Nitro Knowledge. Your Guide to Paying for College.

Sure, sheets and towels are important, but tech stuff is probably one of the highest priorities for your college packing list.

Having the right equipment and functionality can be a key factor in getting your schoolwork done. And let’s face it: You’re also going to need electronics for entertainment, socializing, and just about every other thing you’ll be doing.

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If you're moving to campus for the upcoming semester, you're probably wondering what you should pack and what you should leave at home. And with the whole COVID situation, there a few additional things you might want to bring, just in case.

We've got you covered. In this checklist, we'll tell you everything you'll need and want your first year in a dorm. Scroll down to view to items by category, including a special COVID section.

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Did you know your college ID or email address could be worth money in your pocket? It’s true.

Flashing your student ID or ponying up an email address with .edu at the end could land you some pretty amazing discounts, online or in-person.

Taking advantage of those savings could mean that you’ll have more money to put toward your education, so you can avoid borrowing more than you really need.

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The countdown to college is ticking down, and fast. Soon, you’ll be waving goodbye to your child as they head off to begin the long-awaited college experience.

At the same time your new college freshman is embarking on a new phase of their life, you’ll be doing the same. Even if you won’t be an empty nester come the fall, you’ll have one less person in your home. There will be a period of adjustment. Some of it will be welcome. (One less glass left on the counter every night!) And yes, some of it might be hard.

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If you're considering off-campus housing, you're probably wondering how paying for off-campus housing differs from paying for dorms.

Here's what you need to know before you sign off on the rental agreement. 

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The most affordable way to earn a bachelor's degree is pretty simple: Start at a community college and then transfer to a public, in-state school. Oh, and live at home if you can. 

This may not be the sexiest option you can imagine, but with ever-soaring tuition costs, it just might be the most sensible path. Your future self will thank you for not going into massive debt to fund your education.

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