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What is the College Board Opportunity Scholarships?

The College Board Opportunity Scholarships is a new program that guides you through the college planning process and gives you the chance to earn money for college along the way. This program doesn’t require an essay or application, and there isn’t a minimum GPA or SAT score. Instead, the program rewards you for the work you’re already doing to apply to college.

Who can qualify for an Opportunity Scholarship?

Currently, class of 2020 students attending high school in the United States, Puerto Rico, and other U.S. territories can start qualifying for these scholarships. Class of 2021 students will be eligible beginning in late 2019.

How can I earn an Opportunity Scholarship?

You can earn scholarships from $500 to $2,000, 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 6 and you’ll be eligible for the $40,000 scholarship.

Scholarship Opportunities

Scholarship Amounts

Scholarships Awarded

Drawing Dates

Build Your College List



December 2018–July 2019

Practice for the SAT



December 2018–October 2019

Improve Your SAT Score



March 2019–December 2019

Strengthen Your College List



August 2019–October 2019

Complete the FAFSA



October 2019–January 2020

Apply to Colleges



October 2019–February 2020

Complete Your Journey



March 2020


How do I know if I won an Opportunity Scholarship?

Winners will be selected through a monthly drawing, notified by email, and updated in their My Achievements tab at

How many scholarships will be awarded?

For the class of 2020, there will be a total of 3,975 scholarships awarded.

"The College Board Opportunity Scholarships helped guide me in the right path. With these scholarships, I felt more motivated to take action. I learned a lot along the way about college requirements and I feel more confident now about the process. These scholarships will help me get one step closer to being able to afford college, so I am very grateful that I was a potential winner."

-Emily from California, $1,000 Practice scholarship winner


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