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BigFuture Scholarships are open to all students but half of all awards are reserved for students who qualify as lower-income. Any student can either automatically qualify or self-identify that they qualify as lower income, if any of these apply:

Received or used a fee waiver from College Board for one of our assessments

Attends a high school where 75% or more of the student body qualifies for free or reduced-price lunch

Annual family income is less than $60,000

If you do not automatically qualify as low-income but your family earns $60,000 or less annually, please self-identify here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Each time a student completes a step, they automatically earn one entry into the monthly scholarship drawing for a $40,000 and $500 scholarship. Students who qualify as lower income earn two entries to each monthly scholarship drawing when they complete a step. Students may opt out of the drawings at bigfuturescholarships.org/opt-out.

A student automatically qualifies for extra entries when they complete a step to qualify for drawings for BigFuture Scholarships, if they:

  • Have received a fee waiver from College Board for one of our assessments
  • Attend a high school where 75% or more of the student body qualifies for free or reduced-price lunch

When a student automatically qualifies for extra entries, there are no further action required for the students.

If a student does not automatically qualify for extra entries, they may self-identify that they qualify for extra entries. If the student's annual family income is less than $60,000 or if they qualify for a fee waiver, they should self-identify through this form here. When a student who self-identifies as lower income is selected for a scholarship, they may be asked to verify income using a secure document system.

Students can talk to their school counselor about receiving a fee waiver from College Board, if any of these statements apply to them:

  • You're enrolled in or eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
  • Your annual family income falls within the Income Eligibility Guidelines set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.
  • You're enrolled in a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g., Federal TRIO programs such as Upward Bound).
  • Your family receives public assistance.
  • You live in federally subsidized public housing or a foster home, or are homeless.
  • You're a ward of the state or an orphan.

BigFuture Scholarships allow students to easily apply for scholarships without much hassle. The ease of applying for one of the scholarships encourages students who come from lower-income communities to participate.

—Giovanni from California, 2021 Winner