Posts by Mike Brown

Mike is responsible for the editorial and marketing direction of Nitro. He has a history of helping people thru his educational background—first as a teacher at the Pennsylvania State University and then thru 15 years of development and marketing of education programs.
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As if the process of choosing and applying to colleges isn't hard enough, along comes the FAFSA form. There are tons of benefits to filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) but that doesn't mean it's a simple process.

In fact, at NitroCollege, we've got a whole section of our blog and a downloadable e-book dedicated to things you should know about filling out your FAFSA form. And one thing that makes the FAFSA even less straightforward is parent marital status when your parents are divorced or unmarried.

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When it comes to paying for college, sacrifice can go a long way. Sherill Farrell, the latest winner of our $5,000 Nitro Parental Scholarship, still drives a 2001 car, and she and her spouse built their Valrico, Florida home in order to avoid a mortgage. "My husband and I began saving for both our children's college at their birth. We felt it was our responsibility to provide whatever we could by the time graduation rolled around. Saving cost us, as well, but on our terms. We decided what we chose to give up in order to save--all in our control."

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Going straight into a college or university program out of high school isn't always the best option for students.

As a parent, it can be difficult to see your child show interest in a path other than one that you've taken or carefully planned for them. You've probably spent the last 18 years or so imagining the day your child would go to college. And now that day has come and maybe your kid isn't ready for school or has aspirations that don't require a bachelor's degree right away. You may feel like you have failed your child in some way, but trust us, you haven’t. In fact, your child has plenty of options. Some may be more appealing to you than others, but hear us out on this one– trade or technical education.

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Did you know that the U.S. had no co-educational colleges until 1833? That’s when Oberlin College in Oberlin, OH, opened its doors to both male and female students.

But once women had easier access to educational opportunities, there was no stopping them. Today, women make up 56% of the college population in the United States.

What’s even more exciting is that now there’s a whole host of scholarships available for women like you who are looking for ways to pay for college.

Because scholarship eligibility is often based on any number of differentiating characteristics, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to be an honor student or show extreme financial need to qualify for scholarship funds.

Translation: if you don’t look for scholarships, you may be missing your opportunity for free college money. Remember, every scholarship dollar you are awarded is one less dollar you’ll need to finance in student loans.

Let’s talk about how to start your scholarship search.

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Senior year is a time of competing priorities. You naturally want to make the most of your senior year at high school, but you have to keep one eye on the future at the same time.

So listen, we want to make the college application process as easy as possible for you. That way, you can enjoy senior year while also ensuring that you don’t miss any important deadlines for college.

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You know that a Pell Grant is, in essence, free money.

You don't have to pay it back. There is, however, a built-in limit--and it's not solely monetary. It also has to do with time.

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