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College Countdown: What to Do Over the Summer

If you're a rising junior or senior in high school with college on the horizon, summer is no time to leave your university prep at the beach. Now is prime time to make sure your activities are in line with your goals, and will go a long way in helping to make sure your applications are in great shape when the time comes to send them to your top-choice schools.

So, what to do? Our friends over at collegeeducation411.com have come up with some summer college prep tips to keep you busy.
 

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Obama Proposes Free Community College

Last week President Obama unveiled an incredibly ambitious education plan - provide 2 years of community college to any American - for free.

Based on a similar program in Tennessee, the White House estimates that this plan would cost about $60 billion over the next 10 years. The plan is intended to help the US keep pace with other countries in the 21st-century global workforce.

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New Resources Should Make College Choices Easier in 2015

The Department of Veterans Affairs has promised that in 2015 they will make new information available that can help soldiers and veterans find out which schools are most deserving of their GI Bill benefits - and which schools are the best value for their money.

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More Reserve Education Information

GI Bills for Reservists

Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB-SR)

If you have a high school diploma or equivalent (GED) and score above 50 on the ASVAB you can enlist in the Army Reserves and get part of your college education paid for. You can earn $10,152 for college. Enlist for six years and earn more than $22,000.

Selected Reserve Montgomery GI Bill "Kicker" (MGIB-SRK)

Depending on your MOS (Army Military Operational Specialty) you can add up to $350 a month to your standard MGIB benefit (up to 36 months).

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Army Education Courses Give More College Credit!

The American Council on Education has completed their latest assessment of the Army's noncommissioned officer education courses, and has increased the recommended number of credits awarded for completing many of the courses.

These increased credits will help every enlisted soldier once they graduate from AIT. Taking all of the common-core courses, from Structured Self-Development 1 all the way up to the Sergeants Major course, can earn a soldier a total of 61 credits - about as much as two years of college. MOS-specific courses can help add to the number of credits earned as well.

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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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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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STEM Skills or College Degree?

A recent study by the Brookings Institute has come up with a surprising fact about job openings in the field of science, technology, engineering, and math.

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Education Inequality Greater Problem Than Income

Most American's have probably heard of the growing income inequality between the top 1% and the 99%, but an interesting article by MIT economist David Autor contends that an equal or greater problem is education inequality.

In this blog post at the Washington Times Jim Tankersley summarizes the original interview between Autor and Peter Dizikes.

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