Things You Should Not Ignore!
If you hear these lines from a scholarship service, you may be getting cheated:
The scholarship is guaranteed or your money back.
No one can guarantee that they'll get you a grant or a scholarship. Refund guarantees often have conditions or strings attached. Get refund policies in writing -- before you pay.
You can't get this information anywhere else
There are many free lists of scholarships available. Start researching scholarships at the high school or library before you decide to pay someone to do the work for you.
I just need your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship
Never give out credit card or bank account number on the phone without getting information in writing first. It may be the set-up for an unauthorized withdrawal from your account.
We'll do all the work
Don't be fooled. There's no way around it. You must apply for scholarships or grants yourself.
The scholarship will cost money
Don't pay anyone who claims to be "holding" a scholarship or grant for you. Free money shouldn't cost a thing.
You've been selected" by a "national foundation" to receive a scholarship or "You're a finalist" in a contest you never entered
Before you send money to apply for a scholarship, check it out. Make sure the foundation or program is legitimate.