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Nitro Knowledge. Your Guide to Paying for College.


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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Though the FAFSA might be a little more complicated when you have  divorced or never-married parents, your family situation shouldn't hold you back from receiving as much student aid as possible.

Here, we'll walk you through some basic tips that can make completing your FAFSA a little less painful when your family situation is complicated.

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The FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, isn’t difficult to fill out, but certain errors could have a big impact on your eligibility for financial aid. 

Here are 11 mistakes to avoid. 

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When you’re ready to fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), you’ll need to have some very specific info on-hand. 

Here's how you can prepare. 

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An important distinction when filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is whether to file as a dependent or independent student. Which one are you? Your choice could have a big impact on how much aid you receive.

Why is that? Because the more income you report on your FAFSA, the less aid you'll receive. 

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Here's a super-hot tip for you: You should fill out the FAFSA even if you think you won't qualify for financial aid. Why is that? Because the FAFSA, which stands for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the gateway to receiving multiple types of financial aid for college, including federal, state, and school-based aid.

It's one of the most important documents you'll fill out during your college career. Here's everything you need to know about the FAFSA.

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