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  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

  #MissionFinish Contest

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 for college.

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

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received. See official rules at