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Nitro Knowledge. Your Guide to Paying for College.


Chances are, your life looks very different today than it did back in the fall when you filled out your FAFSA. 
If you or your family has experienced a change in income due to the coronavirus, you can and should appeal your financial aid award for next fall. 

Here's what you need to know. 

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No parent wants to have the dreaded "helicopter parent" insult thrown their way. So you step back during the college decision process as much as you can, biting your tongue about how much you'll miss them if they go to college on the other side of the country or why they're writing a college application essay on their favorite video game. 

It's a delicate balance, but one place you really shouldn't keep your mouth shut? 

The price tag. 

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If you're looking at your kids' classmates and wondering how their parents are paying for college, you're definitely not alone.

With the cost of higher education rising at exponential rates, the tuition prices facing parents are, at best, overwhelming. No one would blame you if thinking about paying your kids' college tuition made you want to just climb back into bed and pull the covers over your head.

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When you get your financial aid award letter, your eyes may automatically scroll down to the bottom line—but that is a mistake. 

Why? Because most financial aid award letters fail to give you the complete picture. 

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What is the cost of Harvard MBA, including tuition, fees, and room and board? Tuition alone is $73,440 annually.  When you take into account fees, room and board, and living expenses, that number rises to $110,740 per year.

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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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