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Nitro Knowledge. Your Guide to Paying for College.


Whether you child is 17 months or 17 years, chances are you've heard other parents talking about whether or not they use a 529 plan, and if so, how much they have saved in it for college. But a lot of parents and caregivers only have a foggy idea of how they work. 

The big advantage of 529 plans is that they allow families to save for future college expenses while also getting some tax breaks. We've got a breakdown of the basics you need to select, open, and begin funding a 529 plan for your future college student. 

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There are lot of things to worry about when you send your kid off to college for the first time. How to keep them safe when you’re not entirely sure what they’re doing is a top concern for most parents and guardians. 

We’ve got the info you need to know about what’s going on now, and how you can prepare your student to make wise decisions on their own.

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Move-in day is still a few weeks away, and let's be honest: Some of you may be trying to ignore the upcoming date. It's understandable. It's a real challenge (physical and emotional) sending your recent high school student off to college. 

We get that. Better yet, we have tips on how you can plan and prep now to make that process easier — and help you relax and enjoy these last few weeks with your kid still at home. 

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More high school students than ever are taking a gap year – deferring their college enrollment for a year (or a semester) to temporarily pursue other interests. While it’s becoming more common, it’s still something most families aren’t familiar with.

Here’s what you need to know about the benefits and drawbacks of a gap year and how to decide if you might benefit from one.

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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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