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Applying to college can be challenging, and so we at College Raptor feel it's our duty to make that process as easy, smooth, and rewarding as possible. We work hard to clarify dense material, dispel myths, uncover information, and help you learn what you need to know!

The FAFSA Simplification Act of 2019

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Every year, thousands of college-bound students lose out on financial aid by not filing the FAFSA. Many are intimidated by the complex questions they encounter on the FAFSA. If you’ve filled out a FAFSA even once, you can empathize. It can be confusing and yes, intimidating too. It is especially cumbersome to new filers. Given …
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What Are The 529 Plan Rules?

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When it comes to saving for college, 529 plans are often at the forefront of many parents’ savings research and goals. However, there are a lot of rules and information to digest. States offer 529 plans to give parents a way to save for their kids’ college tuition. Parents who start saving in a 529 …
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How To Protect Yourself From New Student Loan Scams

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Looking for student loans can be a trying process. When you’re under that kind of stress, it’s easy to fall prey to student loan scams. Scammers work by offering you a tempting easy solution to your problem. Unfortunately, instead of resolving anything, it just throws you further into debt. Knowing how to protect yourself from …
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How To Boost Your AP Exam Scores

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AP exams are tough. Getting high scores in this exam requires you to invest a lot of time and effort into preparing for the test. But it’s well worth it. Impressive test scores lead to increased admission odds. Additionally, good scores make you eligible for college credit. Most colleges give credit to students who score …
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What Is Student Loan APR? Why Is It Important?

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When you start researching student loans, you will come across several new terms. Sometimes it’ll feel like learning an entirely new dictionary. Each new term is vital to understand, however, since they will play a part in your finances. One such term that’s overlooked or misunderstood is APR—or Annual Percentage Rate. Let’s take a look …
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How Do I Discover My Financial Aid Eligibility?

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Many, if not most, students depend on some financial aid to help them cover the cost of college. Determining financial aid eligibility, however, can be confusing. What do you qualify for? How much can you earn? This article covers the general eligibility requirements for the 3 main types of financial aid available to students—federal student …
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How To Prepare For The SAT In One Month

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Life happens. High school is incredibly busy already without throwing college prep on top of it. While ideally you should study for the SAT months in advance, what if you only have one left until the big day? How do you prepare for the SAT in one month? Don’t panic yet. You can do it …
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What Are Credit Hours In College?

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Sometimes, trying to understand the different terms used in college can feel like learning a whole new language. Credit hours are one of the many new terms that high school students encounter when they start college. What are credit hours in college? How are they calculated? How many do you need to complete in an …
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