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Scholarship Scam Alert

Many Winthrop University students have been receiving information from 'College Financial Advisory.'
Please be aware that this is NOT related to receiving Financial Aid from Winthrop University.

The Federal Trade Commission cautions students to look for these tell tale lines to recognize when a scholarship is a scam:

  • "The scholarship is guaranteed or your money back."
  • "You can't get this information anywhere else."
  • "I just need your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship."
  • "We'll do all the work."
  • "The scholarship will cost some money."
  • "You've been selected by a 'national foundation' to receive a scholarship."
  • "You're a finalist" in a contest you never entered.

To report a SCAM: The Scholarship Fraud Prevention Act created a fraud-awareness partnership between the U.S. Department of Education and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). For more information about scholarship scams or to report a scan, call the FTC toll free at 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357) or visit the FTC online.