Enlisted soldiers have three Green-to-Gold Scholarships from which to choose. All can include a dormitory scholarship provided by JSU, and the following monthly allowance - $300 for freshmen, $350 for sophomores, $450 for juniors, and $500 for seniors. Study the options below, then contact us via email - firstname.lastname@example.org, or call us at (256) 782-5601 so we can help determine your eligibility and explain the the process for being accepted. The entire process may take a while, so start early and persevere! The benefits are well worth your time!
Option #1: Green to Gold Active Duty
A two-year program that allows soldiers to enter as academic juniors or graduate students, and requires that they graduate within 21 months. Soldiers selected to participate in this program continue to receive current pay and allowances. PCS costs are paid; however soldiers are responsible for their own educational expenses (e.g., tuition, books, fees). They may use any portion of the Montgomery GI Bill/Army College Fund benefits they have earned since joining the military. For details and eligibility, visit:
For further information regarding eligibility for Montgomery GI Bill/Army College Fund benefits, contact an education counselor at your installation Education Center or call 1-888-442-4551.
Option #2: Green to Gold Scholarship
Enlisted members that have completed one year of college will be considered for three-year scholarships. Those who have finished two years of college will compete for two-year scholarships. Soldiers that have not attended college or have four academic years remaining for a baccalaureate degree may compete for a four-year scholarship. Enlisted soldiers that have completed a baccalaureate degree and have two years remaining to obtain a masters degree may apply for a graduate degree scholarship. Scholarships cover tuition and provide $900 per year for books. PCS costs are not covered by this program. During the period of their scholarship, qualified recipients may use any portion of the Montgomery GI Bill/Army College Fund benefits they earned while on active duty. Detailed eligibility, instructions, and application can be obtained at: http://www.goarmy.com/rotc/enlisted_soldiers.jsp#scholar.
Option #3: Two-Year, Non-Scholarship
This program is open year round and available to soldiers that have already completed two years of college, and can finish their college degree requirements in two years. Soldiers selected are responsible for their educational expenses (e.g., tuition, books, fees). They may use any portion of the Montgomery GI Bill/Army College Fund benefits they have earned since entering into the military. PCS costs are not covered by this program. Soldiers selected may also participate in the Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP). As SMPs, soldiers are members of either a drilling U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) unit or Alabama National Guard (AL ARNG) unit and contracted in ROTC. SMPs are entitled to tuition assistance from either the USAR or AL ARNG, and drill pay as an E-5 under this program. SMP is the most popular program among our cadets. Detailed eligibility, instructions, and an application can be obtained at http://www.goarmy.com/rotc/enlisted_soldiers.jsp#non.
Eligibility differs slightly for each program so soldiers should download the application package that interests them from the respective website. Each application package has a list of Green to Gold liaisons for each Army installation in CONUS and OCONUS. The ROTC staff at JSU is available to answer individual questions, and facilitate the application process. If we can be of any help, feel free to call (256) 782-5601.