ROTC cadets on the Lone Mountain entrance stairs


Army ROTC offers four, three and two-year scholarships. Currently, these scholarships pay full tuition costs as well as a flat rate of $1,200 annually for textbooks and supplies. Each scholarship includes a stipend of $420 per month for 10 months per year, during each year that the scholarship is in effect. Additionally, USF currently provides room and board grants for ROTC scholarship cadets earning their degrees at USF. 

The room and board grant is set at a cap of $12,000 annually for all cross-town schools: San Francisco State University, Sonoma State University, Dominican University, and Academy of Art University. Students of these schools can choose to have full tuition & fees coverage or $12,000 annually for room and board in cash. For students at the University of San Francisco, a unique room and board coverage for contracted cadets is offered at approximately $8,275 per semester. Students will also receive ROTC scholarships that cover up to four years of full tuition & fees.

More scholarship information on myUSF

Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) Scholarship

The GRFD Scholarship is designed for veterans who have prior military service or students who would like to commission into either the Army National Guard or Army Reserve.

Campus-Based Scholarship

The Army ROTC Campus-Based Program provides financial assistance for the education and training of highly qualified and motivated young men and women who desire to be commissioned as officers in the Army after graduation from college.

National Scholarship

ROTC offers 4-year national scholarships for high school seniors to cover the tuition cost of college expenses in return for their participation in military training while in college and service after they graduate.

How to Apply

To apply for campus-based two-to-four year scholarships, students must be planning or currently enrolled in ROTC as a full-time student at USF, San Francisco State University, Sonoma State University, Dominican University of California, or the Academy of Art University in addition to other eligibility criteria.

  • High school students considering Army ROTC officer training during college should contact the USF ROTC Admissions Office directly at (415) 422-2562 for information and instructions about joining the USF ROTC program, preferably during the junior or senior year in high school.

  • Active duty enlisted soldiers interested in becoming an officer should learn more about the Army’s Green to Gold program.
  • Army Reserve or National Guard soldiers, or those interested in serving in the Guard or Reserve while attending college, should request more information about the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP). The program allows you to earn Reserve/Guard pay and benefits in addition to your Army ROTC allowances.