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January 5, 2012 / The Career Closet

IT’S FAFSA.GOV …NOT FAFSA.COM

It’s bad enough to have to review your financial stability in an effort to try to pay for some college. But then for websites and companies to take advantage of people like you in a sort-of vulnerable state…that just sucks. Well, unfortunately there are sites out there like that. Many of them are scam sites and purposely rip you off. They take advantage of financial needs that you might have and are willing to make anyone its victim. Just be on the look out. I can’t tell you how to avoid them, but luckily there are less and less illegal scam site out there. Your best bet is to ask the college with which you are attending.

Don’t give your personal information up to just anyone…

When starting college, or if you are already in college, most institutions have financial aid assistant that will assist you and guide you through the financing process for college. Don’t worry, you will have proper assistance from the school you plan to attend. They won’t do it for you, but they will guide you.

However, when it comes to federal financial aid, many have told me they access the site fafsa.com to apply for financial aid on their own. While it’s okay to apply for financial aid on your own, it is NOT fafsa.com that you do it on. FAFSA.GOV is actually the official site sponsored by the government. While this other site does not seem too harmful, I didn’t go any further because I just don’t trust anyone with my personal information like that. So just be careful as you start to gather all your personal information together and begin the filing process.

In fact, check out these latest posts from me regarding financial aid and really the best resources that you need. I can’t guarantee any money give to you, but the more prepared and the earlier you are with filing financial aid, the better you are. Don’t forget: FAFSA. GOV

1. Financial Aid, the Forms Needed for Filing

2. 2012/13 Financial Aid Facts to Know and Then Some

3. The Skinny on the Financial Aid Process and Terms to Know

4. For College, Know Where the Money Is

If you have any questions or concerns regarding any websites that may seem fraudulent, or if you have financial aid questions, please contact me @ thehopechest@keithlipke.com.

Your Success is My Success,

Keith Lipke

I’m a careers and college recruiter, coach, public speaker and leader at The Career Closet. His passion is to educate, inspire, and give hope to young people who need it upon their search for the right career and college

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2 Comments

  1. Erin / Jan 7 2012 4:32 pm

    I have used the professional service of Fafsa.COM and I found paying for professional guidance was a great choice! They helped me apply each year & my aid was actually increased because they got it in for me earlier than if I did it on my own. I didn’t have to worry about my “personal” info either. It was a small fee for such an awesome service I think of it as an investment.

    • The Career Closet / Jan 7 2012 8:25 pm

      This is a great testimonial…thanks Erin! Was the money free or did you get loans as well?

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