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What is the College Board Opportunity Scholarships?

The College Board Opportunity Scholarships program guides you through the college planning process and gives you the chance to earn money for college along the way.

This program is open to all students, regardless of citizenship status, and it isn’t based on GPA or test scores—the program rewards you for the work you’re already doing to apply to college. Students whose families earn less than $60,000 per year get an extra entry for every step they complete and receive double the chances of earning scholarships.

Who can qualify for an Opportunity Scholarship?

The program is open to all students who attend high school in the United States, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. territories—regardless of GPA, test scores, citizenship status, and family income—no matter what their plans or goals are after high school. U.S. citizens and residents attending Department of Defense Education Activity schools abroad can also take part.

To learn more about eligibility, visit our FAQ page

How can I earn an Opportunity Scholarship?

You can earn $500 scholarships, starting as a junior in high school, by completing individual college planning steps. The more actions you complete, the more chances you have to earn a scholarship—complete all six actions and you’ll be eligible for the $40,000 Complete Your Journey scholarship.

Scholarship ActionsAmountScholarships AwardedAction Window
Build Your College List$5001,800January 2021–June 2021
Practice for the SAT$5002,200January 2021–October 2021
Explore Scholarships$500800July 2021–February 2022
Strengthen Your College List$500400July 2021–October 2021
Complete the FAFSA$5001,700October 2021–February 2022
Apply to Colleges$500300October 2021–February 2022
Complete Your Journey$40,00025March 2022

How do I get started?

  1. Make sure you only have one College Board account and that it’s linked to your Khan Academy® account
  2. Opt in to the College Board Opportunity Scholarships program and begin earning your entries to our monthly scholarship drawings
  3. Your My Action Plan page shows your progress and the timing for each scholarship step
  4. Your My Achievements page shows how many scholarship entries you’ve earned and any scholarships you’ve won
    • Earning an entry means you’ve qualified for the scholarship drawing
  5. Subscribe to student emails from the College Board to get a monthly email snapshot of your progress
  6. Manage your email subscriptions in your Account Settings

How do I know if I won an Opportunity Scholarship?

Winners will be selected through a monthly drawing, notified by email, and alerted on their My Achievements page.

How many scholarships will be awarded?

More than 7,000 students from the class of 2022 will earn a College Board Opportunity Scholarship before they graduate high school.