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Obama Budget Proposal Restricts GI Bill Funding to For-Profit Colleges

"More and more veterans are enrolling in high-cost for-profit programs of questionable quality, while the share of veterans enrolling in community colleges and state universities is shrinking," Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, said in a statement last July. "While the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill was designed to expand educational opportunities for our veterans and service members, I am concerned that it is primarily expanding the coffers of the big corporations running these schools." Harkin's statement was made on the heels of a Senate...

GI Bill Kickers By Military Branch

Air National Guard College Fund or (MGIB-SR) GI Bill Kicker The Air National Guard (MGIB-SR) Kicker pays up to an additional $350 a month while attending college (or other approved technical school). Paid as a stipend, this incentive pays up to $12,600 over a period of 36 months. Army Reserve GI Bill and Kicker The Army Reserve offers a Selected Reserve Montgomery GI Bill up to $11,124. If you qualify for and accept a critical skill position in the Army Reserve you could earn up to $23,724 with the MGIB Kicker. Army National...

Selected Reserve Montgomery GI Bill Benefits

The Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve program may be available to you if you are a member of the Selected Reserve. The Selected Reserve includes the Army Reserve, Navy Reserve, Air Force Reserve, Marine Corps Reserve, Coast Guard Reserve, the Army National Guard, and the Air National Guard. You may use this education assistance program for degree programs, certificate or correspondence courses, cooperative training, independent study programs, apprenticeship/on-the-job training, and vocational flight training programs. Remedial,...

Choosing a School Based on Principles of Excellence

If you’re looking for a place to pursue or continue your education, you’ve probably visited the GI Bill website. After all, you’ve earned your military education benefits and don’t want to squander them on a mediocre school or burn through them too quickly. You may have noticed something called the VA Principles of Excellence. These are guidelines, created by executive order in 2012 for schools who receive Federal funds. On-the-job training programs, apprenticeship programs, foreign schools, high schools, residency...

National Guard Education Benefits

It's a common misconception that only career military personnel receive the really good benefits. It's simply not true, and for proof, here are some of the great education benefits available to members of the National Guard. Federal Tuition Assistance The Guard can pay up to 100% of your college tuition and general fees, up to $4,500 per year—that’s up to $18,000 over four years. The amount is based on in-state public institution tuition rates, and can be applied to the other financial assistance programs listed below. In...

FREE 2013 handbooks for military personnel

Here's our official press release for the 2013 books! If you have ever downloaded or purchased a book from us, please leave a comment to let us know if you found them useful and share our site with your friends and colleagues.   ARLINGTON, VA - Military Handbooks has released their FREE 2013 handbooks for military personnel. These handbooks, written specifically for military service members, include a variety of information about pay, benefits, education and transitioning from the military.   2013 Military...

Why Education is a Smart Investment

Headlines scream arguments against higher education almost daily, with messages about generations of students swallowed up by student loan debt and soaring unemployment rates. You might have friends or family who say a college degree is a worthless piece of paper. If you’re wondering whether the time and money spent on your education is well spent, consider these points. Worthless?  Ask the employers. If an associates, bachelor’s or master’s degree is truly worthless, then why do most employers pay higher salaries...

Defense Bill Gets Rave Reviews from Iraq and Afghanistan Vets’ Lobbying Organization

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, a lobbying and advocacy group representing GWOT veterans, has come out in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA), passed by Congress on the eve of the Christmas recess. Specifically, IAVA applauds features in the bill that favor younger veterans, specifically, as opposed to the older generation combat veterans of the Gulf War, Viet Nam and earlier wars. For example, while Viet Nam-era veterans are now beginning to enter their retirement years, Iraq and Afghanistan...

Disabled Veterans and Distance Learning Opportunities

There is no doubt that making the transition from military life to civilian life is an often stressful time, even for those without service-related disabilities.  As more and more veterans return home from Afghanistan and Iraq with a range of disabilities, the online environment may be a prime starting point for those needing to ease into civilian life.  Even for wounded veterans who wish to continue their service, having the ability to attend school anywhere, anytime may give them an advantage when or if they do choose to work...

What Could the GI Bill Fairness Act of 2011 Mean for You

Near the end of 2011, the GI Bill Fairness Act was signed into law as an amendment of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. House Committee on Veteran's Affairs Chairman Jeff Miller said, "We are keeping our promise to America's student veterans using the Post-9/11 GI Bill through this legislation, enabling them to stay in the school of their choice without incurring severe fee increases." At issue were changes to the Post 9-11 GI Bill which went into effect in August, capping the covered fees at $17,500 per year at private institutions....

2012 After the Military Handbook

This unique handbook, written for military veterans, covers: transitioning to the private sector, supporting your family, finding a job that pays "top dollar", choosing between jobs with large or small companies, deciding to start your own company, maximizing the benefits of a military career, medical benefits and life insurance in the private sector, how to pay for college after you leave military service and how to retire successfully. Click Here to download this handbook.

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