Personal Finances

Financial Ignorance May Trigger Vets' Homelessness

A veteran sorts through donated clothes during a Department of Veterans Affairs annual Stand Down Against Homelessness. Air Force photo

Stars and Stripes | Oct 23, 2013

WASHINGTON -- Veterans are more likely to end up homeless not just because of military stressors but also because of poor financial skills, according to new research. A new report in the American Journal of Public Health found that military members in general are less familiar with household budgets, more likely to be targets for predatory lend... more

6 Ways to Help Pay for College

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With college costs continuing to rise, you probably haven't saved enough to foot the bill for a higher education. According to a college cost calculator on, the price tag for four years at a public institution is $85,788. For a private college or university, the amount almost doubles to $168,896. That's why, says Scott Halliwel... more

Deployment: Making Legal Preparations

[Some content in this article courtesy of USAA.] It's difficult to drop everything and leave for deployment, particularly if you're involved with a complicated legal case, or haven't put your legal affairs in order yet. Whether you're a full-time active duty servicemember or a Reserve/Guard member entering active duty, make sure you take care o... more

GI Bill Accelerated Payments Explained

Accelerated Payments are the Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill provision that provides a lump sum payment of 60% of tuition and fees for certain high cost, high tech programs. If you do not have sufficient entitlement to cover 60% of tuition and fees, VA will pay you based on your actual remaining entitlement. VA will make accelerated paym... more

Consumers Don't Know Personal Finances

Gail Cunningham

When we were in school, an average or failing grade would have meant big trouble for us at home, often resulting in our parents putting us into "time-out" -- and that may be just what some fiscally irresponsible adults need. An NFCC survey allowed consumers to grade themselves on their knowledge of personal finance, and 34 percent -- more than 7... more

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