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

Spring Semester 2015

  • Jan 5-23: Students may charge in the bookstore
  • Jan 8: Classes begin - Full and First mini sessions
  • Feb 20: Financial Aid checks mailed
  • March 5: Students may charge in bookstore for 2nd mini session
  • March 6: Classes begin - Second mini session
  • March 20: Financial Aid checks mailed for second loan disbursement
  • March 27: Financial Aid checks mailed for 2nd mini session
  • April 10: Financial Aid checks mailed for second loan disbursement (2nd mini session only)

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