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Nitro Knowledge. Your Guide to Paying for College.


We’ve all heard the cliché: Living on campus is an essential part of the college experience. But is it really?

Turns out, roughly half of college students don’t live on campus (it happens slightly more often at public schools than private ones.) With good reason: On average, living on campus can add about $10k per year to your kid’s college costs. 

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Asking for letters of recommendation isn’t anyone’s favorite part of applying to college, but it’s an important one. We’ve got many ideas listed below to make the process painless for you and your teachers – and ensure you get the most effective letters of recommendation that can further strengthen your college applications.

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How to Walk the Fine Line Between Over-parenting and Disappearing Act

The time between enrolling your child in Kindergarten and getting them ready for college can feel like an eye-blink. Yet here you are. This is one of the last “childhood” milestones you and your son or daughter will go through together and it’s fraught with anxiety.

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The SAT and ACT tests are a key part of your college application. And a stressful one. But there are things you can do to ensure you’re as prepared as possible.

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Your years of PTA fundraisers, attending ball games and recitals, and playing chauffeur, are almost over. But before your child finishes high school you still have one task looming ahead: helping choose the right college.

It’s an exciting and scary time for both of you. For every daydream about fall afternoons on the quad your child likely has a related anxiety: What kind of school is best for me? What should I study? And how do I pay for it all?

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Here at Nitro, we frequently talk with financial aid officers at colleges and universities around the country.

When we ask them about the biggest mistake people make when paying for college, we hear the same thing over and over: They don't apply for FAFSA.

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