In 2018-19, scholarships and grants covered 31 percent of what families spent on college.
In 2018, we gave out more than $500,000 through scholarships, contests, and sweepstakes.
Scholarships can be that missing piece of the puzzle that helps students get to their dream school—which is why we offer our own scholarships and can help you find others with our free Scholarship Search tool.
The 2019 Bridging the Dream Scholarship
Counselors and community leaders, nominate a high school junior or senior today for a $25,000 Bridging the Dream Scholarship. We’re looking for students who work hard, make a difference in their community, and who may come up short when it comes to paying for college.
Nominate a student
Bridging the Dream Scholarship for Graduate Students
A group of inspiring students have won $20,000 scholarships to help them on their journey to a graduate or professional degree.
Learn about our graduate scholarship program
Together with hip-hop artist Dee-1, we asked customers to share how college has had a positive impact
on their lives. One deserving winner received up to $10,000 to help pay down their student loan.
See the winner’s story
Make College Happen ChallengeSM
We asked high school students to creatively answer one key question: How do you plan to pay for college?
Last year, over 1,000 students took the challenge and ten talented winners were awarded with money
Meet the winners
The $1,000 Monthly Sweepstakes
When students register for our free college planning tools—Scholarship Search and the College Planning CalculatorSM—they can enter for a chance to win. We draw one name every month to receive $1,000 for college.
Register for a chance to win
Dee-1’s Knowledge for College Tour
Hip-hop artist Dee-1 hit the road with us for year two of the Knowledge for College Tour. At each stop, he issued a personal challenge to high school students to “make college a part of their mission,” and lucky students in the audience won $5,000 scholarships for college.
Learn more about the tour
How America Pays for College 2018, by Sallie Mae and Ipsos.
Only the first 1,000 nominations will be considered. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Valid 8/23/19 at 12:00 p.m. ET to 9/26/19 at 5:00 p.m. ET. See official contest rules at scholarsapply.org/bridgingthedream.
No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. See official rules at SallieMae.com/SweepstakesRules.