If you are a college student, here in the States, chances are you will be participating in some type of Memorial Day festivities on the third Monday in May. Do you know anything more about the holiday—besides that it is about honoring our service men and women who died serving our country? If not, here [...]
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In recent news about the sequester—or budget cuts that should impact the distribution of federal financial aid to certain college students—the Information for Financial Aid Professionals or IFAP[i] has released the latest data via an electronic announcement[ii]. It comes on the heels of three other announcements dated March 1st, 2013[iii], March 15th, 2013[iv], and April [...]
Millions of Americans have turned to the military for a steady paycheck and job security. In 2009 enlistments grew enough that the armed forces exceeded their goals for the first time since 2004. If you’re considering joining the armed forces, it’s likely that you’re still choosing which branch to go into.
Memorial Day, officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service. You may or may not support our country’s military endeavors. Either way, it only makes sense to acknowledge the Americans who are so driven to protect our country and uphold its values that they were willing to sacrifice their lives.
Military personnel have been embracing online education for years and as more students begin to share the positive experiences, one Marine Corps officer chose to shed light on his own experience with for-profit institutions. Michael Hillyard’s piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education gave those of us on the outside an inside view of what going to one of these universities was like, as well as how he worked for one.
Out with the old and in with the new must have been what Congress was thinking when just they made another big change to the G.I Bill only weeks before the end of the year. These changes will give veteran’s more opportunities to pursue their higher education needs. Slated to be signed into law before the end of the year, it will go into effect August 2011.
Despite initiatives like the G.I. Bill that seek to make a college degree more attainable for military veterans, many former soldiers still do not go on to enroll in classroom-based or online college classes because they feel uncomfortable in an academic setting. However, some schools are launching initiatives that are specially designed to help these individuals advance their education.
Soldiers are able to take advantage of tuition assistance while in the military and at war by going to college online. Then, once they return to U.S. soil and civilian life they are better prepared for the job market.
Veterans who qualify for the Post 9/11 GI Bill can transfer their unused benefits to a spouse or child. To date, this technicality has enabled more than 240,000 relatives of military members to enroll in college degree programs.