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Nitro Knowledge. Your Guide to Paying for College.


Here’s one impact of the pandemic most people didn’t see coming: FAFSA submissions have declined this year. A lot.

That’s a bad sign for a few reasons. We’ve got the details and what you need to know about how it impacts your own college application process.

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Pretty soon, college acceptance letters will go out and your student will have to make their choice. And you’ll soon see a seemingly endless stream of fees, large and small, for a deposit, tuition, and other fees.

The great thing about 529s are the tax benefits you get. But those benefits can all be undone if you make a mistake in how or when you withdrawal funds from the account. Here’s a quick breakdown of what you need to know to avoid those missteps and make the most of your money.

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You may have heard of this pandemic that’s resulted in a lot of changes at schools and, well, everything? Here’s one more change: The College Board announced it’s dropping its subject tests  for U.S. students immediately. The optional essay test will end after the June 2021 test administration. (International students will still have two more chances for subjects tests in May and June of 2021.)

What’s that mean for you? Read on…

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There’s no doubt college degrees have value, but as the costs to families continue to increase, it’s little wonder so many students and their families are starting to wonder: In pure dollars and cents, is college actually worth it?

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We’ve all heard the cliché: Living on campus is an essential part of the college experience. But is it really?

Turns out, roughly half of college students don’t live on campus (it happens slightly more often at public schools than private ones.) With good reason: On average, living on campus can add about $10k per year to your kid’s college costs. 

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Asking for letters of recommendation isn’t anyone’s favorite part of applying to college, but it’s an important one. We’ve got many ideas listed below to make the process painless for you and your teachers – and ensure you get the most effective letters of recommendation that can further strengthen your college applications.

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