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Nitro Knowledge. Your Guide to Paying for College.


Do you want to go to college but aren’t sure how to pay for it? Why not create a “financial bucket list” to help you save up the funds you’ll need?

Not sure what this means or how to go about it? Essentially, a bucket list is a collection of all the things you want to experience or accomplish before you “kick the bucket.” While many people make these lists for experiences, this concept can be applied to money matters, too. Use it to create a checklist of ways to begin your college fund.

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If the idea of taking on additional student loan debt has suggested you may be better off without earning a master's, it's time to reconsider. Some people have been able to get a master's degree for free, and you can, too.

Whether you've finished your undergraduate studies and are looking to take the next step or you're planning for long-term goals, there are several options that you should consider in your pursuit of a post-graduate degree.

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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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If you're trying to figure out how to pay for college next year, you may be wondering if you should take out a Parent PLUS Loan through the federal government. 

While Parent PLUS Loans can be a good deal in some cases, they can also come with some serious downsides—like interest rates that are less-than-competitive. Let's talk about what you need to know. 

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Worried about how to pay for college? Not sure if—or when—you should apply for private student loans? Here's the three-step plan you need to implement:

  1. Apply for financial aid 
  2. Get all the "free money" you can through grants and scholarships
  3. Look into private student loans to fund any remaining tuition gaps
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Isn't college all about broadening your horizons? Studying abroad not only offers a cultural experience, but also an opportunity to take specialized courses not available elsewhere, to go deeper in your language studies, to build your resume, and to grow your network.

The good news: You can use your regular financial aid to help fund your study-abroad program. You may also be able to use funds from private student loans, but you'll need to work with your U.S.-based school to do so. 

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