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.
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"We are ... Penn State!" If you're a college football fan, that cheer probably sounds familiar. But even if sports aren't your thing, your probably know that Penn State is a school that is known for the rabid school spirit of its students and alumni. The exuberance can be contagious.

But, fun as it may be, traveling out to "Happy Valley" in central Pennsylvania just isn't in the cards for everyone who wants to enroll in one of Penn State's world-class programs.  However, it's still possible to graduate with a Penn State degree without setting foot on any of their many campuses. 

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If you've been looking for an accredited online law school, chances are you've come up with some serious roadblocks. While online law programs have existed for quite some time, the American Bar Association (ABA) has refused to fully accredit any of them. That meant that graduates of these programs were not allowed to sit for the bar to become a practicing attorney.

Until now. The landscape of online law programs is changing rapidly.
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If you're considering going back to college online, you're probably wondering how to pay for it without taking on a lot of student loan debt.

One effective strategy is to work for an employer that offers tuition reimbursement. The good news is that you don't have to start a whole new career to enjoy employer reimbursement. By working part-time at one of these well-known restaurant or retail chains, you can get a serious assist on paying your college tuition. 

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Most MBA students are able to double their income within three years of graduation compared to their pre-MBA salaries. That’s a pretty powerful incentive to enroll in an MBA program ASAP. However, going to grad school when you’re already working full-time can present significant challenges.

That’s why many professionals are turning to online MBA programs—and these days, there are a host of excellent programs to choose from. Even better, there are a good number of programs that will allow you to get a waiver on graduate admission testing, removing at least one significant barrier to earning your MBA.

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What’s the secret formula to helping students avoid being crushed by student loan debt after graduation? Ken Ruggiero, the CEO of Ascent Student Loans, thinks he and his team of data scientists may have discovered a solution—and it’s probably not what you think it is.

Here’s the very short answer in two parts:

  1. If you need a private student loan without a cosigner, but lack sufficient credit history and income, Ascent has an option based on your future earnings potential, and
  2. If your lender doesn’t pony up all the money that you ask for, that might be a tremendous gift.
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Did you know your college ID or email address could be worth money in your pocket? It’s true.

Flashing your student ID or ponying up an email address with .edu at the end could land you some pretty amazing discounts, online or in-person.

Taking advantage of those savings could mean that you’ll have more money to put toward your education, so you can avoid borrowing more than you really need.

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