You Could Win Up to $5K for Posting About Your College Choice on Instagram

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I don’t mean to freak you out, but choosing your college is a pretty huge decision that sorta-kinda directs the entire course of your life.

(Sorry — a little too heavy?)

But it’s the truth. Where you decide to go to college will determine your college friends, your education and internship opportunities, job prospects, where you start your post-college life, who you date (if you’re into that kind of thing) — not to mention the four (or so) years of your life that will happen at this particular school in this particular place at this particular moment in time while hurtling through this particular corner of the universe on this particular speck of dust.

OK, really, I’m done.

What probably actually went into your decision were factors like: Do they have a good program for my field of choice? How far is it from my parents’ place? or How good is their football team and will I get that true college experience?

Perfect, so you narrowed down and picked your school, right? (I sure hope so — college decision day, the day you have to let your college of choice know you’ll be attending, was May 1!)

Now it’s time to let the world know where you’ll be headed in the fall.

And did I mention you could win as much as $5,000 for doing so? ’Cause you could.

Enter for Your Chance to Win Big in the 2018 College Board Decision Day Social Media Contest

The College Board (you probably already know the name from when you took the SAT) is giving students a chance to win as much as $5,000 for pledging their “collegiance.” (College allegiance — get it?)

There are 10 different prizes for this contest:

  • One grand prize winner will win $5,000 for having the best video.
  • One runner-up will win $2,500 for having the next-best video.
  • The person with the best Instagram Boomerang will win $1,250.
  • The person with the best photo will win $750.
  • Six finalists will win $500 each.

Here’s how the contest works:

The contest is open only to high school seniors in the U.S. who will be attending a two- or four-year college or university (or a community, vocational-technical or career college) in the fall of 2018.

To enter, you have to “pledge” your allegiance to your college of choice.

First, announce your college decision on Instagram with a video, photo or Boomerang. (Your account must be set to public.)

Then, tag your post with #Collegiance by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 15, 2018.

You may enter only once, and there are some specific rules about what can and cannot be included in your submission video, photo or Boomerang. (You can find these rules by going to the contest page and scrolling down until you see the yellow “For Complete Rules” button.)

Basically, though, The College Board is asking you to be kind, respectful and original in your submission. That shouldn’t be too hard, right?

Winners will be notified in May 2018, and your winnings can be used to purchase books or other educational materials.

You can learn more about the contest, see other students’ submissions and find the rest of the official rules and guidelines by going to the contest page.

And if you’re looking for more cool opportunities like this one for college students, be sure to like our College page on Facebook. There, you’ll find new, exciting scholarship opportunities, contests and helpful tips and tricks for surviving college life!

Grace Schweizer is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder.