RaiseMe - College Scholarships

App review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Use this handy tool to log achievements, earn scholarships.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn how using technology to log their achievements and connect with colleges can help them earn scholarships.

Ease of Play

Very easy to use. Simple to search for colleges and to enter achievements.

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Consumerism

Participating colleges are de facto advertising their schools by being listed on RaiseMe. Colleges pay a fee to the app; it's free for teens.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that RaiseMe: College Scholarships for High Schoolers helps teens earn college scholarship money as they enter personal achievement information. Teens can find and follow specific colleges, list their academic and extracurricular achievements, and view potential scholarship earnings on the app. Students can earn hundreds or thousands of dollars for good grades, leadership positions, volunteerism, and more (no essays or letters of recommendation required). The 250+ colleges partnered with the app indicate that they honor the scholarship earnings listed on the app once a teen is accepted to their school. Note that the app is only for high school students between the ages of 13 and 21 who attend high school in the United States. As many free apps do, it does collect and sell personal information, so parents will have to decide if the earnings are worth the trade-off. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

To use RAISE ME: COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR HIGH SCHOOLERS, first register as a high school student between the ages of 13 and 21. Enter your email address or mobile number, a password, a photo, your high school's information, and requested personal information. Choose the colleges that you want to follow. Once you add your first course, you can start earning toward the colleges you're following. The app will lead you through the process of tracking your grades, course names, levels, and other information necessary to qualify for the designated scholarships.

Is it any good?

Teens who use this app to log their school achievements may very well feel motivated to do even more while earning real money, but there are some privacy concerns. As kids work to achieve academic, sports, and volunteer goals, they can experience how that initiative earns them scholarship money on RaiseMe: College Scholarships for High Schoolers. While the number of higher education institutions participating is currently limited to under 300, there are still many well-known and prestigious public and private schools listed on the app, which gives kids a broad range of schools to consider. Of course, teens who use it need to be accepted to their chosen college before the scholarship money listed on the app becomes real, but if they're doing the hard work needed to earn those dollars, their chances of acceptance can only improve. On the downside, it's not entirely clear from the privacy policy which third parties are privy to personal information, so families will have to decide if that uncertainty is worth the money and motivation the app can bring.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the value of exploring prospective colleges and scholarships early and often through tools such as RaiseMe: College Scholarships for High Schoolers. It's never too early in your high school career to get motivated for and excited about the next level of education!

  • Check out Common Sense Media's Best Apps and Sites for College Prep for more ideas on how to help your college-bound teen.

  • As kids see potential scholarship money increase with achievement on RaiseMe, it can provide a big motivational boost. Read Common Sense Media's Can Tech Help Teens Who Feel Unmotivated About School? for more tech tools that help empower teens academically.

  • Talk about the privacy concerns around free apps, since many collect and sell user data. Because this app does have potential monetary benefits, is the trade worth it?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Skills: Self-Direction: achieving goals, goal-setting, initiative, motivation, personal growth, set objectives, work to achieve goals
    Responsibility & Ethics: fiscal responsibility, making wise decisions
    Tech Skills: using and applying technology
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: February 21, 2018
  • Category: Education
  • Size: 67.30 MB
  • Publisher: Raise Labs
  • Version: 1.8.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later

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