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Scams

Please be aware that some letters, emails, phone calls, etc. you may receive may not always be legitimate.  Do not send personal information, such as your Social Security number, or pay for scholarships or grants and/or their applications.  Scams that we know of will be posted here so you know it is not real.  If you ever question something sent to you, we encourage you to call us or come by with the information so we can help you verify its validity.

Scam- College Financial Advisory
Scam- www.FAFSA.com- do not use this web address for FAFSA.  It will charge you to reroute you to the real FAFSA site.  You want to use www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Outside Scholarship Search Tips

You can search for scholarships from private foundations and other donors for free!  Below are some tips to help you in your search:
*Search for scholarships using free scholarship engines such as:
www.fastweb.com
www.gacollege411.org
www.collegeboard.com
www.studentaid.ed.gov

*Use Google or Yahoo to search for scholarships based on your major, ethnic background, interests, medical history, and/or religion.  United Methodist Church sites include www.gbhem.org and www.umhef.org.  Students with physical or learning disabilities can contact their local Vocational Rehabilitation (part of the Department of Labor) for assistance.

*Search for local scholarships within your county.  Contacts for scholarships in your area might include your high school guidance counselor, local Chamber of Commerce, banks, and large companies or civic groups in your area.  Bartow County residents can apply through www.etowah.org.  Central Savannah River Area of Georgia and South Carolina students can apply through www.watson-brown.org.

*SEARCH SAFELY:  While many scholarship search services will need some general information from you, please do not give out personal information such as your Social Security Number.  You should not have to pay to search or apply for scholarships - if payment is requested, it might be a scam.  No one can guarantee that you will receive a scholarship, so beware of promises that are too good to be true.  When in doubt, contact your Financial Aid Counselor and she will help to determine if it is legitimate.