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As if the process of choosing and applying to colleges isn't hard enough, along comes the FAFSA form. There are tons of benefits to filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) but that doesn't mean it's a simple process.

In fact, at NitroCollege, we've got a whole section of our blog and a downloadable e-book dedicated to things you should know about filling out your FAFSA form. And one thing that makes the FAFSA even less straightforward is parent marital status when your parents are divorced or unmarried.

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Having “the talk” is something most teens and parents avoid. No, we're not talking about that talk. Rather, we mean the money talk.

But a recent study shows a major disconnect between students' expectations and parents' realities. That is, most students (about 65%) assume that their parents will fund whatever college they choose, while most parents (62%) aren't in a position to do so. 

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If you're headed to college next year, there’s a good chance you applied to at least three schools:

  • Your dream school
  • Your “pretty sure I’m going to get in” school, and
  • Your safety school. 
Sounds like a pretty fail-proof plan, right? But what happens when you get wait-listed for  your dream school and you feel like the other two are just ... meh?
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Believe it or not, the average student leaves college with student loan debt hovering around $37,700.

Yikes, right? But what if you’re eager to get started on this next phase of your life, yet you’re scared of racking up a ton of debt? Community colleges, also known as junior colleges, can offer you a quality education — but at the fraction of the cost.

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Military service members take extraordinary risks and make great sacrifices when they sign up to serve their countries. Oftentimes, spouses and families also make sacrifices along the way. Thankfully, there are many programs designed to pay back this service from dependents of military service members in the form of college scholarships.

If you're the child or dependent of a military service member and you're looking for a way to fill the financial gap in college tuition, check out the following scholarship opportunities.

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Are you concerned that your financial aid award doesn't reflect your current financial circumstances? If so, you're not alone. 

If that’s the position you’re in, there is something you can do about it. Let’s look at how to work with your school’s financial aid office, and then discuss the four times you should definitely appeal your financial aid award.

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