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It's Time for the 5th Annual #CXGivesBack Giveaway!

'Tis the season for this year's #CXGivesBack Giveaway! Read all about the great prizes we're giving away this week and our amazing new giveaway partners.

Welcome to the fifth annual #CXGivesBack Giveaway! With the holiday season in full force, we wanted to get everyone into the giving spirit by giving back to all of you. This year we’ve partnered with our friends at Awesometeam and to give away some awesome prizes to the CollegeXpress community! Each day this week from Monday, December 13–Friday, December 17 is a new chance to enter the giveaway. Unlock each day’s challenge with the calendar below, and read on to learn more about our great giveaway partners.

#CXGivesBack official giveaway calendar

You can find each day’s challenge and prize details right here on our official giveaway calendar. Just click “Enter Now” on the corresponding day to be taken to our Instagram page, then follow the instructions on the calendar to enter the contest. Each challenge will unlock as the week goes on—so no peeking!

Gives Back calendar 2021

All about our giveaway partners

We’re so grateful to Awesometeam and for working with us this year to make our fifth annual #CXGivesBack Giveaway better than ever. These awesome organizations have a lot to offer students and have been in the business of helping them for a while.


Awesometeam is a financial consulting company that provides high school, college, and graduate school coaching and planning programs as well as well-rounded financial literacy education. Their mission is to empower individuals to cultivate successful financial habits and let them become their own money managers. With services including Insurance, Saving & Investing, Retirement Planning, Estate Planning, Debt Management, Tax Strategy, and Education & College Coaching Programs, they’re here to help you build a strong financial foundation and achieve financial freedom into the future. Since 2012, Awesometeam’s holistic college program has helped students achieve over $100 million in scholarships, grants, and savings. They’ll show you how to choose schools based on fit, teach you how to maximize your career aspirations, and guide you to do your very best.

Founded in 1998, has helped tens of millions of students find money for college and learn about the entire financial aid process. They’re among the most widely used and trusted free scholarship search tools and financial aid information resources on the internet, recognized by high schools, colleges, and universities nationwide, among others. They’ve built solid relationships with colleges and universities across the country and provide students with the opportunity to not only find free money for college and interact with prospective schools but be recruited as well. offers numerous ways to help pay for college, and they also have several of their own scholarships available exclusively on their website, in addition to having a super helpful (and free) online scholarship search. They announce new scholarships regularly, so visit them often to stay up-to-date on all opportunities to help you pay for college.

Frequently asked questions about the giveaway

  • When are the giveaways? We host #CXGivesBack annually, usually around mid-December. This year, the giveaway runs from December 13–17, so be sure to check our calendar each day for a new chance to win.
  • How do I win? Complete the daily challenge before midnight (ET) for a chance at that day’s prize, and we’ll choose one random winner from all the participants. We’ll then contact the winner the next morning through Instagram. Check your DMs and revisit our Instagram page for updates throughout the week!
  • What do I win? This year we’re giving away Amazon gift cards, donating money to charity in your honor, and gifting one brand-new Apple iPad! Check out our giveaway calendar for all the details on our daily prizes and how to enter each day.

Don’t forget to follow us on social media @CollegeXpress to participate and stay up-to-date on #CXGivesBack. Good luck and happy holidays!

Did you know we also have a $2,000 CollegeXpress Gives Back Scholarship that you can apply for until the end of this month? Learn more about it here

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