and books, along with a monthly living stipend. Both programs require that students attend a certain number of naval science classes and participate in drills.
University of Central Florida
The University of Central Florida hosts both an Army ROTC program and an Air Force ROTC program. Students generally complete the Air Force program in a standard four years, though it is possible to complete it in only three or extend the program over five years. Students can participate in the program obligation free until their junior year or if they receive an AFROTC scholarship. As a cadet in the Army ROTC at UCF, students can also qualify for scholarships to cover tuition or room and board, as well as monthly living stipends that increase the longer you stay in the program.
University of Miami
Students attending the University of Miami also have the option between the Army ROTC and the Air Force ROTC programs. Students in the Army ROTC program are guaranteed either a university grant, scholarship, or combination of the two of at least one quarter of the annual tuition price for four years. They also receive a monthly living stipend ranging from $300-$500 depending on the student's year in program. In the AFROTC, students also benefit from having at least a quarter of their tuition paid for as well as receiving the monthly stipend. Students in both programs can also apply to additional outside scholarships if they so desire.