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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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Okay, so you got financial aid, just...not enough of it to pay for your college tuition

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. We're going to tell you how to write one and show you a sample that you can customize.

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Your FAFSA, or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is your gateway to all things financial aid. It can unlock access to federal student loans, as well as state and institution-based grants and scholarships. 

Let's take a look at how FAFSA works, and how you can get it to work for you. 

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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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As if the process of choosing and applying to colleges isn't hard enough, along comes the FAFSA form. There are tons of benefits to filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) but that doesn't mean it's a simple process.

In fact, at NitroCollege, we've got a whole section of our blog and a downloadable e-book dedicated to things you should know about filling out your FAFSA form. And one thing that makes the FAFSA even less straightforward is parent marital status when your parents are divorced or unmarried.

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Are you concerned that your financial aid award doesn't reflect your current financial circumstances? If so, you're not alone.  

If that’s the position you’re in, there is something you can do about it. Let’s look at how to work with your school’s financial aid office, and then discuss the four times you should definitely appeal your financial aid award.

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