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Avoiding Scholarship Scams

While you will want to apply for as many scholarships as possible to assist you in funding your college education, be aware that there are some scams out there you will definitely want to avoid.  There will be a lot of scholarships that come through the counseling office, but you can also apply for scholarships online on websites like www.fastweb.com

If you are searching for scholarships online, the #1 rule to remember is to never pay money to apply for a scholarship. Never send in a check, cash, or enter debit or credit card information.  Applying for legitimate scholarship programs should be free!!

Also, be cautious of any scholarship that advertises "guaranteed financial aid."  Remember, financial aid can include loans.  Scholarships are competitive, and there is no such thing as a guarantee when it comes to these applications.