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BigFuture Scholarships

Earn $500 and $40,000 just by planning for college

Class of 2023, Qualify Yourself for Scholarships!

All juniors: Make yourself eligible for $500 and $40,000 scholarships each month. Earn entries in monthly drawings for scholarships by completing steps to plan for college. The sooner you start and the more steps you complete, the more chances you’ll have to win. This month’s entries will continue to be included in upcoming monthly drawings. Read the Official Rules here.

Earn your first drawing entry now by building your college list of six or more schools.

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How to Qualify

BigFuture offers tools to help you choose a college and career right for you. When you take steps on BigFuture to get ready for college, you’ll be entered in drawings for $500 and $40,000 scholarships. There are no essay, minimum GPA, test score, or citizenship requirements. It’s easy to enter scholarship drawings each month. Simply complete one of the steps before the deadline, and you’ll be automatically entered to win $500 and $40,000 scholarships! Students whose families earn less than $60,000 a year have extra chances at BigFuture Scholarships because they’re eligible for two entries each drawing.

1

Build Your College List: $500 and $40,000

Explore colleges that interest you on College Search. Add 6 schools to your list to qualify.
Start Date: December 6, 2021

Deadline: June 30, 2022

Build Your List

2

Practice for the SAT: $500 and $40,000

Use Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy to get ready for test day. Start with 1 Timed Mini Section or 1 Diagnostic Quiz to earn your entry.
Start Date: December 6, 2021 

Deadline: October 31, 2022

Practice Now

3

Explore Scholarships: $500 and $40,000

Find other scholarships and aid to help you pay for college. Explore a personalized list of scholarships and select Go Apply for at least 1 to learn about requirements.
Start Date: July 1, 2022 

Deadline: February 28, 2023

4

Strengthen Your College List: $500 and $40,000

Make sure your list has a mix of colleges – at least 3 reach, 2 match and 1 safety – to qualify.
Start Date: July 1, 2022

Deadline: October 31, 2022

5

Complete the FAFSA: $500 and $40,000

Fill out the free government form to apply for financial aid. To enter, confirm that you already submitted the FAFSA or are ineligible to complete it.
Start Date: October 1, 2022 

Deadline: February 28, 2023

6

Apply to Colleges: $500 and $40,000

Apply to 2 or more schools you want to attend to earn an entry.
Start Date: October 1, 2022 

Deadline: February 28, 2023

By completing one or more of these steps, all current juniors (class of 2023) with a College Board account who attend high school or are enrolled in a homeschool in the United States or U.S. territories (including Puerto Rico) will be automatically enrolled in drawings.U.S. citizens and residents attending Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools abroad may also participate. To remove yourself from drawings, you can select not to participate at bigfuturescholarships.org/opt-out.

Scholarship Drawings

Class of 2023 BigFuture Scholarship winners will be selected through random drawings each month from the end of January 2022 through February 2023. Two $40,000 scholarship winners will be selected each month along with hundreds of $500 scholarship winners.

What Our Past Winners Say:

FAQs

BigFuture Scholarships are now open to all students who will graduate in 2023 and attend high school or are enrolled in a home-school in the United States, Puerto Rico, and any other U.S. territories, regardless of citizenship status. U.S. citizens and residents attending DoDEA schools abroad may also participate. For more information, see the Official Rules.

No. This program is open to students regardless of their family income. At least half of all the scholarships, however, will be designated for students whose families earn less than $60,000 per year. When students who meet these requirements complete a college planning step, they’ll get an extra entry in monthly drawings and have more chances to earn scholarships.

A student may be automatically identified as eligible to earn extra entries if they received a fee waiver from College Board for one of our assessments or if they attend a high school where 75% or more of the student body qualifies for free or reduced-priced lunch. If students have not been automatically identified as qualifying for extra scholarship entries but feel they qualify because their family earns less than $60,000 per year or they earned fee waivers, they will be able to indicate they meet these criteria at bigfuturescholarships.org/low-income. Students who select this option may be asked to verify family income by using a secure document system if they earn a scholarship in a monthly drawing. For more information, see the Official Rules.

No, students do not to join Student Search Service or take a College Board assessment to participate. None of the six steps require sitting for an SAT assessment. The Practice for the SAT step helps students get ready for test day. Even if you don’t plan to take the SAT, Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy reinforces the skills you need to thrive in college.

Students will be notified by email after they earn an entry in scholarship drawings. If selected as a winner, they will receive an email notification within 30 business days (for $500 winners) or 45 days (for $40,000 winners) after monthly drawings. The email will include instructions for students to confirm eligibility to officially claim their scholarship. If you believe you earned a scholarship and did not receive an email, please contact our customer service team at 1-844-298-3554 or [email protected] .

Starting December 6, 2021, eligible students who complete one or more steps, or previously completed one or more steps, will be automatically entered into drawings for scholarships. Students can opt out of drawings by following the instructions on this page. 

These scholarships are for undergraduate institutions only can be used for any Title IV accredited institution of higher education, including accredited two-year and four-year institutions.

As a student moves through the college application process during high school, the award money will be set aside for them. In the spring of their senior year, we will ask scholarship recipients to indicate the institution where they plan to enroll the following fall. We will disburse $40,000 awards directly to the college or university where a student enrolls. Scholarships for $40,000 must be used for undergraduate studies by October 1, 2029. After high school, winners of $500 awards will receive via mail a check payable to their university. Scholarships for $500 scholarships must be used for undergraduate studies by October 1, 2024.

We want these scholarships to help students with expenses associated with attending college. They are for tuition, fees, books and other relevant educational expenses.

College Board is committed to keeping student information safe and secure. We collect personal information only to administer tests and deliver educational opportunities to students. We give students and families complete discretion as to how much additional information they disclose, beyond the minimum information needed to connect students with college success, including registering for the SAT or saving college lists. The same will be true for BigFuture Scholarships.

In 2021, we reintroduced Opportunity Scholarships as BigFuture Scholarships, beginning for juniors in the Class of 2023. Seniors in the Class of 2022 can still become eligible for scholarships until February 28, 2022 at cb.org/opportunity.