Scholarship Scams

Every year students and parents are defrauded by scholarship scams. The victims of these scams lose more than $100 million annually. Scam operations often imitate legitimate government agencies, grant-giving foundations, education lenders and scholarship matching services, using official-sounding names containing words like “National,” “Federal,” “Foundation,” or “Administration.”

In general, be wary of scholarships with an application fee, scholarship matching services that guarantee success, telephone offers of scholarships which “require” personal information (such as bank account number and social security number) to process, advance-fee loan scams, and sales pitches disguised as financial aid “seminars.”

Check out what the Federal Trade Commission has to say about scholarship scams.


Important Dates

Fall 2018

  • Aug. 13 - Students may begin charging the bookstore
  • Aug. 16 - Final Registration
  • Aug. 17 - Classes begin - Full semester and 1st mini session
  • Aug. 22 - Last day for 75% refund - 1 st mini session
  • Aug. 28 - Last day for 75% refund - full semester
  • Sept. 7 - Last day to charge books
  • Sept. 21 - Financial aid checks mailed (full and 1st mini session)
  • Oct. 5 - Financial aid checks mailed (12-week session)
  • Oct. 12 - Financial aid checks mailed for 2nd disbursement of fall full session only
  • Oct. 15 - Students may charge books for 2nd mini session
  • Oct. 16 - Classes begin - 2nd mini session
  • Oct. 19 - Last day for 75% refund - 2nd mini session
  • Oct. 19 - Last day to charge books for the 2nd mini session
  • Nov. 9 -  Financial aid checks mailed - 2nd mini session
  • Nov. 16 - Financial aid checks mailed for 2nd disbursement of fall 2nd mini session only loans

The 2018-19 Scholarship Application and Award Period will be from July 5, 2018 – May 31, 2019

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