Certificate Programs for Military Spouse

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Life as a military spouse can be challenging and unpredictable. Not only do you need to adapt to frequent PCS moves, but you are also burdened with the added responsibility of being the head-of-household and provider for the family during deployments. Let’s face it, as the spouse of a member of the military, you are pretty much forced to be “Superman” or “Superwoman.” All you need is the cape… and the ability to fly.  

But what if you have the desire to obtain an education or additional skills to help you create or continue on your own professional career path?  How can you  possibly fit it all in?

There is not one simple answer, but it can be done. The first step is identifying the career paths that interest you. Next, evaluate the portability of these career paths so you can easily transfer the knowledge and skills you obtain to a job anywhere in the world. Third, consider an online certificate program, which are flexible, career specific programs that can be completed in one year or less. In the event you’re relocated while in the middle of your program, you have the ability to take your studies with you and continue without interruption.

With certificate programs, you develop a solid base of practical knowledge that can be immediately applied to your current or future employment situation. Earning a certificate is also a way to differentiate yourself from others in your chosen career field, giving you a competitive edge, leading to a higher chance of employability. Possibly the best benefit of all is the ability to apply some or all of your MyCAA benefits (if qualified) toward your certificate program. Since these programs tend to be shorter than most associate and bachelor’s degree programs, you can get out into the workforce quicker with little or no cost to you!

Portable Career Programs to Consider:

Medical Administrative Assisting
Provides you with the competencies and skills to perform front office duties and become a viable team member in medical establishment.

Medical Billing
Provides you with the basics of the insurance and billing processes encountered in a medical office setting.

Medical Coding
Prepares you to input the appropriate code for various medical services in order for health care practitioners and providers to receive payment for services rendered.

Pharmacy Technician
Prepares you to count and measure medication properly, maintain profile profiles, and help the pharmacist with day-to-day duties as needed.

Web Design
Teaches you how to create online graphic images, designs, copy layouts, and build your own web projects.

Office Management
Prepares you to become skilled office managers and administrators in any business setting.

If you are a military spouse considering your next career decision, contact one of Allied American University’s knowledgeable representatives at (888) 384-0849 who can help walk you through the process. AAU offers various certificate programs in the fields of business administration, criminal justice, computer information systems, and allied health. Financial aid can be used toward certificate programs for those who aren’t qualified to receive MyCAA funds or those who need additional assistance to cover costs exceeding their funds.

Perhaps you really do need that cape after all…


Scholarships For Women

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Although there was a time in history when it was rare to see women attend college, these days, female college students tend to outnumber male. However, despite the cultural changes, many inequalities still exist between women and men, especially in regards to equal pay in the workforce. Even though more women attend higher education, there are still many reasons for companies and groups to offer certain scholarships specifically for women in an attempt to lessen the gap between the genders. Scholarships can be extremely helpful in bringing down your tuition costs and won't add to your student debt. There are numerous scholarships that are available and often it's worth taking the time to apply to some of the ones that might seem relevant to you. We've listed four scholarships that are designated for females only. If you are a woman, we encourage you to take a look at them and consider applying, either to the ones below or others that are available. It may just make your college ride a little easier to manage.


Emerge Scholarship

Eligibility requirements:

Scholarship applicants must be accepted into a program of study at an educational institution, as evidenced by a proof of acceptance – either an acceptance letter OR a current school transcript.

Applicants must be at least 25 years of age as of the date of the postmark of the application.

Applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, and/or physical impairment.

Award: $1,000.00

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Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation for Low-Income Women and Children

Eligibility requirements:

Must be a woman, at least 17 years of age

Must be a mother with minor children

Must be enrolled in a skills training, ESL, or GED program or pursuing a technical/vocation degree, an associate degree, a first bachelor’s degree, or a professional/master’s/doctoral degree

Must be enrolled in an accredited program during the 2013-2014 academic year

Must be low-income ( annual family income less than $18,000 for a family of 2; less than $24,00 for a family of 3; less than $27,000 for a family of 4)

Award: $3,000.00

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Scholarships4mom $10,000 Scholarship

Eligibility requirements:

This scholarships4moms.net promotion is open to any individual 18 years or older.

Applicants must be permanent residents of the United States.

Employees, officers, and directors of FCS/scholarships4moms.net (Sponsor) and its related companies and agents, and members of the immediate family and household of each are not eligible. Immediate family members include parents, siblings, or any person residing in the same household as employee.

All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. By participating in the promotion, entrant fully and unconditionally agrees to and accepts these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor, which are final and binding. Void outside of the U.S. and where prohibited by law.

Award: $10,000.00

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Linda Lael Miller Scholarship

Eligibility requirements:

Must be a woman age 25 years or older who is having a difficult time finding scholarships for which they qualify

Must write a 500 word essay: putting into words your feelings on exactly why you are applying for the Linda Lael Miller Scholarship, precisely how you would use the funds if you won, how reaching your educational objectives will improve your future, and the dollar amount you would like to receive from the Linda Lael Miller

Scholarship funds may be used not only for tuition and books, but also for childcare, transportation, and other expenses not covered by traditional scholarships.

Award: Varies

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7 Common Myths about Financial Aid

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College application deadlines are fast approaching and you may be wondering if you can even afford to go to college. What you might not know is that the federal government provides almost $150 billion a year to help students just like you pay for college. Right now, you're probably thinking of all of the reasons why you won't qualify for financial aid. Please don't waste your time worrying- you could be using this time to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®). Here are some common myths about financial aid that you shouldn't believe.

Myth #1: My family makes too much money for me to qualify for aid.

There is no income cut-off for federal student aid. Your eligibility for financial aid is based on a number of factors and not just your income. Plus, many states and schools use your FAFSA data to determine your eligibility for their aid. If you're not sure what you will get, the best way to know for sure is to complete the application!

Myth #2: I need to file taxes before completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or (FAFSA).

You can use estimated information on your FAFSA so you'll be able to submit it before you file taxes. In fact, many states and schools have financial aid deadlines well before the tax deadline. So completing your FAFSA earlier is a good idea. You might want to base your estimates on last year's tax return, and once you file your taxes, you can log back in and update the information. You may even be able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool to automatically import your tax information into your FAFSA.

Myth #3: The FAFSA is too hard to fill out.

This is a very common misconception, but the FAFSA has come a long way! It's easier than ever to complete online. The form uses "skip logic," so you are only asked the questions that are relevant to you. And if you've filed your taxes, you can transfer your tax return data into your FAFSA automatically. As a result of improvements like these, the average time to complete the FAFSA is now less than 21 minutes. If you do get stuck, help is available by Web chat, e-mail and phone.

Myth #4: My grades aren't good enough for me to get aid.

Eligibility for most federal student aid programs is not linked to your academic performance. However, you will need to maintain grades that your school considers satisfactory in order to continue receiving financial aid.

Myth #5: My ethnicity or age makes me ineligible for aid.

There are basic eligibility requirements, but ethnicity and age are not considered.

Myth #6: I support myself, so I don't have to include parent info on the FAFSA.
This is not necessarily true. Even if you support yourself and file taxes on your own, you may still be considered a dependent student for federal student aid purposes. You can determine your dependency status by answering some questions. If you are independent, you won't need to include your parents' information on your FAFSA. But if you are dependent, you must provide your parents' information.

Myth #7: I already completed the FAFSA so I don't need to complete it again.
You need to complete the FAFSA every year you plan to attend college or career school. Don't worry; it will be even easier the second or third time around since a lot of your information will be pre-populated on the application.

Millions of students complete the FAFSA each year and receive financial aid to help pay for college. Don't let these myths stop you from achieving your goals. Take the first step by completing the FAFSA today!

Source: Tara Marini, 7 Common Myths about Financial Aid,” Military.com