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Resources available to 
help community members

A number of support personnel and organizations and Web sites are available, some unique to military personnel and their family members, to serve members of the Fort McCoy community who are looking for financial aid to attend college or post-secondary educational institutions, said Bryan Clarkin.

Clarkin, Fort McCoy Army Community Service (ACS) Financial Readiness Program manager, said among the Web sites prospective students and/or their parents might want to visit is http://www.aerhq.org (Army Emergency Relief Scholarships).

AER offers scholarships both for dependent children of active, retired and deceased Soldiers (the Maj. Gen. James Ursano Scholarship Program) and for stateside spouses (active-duty and retired Soldiers and widows (ers) of Soldiers). 

Applications for the 2009-2010 school year currently are being accepted through March 2. This program is coordinated through Army Emergency Relief Headquarters at http://www.aerhq.org.

Other Web sites with scholarship information include: http://www.militaryscholar.org (Scholarships for Military Children-Commissary, applications for 2009-10 closed Feb. 18); http://www.nmfa.org (National Military Family Association); http://www.collegescholarships.org, (Scholarships for Military Dependents); http://www.nasfaa.org (National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators); http://apps.finra.org/Investor_Information/Smart/529/Calc/529_Analyzer.asp (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority); and http://www.savingforcollege.com (Savings for college).

No federal endorsement of these sites is implied.

Servicemembers or veterans, and in some instances civilians, also may be able to get college credits for their military or other schooling or experience through such programs as the College Level Examination Program or DSST (formerly known as the DANTES Subject Standardized Test).

Dale Spannbauer of the Fort McCoy Education and Learning Center said the number of credits that can be gained through these programs varies from university to university.

Spannbauer said he also can provide information about veterans assistance programs, such as the GI Bill, both federal and state programs, and tuition assistance.

More information about educational opportunities in the Fort McCoy community is available by calling the 84th Training Command (Leadership Readiness) Education and Learning Center at 608-388-7311 or by visiting the Web site at http://www.militaryta.com/education_center/84th-arrtc-army-reserve-education-center.shtml.

For more information about Financial Readiness programs or workshops in the Fort McCoy community, call Clarkin, the ACS Financial Program manager, at 608-388-6812/3505.

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