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Nitro Knowledge. Your Guide to Paying for College.


If you're like many young adults, going off to college is the first time you're wading out into the big, bad world of independent living. 

While the main focus is, of course, getting a quality education, college also provides a great opportunity to develop the money skills you'll need after you graduate. 

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Here, in these early days of our glorious digital era, you can see universities all over the country without ever leaving your home. Some you can even tour via virtual reality. Amazing! Money-saving! Impersonal!

If your daughter is going to invest four or five years of her life living in an entirely new environment, if your son is going to be a short flight but a long drive away, then your college-selection decision process calls for some actual reality: it's time for a road trip.

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There are a lot of different financial ingredients to consider when figuring out how to pay for college and the “recipe” for every family is different.

For families across the financial spectrum, a part-time job for their college student is a piece of the puzzle, whether it's just for some extra pizza money or to pay the tuition bill.

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If the idea of digging in your car seats for money leaves you feeling less than thrilled about your summer plans (or lack thereof), you’re not alone. 

The good news: with a little bit of ambition and a whole lot of creativity you can make some serious bank over the summer — and we’re not talking about slinging burgers or folding and refolding sweaters at the mall. 

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If you have a child in college, or if you’re getting ready to send one off to school in the fall, chances are you have a lot on your plate.  You want to stay up-to-date to make the college process easier for your family, but when can you fit in all that research and reading?

Here’s the secret: podcasts.

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Suddenly, we're looking at colleges. How did this happen?

Wasn't it just yesterday that we were laughing as our son toddled to the window, pointing excitedly at the big school bus that stopped to pick up the older kids? Didn't we just have him at the small park with the kid fort in a sincere effort to tire him out? And now he’s a high school junior ... so here we are, road-tripping to look at colleges.


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