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No Essay Required to Enter This $500 College Scholarship Sweepstakes

Alexa Vincent poses for graduation photos in St. Petersburg Fla. on Sept 12, 2018. Aileen Perilla/The Penny Hoarder


College is expensive, and the folks over at Cedar Education Lending know that.

That’s why they’re giving away $500 to each of four lucky students, one each quarter, in their “Because College is Expensive” no-essay scholarship sweepstakes.

Wanna hear music to your ears?

No essay, no transcripts and no social media are required to enter, either.

How to Enter the ‘Because College is Expensive’ No-Essay Scholarship

You can apply if you are a high school junior or senior, a current college student, or if you’re planning to attend or enroll in a college or graduate school within 24 months.

You have to be at least 13 years old and a legal U.S. resident or an international student with a valid visa.

To enter, register your information on the Cedar Education Lending scholarship page.

It asks for your basic contact information, GPA and graduation year. SAT and ACT scores are optional.  

Be aware that by entering, you opt in to receiving promotional offers from Cedar Education.

Send an email to [email protected] with the subject line, “remove my name” to opt out.

The deadline to enter the Because College is Expensive no-essay scholarship is Sept. 30. at 11 p.m. ET.

A random drawing will be held shortly thereafter, and the winner will be notified and the person’s name posted on the scholarship page.

There’s one scholarship per quarter. The deadlines are: Sept. 30, 2018, Dec. 31, 2018, March 31, 2019 and June 30, 2019.

You can enter once per month according to the scholarship rules.

So put it on your calendar, and enter to snag you some free college cash.

Meanwhile, like our College page on Facebook to discover other scholarship opportunities.

And if you’re looking for even more scholarships to apply for, be sure to check out our list of 100 scholarships that will help you pay for college.

Stephanie Bolling is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She’s never won a sweepstakes, but it doesn’t stop her from trying.

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