GOBankingRates Scholarship


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GOBankingRates is a personal finance resource designed to make learning about money and managing your finances more fun and less intimidating with offices in Los Angeles, New York City and Bethlehem, PA. With a focus on how money intersects with your personal goals, travel, politics, celebrity, food and events, we aim to engage, entertain and foremost, educate.

Scholarship Details

We know how expensive college can be and how great of a burden debt can be. Especially student loans. This $2,500 scholarship is another way for GOBankingRates to help one student on their journey through college and into a financially-stable future.

Through thoughtful savings, investing, scholarships, student discounts, and, yes, loans, education expenses can be managed and manageable.

Our scholarship is for the Fall 2018 semester. To apply, please answer the prompt below in essay form.

How to Apply

The application period will occur annually with scholarships awarded in the Fall semester. The Fall application period is from April 1-June 15 2018. The form and accompanying submission must be completed within this window.


Must be a legal U.S. resident, 18 years of age or older at the time of application. Scholarship is available to graduating high school students or students currently enrolled as a freshman, sophomore or junior at an accredited US college or university.

Entry is subject to official rules and conditions. As set forth in the official rules, entry grants GOBankingRates permission to republish and otherwise use your entry materials and your name and likeness in any way GOBankingRates sees fit including but not limited to use on subsidiary and third-party properties. No purchase is necessary and no fees are required to enter.

Judging Criteria

Entries will be evaluated upon the following criteria:

  • Insight and consideration of response question
  • Contest-entry essay quality, execution and originality


Education expenses are one of the largest sources of debt for Americans. In 500 words or fewer, take a position on tuition costs in the U.S., explaining whether or not they are worth it based on their effect on students, educational institutions and the U.S. economy as a whole.

Frequently Asked Questions

No. The GOBankingRates Scholarship is a one-time scholarship. Winners and applicants are encouraged to re-enter the competition, and compete against the entire applicant pool, every year the scholarship is awarded.

Is the application completely online?

Yes. All contest entries and supporting documents, including transcripts if applicable, are to be submitted online.

How many GOBankingRates Scholarships are provided?

For each competition period, GOBankingRates provides one scholarship.

Are there any GPA limits?

No. The recipient simply needs to be admitted to, and attending, an accredited college or university in the fall semester of 2018.

Do I need to be 18 years old to apply?

Yes. All applicants must be 18 years or older at the time of application.

Will I receive any feedback on my essay or application?

Only the winner of the GOBankingRates Scholarship will receive feedback on their application.

Are part-time students allowed to apply?

No. This scholarship is for full-time students only.

How do I apply?

The application period is from April 1-June 15 2018. Begin your application here.

What paperwork do I need?

Winner will need to provide an enrollment verification form, confirming enrollment at an accredited two- or four-year college or university in the United States for the Fall 2018 semester. Winner will also need to provide valid proof of U.S. residency (green card, residency visa or U.S passport).

Please see official rules and conditions for additional information. If your question was not answered above, please email scholarships@gobankingrates.com.

More About GOBankingRates

Launched in 2004, GOBankingRates is dedicated to connecting readers with the best interest rates on financial products nationwide, as well as with informative personal finance content, news and tools. We started by partnering with most of the best banks and financial companies to provide information on their products and services. Our goal was to make finding competitive interest rates easier for the average consumer.

Since then, we have evolved into a “money lifestyle” destination, inspiring and guiding our audience to live richer: richer in your bank account, richer in your personal goal fulfillment, richer in how you explore the world and richer in your job.

We have grown to now work with over 100 financial experts, writers, editors and video producers who research and create content to help you better manage your money, find more ways to save and make money, and understand changes in the world that can directly affect your wallet.

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GOBankingrates is hiring! See our Careers page to see if an opportunity is right for you.

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