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Get your tech groove on and win $10,000 by making the financial aid process easier for everyone! MTV, the College Board and GetSchooled.com are collaborating on the College Affordability Challenge. If you have a digital method for helping kids get college money easier, you can get some money yourself! Check out contest details HERE!

Finding money for college turns out to be one of the biggest hurdles for many prospective and currents students– more now than ever. The financial aid process is intimidating and the scholarship search can be arduous!  This contest challenges the digital natives among us, those young folks who are technologically savvy and arguably the most qualified, certainly the most motivated, to come up with viable solutions.

According to American Council on Education and College Board Advocacy and Policy Center studies, difficulty paying for school is one of the top deterrents to enrolling and graduating from college. Nearly 2 million college students forego applying for financial aid that is available to them each year, and a vast majority of kids surveyed  (two-thirds) found the financial aid process to be difficult and time-consuming.

The College Affordability Challenge is looking for real solutions by promising young people to the problem of connecting students with the funds they need.

This is a great opportunity for you techy creatives! …And I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t mention that being chosen a the winner or even a finalist would be a down right awesome addition to on your college applicationsJust sayin’!

HOW TO APPLY TO THE CHALLENGE

Who:  Individuals and teams of aspiring and current college students

Where: Click HERE.

What: You’ve got a handy and convenient digital tool that helps students apply for and get financial aid, MTV and the College Board want to know about it!

Three finalists will be unveiled in 2011. The finalists will work with the design team, Frog Design, to refine their proposals. then they will be featured on MTV.com and online voting will determine the Grand prize winner. the winning team will win $10,000 and the chance to work with MTV to develop the idea with a $100,000 budget.

Go for it, Smart People!

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