The State of Tennessee Office of Attorney General issued a warning to students last Thursday about possible financial aid scams.
Students need to be aware that you can receive FAFSA information for free at www.fafsa.ed.gov!
Websites claiming that they can offer help with receiving financial aid are looking to scam you. The information they are offering is the same information you can receive by simply visiting the government site above.
Jeff Gerkin, assistant dean and director of the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships, said some schools do allow students to pay a separate additional fee for help in finding financial aid through a business. If you are searching for additional help, it is imperative that you check with the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships first. Many schools, like the University of Tennessee, offer their services for free.
Another risk you encounter with these internet scams is identity theft. Sensitive information is required when filling out a FAFSA form and you want to make sure that your information is in the right hands.