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Nitro Knowledge. Your Guide to Paying for College.


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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Though the FAFSA might be a little more complicated when you have  divorced or never-married parents, your family situation shouldn't hold you back from receiving as much student aid as possible.

Here, we'll walk you through some basic tips that can make completing your FAFSA a little less painful when your family situation is complicated.

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The FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, isn’t difficult to fill out, but certain errors could have a big impact on your eligibility for financial aid. 

Here are 11 mistakes to avoid. 

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The biggest pro of cosigning your child's student loan is obvious: You'll help them attain the education they need to secure their financial future. Plus, cosigning a private student loan is often the best way to fill tuition gaps at the lowest interest rate possible.

The biggest con is obvious, too: If your child doesn't pay for some reason, you may be on the hook. 
However, there's more to cosigning than meets the eye. Let's take a closer look at some things you should think about before you cosign your child's student loan. 

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If you're drowning in scholarship essays, let us toss you a life raft: Here are five scholarships that don’t require you to pen any long prose.

Some of these do require you to submit some information about yourself and, in some instances, answer some questions or complete a few easy tasks. The key to success with these — and all scholarship applications — is to follow the instructions and submit your application before the deadlines.

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When you’re ready to fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you’ll need to have some very specific info on-hand. 

Here's how you can prepare. 

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