Military and Veteran Friendly Online College Blog

Free Online Degree Match

Online degree programs are great. You can earn the degree you want no matter where you are, as long as you have Internet access.

And, you can study whenever it’s convenient for you.

That’s why so many soldiers and veterans earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees online.

Now you can get matched to an online college meeting your needs in under 5 minutes. And, it’s absolutely free. See for yourself at:

https://www.elearners.com/a/college-scholarships

Some Colleges Taking Advantage of Vets

There has been a lot of concern about predatory for-profit colleges.

Please note that not even close to all for-profit colleges are predatory, but enough are that the Obama administration has taken action to try to curb the abuses that exist.

Unfortunately, there is a loophole in the current rules and legislation governing non-profit colleges that leaves vets open to possible victimization. For a good analysis of the problem and possible solutions, check out the two articles below.

https://www.stripes.com/report-for-profit-schools-skirting-federal-law-with-gi-bill-revenue-1.446260

http://www.heraldnet.com/opinion/editorial-predatory-schools-using-veterans-as-loophole/

Great Scholarship Resources

There are several good places to find scholarships.

At one of our sites, http://www.college-scholarships.com/free-scholarship-searches//free-scholarship-searches/, we list more than 70 free scholarship search sites, virtually every such site on the Internet.

At http://www.guaranteed-scholarships.com, also one of our sites, we list scholarships guaranteed by individual colleges to all enrolled students meeting the listed criteria.

And now, there is a new scholarship search site for soldiers and vets at
http://search.militaryscholar.org.

With a little time, you should be able to find dozens of scholarships for which you may be eligible.

Good luck.

How to Win at Medical School Interviews

Obviously, medical schools are highly selective, as most of us would want them to be. Even if you are willing to attend a slightly less selective medical school outside of the United States, you have to complete a rigorous academic B.S. program, score well on the MCAT’s, and get solid references.

After that, you face one more, very important, hurdle…the interview process. If you blow the interview, it can negate years of good grades, strong MCAT scores, and great references.

Thus, you need to be well prepared for your interviews.

If you want some advice on how to successfully navigate your interviews, you’ll find it in this article.

Good luck!

Trump’s Student Loan Repayment Plan

Donald Trump has proposed major changes in student loan repayment.

Under Trump’s plan, annual repayment could not exceed 12.5% of a person’s yearly income. Thus, maximum annual repayment for someone earning $25,000 a year would be $3,125. A $35,000 a year earner would repay a maximum of $4,375 a year (about $365 a month) and someone earning $50,000 annually would repay no more than $6,250 per year ($520 per month).

Even more significant, perhaps, is that repayment would end after 15 years, at which point any balance owed would be entirely forgiven.

Note that at this point it is only a proposal, but if it is implemented, it will be significant for borrowers, whose costs may diminish, and for taxpayers, who will be required to make up for the lost revenue.

The Gold Standard for Financial Aid

Some colleges factor “ability to pay” into their admissions decisions. In other words, students who require little or no institutional financial aid have a better chance of being admitted than students in need of financial support from the college or university.

Note: The need for state or federal aid is not a factor in admission anywhere.

Some colleges and universities…most of which are selective institutions with significant endowments…meet every student’s full financial need.

The “Gold Standard” is colleges that are “need blind” and meet every student’s full need as established by the FAFSA (free federal financial aid form). You can find the gold standard colleges here.

Some of these colleges also offer scholarship aid only (no loans) to students below designated income levels.