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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.

Lawmakers Reach Initial Deal to Expand GI Education Bill

For-Profit Colleges: An Attractive Choice for Career-Minded Veterans

More than a million veterans have used their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to cover education costs. Many of those men and women chose to attend for-profit institutions of higher learning.

But why? What do for-profit schools, such as American Military University (AMU), offer veterans that traditional state schools don’t?

John Aldrich, AMU’s associate vice president for military and community college outreach, has some answers in the following article posted at the RallyPoint website:

Education: It’s a Veteran’s Choice

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Lawmakers Reach Initial Deal to Expand GI Education Bill

Where to Find Scholarships and Financial Aid for Veterans and Families

By Reyna Gobel
Contributor to Forbes

U.S. Navy veteran Bryan Fazio was getting ready to be deployed to the Middle East on the USS McClusky when doctors discovered a 15cm tumor in his chest. He wasn’t healthy enough for deployment, but he didn’t want to give up his dream of serving his country. For two years and multiple medical operations for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, he helped coordinate training for artillery exercises, search and rescue missions, and security checks. Continue Reading

Lawmakers Reach Initial Deal to Expand GI Education Bill

Leave No Veteran Behind Helps Vets in Debt

Research shows that the average student loan debt of veterans hovers around $56,000. And according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for veterans between the ages of 18 and 24 hovers near 21 percent.

That combination of high student loan debt and few jobs has certainly been troublesome for some military veterans. As author Hayley Fox points out in this article for TakePart, military programs exist to help those in educational debt, but gaps in coverage remain, and the system can be confusing and hard to navigate.

The good news: the non-profit Leave No Veteran Behind.

Nonprofit Pays Off Educational Debt for Vets Uncle Sam Can't Help

Lawmakers Reach Initial Deal to Expand GI Education Bill

John Fry Scholarship Now Expanded to Include Surviving Spouses

By George Vukovich
Director, Veterans Outreach, American Military University

Just this month, a historic event was announced regarding higher education opportunities for surviving spouses of service members who have lost their lives in the line of duty since September 10, 2001. These men and women now have another opportunity at their disposal to complete a program of higher learning. Continue Reading

Lawmakers Reach Initial Deal to Expand GI Education Bill

Shopping for a College – Buyer Beware!

by Jim Sweizer
Vice President, Military Relations – American Public University System

How many times have you gone into a store with a great coupon deal, only to find that the item you wanted to buy has many “exclusions” listed in the fine print? Keeping this scenario in mind, here are some of the questionable enticements you should be aware of when shopping for the college that’s right for you. Continue Reading

Lawmakers Reach Initial Deal to Expand GI Education Bill