Scholarship Essay Contest Rules

Scholarship essay contest rules for College Financial Aid Advice $1000 scholarship for college. This scholarship is open to both students and parents, and only requires a simple online essay - no GPA or financial need requirements!

Note: This contest is now closed. A new contest will open soon in 2016.

Last updated on April 2, 2021 by College Financial Aid Advice.

College Financial Aid Advice Scholarship Criteria and General Rules

1. All entries must be submitted online and qualified entries will be published on the website, To apply online, see Apply Online Scholarship

2. Scholarship essay must be at least 300 words (500 words preferred), and must be original, unique content. No plagiarism or copyright infringement. Previously published or awarded material will not be accepted.

3. Scholarship application deadline for the 2015 contest is passed, and the winner will be notified and announced soon.

4. Entrants must be a high school senior planning to attend college following high school, a current college student, or a former college student with existing student loans. A parent/guardian of a student is also eligible.

5. Entries will be rated based upon the following criteria:

• 40% Helpful information for other college students and parents related to college financial aid advice

• 20% Interesting essay that captures the readers attention

• 20% Unique information that is not widely known

• 20% Well written essay

6. Only one entry per person per category (e.g.

College Admissions Help


Compare College Tuition

College Loans for Students

Pell Grants

Student Jobs

Other College Financial Aid Advice)

will be accepted in each contest.

7. Up to 4 photographs may be submitted (optional). Maximum size is 800 x 600 pixels. Photos must be in .jpg or .gif format.

8. Entrants must be a U.S. citizen or legal resident.

9. All submissions become the property of, and may be posted on this website for an indefinite period of time.

10. Poor quality submissions or inappropriate content will not be posted and will not be eligible for a scholarship award. If a large number of essays are submitted, College Financial Aid Advice may decide to post only some of the essays online.

11. One scholarship of $1000 will be awarded to the winner. Payment will be made directly to the college or university, or to the student’s loans.

12. To see some prior submissions, see College Financing Tips.

13. These rules or deadlines may be changed at any time by

To apply online, see Apply Online Scholarship

Note: This contest is now closed. A new contest will open soon in 2016.

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