The ScholarshipPoints Program FAQ
What is the ScholarshipPoints program?
The ScholarshipPoints membership program gives students the opportunity to earn points by completing activities, such as taking surveys, reading blog posts, and checking out our preferred partners. Each point is a potential entry in a scholarship drawing. Members "spend" their points to enter drawings. We award three or more $1,000 scholarships every month and a $10,000 scholarship every three months.
Who is eligible to join?
You can join the ScholarshipPoints program if you are at least 13 years old, if you are enrolled or will enroll in a college or university in the U.S., and if you are a legal resident of the U.S. or Puerto Rico.
Why do you require a phone number?
Since winners get only three business days to claim their scholarships, we try to notify them as quickly as possible. A phone call is the fastest, most reliable way to reach you.
Can people enter multiple times with different email addresses?
No. Each member is only allowed to have one account. If a person enters with multiple email addresses, we will know about it. When a winner is selected for a particular scholarship, we compare records to see if the winner's information is similar to any other account.
Can I give my points to someone else if I am no longer in school?
No. Points are not transferable.
I am not an American citizen. Can I sign up and potentially win a scholarship?
In order to participate in the ScholarshipPoints program, you must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident attending a school in the United States.
When is the next scholarship drawing?
Drawings are held at the beginning of every month for monthly free college scholarships, and on the date identified in the description for other special scholarships.
Where are the winners announced?
The names of scholarship winners are posted on the Winners' Wall shortly after the drawing.
How are winners selected?
A computer program creates a numbered entry for each point spent on a given scholarship. If you spent five points on a scholarship, you get five entries. The day of the drawing, the computer program picks a winner at random. The more entries you have, the more chances you have to win. Since the drawings are conducted at random, it is possible to win with only a single entry.
What if a winner cannot be reached?
If a winner does not respond within three business days, that winner is disqualified and an alternate winner is selected. We will select as many alternate winners as necessary until the scholarship is claimed in the time allotted.
Why do you send the money directly to my school's financial aid office?
The ScholarshipPoints program was created specifically for students. If we sent the money directly to the individual, we would be inviting non-students to try to figure out how to win.
What if there are two people with my name at my college or university?
All winners are required to provide a student ID number or the last four digits of a Social Security number. We provide this data to the winner's financial aid office to ensure that they match the correct person with the scholarship.
I won a scholarship. Where is my check?
If you are enrolled in a college or university, we send the check directly to your school. It may take up to three to four weeks from the time we receive the winner's information to the time the school receives the check. If you are a high school student, we can send the check directly to a qualified 529 college savings plan.
Can someone who has already won win again?
Yes! The drawings are random, so it is possible to win multiple times.
What happens if I forget my username?
Your username is the email address you registered your account with. If you forgot the email address, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What happens if I forget my password?
If you forget your password, click on the following link, enter your email address, and we will send you instructions for resetting your password: I forgot my password.
Can I disable my account?
If you no longer wish to be a member of the program, whether it is because you graduated or another reason, you can deactivate your account in the Edit My Profile section.
Should I save my points or spend them as I get them?
Saving or spending points is completely up to you. You can accrue points for a long time or spend them right away. There is no telling how many points other members are spending on any one scholarship. Some members like to hang onto their points for bigger scholarship drawings, while other members like to spread out their points over several scholarships. You decide on the strategy you think will give you the best chance to win.
Are there any tips or tricks I should know about?
Want to know the secret to getting your name on the Winners' Wall? Follow these four recommendations:
- Don't let yourself get lazy about completing activities. The more activities you do, the more points you'll earn. Then spend those points on scholarship drawings. Every point is another chance to win!
- Keep an eye on your inbox. You don't want to miss any opportunities to earn more points, so be on the lookout for our emails.
- Follow our social media accounts. We share new bonus codes every week -- that's an easy way to rack up more points!
Is there anything I can do to increase my chances to win a scholarship?
Earn more points and then spend those points on scholarship drawings! That's the only way to increase your chances.
Where do I get bonus codes? How do I redeem them?
We give out bonus codes every week on Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. Like or follow us to make sure that you get as many bonus codes as possible. You can redeem a code by logging in to your account and entering it in the "Redeem a Code" box.
Why do you award free scholarships?
Our mission is to give students and their families the educational resources they need to plan and pay for college. The ScholarshipPoints program enables us to give back directly. We get paid for connecting students with our partners, and that money funds the scholarships.
This sounds too good to be true. What's the catch?
There's no catch. ScholarshipPoints.com members help us run our business, and we want to help students make their educational goals a reality.
How much free scholarship money is available for students each year?
In 2015, we'll give away more than $100,000 in scholarships. That's a lot of money up for grabs!
I have an idea to improve the ScholarshipPoints program. How do I send it to you?
We love receiving ideas from members. Post it on our Facebook or Google+ pages or in our Twitter feed. Or, send an email to email@example.com.