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Scams

Financial Aid Applications

There are unscrupulous companies that may guarantee scholarships, grants, work-study, and loans or they will charge a fee to provide applications services and handle your paperwork. The only application for Federal Student Aid is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov. For more information about scams from the Federal Trade Commission we suggest you read "Scholarship and Financial Aid Scams"

Scholarship Scams

There are free scholarship searches online, do not waste your money on fee-based scholarship matching services.  If you have to pay money to get money, it is probably a scam. Do not give money, your bank or credit card information to anyone claiming to have a scholarship for you or that they can guarantee you will get you a grant or scholarship. For more information regarding scholarship scams you may go to FinAid.org and read about "Common Scholarship Scams" and "Protecting Yourself from Scholarship Scams".

Selective Service Registration

Almost all male U.S. citizens and male aliens living in the U.S., who are 18 through 25 are required to registrar with Selective Service. Do not be scammed by websites that claim to register men for Selective Service for a fee. The United States Government does not charge a fee for men to register for Selective Service.  There are several ways you can register for the Selective Service System:

  • On your FAFSA: When you apply for financial aid, you may click on "Register Me" on your FAFSA application and the Department of Education will send Selective Service your request
  • Online at Selective Service: www.sss.gov
  • Post Office: You may also receive a "mail-back" form at any U.S. Post Office
  • Your high school:  More than half of the high schools in the nation have a staff member or teacher appointed as a Selective Service Registrar; check with your high school counselor to see if there is a Selective Service Registrar at your school.
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