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Nitro Knowledge. Your Guide to Paying for College.


You’ve started doing the math and you don’t like where it’s going. Between scholarships, grants, work study, family contributions, and federal loans, you still don’t have enough money to pay for college. 

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In a survey of over 1,200 parents, we've learned that 29% of them made their decision on student loans by May 1st. Here’s why it’s important to get that early jump on the process.

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Last updated: March 2017

It’s that time of year again, when madness overtakes March. But forget the basketball.

What parents and graduating high school seniors really want to know is: Which schools offer the best value when it comes to striking a tuition check?

You can’t always tell the best value by a college’s published tuition and fees. An analysis performed by Nitro using publically available data, found that on average, schools in this year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament use scholarships and other financial aid to “discount” their advertised price by 40 percent.

Nitro played out the entire 64 team tournament to determine the best value in college championship basketball. What we found was pretty eye opening.

Note: You can click on the images to enlarge.

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When it comes to financing your education, scholarships and grants will help you most in the long-term because they’ll never need to be repaid. But what should you do to fill any gaps that those awards don’t cover? Student loans become your next option.

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The prospect of paying for college can be overwhelming, even for the most well-prepared students. Tuition costs continue to rise, even though parental and post-graduate incomes haven’t followed the same trend. So who should pay for college? Viewpoints vary as to whether students or their parents should be responsible

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If you’re thinking about working your way through college, but are not sure where to start looking, consider looking into federal work study programs while you’re attending college. Here’s what you need to know about how to apply, what kind of job you can get, and how much you’ll get paid.

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