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Nitro Knowledge. Your Guide to Paying for College.


If you’re questioning whether online colleges are legit, we’re here to say that yes, there are many solid online college options that are worth your money. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some less-than-savory institutions out there that you should avoid. Here, we’re going to show you how to separate the reputable schools from the fly-by-night diploma factories.

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OK, readers ... we have a pretty fantastic scoop for you in this post. How would you like to graduate college in two years with minimal debt AND have excellent prospects for a high-paying career after graduation?  

Sounds amazing, right? Since college tuition seems to be on a non-stop upward trend and student loan debt is absolutely crushing an entire generation of college grads, finding those jobs that provide a high return on your educational investment is more important than ever. 

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Getting your degree online is a smart option, especially if you're someone who can’t fit traditional, on-campus learning in into your busy schedule. Of course, in order to earn your bachelor’s degree online, you need to have regular, reliable access to a computer  — and one that’s powerful enough to handle the technology needed to access your online classes.

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Lots of students who opt to pursue college online only go part-time. But does that mean you're disqualified from federal financial aid? No. In fact, you may be eligible for some forms of financial aid with as little as one credit hour. 

Here, we'll break down the different forms of financial aid and the minimum credit-hour requirements for each. 

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Healthcare is a booming field right now, largely thanks to those booming Baby Boomers. The reason is simple: Older people, even healthy ones, tend to utilize more healthcare services. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 14% growth rate across the entire industry in the next 10 years, with the industry adding more jobs than any other occupational category.

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"We are ... Penn State!" If you're a college football fan, that cheer probably sounds familiar. But even if sports aren't your thing, your probably know that Penn State is a school that is known for the rabid school spirit of its students and alumni. The exuberance can be contagious.

But, fun as it may be, traveling out to "Happy Valley" in central Pennsylvania just isn't in the cards for everyone who wants to enroll in one of Penn State's world-class programs.  However, it's still possible to graduate with a Penn State degree without setting foot on any of their many campuses. 

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