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Financial Aid Department

Financial Aid Services Center

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When applying for financial aid or completing federal student loan documents, be sure to use “.gov” in your browser. Click on the following links for information on scams related to searching for scholarships and student employment.


IRS Scam/Phishing Emails Alert

There is a new email scam that contains malicious software or malware which appears to be sent from “IRS Online” and has an attachment labeled “Tax Account Transcript” or something similar. It should not be opened. Please delete this email or forward it to phishing@irs.gov.

Everyone should be aware that the IRS will never send unsolicited emails to the public or emails containing sensitive information such as what would be included in a tax return transcript.

Through the routine process called verification, some financial aid applicants may be required to submit tax information obtained from the IRS. This is generally done via the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, or by submitting an IRS Tax Return Transcript, and is a process initiated by the tax payer.

If you are suspicious of an email, never open the attachment or click a link embedded in the email. Open your browser and navigate directly to the company or organization’s website.

Scholarship Scams

Unfortunately, in your search for scholarships you need to look out for certain signs of scholarship scams. The FTC cautions students to look for the following tell-tale lines. For more information visit the Scholarship Scams page.

Student Employment Scams

In your search for employment you need to look out for certain signs of employer scams. The FTC cautions students to look for the following tell-tale lines. For more information visit the Student Employment Scams page.