Benefits Blog

VA Launches New G.I. Bill Comparison Tool

  • Earlier this month the Department of Veterans Affairs launched a new online GI Bill Comparison tool, enabling veterans, servicemembers, and their dependents to get at-a-glance information about their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. The tool allows users to quickly calculate their benefits as well as get useful information about colleges and universities approved by the VA, and college affordability data.

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Army's Broadening Opportunity Program Offers Education and Travel Opportunities

  • The Army New Service recently released information about the fellowships and scholarships available for 2014 under the Army's Broadening Opportunity Program. These opportunities provide interesting civilian education opportunities, according Program Manager Joel Strout, and may also offer interesting travel and the benefit for candidates to bring family members with them. Applications are due soon -- February 28!

    Four scholarships and fellowships are being offered as part of the program:

    The General Wayne A. Downing Scholarship

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Rejected By Your Top-Choice College? What to Do!

  • Not getting in to the school of your choice can be upsetting -- especially if you've spent months working on applications and making sure you had the credentials required to get in. It's important to keep in mind that college admissions is very competitive, and students should not take rejections personally. Even if you met all minimum admissions requirements for your top-choice college or university, this is no guarantee of admission. Schools look at teach student as a whole, not just a set of test scores, so the admissions decision ultimately contains some degree of subjectivity.

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Finding Hidden Sources of College Funding - From the Army and Beyond

  • As you look at the many options available to pay for college, funding from the U.S. Army is likely a top priority. But money for college from the Army may not cover all of your tuition and expenses (depending on what you are eligible for) and many service members and veterans may also qualify for other sources of funding. In addition, it's important to look beyond the standard Federal loans, grants, and work-study options to get the full picture of funding that may be available to you.

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