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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.

What is the SEOG?

Colleges sure do love their acronyms. While searching for federal financial aid you might have come across the term SEOG, but what does it mean? Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant The SEOG (or FSEOG) is a federal grant offered to college students to help pay their higher education expenses. It’s typically reserved for students with the …

What to Do if You’re Having Issues With Your Roommate

When you stick two people into a tiny dorm room, problems are bound to surface. Even roommates who are the best of friends will have friction from time to time. So what do you do if you’re having real problems with your roomie? Talk it Out Well let’s start off with the obvious one. Communication …

Why Do I Have to Notify My College if I Earn an Outside Scholarship?

“Outside scholarships” are any scholarships you earn from external sources, basically anyone besides the federal government or the school itself. So why do you have to report outside scholarships to your school? It’s All About Financial Need When you earn outside scholarships, your financial need goes down—you now have additional money that you didn’t before. …

Acronyms Used on the FAFSA

The government does love their acronyms, don’t they? Finances can be confusing enough, it doesn’t always help to have dozens of letters representing various aspects of the FAFSA. Well we’re here to give you a helpful FYI to some acronyms you might see on the FAFSA. FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The form …

What is FAFSA Verification?

Financial aid can be stressful, especially when it comes to lengthy federal forms. But don’t panic if you get a notification that says your FAFSA needs to be verified. What is FAFSA verification? It’s exactly what it sounds like—FAFSA verifying the information you submitted to them. Think of it as a double-check, just to make …

Pros and Cons of Work Study Programs

While researching financial aid, and ways to pay for college, you might have come across the work study programs. They are great opportunities for students to earn experience and get paid for their work, but what about the drawbacks? Is work study right for you? Pro: Financial aid Work study programs pay their student workers …

Pros and Cons of Retaking the ACT / SAT

Some students consider taking the ACT / SAT a one-and-done sort of situation, others go in expecting to retake it at least twice. Whichever camp your in, it never hurts to consider the points of the other side. Pro: Better understanding of the test Nothing is a substitute for experience. You can read all the …

What the Student-to-Faculty Ratio Can Tell You

Simply put, the student-to-faculty ratio of a college is describing the amount of students at a school compared the the a:mount of teachers. Swarthmore College, for example, has a student-to-faculty ratio of 8:1, meaning that for every one teacher, there are eight students. But what beyond that? What else can a student-to-faculty ratio tell you …

Can You Apply For Too Many Scholarships?

Many students hear that they should “apply to as many scholarships as they can,” which is solid advice! But what about the other end of the spectrum? Can you actually apply for too many scholarships? Is that a bad thing? Scholarships Affect Financial Aid This is sort of a “yes and no” answer. The problem …

The Importance of Language in the ACT Essay

Given the nature of an essay, it should come as no surprise that language—how things are written—is essential. This is especially true for the ACT essay section, as you’re receiving an important grade for your hard work. Since there are time constraints, many students focus more on getting their words on the page rather than …