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Introducing the College Board
Opportunity Scholarships

A Clearer Path to College for All Students

Applying to college is a complicated process, so we've created a program that guides you through it. It doesn't require an essay, application, or minimum GPA. Instead, it rewards your effort and initiative. Starting this December, complete key steps along your path to college for a chance to earn scholarships.

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The Scholarships

The more effort you put in, the more chances you get to earn a scholarship ranging from $500 to $2,000. If you complete all six steps, you’re eligible to earn a $40,000 scholarship. Scholarships are awardedthrough monthly drawingsto students who complete each step.

1. Build Your College List: $500

Get started by exploring colleges you’re interested in on BigFuture.

2. Practice for the SAT: $1,000

Use Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy® to get ready for test day.

3. Improve Your Score: $2,000

Show how practice pays off by improving your SAT score.

4. Strengthen Your College List: $500

Make sure your college list has a mix of academic safety, fit, and reach schools.

5. Complete the FAFSA: $1,000

Fill out the free government form to apply for financial aid.

6. Apply to Colleges: $1,000

Apply to the schools you want to attend.

Complete Your Journey: $40,000

Complete all six scholarship steps to be eligible for a $40,000 scholarship.


The College Board Opportunity Scholarships program is open to class of 2020 high school students in the United States, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. territories. There's no citizenship requirement. Class of 2021 students are eligible next year. Note: Students who attend Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools outside of the U.S. are unable to participate at this time.

In December, return to this homepage to join the program. Don’t miss out—sign up now to be notified when the program launches. Questions? Call 844-298-3554.

No. This program is open to students regardless of family income. If your annual family income is $60,000 or less in the U.S. or Puerto Rico, you'll be eligible for additional chances at each scholarship.

Absolutely. Here’s what you can do:

Taking the above steps gives you a head start. That's because once you join the program in December, you’ll be able to immediately see your progress. You may also automatically qualify for the first two scholarships. Don’t miss out—sign up now to be notified when the program launches. Questions? Call 844-298-3554.

Scholarships range from $500 to $2,000. Completing all six steps qualifies you for a $40,000 scholarship. Winners are randomly selected from a monthly drawing.

Yes. More effort gives you more chances.

We'll award about 4,000 scholarships each year, beginning with the class of 2020.

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