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

Here at Nitro, we frequently talk with financial aid officers at colleges and universities around the country.

When we ask them about the biggest mistake people make when paying for college, we hear the same thing over and over: They don't apply for FAFSA.

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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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Monica Matthews had no money for her son to go to college. So, she figured out a common-sense way to win scholarships. Four years later, her son graduated debt-free. Here, the founder of how2winscholarships.com shares some valuable tips.

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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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Sure, sheets and towels are important, but tech stuff is probably one of the highest priorities for your college packing list.

Having the right equipment and functionality can be a key factor in getting your schoolwork done. And let’s face it: You’re also going to need electronics for entertainment, socializing, and just about every other thing you’ll be doing.

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No matter how excited your child is to start college, it's likely that they  have some worries as well. 

Yes, even if your child assures you that they feel super chill, keep in mind that they may not be able to verbalize exactly what their concerns are — especially because their fears may be largely based on unknown variables. What if I hate my roommate? What if my roommate hates me? What if I fail all my classes? What if I blow my scholarship? What if I get homesick?

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