About Us

You’ve got questions. Nitro has answers.

Paying for a college education is a complicated decision that has lasting implications. It’s a huge responsibility on the shoulders of our teenagers that can have potentially negative effects on their financial future. Whether providing incoming freshmen and their parents with the tools needed to navigate college financing, steps to minimize debt, or providing scholarships to students in need, we are honored to guide students along their educational journeys.



Jim Stewart

CEO & Co-founder

Jim co-founded Nitro with the goal of creating better opportunities for student loan borrowers. Jim has a history of helping young adults advance their careers. One example is his creation of one of the first nonprofit coding schools in the country, Zip Code Wilmington. A second is his experience as a board member at the Delaware State University.


Ben Brake

President & Co-founder

Ben is president of Nitro. With over 25 years of financial services experience and nearly a decade of working with students from financially distressed communities, he’s dedicated to ensuring that student loan borrowers have access to the best options in the marketplace.


Mike Brown

Managing Director

Mike is responsible for the editorial and marketing direction of Nitro. He has a history of helping people thru his educational background – first as a teacher at the Pennsylvania State University and then thru 15 years of development and marketing of education programs.

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