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You cannot claim this deduction if your filing status is married filing separately or if another person can claim an exemption for you as a dependent on his or her tax return. The qualified expenses must be for higher education, as explained later under Qualified Education Expenses. The tuition and fees deduction can reduce the amount of your income subject to tax by up to $4,000. This deduction is taken as an adjustment to income. This means... more
Some college majors focus on preparing students for very specific careers. For example, a nursing major gives you the technical skills and knowledge you need to work as a nurse, and prepares you to pass the licensing exam for that career. We can call majors like these career-oriented majors. Another road to a career is a liberal arts major. The liberal arts is an umbrella term for many subjects of study including literature, philosophy, histo... more
Interested in going back to school but don't know what field to pursue? Cybersecurity could be a bright spot on your education and employment radar! According to the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), "America's daily life, economic vitality, and national security depend on a secure cyberspace. A vast array of interdependent IT networks, systems, services, and resources are critical to communication, travel, powering homes, running the ... more
So you found out that taking CLEP and DSST exams are free while on active duty. Now what? Which exams should I take? Well, it depends. What degree program are you interested in, what credits do you need, and what is your school’s transfer policy concerning accepting alternative sources of credit? Since the answers to these questions vary widely, the first place to begin is your local education center, where a counselor can help you find the an... more
It doesn't matter what degree I get. I just want to go into something where employers are hiring and pays well, it doesn't matter what I do. Or does it? It sounds practical and down to earth. When you leave the military you want to be able to match or raise your standard of living and many are not looking to add their names to the long list of Americans who are either under- or unemployed. However, it does matter what education path you choose... more
Earning your degree takes a good deal of time, money, goal setting and most importantly proper planning. This section of the Military Education Center will help you identify the career path, degree program, and school that best fits your goals.