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.
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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 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 instructions and make the deadlines.

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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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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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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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Medicine is a fulfilling profession on many levels, including the prospect of earning a comfortable salary. But before doctors can bring home a six-figure paycheck, most medical students rack up six-figure student loan debt. The average medical school student graduates with $190,000 in student loan debt, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.

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If you’ve refinanced your student loans before, you know how useful this strategy can be for lowering your monthly payments and cutting interest.

You may wonder if you can refinance your student loans more than once. The answer is yes—but it may not be worth the effort. Ask these questions to see whether additional refinancing is right for you.

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