Scholarship Applications For College Students And High School Seniors: Beware of Scams
It is the time of the year where students go back to school or start a new chapter in their life, education-wise. Maybe you are one of them or maybe you have a child that is. Unfortunately, as the tuition fees have increased over the last few years, scammers found ways to victimize the hard-working individuals hoping to receive a well-deserved financial aid. Whether you are looking for scholarship applications for college students, high school seniors, military scholarships or simply for community service scholarships, you could easily become a victim of these fraudulent practices. Let's start with the most common one. How does it work?
Watch the video below to see the Scholarship Applications Scam exposed:
Let's say you are considering applying for a scholarship that seems very interesting. If the organization, company, or person who is promoting the scholarship approaches you with any of the following 6 promises, it's certainly a scam:
1. "You won't get this info anywhere else".
No, all scholarships are public knowledge.
2. "There is a small application fee".
No fee is ever paid in applying for a scholarship.
3. "If you don't get the scholarship, money back guaranteed"
No. Firstly there is no fee, and secondly, you will never see your money again.
4. "Our agency will apply on your behalf"
The only person who can apply for a scholarship is the potential recipient.
5."You will be a guaranteed winner"
No, there is no such thing as a guaranteed scholarship winner.
6. "We need your credit card or bank account number, for security purposes"
No, security does not enter into the award of a scholarship.
How To Avoid Scholarship Applications For High School Seniors or College Students
As tempting as the prize sounds, never pay anything up front for a scholarship, even if they say "Hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships go unused every year". This is just a scam.
Look for legitimate sources/websites for scholarships and grants such as FastWeb or visit your government's official website in regards to financial aid, depending on your country. Here are the official pages for the US, UK, Canada and Australia:
Also, don't fall for the fake universities and colleges popping around online these days.
How To Report Scholarship Applications For High School Seniors or College Students
Make your family and friends aware of the scholarship scams by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below:
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