The news is full of stories about the prices of textbooks rising at an alarming rate. They can make a real dent in your budget, and it's tough to do without them. Help defray the cost of college beyond tuition by entering our monthly drawing for $100. It's not a fortune but every little bit helps --- plus it's fee and easy to win. Remember you have to register to win each month you want to be part of the drawing, so go sign up if you haven't already and everyone register to win this month. So just click here and get started -- your chance to enter this month's drawing ends at midnight tonight!

Pursuing a degree in Environmental Engineering or Science? The New York Environment Association will award one $10,000 scholarship and six $1500 scholarships to students in college or to high school seniors who are! The deadline is February 10 so get on it if you're interested. And check out Scholarship Search Tips for tips and ideas for finding scholarships right for you.

According to Sallie Mae, about 30% of families with incomes over $100,000 per year fail to apply for any kind of student financial aid. That probably doesn't surprise you, right? What will surprise you is that about the same percentage -- 30% -- of families with that much income do apply -- and receive an average of $5400 per year in student financial aid. The lesson? Never Assume! Read more about this and other tips in Stealth Student Aid.

Congratulations to our final scholarship winner of 2013, Jontea Searles. She was thrilled when she learned she had won a $100 Amazon gift card just for taking the time to sign up and register to win. She responded promptly to our notification email and has joined our Winners Gallery for 2013.

Learn more about Jontea and other 2013 winners -- then go sign up to win your own gift card to further your education. And remember to check your email regularly --- let's have no more Sad Dogs in our gallery in 2014!