U.S. News “Why My College Rocks” Video Contest Official Rules

No purchase necessary to enter or win. Must be 18 years of age or older.


7. PRIZES: One (1) Grand Prize: One Grand Prize winner ( "Grand Prize Winner" or "Winner"), will receive a spring break trip for Winner and one Guest to visit Jamaica, Cancun, Acapulco or the Bahamas during the week of Spring Break. Sponsor will make best efforts to obtain travel and accommodations, as described below, during the week that Winner's school designates "Spring Break," subject to cost and availability. The exact week and dates of travel will be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Winner may select which location the Winner will visit, subject to availability, and as long as the cost is not more than $1,500 per traveler. Prize package includes round-trip coach airfare for two people and a minimum of four (4) and a maximum of seven (7) night's standard, double occupancy hotel accommodations, subject to availability and at the sole discretion of sponsor. All other travel-related fees and expenses not specifically mentioned herein are solely the responsibility of Winner.

Approximate Retail Value of Grand Prize is $1,500.00 per traveler ($3,000.00 total), depending upon Winner's point of travel origin. Airport, airline and hotel to be selected by Sponsors in their sole discretion. Transportation and accommodations are subject to availability, blackout periods, government restrictions and regulations, other restrictions may apply. Winner and Guest must travel together.

Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received. In no event will more than one (1) Grand Prize be awarded.

Prize Restrictions: Grand Prize Winner's Guest must be 18 years of age or older. Guest must execute a release of liability and publicity release (where legal) prior to departing for the Spring Break trip. Winner will be solely responsible for any and all federal, state and/or local taxes and all fees and expenses resulting from acceptance of any and all prizes associated with this Contest, including but not limited to taxes, tips, entertainment, meals, passenger tariffs or duties, surcharges, airport fees, service charges or facility charges, personal charges at lodging, security fees, incidentals, transfers, transportation to airport to and from Grand Prize Winner's and Guest's home residence, and other expenses. Winner cannot assign or transfer the prize to another person. No prize substitution or changes are allowed except at the discretion of Sponsor. Prize cannot be substituted or redeemed for cash. All prizes are subject to availability. If a prize or any portion of a prize cannot be awarded due to circumstances beyond the control of Sponsor, a substitute prize of equal or greater retail value may be awarded; provided, however, that if prizes are awarded but unclaimed/forfeited by recipient, prize may not be re-awarded in Sponsor's sole discretion. Other restrictions may apply. Limit one prize per person, per household. Winner will be issued an IRS Form 1099 for the appropriate retail value of his or her prize. Final value of Grand Prize depends on winner's place of residence and cost and availability of airfare and hotel at time of booking and travel and may be substantially higher or lower than estimated value. All travel tickets are subject to terms and conditions stated on tickets. Exact trip dates will be specified by the Sponsor and no substitutions will be allowed. All travel must be completed on dates, times and to/from airports designated and/or approved by Sponsor. Winner and Guest must have valid identification and any other documents necessary for air travel (including but not limited to a valid U.S. passport, if required). Prize is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind. Winner is responsible for any loss of prize or portion of prize after it has been delivered. Sponsor will not replace lost or stolen prizes. No refunds or credit for changes are allowed, and no refunds or compensation will be made in the event of cancellation or delay of any flight or portion of it.

In the event a Grand Prize Winner and/or Guest engages in behavior during travel that (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) is obnoxious or threatening, illegal or that is intended to threaten or harass any other person, or that in any way disparages or adversely affects the reputation, image, and/or customer goodwill of Sponsor or any of Sponsor's services, products, trademarks, service marks, or logos, Sponsor reserves the right to terminate the travel early, and send Winner and/or Guest home with no further obligations or compensation whatsoever to Winner and/or Guest, which may, in Sponsor's sole discretion, result in Winner's disqualification from the Contest and forfeiture of any (and/or all) prize(s). In the event Grand Prize Winner or Guest engages in behavior during travel that (as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion) is illegal, tortious, or subjects Winner or Guest to arrest or detention, Sponsor shall have no obligation to pay any damages, fees, fines, judgments or other costs or expenses of any kind whatsoever incurred by Winner or Guest as a result of such conduct. SPONSOR SHALL HAVE NO LIABILITY FOR ANY PERSONAL INJURIES, DEALTH, PROPERTY DAMAGE, OR OTHER DAMAGES OR EXPENSES RESULTING FROM OR ARISING OUT OF ANY TRAVEL RELATED TO THE GRAND PRIZE OR ANY OTHER ASPECT OF THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER'S OR GUEST'S ACCEPTANCE OR USE OF THE GRAND PRIZE.