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Nitro Knowledge. Your Guide to Paying for College.


College is expensive enough. Don’t make it pricier than it has to be by making choices about financial aid, classes, and college living that increase your costs even more.

Here are nine tips to help prevent simple, but expensive mistakes that can increase your college debt:

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If the idea of taking on additional student loan debt has suggested you may be better off without earning a master's, it's time to reconsider. Some people have been able to get a master's degree for free, and you can, too.

Whether you've finished your undergraduate studies and are looking to take the next step or you're planning for long-term goals, there are several options that you should consider in your pursuit of a post-graduate degree.

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It's probably not a newsflash that  women are still largely outnumbered by their male counterparts in science and engineering.

What might be news: More colleges and employers are making it a priority to get women into STEM fieldsand they're making financial investments to back that up. That means there are ever-growing options for female students who are hunting for scholarships. Here's how to find that sweet "free money" to help fund your STEM education. 

And psst ... if scholarships do not cover your entire tuition bill, compare the best private student loan lenders.

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The lights dimmed. Darkness. The room settled. Silence. Then, the distant whirring of ... something. What was it? Suddenly, brightness and sound and images launched me into a magical world. At age 6, my first movie experience made an indelible impression. Now, twelve years later, I embrace the formal steps toward becoming a unique storyteller. A visual artist. A filmmaker.

And that's just one example of how to start a scholarship essay. Now let's talk about how you can start yours. 

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Going to college is one of the biggest milestones in your life. Between the decisions on where to go, how to pay for it, what courses to take, and where to live, a number of huge, life-changing decisions hang in the balance.

It’s only natural that you and your parents are feeling the pressure ... and that, perhaps, you're driving each other a little nuts. How you handle the process with your parents can mean the difference between smooth sailing or a huge stress bomb that’s just waiting to explode.

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If you're considering off-campus housing, you're probably wondering how paying for off-campus housing differs from paying for dorms.

Here's what you need to know before you sign off on the rental agreement. 

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