Army Education Benefits

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 collegeeducation411.com have compiled several articles that give you the low-down on college debt reduction. The articles cover topics such as:

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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 collegeeducation411.com 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 www.collegeeducation411.com

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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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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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Back to School Campaign Focuses on Improving Student Performance

With August being Performance Triad month for the Army, a new Back to School Campaign is making the trio of sleep, activity, and nutrition the pilars of success for military families.

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Scholarship Spotlight: Army Nursing Programs

If you have an interest in both nursing and military service, Army nurse scholarship and financial aid opportunities can give you money for college, along with a path toward a fulfilling career.

The Army Nurse Candidate Program provides opportunities for undergrad students pursuing a Bachelor or Nursing from an accredited nursing program. Those accepted typically receive:

  • A $5000 bonus upon beginning the program, as well as a $5000 bonus upon completion and graduation.
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New York Adopts Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

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Free Lecture Series From the Army Education Center

A wonderful free resource from the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center: its monthly public lecture series, Perspectives in Military History. This series of lectures is available for video download and viewing here, and includes topics such as:

  • The CIA: Its Origin, Its Transformation, Its Militarization
  • The Tet Offensive, America, and 1968
  • A Requiem for American Counterinsurgency
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Considering Your Major: Industries that Give Props to Military Experience

If you're a veteran heading back to college, one decision soon to cross your path will be your major. When considering the answer, do take your military experience into account. Many industries value it, and some more than others. So, what are the industries that are likely to smile upon your military experience and training? Here are a few to consider as you look at your future career options:
 

  • Emergency medical services
  • Training industries
  • Engineering (software, industrial)
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