Search for Scholarships…But Don’t Get Scammed
Article provided by ScholarshipExperts.com
Many high school and college students are highly motivated to search for scholarships, which is a good thing. Scholarship scams, however, are not. So before you dive into the scholarship search process, be sure you are aware of scholarship scams and how to avoid them.
When you think about scholarship scams, two types should come to mind. The first is scholarship programs that are fraudulent, meaning there are no scholarship awards being given out and students don’t actually receive any funds. The second is less-than-reputable scholarship search services that take advantage of students while they are searching for scholarships. With both types of scams, there are certain warning signs that you should be aware of that indicate that the scholarship program or search service may not be what it appears to be.
To avoid applying for scholarship programs that are scams, there are some red flags you should be looking for
Search Services of Which to Steer Clear
There are many scholarship search services out there to help students find scholarships; unfortunately, some may be more harmful to students than you know. Watch out for the services that claim to have or offer things that are just not possible:
Also, be aware of the quality of the service you are using. Protect yourself by avoiding scholarship search services that:
Although there are many questionable scholarship programs and scholarship search services out there, there are also trustworthy and reputable ones as well. These services can be invaluable in aiding students in scholarship searching and paying for college. A legitimate scholarship search service should save students time by providing them with customized lists of scholarships that are accurate and continually updated by a team of research specialists. For more information about scholarship scams and scholarship searches, be sure to visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website.
Now that you know the difference between scholarship scams and legitimate scholarship programs and search services, you’re ready to take the plunge and start searching for free money for college. Good luck!
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