Sizing up your student aid options

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Sizing up your student aid options

by: Kim Suchek | .
Stripes Korea | .
published: November 16, 2012

Hello Military Community,

For the next couple of weeks I plan on posting some scholarship information on my website ( for you all to use during your educational goals. As stated before, make sure you stay diligent as there are time frames involved for applying.

This week I am posting some information that was found on the Military OneSource Alternative Education Funding, with others found before after my book was published.

1. Federal Student Aid Scholarship Search:
This page on the Federal Student Aid website offers a scholarship search. The student aid site also offers a financial aid and a scholarship wizard.

2. Career One Stop, click on education and follow the links. This will guide you to resource not only in your state but also other locations.

3. Federal Student Aid-an Office of the U.S. Department of Education:
This site give lots of information about scholarships and other educational loans and grant information that you should be aware of.

4. Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Federal Student Aid, an office of the U.S. Department of Education, ensures that all eligible individuals can benefit from federally funded or federally guaranteed financial assistance for education beyond high school. This site offers information regarding colleges, codes, deadlines and more.

5. GI Bill website
Provides information regarding this benefit.

This is the official benefits website of the U.S. Government, with information on over a thousand benefit and assistance programs. They include education grants and loans, health, housing, and other types of assistance. To obtain a tailored list of benefit programs for which you may be eligible, complete the free and confidential questionnaire on the homepage. Or search for all programs by state, category, federal agency by going to “benefits.”

7. Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART)
The SMART scholarship program is offered to undergraduate and graduate students in science, technology, and engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. According to the website, interested applicants should have a strong interest in working for the Department of Defense as a civilian research scientist or engineer.

This is a U.S. Department of Education site that links students with information on financial aid, tuition assistance, and scholarships. There is a section for military members and their families. Start your search by going to “Pay for your education.”

9. U.S. Department of Education
This site provides information on educational programs and financial aid regulations.

10. Free SAT and ACT Test Prep Available
I know I have listed this in a past article but I believe it is important to list it again. eKnowledge and are offering “Free” and deeply discounted SAT and ACT study material to military families worldwide.

The PowerPrep DVD contains 11 hours instruction, sample questions and practice tests. This program allows students to select the training they need and study at their own pace. Eligible recipients include active duty, Guard and Reserve service members from all branches of the military, military retirees, veterans, in addition to ALL DOD employees and civilians performing military support and relatives and dependents. To review the PowerPrep programs and place an order online, visit To order by telephone call 951-256-4076. 2013 test dates are Jan. 26, March 9, May 4 and June 1. ACT test dates: Feb. 9, April 13 and June 8.

Good luck in your education search, I look forward to further questions and or concerns you may have.

Blessings from my family to yours,

Kim Suchek

If you have any questions or concerns or would like to share a story or situation, contact me at and visit my website for updated information and other resources not listed in my book.

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