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by Lila Quintiliani, AFC®
Blue Star Families just released its 2012 Military Family Lifestyle Survey Report. While the survey has tons of significant feedback on important topics such as military pay and benefits, children and deployment, and spousal employment, the thing that caught my eye is that 68% of respondents said they experience financial stress. Meanwhile, only 34% said that their unit provided financial education and that they knew where to find answers to their questions. Wow! That’s troubling. And I can’t help but feel that while there are some individual units out there that may be lacking when it comes to educating service members and families, there is DEFINITELY help out there, if you know where to go to find it.
Planning for College Doesn't have to be a Pain in the FAFSA* - New Government Tool Helps Military Families Plan for College
By Sean Naron
Administrative and Advocacy Associate at Consumer Federation of America (and recent College Graduate)
College is expensive. Really expensive. The cost of tuition, board, books (and beer) seems to go up every year and between loans, grants, work study, and the other myriad forms of financial aid (including the dreaded on-campus job), it can nearly impossible to figure out what you will owe for four years of fun higher education.