Posted Wednesday, December 12, 2012 in
Family Children & Education
Tis the season. And we don’t mean Christmas. We are talking about finding that college financial help that will be needed by next fall.
High school seniors receive letters and emails this time of year offering free grant money or offering to help you find grants and scholarships --- for a fee. Be careful before you accept any offers.
Free grant money offers are usually tied to checks that are supposedly linked to private or government grants. They tell you to deposit the check and to wire money to cover processing fees. The red flag is to “wire money”. You guessed it; the checks are fake. You end up paying and receive nothing.
Seniors also receive communication from companies saying they will help you find grants and scholarships for a fee. The information they provide you can find yourself by googling the subject and/or going to the library. Also, ask your senior’s guidance counselor to assist you. Sometimes there are scholarships they know about personally.
Your BBB foundation gives two $2,500 scholarships each year. We pass that information on to the guidance counselors whose schools are in our 25 county service area. The information for our 2013 scholarships, known as BBB Excellence Awards - Education, will be available soon. For more information about our BBB Excellence Awards - Education, start with www.southerncolorado.bbb.org/bbb-excellence-awards-education.
As you go through this process of researching information on scholarships, remember that you shouldn’t have to give money to get a scholarship or give your credit card or bank account information.
Also, be cautious of anyone promising guaranteed aid or your money back. No one can promise a grant or loan, and questionable companies make it impossible to get your money back.