Financial Aid

Financial Aid Scams and Fraudulent Behavior

Financial Aid Scams and Fraudulent Behavior

More Common today than in the past people who need financial aid are finding themselves victims to financial aid and scholarship scams.  Here are some things to look out for:

Recently there has been a scam circulating that promises to pay back your loans with grants, but asks for your financial information. If you have received any postcards or e-mails that make this claim, please bring them into our office as soon as possible.

  • You have to pay a fee for the services

  • There is a "Money back guarantee"

  • Your credit card or back information is being asked for

  • Claims exclusive information or offers not available anywhere else

  • Claims a high percentage of applicants receive their scholarship

The most common scams are usually in the form of fake scholarships or loans.  Just remember that no-one is supposed to come to you for financial aid, and that there should not be a lot of pressure to get you to participate.

Please report an scams as soon as possible.  Report possible scams to the Federal Trade Commission either online or call 1-877-FTC-HELP.

More information about scams can be found:

Also let our office know so we can make sure other students don't fall victim to fraud.

Where to Find Us

Location: Library Building, L-107 (1st Floor)
Main Office L-107
Mon - Thurs 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Fri 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Student Access Center L-125:
Fridays Only
8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Elk Grove Center FAO
Monday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 8:00 am 4:30 pm
Phone: (916) 691-7325
Fax: (916) 691-7651

Financial Aid

Visit the IRS website online in order to request and print either your Tax Return Transcript or Wage and Income Transcript.