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In 2016-17, scholarships and grants covered 35 percent of what families spent on college.

In 2016, we gave out almost $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.





  Bridging the Dream Scholarship for Graduate Students

We awarded four inspiring graduate students with a $20,000 scholarship to help them on their journey to a graduate or professional degree.

Learn more about the scholarship winners

  Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program

In 2017, the scholarship program’s second year, our employees dedicated themselves to raise money and help send a new group of high school juniors and seniors to college. We awarded five inspiring students with a $25,000 scholarship.

Learn more about Bridging the Dream

  #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 2017, by Sallie Mae and Ipsos.

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