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Nitro Knowledge. Your Guide to Paying for College.


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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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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Going to college is one of the biggest milestones in your life. Between the decisions on where to go, how to pay for it, what courses to take, and where to live, a number of huge, life-changing decisions hang in the balance.

It’s only natural that you and your parents are feeling the pressure ... and that, perhaps, you're driving each other a little nuts. How you handle the process with your parents can mean the difference between smooth sailing or a huge stress bomb that’s just waiting to explode.

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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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