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Nitro Knowledge. Your Guide to Paying for College.


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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 “Have you decided where you’re going to college next year?” 

For some college-bound high school seniors, the answer is a resounding “Yes.” But for others, this decision is causing a whole lot of stress, anxiety, and confusion.

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The Zoom classes. The limited ability to see friends. The cancelled events and school rituals. No can blame you for being over all of it.

Virtual learning burnout is a real thing. And if you feel like you are, or have recently, experienced it, you’re definitely not alone. Keep reading for ideas on how to deal with it and prevent it from coming back.

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Pretty soon, college acceptance letters will go out and your student will have to make their choice. And you’ll soon see a seemingly endless stream of fees, large and small, for a deposit, tuition, and other fees.

The great thing about 529s are the tax benefits you get. But those benefits can all be undone if you make a mistake in how or when you withdrawal funds from the account. Here’s a quick breakdown of what you need to know to avoid those missteps and make the most of your money.

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You may have heard of this pandemic that’s resulted in a lot of changes at schools and, well, everything? Here’s one more change: The College Board announced it’s dropping its subject tests  for U.S. students immediately. The optional essay test will end after the June 2021 test administration. (International students will still have two more chances for subjects tests in May and June of 2021.)

What’s that mean for you? Read on…

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For most students, even generous award packages leave a significant gap between the cost of college and what you (and your family) can afford to pay. If that’s the case for you, a well-crafted appeal letter — with documented reasons for your appeal — might convince the college of your choice to increase your financial aid award.

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