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Nitro Knowledge. Your Guide to Paying for College.


If you were depending on a part-time or summer job to shore up your college savings, you may scrambling for other options to make bank before the fall semester starts. 

Believe it or not, there are quite a few legit ways to make a few bucks from home even while practicing social distancing.

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Pell Grants are one of the most sought-after forms of financial aid. They are awarded by the federal government and can be worth up to $6,345 for the 2020-2021 school year. Yet, there is a lot of confusion about who qualifies and for how much. 

Let's dive into the top five myths about Pell Grants, so that you can get ALL the grant money you may be entitled to. 

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If the pandemic has caused a change in your college funding situation, you're certainly not alone. In our recent survey of over 6,500 high school seniors and their parents, 69% of parents and 55% of students reported that COVID-19 has impacted their ability to pay for college. 

A drop in income right before you begin college can certainly be a cause for anxiety. But here's the good news: There are plenty of ways to get college money that don't involve taking on crushing amounts of student loan debt. Let's look at some strategies that may give you the boost you need. 

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With only a week to go before the traditional May 1st National College Decision Day, you may find yourself second-guessing your school choice — or possibly your decision to attend college in the fall at all. Nothing is normal during a pandemic. 

How can you navigate one of the biggest decisions of your life when it’s impossible to know what life will look several months from now? Here are five things to think about. 

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Knowing whether it's cheaper to live on or off campus isn't always straightforward. 

The answer will depend on a number of factors, like the housing market near your college, whether you'll need transportation, and if you'll be on a meal plan. Another big consideration? Whether you'll need to sign a 12-month lease for an off-campus rental.

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Enrollment at community colleges is growing—and for good reason. Many community colleges offer a quality education for a much smaller price tag.

You might think that because community college typically costs less, you can't receive financial aid to attend. But fortunately, that's not the case. You're eligible for the same types of financial aid at a community college that you would be at a four-year institution. 

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