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RESOURCES:

Online resources:

Online Colleges and Courses:

Citizen-Soldier Support Program (CSSP)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Odum Institute for Research in Social Science
- once you are on the site – click on the “courses” tab”

Military Online Colleges.org is dedicated to providing the most up-to-date information on accredited degree programs for military service members. Here, you’ll find links to degree programs in a variety of fields as well as useful articles and blog posts to better serve our visitors. The Internet is full of information about military-friendly schools, the G.I. Bill, and other matters which may cause confusion. Therefore, it’s important to bookmark a trusted resource to locate valuable information about what degree programs are available for military service members.

Finding a school that works closely with veterans or active military personnel can be difficult. Let us help you find the ideal school and program that meets your unique needs and goals. We want you to make the best decision possible about your education.

Education

posted Feb 3, 2014, 9:14 PM by Neslo Ventures   [ updated Feb 3, 2014, 9:14 PM ]

Harvard University Minority Scholarship

posted Nov 12, 2013, 8:28 PM by Neslo Ventures   [ updated Nov 12, 2013, 8:28 PM ]

Announced on Friday, September 20th, 2013 that undergraduate students from low-income families will pay no tuition. In making the announcement, Harvard’s president Drew Faust (he replaced Larry Summers) said, “When only ten percent of the students in elite higher education come from families in the lower half of the income distribution, we are not doing enough. We are not doing enough in bringing elite higher education to the lower half of the income distribution.”

If you know of a family earning less than $60,000 a year with an honor student graduating from high school soon, Harvard University wants to pay the tuition. The prestigious university recently announced that undergraduate students from low-income families can go to Harvard for free… no tuition and no student loans!

To find out more about Harvard offering free tuition for families making less than $60,000 a year, visit Harvard’s financial aid website athttp://www.fao.fas.harvard.edu/ or call the school’s financial aid office at (617) 495-1581.

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Student Loan Repayments, Forgiveness

posted Aug 31, 2013, 9:16 PM by Neslo Ventures   [ updated Aug 31, 2013, 9:16 PM ]

Many members of the military with student loans are spending way too much to pay off those loans. They are not accessing the student loan repayment protections and forgiveness benefits that have been granted to them under Federal rules. The Action Guide for Servicemembers with Student Loans (PDF) shows you step-by-step how to take advantage of the repayment protections mandated by Congress. Learn more about student loan repayment and forgiveness options for members of the military at the USA.gov Blog.

For more on military education benefits and programs, visit the Military.com Education Center.

Military Online Colleges

posted Apr 3, 2013, 9:00 PM by Neslo Ventures   [ updated Apr 3, 2013, 9:04 PM ]

MilitaryOnlineColleges.org is dedicated to providing the most up-to-date information on accredited degree programs for military service members. Here, you’ll find links to degree programs in a variety of fields as well as useful articles and blog posts to better serve our visitors.

Finding a school that works closely with veterans or active military personnel can be difficult. Let us help you find the ideal school and program that meets your unique needs and goals.

Student Loan Repayment Resource

posted Mar 15, 2012, 5:52 PM by Neslo Ventures   [ updated Mar 15, 2012, 5:52 PM ]

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
The following information comes from CFPB's site and is used to explain their purpose with encouragement to visit their site.

The central mission of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is to make markets for consumer financial products and services work for Americans — whether they are applying for a mortgage, choosing among credit cards, or using any number of other consumer financial products.


The consumer bureau is working to:

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Educate

An informed consumer is the first line of defense against abusive practices.

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Enforce

Like a neighborhood cop on the beat, the CFPB supervises banks, credit unions, and other financial companies, and we will enforce Federal consumer financial laws.


Study

The consumer bureau gathers and analyzes available information to better understand consumers, financial services providers, and consumer financial markets.

Above all, this means ensuring that consumers get the information they need to make the financial decisions they believe are best for themselves and their families—that prices are clear up front, that risks are visible, and that nothing is buried in fine print. In a market that works, consumers should be able to make direct comparisons among products and no provider should be able to build, or feel pressure to build, a business model around unfair, deceptive, or abusive practices.

Core functions

The consumer bureau is working to give consumers the information they need to understand the terms of their agreements with financial companies. We are working to make regulations and guidance as clear and streamlined as possible so providers of consumer financial products and services can follow the rules on their own.

Congress established the CFPB to protect consumers by carrying out Federal consumer financial laws. Among other things, we:

  • Conduct rule-making, supervision, and enforcement for Federal consumer financial protection laws
  • Restrict unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts or practices
  • Take consumer complaints
  • Promote financial education
  • Research consumer behavior
  • Monitor financial markets for new risks to consumers
  • Enforce laws that outlaw discrimination and other unfair treatment in consumer finance

College Credit for Military Experience

posted Mar 14, 2012, 7:52 PM by Neslo Ventures   [ updated Mar 14, 2012, 7:52 PM ]

Your military service has likely earned you college credit. Many schools and colleges award military students credit towards a degree based on training, coursework, and occupational specialty. You've worked hard in the military -- now you can save tuition dollars and classroom time!

DANTES Military Evaluations Program

Pursuing your college degree can be the best career move you can make, but it can also be very expensive and time consuming. That's why claiming credit for your military experience is vital. Applying your military experience credits could save you as much as $600 and 5 months on a typical 3-credit college course. Best of all, using these college credits costs you nothing; you've already earned them!

The American Council on Education

The American Council on Education (ACE) was created in 1942 to recognize the educational value of military training and experience. Since that time ACE has continuously evaluated military schools, correspondence courses and occupations to determine the amount and level of academic credit each should be awarded. Through ACE, you can take academic credit for most of the training you have received, including Basic Training. The ACE military evaluations program is funded by the Department of Defense (DoD) and coordinated through DANTES.

Visit the ACE Military Programs website to see how much credit you may have earned.

Getting ACE credits

The first step to claiming the credits you have earned is to request a transcript from your military service. Each service will provide unofficial personal copies and send schools an official copy of your transcript at no charge. Each service branch has their own system for recording your military education and experience credits:

Army

Navy and Marines

  • The Navy and Marine Corps use the SMART system. This system automatically captures your training, experience and standardized test scores. SMART Homepage

Air Force

  • The Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) automatically captures your training, experience and standardized test scores. Transcript information may be viewed at the CCAF web site.

Coast Guard

  • The Coast Guard Institute (CGI) requires each Servicemember to submit documentation of all training (except correspondence course records), along with an enrollment form, to receive a transcript.

Veterans

  • Under most circumstances, Veterans are eligible to use their former service branches transcript program. However if you are not eligible for AARTS, SMART, CCAF, or CGI systems, you will need to fill out form DD-295 and provide your DD-214 Discharge Document to receive credit or your experience.

Applying Your ACE Credits

In most cases, ACE recommended credits will be used to fulfill your free-elective requirements, but each college determines the number of credits they will accept, and how they will be applied toward your degree. In fact, some schools may even choose not to grant any credit for military experience. That is why it is critical to shop around for the most "military friendly" school available.

One Last Money-Saving Tip

Have all of your official transcripts from previous colleges and service branches sent to your new school for evaluation, before you start taking any classes. Many students waste valuable time and money taking classes that are unnecessary duplications of previous courses, because they signed up before their military and prior college transcripts were completely evaluated.

Student Debt Repayment

posted Jan 8, 2012, 6:28 PM by Neslo Ventures   [ updated Jan 8, 2012, 6:28 PM ]

Click this link for more information.

Student debt repayment assistant

Veterans with Disabilities in Higher Education

posted Aug 30, 2011, 6:21 PM by Info @NesloVentures   [ updated Aug 30, 2011, 6:22 PM by Neslo Ventures ]

FOCUS:  The focus of this SIG is Veterans with Disabilities in Higher Education.

PURPOSE:

Veterans with disabilities are recognized individuals with a great capacity to help others. Ensuring their unique life experiences are valued in higher education and societal environments demonstrates the vision of AHEAD to embody equality of opportunity. While veterans with disabilities may seem to be primarily an American phenomenon, the lessons on helping individuals with acquired brain injuries, mobility issues, and psychological challenges provide guidance from improved practice in moving all individuals with disabilities toward full participation in post-secondary education around the world.

The purpose of this SIG is to bring awareness of the unique skills and knowledge required to work effectively with veterans with disabilities in higher education. This SIG will provide a forum for discussion of current issues and a network/clearing house/liaison for AHEAD members on veterans’ issues. Also, this SIG will sponsor and promote scholarly research about student veterans with disabilities and conduct outreach activities to other professional organizations working with veterans with disabilities in higher education.

The SIG’s commitment to research, dissemination of knowledge and discussion of issues and challenges of veterans with disabilities are in keeping with AHEAD’s values. These values view disability as the interaction between the person and environment, promotes diversity, is equitable, demands inclusivity and provides an organization strength that sustains essential resources and supports growth.

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