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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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Enlisted and Enrolled: Finding Military/College Balance

Considering going back to college while still enlisted? It can be a tricky balance, but that doesn't mean you can't make it work. Consider these tips for balancing military duty with college life:

1. Consider online college.

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Gearing up for Going Back to School: What Vets Should Know

According to recent articles in the New York Times and the Huffington Post, veterans returning home are also returning to college and university in droves. Partly driven by high veteran unemployment rates and partly by education resources available to vets, the high influx in veteran students is a wave that colleges and universities across the country are preparing for. But how can veterans best prepare for college? Consider these tips for veterans gearing up to go back to school:

1. Make sure you get all available credit for your military experience.

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Prior Service? Want to Reenlist? It's easy!

If you've previously served in any branch of the United States military, and have been thinking about reenlisting - you're in luck!

The US Army Reserve is looking for those with prior military experience - and even offering bonuses if you sign up!

Check it out - you're not under any obligation to join: http://army.com/reenlistment-request

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