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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.

Are You Eligible for Student Loan Forgiveness?

According to a report published by the National Student Loan Data System for Students, an estimated 25% of the American workforce may be eligible to benefit from forgiveness programs. However many people lose out of the benefits of loan forgiveness simply because they presume they are not eligible. Taking the time to learn about how …

Don’t Let Your Parents Apply to Scholarships For You

You’ve got homework to do, tests to study for, prepping for the ACT/SAT, revising college applications, basketball practice, and a handful of other things to do as well—being a student can be exhausting. It can be tempting, then, to ask / let your parents help out with some of the load. Help is great, doing …

Should I Focus on One Scholarship Category or Several?

Once you’ve found something that works, it can be hard doing it any other way. So when a student finds their talent, skill, or unique factor that can be used in their scholarship search, they might only search for those relevant opportunities. For example, if a student is on their school’s student council, they may …

What Does it Mean to Consolidate Your Student Loan?

There’s no doubt about the amount of financial terminology and legalese that surrounds student loans. (Luckily we have a few posts that break down terminology and acronyms you’re likely to come across). For now, let’s focus on just one of those terms: “Consolidate.” No doubt you’ve heard the phrase “consolidate your loans” but what does …

Why You Should Create a Scholarship Application Calendar

Now, we’re not talking about marking the days that a scholarship is due, we’re talking about a weekly or monthly chart where you set aside time to sit down and search for and apply to scholarships. There are opportunities for scholarships year-round, not just in the summer or in the spring of your senior year …

College Visits: Spring Break Edition

Spring break is a wonderful time to, well, take a break from the stresses of school. While you certainly owe it to yourself to take some relaxation time, it’s also a prime time to visit colleges. You’ve got the time, so use it! While you’re on break, you don’t have classes to get in the …

4 Signs You Should Retake the ACT / SAT

After days of studying, careful preparation, hard work on practice tests, and sitting through the exam itself, the last thing you want to hear is probably “You should take it again.” But honestly, you should consider it. Studies show that most students who retake the exam do earn a higher score, but what are the …

What to Do Once You’ve Received a College Acceptance Letter

“Dear ____, we are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted into _____ University.” Many an acceptance letter starts off this way—typically followed by a huge smile, a tear, or maybe even jumping-up-and-down-squeals of delight. Getting a college acceptance letter is oftentimes a big moment for a student, and the first step towards …

ACT & SAT Score Conversion Chart

Say you got a 25 on the ACT—ever wonder how that would translate to an SAT score? Despite their many similarities, the ACT and SAT are still two very different tests, and one of their primary differences center around how it’s scored. So while there is a grand total of 36 possible composite points on …