The excitement of visiting college and university campuses just got a boost from Hampton Hotels' "Cash for Colleges" contest to award families with funds for their college-bound children's tuition. With tuition costs of four-year private universities up 5.9 percent from last year to $25,143 and at four-year public universities up 6.4 percent to $6,585, as the mid-priced hotel leader, Hampton Hotels can be a valuable resource for parents and students visiting college and university campuses, either to select a school or visit their children after they've already chosen.

Now through Dec., 7, 2009, while on the road picking the perfect university, parents that book a stay online at a Hampton hotel, including one of the following locations, at www.hampton.com/collegetours automatically will be entered into the "Hampton's Cash for College Sweepstakes" to win one of two, $5,000 grand prizes, which can be applied to the rising cost of college tuition.

Hampton Inn Cambridge, located at 8775 Georgetown Rd., Cambridge, (740) 439-0600; Hampton Inn Newcomerstown, located at 200 Morris Crossing, Newcomerstown, 498-9800; and Hampton Inn New Philadelphia, located at 1299 W. High St., New Philadelphia, (330) 339-7000, are all participating.

With nearly 1,700 locations throughout the United States, Canada, Latin America and Europe, Hampton Hotels offers guests a value-driven experience in or near almost every major university in the U.S. at a price that is sure to fit in every college-student's budget. In each Hampton Inn, guests will receive a free on-the-house hot breakfast, free high-speed Internet access in the rooms and lobbies and exclusive 100 percent Hampton Satisfaction Guarantee.

For information, visit www.hiltonfamily.com.