Air Force

June 7, 2013

Tips on financing college education

Amaani Lyle
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. -‚ĆDefense Department officials encourage parents and students to consider various strategies for financing college education, the director of the Pentagon’s office of family policy and children and youth said.

In a recent interview with American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel, Barbara Thompson addressed solutions to some of the obstacles military children might face when trying to pursue a college education.

Thompson recommended researching scholarship and student aid opportunities early on, including use of the provision of the Post-9/11 GI Bill that allows service members to transfer their benefit to family members.

Resources such as the Military OneSource website and personal financial managers on installations, she added, offer information ideas on other resources, such as a tax-deferred savings account for higher learning colleges and vocational schools.

Military OneSource also features scholarship information links and listings, including law and policy updates that pertain to military members and their families, such as expanded in-state tuition availability. Service members on active duty for more than 30 days are eligible to receive in-state tuition for their dependent children at public colleges and universities in the state where they reside or are permanently stationed, she noted.

Once enrolled and paying in-state tuition, Thompson said, dependent children continue to pay the in-state tuition rate as long as they remain continuously enrolled at the institution, even if the service member is reassigned outside the state.

“That has been a very positive move across the federal government that all states have to offer in-state tuition for military children and spouses,” she said.

But no matter where the prospective student lives, Thompson explained, it’s important for parents to work with school guidance counselors to nurture their future college student’s interests and aspirations — and ultimately to choose the right educational path.

“You don’t want to go to a school and find out later on they don’t offer the degree you’re interested in,” Thompson said. “You have to do your research.”

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau website offers a “Know Before You Owe” page to help untangle student loan procedures, regulations and facts to keep borrowers informed and arm them with information prior to making life-altering decisions, Thompson said.

“We want the best future for our children,” she added. “We recognize they’ve sacrificed a great deal over the lifespan of their parents serving the military, … and we want to make sure they’re ready for the world when they become an adult.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo by Scott M. Ash

AF Senior leaders give State of the Air Force address

U.S. Air Force photo by Scott M. Ash Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James provides an update with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III on current Air Force operations during a press briefing in the Pentagon, ...
 
 
weed-zapper

Air Force, Ohio, based business develop chemical-, herbicide-free weed zapper

Good Neighbor, Inc. photograph by Ben Edwards Anyone with a lawn or a beautiful flower or vegetable garden, has surely wondered about the best method of controlling or eliminating weeds. Using chemicals and herbicides can help,...
 
 

U.S. service members receive ‘heroic welcome’ at Ramstein

Airman 1st Class Spencer Stone arrived safely at Ramstein Air Base Aug. 24 via military airlift after receiving emergency medical care for injuries sustained while subduing an armed gunman aboard a French train Aug. 21. “We are grateful for Airman Stone’s quick thinking and courageous actions and are thrilled to have him back safely with...
 

 

Air Force extends SAPR services to AF civilians

The Air Force released a policy memo today allowing Air Force civilian employees who are victims of sexual assault to file restricted and unrestricted reports with their installation’s sexual assault response coordinator. The policy is effective immediately and allows SARCs and sexual assault prevention and response victim advocates to assist Air Force civilians who report...
 
 

Air Force birthday

The Edwards Company Grade Officers’ Council cordially invites you to attend the celebration of the Air Force’s 68th birthday Sept. 18. Dinner will be served at Club Muroc at 5 p.m. Menu consists of spinach stuffed chicken, beef Wellington and grilled vegetables over rice. Uniform is mess dress for military/semi-formal and formal and semi-formal for...
 
 

Personnel Briefs August 21, 2015

Undergrad flying training applications due in November The 2016 Air Force Undergraduate Flying Training selection board will convene Jan. 25-28 to select applicants for 2016-2017 pilot, remotely piloted aircraft, combat systems officer and air battle manager training opportunities. Eligible active duty officers must apply by Nov. 20 and selection results will be released in February...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>