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Best Value Schools Among National Universities According to U.S. News and World Report

  • U.S. News and World Report has ranked colleges and universities according to value to give prospective students a glimpse of which universities offer the highest quality at the lowest cost (taking into account need-based financial aid). The rankings are based on scores in two categories: percent of students receiving need-based grants, and average cost after receiving grants based on need.

    The Top 25 best value schools among national universities are:

    #1 Harvard

    #2 Princeton

    #3 Yale

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Best Online Bachelor's Programs According to U.S. News and World Report

  • U.S. News and World Report has ranked online Bachelor's Degree programs to give prospective students a glimpse of the value of online education at some of America's top university online programs. The rankings are based on scores in three categories: faculty credentials and training; student services and technology; and student engagement.

    The Top 25 online Bachelor's Programs according to U.S. News & World Report are:

    #1 Pennsylvania State University--World Campus

    #2 Daytona State College

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How To Apply Summer Army Training to College Credit

  • The American Council on Education (ACE) reviews military training and experiences along with the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) in order to recommend how Army soldiers (and members of other branches of the Armed Foces) might apply their training and experience to receive college credit. The ACE's Military Guide offers information about credit recommendations and military transcripts.

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Army Tuition Assistance Outlook for 2015

  • After last year's sequestration in which Army Tuition Assistance was briefly halted due to automatic spending cuts, those who rely on TA for financial resources to pay for college are likely on the alert for any changes in 2015 and 2016. We can tell you there have been some changes for 2015, most notably to the Army Tuition Assistance Rates and to eligibility criteria. The full info is below. Check back later this year for info about any TA changes for 2016.

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What Vets Should Know About Returning to College This Fall

  • Transitioning away from the harsh and often traumatic experiences of active military duty during wartime to civilian and academic life can be challenging. While counselors advise veterans to take the time they need to transition, many vets will return to college this fall under assistance from the G.I. Bill. Fortunately, there are some steps that vets can take to help themselves as they make their way into university life:

    • Build relationships with students and college faculty.
    • Work on re-strengthening bonds with family members.
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