Posts by Don Ritchie

Don Ritchie is an award-fearing writer-producer who appreciates being just out of the spotlight. When he's not contributing to nitrocollege.com, he's probably muttering to himself "I really need to get writing for nitrocollege.com." He resides in Chester County, PA, with his wife and son, both of whom are used to the muttering by now. The dog merely looks on quizzically.
Don Ritchie

Should you fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) even if you think you won't qualify for aid? Do you need to reapply every year? Is the FAFSA even worth your time? Most importantly, are you holding FAFSA misconceptions that are costing you money?

Take the quiz below to test your FAFSA IQ.

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Here, in these early days of our glorious digital era, you can see universities all over the country without ever leaving your home. Some you can even tour via virtual reality. Amazing! Money-saving! Impersonal!

If your daughter is going to invest four or five years of her life living in an entirely new environment, if your son is going to be a short flight but a long drive away, then your college-selection decision process calls for some actual reality: it's time for a road trip.

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Suddenly, we're looking at colleges. How did this happen?

Wasn't it just yesterday that we were laughing as our son toddled to the window, pointing excitedly at the big school bus that stopped to pick up the older kids? Didn't we just have him at the small park with the kid fort in a sincere effort to tire him out? And now he’s a high school junior ... so here we are, road-tripping to look at colleges.


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