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Nitro Knowledge. Your Guide to Paying for College.


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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Need some help paying for college? You're far from alone. Most families find that the estimated family contribution calculation is much higher than they can actually afford. It also doesn't help that college costs are higher than ever, increasing by 37% between 2008 and 2018.

So how can you get your education without taking on needless debt? Plenty.

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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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True or false: You need to be an athlete or a brainiac to get a scholarship to college.

Did you answer “true?”

You know that annoying buzzer sound that happens when people answer incorrectly on TV game shows? Imagine us making that sound at you right now, because you are W-R-O-N-G. (Sorry.)

But hey, that’s good news in this case. Why? Because it means that there are tons of scholarships out there for all kinds of people who have all kinds of interesting interests or characteristics.

Don’t believe us? Why are you so skeptical all the time? Allow us to submit the following weird and unusual scholarships for your consideration. (Note that most of these scholarships are offered annually. If the due date for this year has already past, create a calendar reminder to check back in a few months.)

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Can we all agree that college is expensive enough? By the time you cover tuition and fees, you've probably already shelled out thousands of dollars. Add in room and board and other expenses and your total price tag can shoot up quickly.

So listen, do yourself a favor and make sure that you're not spending money more than you need to, or worse, leaving money on the table that could help reduce your student loan debt. Here's what you need to know.

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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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