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  1. New program helps families of fallen access education benefits

    Even with hundreds of millions of dollars in scholarship money and education benefits available for spouses and children of fallen service members, many of those families struggle to pay for college because they don't know the benefits exist, or have trou

    • Oct. 2, 2014
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    Bryan Box, an Army veteran who served in Afghanistan, is now a biological sciences major at the University of Alaska Anchorage. The population of student veterans at UAA and UA Fairbanks has prompted the universities to bring on additional staff. Marc Lester/ / The Associated Press

    Colleges adapt to post-9/11 vets' needs

    Bryan Box, a 28-year-old student veteran, carries a large thermos with 'SAB9491T' scribbled on its side. The inscription is Box's battle roster, which he described as a digital 'dog tag' used by the Army to identify soldiers.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
    • EDUCATION /

    U.S. awards $450M to link job training, employers

    The Obama administration is awarding nearly a half-billion dollars to community colleges that are partnering with employers on job training.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  2. A graduating cadet's hat is held during a graduation and commissioning ceremony at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York. Mike Groll / The Associated Press

    Congress' little-known power to shape military, help constituents

    Each year, members of Congress exercise a little-known power to help constituents obtain a nomination to one of the country's four elite service academies, which prepare future officers for the Army, Navy, Air Force and Merchant Marine.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  3. Center helps student veterans with college plans

    A University of Florida program is helping military veterans succeed in college.

    • Sep. 25, 2014
  4. A 3-D printer makes an object in a fabrication laboratory. Some universities are developing labs with 3-D printers to attract students interested in STEM courses. Frederick Florin / Getty Images

    Universities forge ahead with 3-D printing programs

    When students propose, design and create projects at Florida Polytechnic University, they will have a state-of-the-art, 3-D printing lab available to help them along.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
    • EDUCATION /

    Student loan default rates decline

    The Education Department on Wednesday reported a drop in the percentage of people who are defaulting on repaying student loans in the first years after they are due.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
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    Tuition discount offered to lure adults back to college

    When you're 30, the first day of school can feel a lot like every other day.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
    • EDUCATION /
    ACT estimates that between 50,000 and 100,000 students will take the computerized version of the test next spring. Photo illustration by David Scrivner/Iowa City (Io

    ACT experiments with electronic exams

    Nearly 4,000 students took the ACT test on a computer this past spring, marking the first time that a national college entrance exam was administered without a pencil and paper.

    • Sep. 22, 2014
  6. Eleven universities are coming together to share their programs for improving the graduation rates of low-income and first-generation college students, and develop a national playbook for what works. The ASSOCIATED PRESS

    Universities form group to improve low-income students' graduation rates

    Michigan State University has been graduating more low-income students since starting a program three years ago to bring advisers, tutors, health care and other services into clusters of residence halls to integrate the 'living and learning' experience.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  7. Aging Americans burdened by student debt

    Rosemary Anderson could be 81 by the time she pays off her student loans.

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  8. Consumer agency sues Corinthian Colleges for predatory lending

    Corinthian Colleges is being sued by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for what it calls a 'predatory lending scheme.'

    • Sep. 16, 2014
    • EDUCATION /

    Dispute arises from apparent misunderstanding on vet education comments

    Two veterans service organizations expressed outrage over comments made by an official from an organization that represents public universities in early September but the dispute appears largely to be the result of a misunderstanding.

    • Sep. 10, 2014
    • EDUCATION /
    In this photo from February, members of the Box Elder County Sheriff's Office fly their search and rescue drone during a demonstration in Brigham City, Utah. Universities and colleges, such as Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, are developing academic programs focused on the technology to operate unmanned aerial systems. Rick Bowmer/ / The Associated Press

    Ohio college becoming leader in drone technology

    Officials with an Ohio community college say it has taken another step toward positioning itself as a national leader in drone technology research.

    • Sep. 5, 2014
    • EDUCATION /

    Apply to college with video instead of SAT score

    A Baltimore-area college is the first in the country to unveil an application option that allows students to submit videos as part of their admissions applications.

    • Sep. 5, 2014
  9. Among the new changes going into effect on Sept. 6 is a new rule linking eligibility for TA reimbursement to a soldier's grade upon completion of their course. Army

    Tuition assistance changes start taking effect on Saturday

    New policies affecting which soldiers are eligible for Army Tuition Assistance will take effect in the coming days and weeks.

    • Sep. 4, 2014
  10. California lawmakers vote to protect in-state tuition for veterans

    California lawmakers have approved legislation to offer in-state college tuition for veterans who were stationed in California immediately before being discharged.

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  11. Mission Family: Free online resources for school year

    While you're getting back into school routines for your children, and perhaps even for yourself, consider some of the free resources the Defense Department provides that can help you with research and even free tutoring and homework help.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  12. Veterans Upward Bound aims at helping vets hone their skills through education to prepare them for careers. Courtesy of Veterans Upward Bound

    Upward Bound continues to prepare vets for college

    A program aimed at helping veterans hone their skills through education to prepare them for careers is seeing booming registration at Western Kentucky University.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  13. Middle and high school teachers get a close-up look at a glider that scientists will use to research the behavior of penguins and how ocean conditions affect them and their food source. The project is one example of the educational opportunities available to students at the University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment. Mark R. Sullivan/Gannett

    Underwater robotic research inspires students

    In the cold waters off Antarctica, a solitary, yellow glider named the 'Blue Hen' keeps track of the penguins that graduate student Megan Cimino monitors from a lab in Lewes.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
  14. First-generation college students eager, hopeful

    In the weeks leading up to her first day of college, Lauren Serrano had the typical jitters.

    • Aug. 26, 2014
    • EDUCATION /

    Commentary: Tech, vocational schools serve vital need

    By early 2015, tens of thousands of troops will have returned stateside after more than a decade of military engagement in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    • Aug. 20, 2014
  15. 'Not recommended' list of schools draws criticism

    For years, public officials and organizations have warned veterans not to waste their education benefits at bad schools. But those warnings have almost always neglected to detail which schools are 'bad.'

    • Aug. 18, 2014
  16. Law seeks to expand in-state tuition for all

    A bill signed into law by President Obama on Aug. 7, dedicated primarily to overhauling veterans' health care, also includes a major victory for education advocates.

    • Aug. 11, 2014
    • EDUCATION /

    Education Department to ease student loan rules

    The Education Department said Thursday it will try to make it easier for students and parents with troubled credit histories to get college loans.

    • Aug. 8, 2014
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