Strategies to Reduce Your College Debt

While the Army offers many ways to give you money for college to reduce the financial burden of higher education, many military students still must take out loans in order to offset the remaining tuition and fees. So, reducing student loan debt is no stranger to the military. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce your debt, or even have some of it forgiven. Our friends over at have compiled several articles that give you the low-down on college debt reduction. The articles cover topics such as:

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Don't Give Money to Soldiers That Email You!

I just got off the phone with Dawn. It seems that she was emailed by someone claiming to be a US soldier wanting to come home to get married. He told Dawn that he needed money and asked if she would help him. She then received emails from someone claiming to be from the US Army listing the fees that must be paid before they can send the soldier home. She has sent over $5000.

And it was all a lie. Read on and share with your friends before any of them also get hooked.

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ASVAB Question of the Week: September 24, 2014

Here is our ASVAB practice question for this week:

Don't forget about all of our other ASVAB study materials over at, including an archive of past ASVAB weekly practice questions!

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Check Out the ASVAB Resources Over at College Education 411

Getting ready for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) exam? Our friends over at have compiled some great resources for prepping for ASVAB, including two practice tests that will give you an opportunity to test your knowledge before you sit down to take the actual test. And best of all, they are free -- no registration required. Check them out at

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Army Gives Kids Hands-On Experience in Science

The U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine this summer sponsored the Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS) program at Natick Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Massachusetts. The program gives middles-school students hands-on experience with science in a laboratory setting.

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ASVAB Question of the Week: September 17, 2014

Here is our ASVAB practice question for this week:

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One new feature - an ASVAB Question of the Week archive! If you've missed a question or want to just browse and test your knowledge, you can check out the archive here!

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Education Department Easing Student Loan Rules

New changes to Federal student loan rules took effect this summer, with some of the changes aiming to ease repayment based on income. The new rules include:

New interest rates (for loans disbursed July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015):

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Tuition Assistance Changes Taking Effect October 1

Army Tuition Assistance (TA) rates and eligibility requirement changes will go into effect soon -- on October 1st, with the changes remaining in effect through September 30, 2015.

The rate/rule changes are as follows:

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How to Light a Fire

Always light your fire from the upwind side. Make sure you lay the tinder, kindling, and fuel so that your fire will burn as long as you need it. Igniters provide the initial heat required to start the tinder burning. They fall into two categories: modern methods and primitive methods.

Modern Methods

Modern igniters use modern devices. These are items that we normally think of to start a fire.

  1. Matches - Make sure these matches are waterproof. Also, store them in a waterproof container along with a dependable striker pad.
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Book Review: The Soldier's Guide by the Department of the Army

The Soldier's Guide (published by Skyhorse Publishing) is a compilation of numerous Army regulations and manuals. LTC Charles C. Hagemeister (retired) compiled this edition of the manual and injects his own insight and numerous inspirational stories into the text to put a human aspect to what can be dry material. This book is styled very much like other US military documents with chapter and paragraph numbering and black and white images. In that way, it isn't only the content familiarizing the reader with the US Army way, but the very method that information is passed along is done is very much like an official manual - just a tad more casual in tone.

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