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Student Veterans Avoid Reduced Housing Allowance. For Now.

By Marty McKee
Editor, In Military Education

The American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and the House Armed Services Committee worked hard last week to prevent veteran students on the GI Bill from losing some of their basic housing allowances.

Despite all the lobbying, however, the collaboration among organizations and committees accomplished only a temporary fix. Continue Reading

Washington’s VA hospital is sick. What about the rest of the country?

5 Costly Mistakes to Avoid When Filling Out the FAFSA

By Reyna Gobel
Contributor to Forbes

Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the single most important thing most families can do to get last-minute college funding help.  That’s why over 20 million people filled it out last year. However, there are big mistakes families can make that can cost them oodles of money. Continue Reading

Thrift Savings Plan: What you should know as a Service Member

Military Spouses: A Scholarship Is Waiting for You

By Marty McKee
Editor, In Military Education

You’re the spouse of a servicemember, and you’re considering going to college (or going back to college). But how do you pay for it?

As it turns out, there are lots of ways to help pay the freight that won’t come out of your back pocket. Scholarships to help military spouses pay for school are all over the place…that is, if you know where to look. Continue Reading

Washington’s VA hospital is sick. What about the rest of the country?

Veterans' College Enrollments Swell Under Post-9/11 GI Bill

By Hal Bernton
The Seattle Times, Seattle, Wash.

VANCOUVER, Wash. —

Brad Matera is an Afghan war veteran, an Army medic who got cut loose from the service last spring amid a broader downsizing of the military.

Matera, 22, looked for full-time work to support his wife and infant son, but found few prospects for a decent-paying job. Continue Reading

Internships While on Active Duty: Yes, It's Possible!

If You're a Student, You May Be Eligible for a $2,500 Tax Credit

By Troy Onink
Contributor to Forbes

Taxpayers who paid qualified college tuition and fee expenses in 2014 may be able to claim the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC) worth up to $2,500 per eligible child. Despite repeated calls for simplifying education tax incentives, frequent legislation submitted in Congress and ongoing confusion between taxpayers and the IRS about how and when to claim the various education tax credits, no one has succeeded in simplifying the mess, yet. The good news? The credit is available through 2017. That means $10,000 of tax savings per child in the next four years. Following are the rules to claim the credit properly, with links to the forms and instructions.

Thrift Savings Plan: What you should know as a Service Member