College Sweepstakes? We Got ‘Em!

------------------------------------- has been posting a lot of information lately about college scholarships, but we thought it was time to list some of the popular sweepstakes available for students.

Surprise!Why sweepstakes? For one simple reason: you usually do not have to do a lot to enter (including filling out forms, supplying tax data and other pertinent details). In addition, some of the prizes are quite lucrative and could make a difference for you (financially) in the upcoming academic year. Other prizes are for free “stuff” that might be of interest to you.

So let’s take a look at what is currently available. Keep in mind each of the contest ending dates and make sure you follow instructions precisely. You don’t want to eliminate yourself from the running because you failed to follow directions!

SallieMae College Answer Scholarship Sweepstakes – The College Answer $1,000 Sweepstakes is open to students, parents, guidance counselors, and financial aid officers. Ongoing sweepstakes; monthly drawings are held on the last day of the month. More info:

SunTrust Off To College Scholarship Sweepstakes – High school seniors can win a $1,000 scholarship for first year expenses at an accredited college or private career school. One winner will be chosen every two weeks from October 30, 2009 through May 14, 2010. More info:

Champs Sports “Tag Along to Win” Daily Sweepstakes — Visit or and follow the instructions to complete an online entry form. Once you submit the entry form, you will receive one (1) entry into the Sweepstakes for the drawing associated with that Day. You are limited to one (1) entry per person and e-mail address per Day on each Website. More info:

General Mills Bikes for a Better U Sweepstakes – Enter for your chance to win a custom bike for you — and a Bike Share Program for your school! Daily prizes include a Timbuk2 backpack. Enter daily through March 31, 2010. More info:

Wells Fargo 2009-2010 CollegeSTEPS Scholarship Sweepstakes – $1,000.00 in Tuition Money: A one thousand dollar ($1,000.00) check. There will be twenty (20) winners in total. Ends May 31, 2010, at 7:01 a.m. (CT) More info:

nextSTEP “Win Free College Tuition” Sweepstakes, 2009-2010 – One (1) Grand Prize: One Year College Tuition Scholarship up to $10,000 USD. OR Grand Prize winner can accept $500 USD in cash in place of the Grand Prize college tuition scholarship. Contest ends on June 30, 2010. More info:

Microsoft Student Rally Contest – Monthly contest began in November and ends in March. This contest requires some work on your part so read the instructions carefully. A prize package consisting of a most valuable student award and certificate; the opportunity to work at Microsoft the summer or academic year directly following the award; and $10,000 USD to be applied to one (1) year of tuition at a qualifying, accredited college or university. Runner up prizes also awarded. More info:

Have you entered? If not, do so today. May at least one of our readers win….something! If you do, please leave your comment.

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