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Nitro Knowledge. Your Guide to Paying for College.


The SAT and ACT tests are a key part of your college application. And a stressful one. But there are things you can do to ensure you’re as prepared as possible.

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Your years of PTA fundraisers, attending ball games and recitals, and playing chauffeur, are almost over. But before your child finishes high school you still have one task looming ahead: helping choose the right college.

It’s an exciting and scary time for both of you. For every daydream about fall afternoons on the quad your child likely has a related anxiety: What kind of school is best for me? What should I study? And how do I pay for it all?

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You're prepared to pay for the big-ticket items, including tuition, room and board, and fees. But have you factored every expense into your college budget? 

As you're finalizing your college funding plan, make sure you've accounted for these seven items.

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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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If you're moving to campus for the upcoming semester, you're probably wondering what you should pack and what you should leave at home. And with the whole COVID situation, there a few additional things you might want to bring, just in case.

We've got you covered. In this checklist, we'll tell you everything you'll need and want your first year in a dorm. Scroll down to view to items by category, including a special COVID section.

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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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