Airmen Education and Commissioning Program
The Airmen Education and Commissioning Program (AECP) provides airmen with the opportunity to remain on active duty and continue to receive income while pursuing their bachelor’s degree as an Air Force ROTC cadet. After they graduate, cadets will be commissioned as second lieutenants.
The Air Force selects specific airmen to receive this benefit. The Air Force pays 100% of the cadet’s tuition. Cadets attend school year-round. This program is open only to people majoring in specific areas. Cadets graduate with a four-year service commitment.
Those selected receive a scholarship for up to $15,000 a year, and a text book allowance of $600 a year.
Upon graduation, cadets will be commissioned as a second lieutenant.
Cadets remain on active duty and continue to receive full pay and allowance.
AECP is open to students in the following fields:
- Foreign Languages
- Foreign area studies
- Computer Science
Students can only attend institutions whose tuition is $15,000 a year or less.
The program is not geared toward flight training, so cadets can’t become a pilot or navigator.