Posts by Mike Brown

Mike is responsible for the editorial and marketing direction of Nitro. He has a history of helping people through his educational background—first as a teacher at the Pennsylvania State University and then through 15 years of development and marketing of education programs.
Mike Brown

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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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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Here's a super-hot tip for you: You should fill out the FAFSA even if you think you won't qualify for financial aid. Why is that? Because the FAFSA, which stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the gateway to receiving multiple types of financial aid for college, including federal, state, and school-based aid.

It's one of the most important documents you'll fill out during your college career. Here's everything you need to know about the FAFSA.

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Was your financial aid award less than you expected? Has your ability to pay for school changed? Do you think the college may have overlooked something when decided your award amount?

No need to panic. You always have options. And in some cases, one of those options might be to craft a well-written financial aid appeal letter. Here, we're going to tell you how to write one. Bonus: We'll even show you a sample that you can customize.

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Textbooks can easily add up to over $1,000 per year. There are proven ways to reduce these costs, but it does require some careful planning on your part.

Here’s how you can save hundreds per year on your college costs by trimming your textbook budget.

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You're probably expecting a dollar amount to answer the question in the headline ... but the Pell Grant Lifetime Eligibility is better explained with a different number unit: time. 

The fast answer is that you're entitled to receive financial aid in the form of Pell Grants for the equivalent of six years (or 12 semesters). During that time, you're eligible to receive the maximum amount of Pell Grant aid that you qualify for every year.

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