Feds Will Pay College Costs in Exchange for Work

If you have a hankering to attend college and a knack for computers, this program may be for you. The U.S. government has announced a plan to pay college fees – as much as $25,000 per year – in exchange for government service in the area of cybersecurity.

The college grants will be administered by the National Science Foundation and are part of a program created by the Clinton administration to populate the government with a "Cyber Corps" of technical professionals.

"These scholarships will encourage young people to enter the field of information security and assurance, and give them an opportunity to put their talents to work at the front lines of government cybersecurity efforts," said Rita Colwell, director of the National Science Foundation.

Recent security breaches such as hack attacks on the White House Web site and cyber-wars between pro-Palestinian and pro-Israeli hackers have encouraged the government to get this program underway in a hurry.

The first scholarships will be awarded through Carnegie Mellon University, Iowa State University, Purdue University, the University of Idaho, the University of Tulsa, and the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

You may like these other stories...

Event Date: September 11, 2014, 2pm ETThis webcast will include discussions of commonly-applicable Clarified Auditing Standards for audits of non-public, non-governmental entities. DOWNLOAD THE SLIDE DECKDOWNLOAD THE...
Event Date: August 26, 2014, 1pm ETThis webcast will include discussions of recently issued, commonly-applicable Accounting Standards Updates  for non-public, non-governmental entities. DOWNLOAD THE SLIDE...
Event Date: August 19, 2014, 2 pm ETThe process for taking the Uniform CPA Exam continues to improve and evolve.   Amber Setter will share her expertise to prepare candidates and their employers for licensure...

Already a member? log in here.

Upcoming CPE Webinars

Aug 26
This webcast will include discussions of recently issued, commonly-applicable Accounting Standards Updates for non-public, non-governmental entities.
Aug 28
Excel spreadsheets are often akin to the American Wild West, where users can input anything they want into any worksheet cell. Excel's Data Validation feature allows you to restrict user inputs to selected choices, but there are many nuances to the feature that often trip users up.
Sep 9
In this session we'll discuss the types of technologies and their uses in a small accounting firm office.
Sep 11
This webcast will include discussions of commonly-applicable Clarified Auditing Standards for audits of non-public, non-governmental entities.