Who can apply?

Students enrolled at a college or university in the United States are welcome to apply to participate in Up to Us. Applications for the Winter Competition are now being accepted. Please apply here.

To receive prize money, each Participant must have a valid tax ID number and be at least 18 years old. (Exceptions: if your state of residence is Alabama or Nebraska, you must be at least 19 years old; if your state of residence is Mississippi, you must be at least 21 years old), and must be at least 18 years old at the time of travel in order to attend the Net Impact Conference and the CGI U meeting.

Employees of Net Impact, CGI U, and the Peter G. Peterson Foundation and members of their immediate family, defined as parents, children, siblings, and spouse and/or those living in the same household are not eligible to participate.

How many members can each team have?

Participants can participate as a team or as an individual. It is encouraged to have 3-5 team members and a Faculty advisor, but it is not required! Additionally, successful teams can enlist support beyond core team members. The core team members must be enrolled in classes at the same school. The core members of the winning team will be invited to attend the spring 2017 CGI U meeting to be recognized on stage. Members must be at least 18 years old at the time of travel in order to attend.

Can more than one team per school apply?

At this time, no more than one team per school will be selected to participate. We will help to connect students and faculty from a single school who may have applied separately. Students may want to utilize school communication channels to identify other students who may want to form a team.

What is the time commitment?

The Winter competition will kick off in January and end in late February. While the time per week does change by participant/team, successful competitors should look to commit 2-4 hours a week, including a few hours over the winter break.

  • Participants will host My Two Cents Day on February,2 2017. It is a national day of awareness centered on the long-term national debt.
  • Student Leaders will be brought to the Net Impact Headquarters in Oakland, CA January 20-22 2017, where they will attend training. Participants must be at least 18 years old at the time of travel in order to attend.
  • Participants will execute their creativity during their “Wildcard Activity” which should be held between February 3 – 22, 2016.

How will campus campaigns be judged?

Student campaigns will be judged by competition organizers and a diverse panel. Campaigns will be scored on a variety of criteria including the success of key campaign activities and the creativity and vision behind those activities.

What could we win?

Please see our Prizes & Benefits page.

Is there a political agenda?

Absolutely no. The purpose of Up to Us is to raise awareness of our country’s long-term fiscal challenges and how they could affect our economic future and to encourage students to make their voices heard on these critical issues. The competition is the product of a partnership between three nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations dedicated to engaging the next generation of leaders on important issues.

More questions?

If you were not able to find the answer to your question on this page, please contact us and we will get back to you as soon as possible.