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Nitro Knowledge. Your Guide to Paying for College.


If you're not thrilled about the prospect of having to pay full tuition for online classes in the fall, you should know there's a way that you can take full-credit online college courses for FREE. How? By nabbing a part-time job at Starbucks. 

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Maybe you've dreamed of graduating from a Historically Black College or University (HBCU), but you can't find a way to go full-time. Or, maybe your preferred school is too far away from you live now, and it would be too expensive to relocate or commute. 

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Is an online education equivalent to an on-campus education? In a lot of cases, yes.

In fact, there’s good evidence that online education has some significant advantages to the classroom experience—and some of them may surprise you.

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If you're stressed about paying for college, help may be closer than you think. In fact, it may be right around the corner at your local shopping center.  By working part-time at one of these well-known restaurant or retail chains, you can get a serious assist on paying your college tuition. 

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Everyone loves an employee discount, but mega-retailer Walmart is taking the concept to a whole new level. As part of their employee-benefits package, employees at Walmart and Sam's Club stores now have the opportunity to attend college for only $1 a day.

That includes ALL employees, whether they're part-time, full-time, or salaried. But that's not all. The store chain has also expanded the program to provide test-prep help for high school students, as well as other benefits to help them prepare for college. 

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Is it possible to go to college for only $250 a year? It is if you work for Chipotle. Even better: That benefit is available for both part-time and full-time staffers. 

You may be surprised to learn that Chipotle has one of the most-generous tuition reimbursement programs in the country right now for people who would like to earn their degree. The program allows benefits-eligible workers to earn their bachelor's or master's degree, their GED, or to study English as a second language. And get this: Some benefits are even open to staffers' family members. Let's dig into the details. 

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