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The College Board Opportunity Scholarships program is open to all students, but the program reserves over $2 million each year 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

Frequently Asked Questions

Each scholarship step in this program is awarded through monthly drawings.

When a student completes a step, they earn one entry to the scholarship drawing. Students who qualify as lower income earn an additional entry to the scholarship drawing, thus doubling their chances of being awarded the scholarship.

A student automatically qualifies for extra entries when they complete a step in the College Board Opportunity Scholarships program, 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. When a student first joins the program, they'll see a box on the upper right side of their My Action Plan that asks about their family income.

If the student's annual family income is less than $60,000 or if they qualify for a fee waiver, they should select and submit Yes to receive extra entries for each scholarship drawing.

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.

College Board Opportunity 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 College Board Opportunity Scholarships Winner