Back To School Giveaway – Win an iPod nano, cash, and much more!

August 4, 2008

The College Money Network is celebrating the start of another school year by throwing its first giveaway! Not only are we giving away a bunch of awesome prizes, we will also be posting a series of valuable articles over the next two weeks to help students and everyone else put their best financial foot forward.

4GB iPod nano


How to Enter

There are multiple ways to earn entries into the Back To School giveaway. Complete as many as you can to increase your chances of winning a prize! You may enter each way once.

If you are a current college student: Share your financial goal for the upcoming semester, quarter, or school year and how you will achieve it. Make the goal specific and explain the actions you will take to achieve it. This is to ensure that students are making a conscious effort to create a real financial goal, not writing something just to enter the giveaway. Here’s an example of a good entry:

My financial goal is to save $1,000 by the end of the school year. I will do this by getting a part-time job and putting $100/month in a high yield savings account.

  • Leave a comment on this post with your response. (1 entry)
  • Write a post on your own blog about your “Back To School Financial Goal” and email us to let us know. (3 entries)


If you are not a college student: Share some tips and ideas for managing your finances as a student. If you’ve already been there and done that, what is the most important financial advice you would give to college students? If you’re still in high school, share some of your current money tips.

  • Leave a comment on this post with your response. (1 entry)
  • Write a post on your own blog with your “Financial Advice for College Students” or “High School Money Tips” and email us to let us know. (3 entries)

Everyone may also:

  • Subscribe to the College Money Network group feed. (2 entries)
  • Mention the CMN network and include a link to this post on one of your favorite sites (e.g. comment on a blog, post in a forum, etc.). Email us with a link to where you mentioned it, so we can record the entry. (3 entries)

Bonus opportunities:

How To Win

All valid entries will be assigned a unique number. We will use a random number generator to select the winning numbers. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received.

All entries must be received by August 31, 2008 at 11:59 PM PST.

Winners will be notified the following week. After all the prizes have been claimed, we will release an official announcement with all of the winners.

Rules and Restrictions

  • All winners must be 18 years of age or older and live in the United States.
  • No purchase is necessary to participate in this giveaway.
  • We will choose the winners from the qualified participants. We are the sole judges of adding entries to the list. Plagiarized content, trackback from splogs, spams, non-goal oriented comments, and comments containing abusive or inappropriate languages will not be considered.
  • To award the prizes, we must be able to contact you. Please leave a valid email address with your comment, or make sure we can contact you through your web site. Your contact information will not be shared with anyone else.
  • For certain prizes, winners will be required to submit a physical address to ship the prize. Again, your contact information will never be shared with anyone.
  • Prizes are provided as-is, and substitutions may be made at our discretion.
  • Winners must reply within 1 week from the time we notify them to claim their prize. Otherwise, they forfeit their prize, and it will be awarded to an alternate.