PAYBACK Challenge 2020 Now Open!

Sep 30, 2020
Featured NGPF Lesson

Want to give your students the opportunity to earn scholarships while simultaneously teaching them to make better money decisions about college? Enter the Payback Challenge! Watch the 90-second video below for details:



How to participate in the PAYBACK Challenge

STEP 1: Teachers Register Intent

  • Once you've filled out this Intent to Participate form, you will receive the prompt for your students as well as next steps.

  • Teach Middle School? The Payback Challenge is open to current US middle and high school students.

STEP 2: Students Play PAYBACK

STEP 3: Students Respond to the Prompt:

After playing PAYBACK, you have a better idea of what to expect in college. But, COVID-19 has changed the way college looks and feels. How will your college decision-making change because of the pandemic? Refer to relevant excerpts from the PAYBACK game to enhance your key points.

STEP 4: Teacher Nominates and Submits ONE Student Response

  • You will receive an email with instructions on how and where to send in nominations AFTER you register (see STEP 1)

Deadline: 11:59PM PT November 20th, 2020


Cash Prizes:

National Grand Prize Winners: 2 at $2,500 each

Honorable Mention Awards: 45 at $1,000 each

About the Author

Laura Matchett

After graduating with an education degree and spending 7 years in an elementary classroom, Laura made the switch to the non-profit world and loves interacting with students, educators and business professionals across the country. She is passionate about all students having access to high quality education and views personal finance education as one way to ‘level the playing field’. When Laura is not locating or creating high quality educational resources, you can find her mountain biking or searching for the best ramen in town!