Allison Wignall


Allison Wignall
Allison is the Associate Editor of College Raptor. In addition to writing and editing posts, she also works on marketing and special projects. She recently graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor's degree in English: Creative Writing.

Education Dept. Plans to Reform Student Loan Repayment System Fall Through

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had plans to reform the federal student loan repayment system student loans

12/19/2018 Nobody said that the government, federal student loans, student debt, and repayment plans were simple concepts. They interweave in often frustratingly complicated ways, and leave borrowers scratching their heads when it comes time to repay. However, this past year the Education Department had plans to reform the federal student loan repayment system and make …

The Perfect Holiday Gifts for College Students

Burrito blanket - holiday gifts for college students student life

‘Tis the gift-giving season! Looking for the perfect holiday gifts for college students in your life? We’ve combed through Amazon and found these great presents—whether practical, fun, or both! Books The Naked Roommate This #1 best seller by Harlan Cohen offers practical (and comedic) advice about a host of challenges students will face. From the …

Colleges Used as Filming Locations for Horror Movies

The Exorcist Stairs at Georgetown University student life

Nothing says Halloween quite like a scary movie. Real college campuses have been used as filming locations for decades, and are featured in some of the most famous (and terrifying) horror films of all time! So pop some popcorn, grab that Halloween candy, and turn off the lights. Here’s a list of colleges used as …

How to Study for Your Second ACT / SAT Test

Student studies for her second ACT test ACT & SAT

Many students who retake the ACT or SAT earn a higher score the second time around. It’s a fantastic way to boost your acceptance odds and qualify for more scholarships, so you should seriously consider taking the ACT / SAT more than once. But how should you study for the second test? Should you change …

Clever (and Cheap) Halloween Costumes for College Students

Cereal killer student life

When it comes to Halloween, college students are often just as excited as little kids. On campuses around the country students will dress up and head out to parties or school-sponsored events. In honor of the fun holiday, here are some clever, and most importantly affordable, last-minute DIY Halloween costumes! Smart Cookie High school grad …

How to Release a Student Loan Co-Signer

Pens and pencils a co-signer might use student loans

When it comes to getting student loans, most young borrowers will need a co-signer in order to qualify for a loan. Co-signers, in essence, are responsible for paying back a loan if the borrower is somehow unable to. This can hurt the co-signer’s personal finances and credit score if things go badly. So is it …

What Makes a Good College Fit?

The University of Washington campus may be your college fit! questions & answers

One phrase you’ll see a lot of while searching for colleges is “good fit.” For example: “You want a school that’s a good fit for you.” “A good fit is more important than a brand name school.” But what exactly makes a “good fit?” What should you be looking for? Academic Match College is first …