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Nitro Knowledge. Your Guide to Paying for College.


Does the idea of living in a spacious apartment or sharing a large house with a bunch of your friends sound pretty tantalizing?

If you’re eager to get out of your crowded college dorm, you might be thinking about off-campus housing. With all of the freedom and space that comes with truly being on your own, you may be ready to sign on the dotted line right now. 

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The transition to a college life is looming. In the movies, kids show up to their spacious dorm rooms with a few suitcases and transform the place into a magical wonderland. The reality is a bit different.

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College is expensive enough. Don’t make it pricier than it has to be by making choices about financial aid, classes, and college living that increase your costs even more.

Here are nine tips to help prevent simple, but expensive mistakes that can increase your college debt:

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Incoming college freshmen face a ton of big life changes when heading off to school. Are you up for the challenge?

From learning to love to laundry, we’ve got 48 pro tips to help you stay on the right track as you weave your way through your first year in college. 

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If you've never lived alone or with a roommate, it can be hard to figure out what kind of stuff you need your first time living away from home. And in particular, a dorm room situation is unique, not only because you'll probably be bunking with a stranger, but because you often have limited space and rules around what's allowed.

In this checklist, we're listing everything you'll need and want (and what you should leave at home) your first year in a dorm.

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With summer break right around the corner, you're likely gearing up for part-time work, hanging with friends, and sleeping in. But there are some things you—and your parents—should be getting a jump on now to ease the college application and selection process next year. Here's our month-by-month guide. 

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