Posts by Trish Sammer

Trish Sammer is Nitro's managing editor. Her work has appeared in Woman’s Day, Redbook, Huffington Post, TechCrunch, and Forbes. She has also written for various corporate clients, including the tech giant SAP, The Franklin Institute, and PSE&G. When Trish isn’t busy acting as a writing ninja for other people, you can find her … well, writing about other stuff, like divorce and blended family life. She lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband, their combined brood, and the world’s laziest dog.
Trish Sammer

If you're scrambling to fill a tuition gap for your child, you've probably considered taking out a PLUS loan from the federal government. While it may seem like an easy option — after all, it's right there on the financial aid award letter — it's not always the best option. Why? Because in 2020, you may find a better deal elsewhere.

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In addition to comforters and shower shoes, your 2020 fall packing list will probably need some additions and modifications thanks to COVID-19. 

Here are some things that you might want to add to your dorm-room inventory, including some obvious packing additions like masks, as well as some items that aren’t so obvious.

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The time is coming soon. Really soon. Your child is off to college in just a few short weeks.

There's probably a lot you want to say before they go, but those conversations can be hard. Also, let's be real: Many teens are pretty great at tuning out so-called parental wisdom. (At least mine are!) 

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If you're not thrilled about the prospect of having to pay full tuition for online classes in the fall, you should know there's a way that you can take full-credit online college courses for FREE. How? By nabbing a part-time job at Starbucks. 

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For the 2020-21 school year, PLUS loans will come with a lower interest rate than usual, making them a pretty good deal compared to prior years. However ... they are far from the best deal available.

With any major financial decision, doing some comparison shopping can save you a lot of money — especially with the historically low interest rates we're experiencing ahead of the fall semester. Here, we'll look at Parent PLUS Loans, private parent loans, and private student loans. 

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Newsflash: College has become a buyer's market for the 2020-2021 school year.

Crazy, right? You've spent the last several years figuring out how to get into your college of choice, just hoping and praying that you'd receive that coveted letter of acceptance. Now, thanks to COVID-19, it seems the tables have turned.  

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