Feb 21, 2007

Beware of the Scholarship Scam

Let's be adult here and face this issue head on. Scam. It's an ugly word. But it's been in the press a lot lately. Every scholarship site and government site has a warning about fee-based scholarship services. "If you have to pay money to get money, it's probably a scam," they warn ominously. "Spend the time, not the money" is another one that really sounds good until you think of services you pay someone to perform because you don't have time. Think yard work. Filing taxes. Hair styling. House painting. Car repairs. Fast food. And the list goes on. You often have someone else do the job, whether it's preparing your will or washing your car, because that someone can do it better and faster than you can do it yourself. In other words, you turn to someone with expertise, and you get results with minimal time invested. Don't think that all scholarship search services that charge a fee are a scam, because they are not. There are legitimate services out there that will save you time and really help you find scholarships for college, you just need to know what to look for so that you don't get scammed by one of the bad fee-based services.

The best way to avoid being the victim of a scholarship scam is to remember the old adage: If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. If a scholarship search service promises you a scholarship, run the other way. If someone insists that for $5 or $30 or $50, he will guarantee you a scholarship, it is definitely a scam. Yes, there are lots of scholarship dollars available, but the truth is that no one can secure a scholarship for you but you. Only the prospective student can do the work of filling out forms, sending transcripts, and writing essays. A legitimate scholarship search service provides information that is current and accurate; it does not provide scholarships.

A legitimate scholarship search service is an information source. The company will have invested the resources to explore and compile scholarship data from all over the map. A good scholarship search service has a team of research specialists that constantly updates award information. What good is 1998's award information to a 2005 high school graduate? So when looking for a valid, trustworthy scholarship search company, verify that the information you are getting is current. Look for a service that compiles their own database of awards and ensures up-to-date data.

Look for a scholarship search service that has a privacy policy and does not sell your personal information. Do not become part of a spamming list! When you fill out a profile with a scholarship search service, the service collects and stores your very personal information; such collecting of profile information is necessary for accurate scholarship matching. Make sure you read the privacy policy for any service you use so you know what happens to that personal information once you enter it into the website. Some websites actually make money by selling your information to third parties that want to advertise to you. Be very careful about giving out your personal information to companies without credible, clearly stated privacy policies - the last thing you need is an email inbox full of spam and a mailbox full of unwanted solicitations.

It costs money to operate a scholarship service. It is a simple fact that someone has to pay. Perhaps it is advertisers. Perhaps it is customers. Make sure you know who is paying for the service so you can adequately assess the quality of the product. If you, the customer, the consumer, are paying, then chances are good that the service is structured with your needs and goals uppermost. That is why some well-researched, fee-based scholarship search services makes sense. The service exists to serve the customer, without whom there is no service. Consider another old adage: You can't get something for nothing....unless it isn't worth anything.

Related Posts


Anonymous said...

Download mp3 songs, Video songs, Wallpapers or Full Movie

(Bollywood, Hollywood, Telugu and Tamil Movies)

Download mp3 songs

Download or Watch Online Video

Download Full Movie

Download Wallpapers of Actress

Download Movie Wallpapers

Download mp3 songs, Video songs, Wallpapers or Full Movie

Latest Tpoics of this site :

Download Bhoothnath Video Songs

Download Meet Bill Hollywood Movie(2008)

Download Baby Mama movie(2008)

Download Love Songs Bollywood movie (2008)

Download Pandi Songs (2008)

Watch or Download Akku movie (2008)

Download What Happens In Vegas movie(2008)

Download War, Inc. movie(2008)

Download my mom's new boyfriend movie (2008)

Download chennai superkings songs

Download Aayutham Seivom songs (2008)

Download Speed Racer Movie (2008)

Download Khushboo songs (2008)

Download Bhootnath movie (2008)

Download sonal chauhan Actress Wallpapers

Download Katherine Heigl Wallpapers

Download ileana Wallpapers

Download Anamika Video songs (2008)

Download Anamika movie(2008)

Watch Sirf Video songs (2008)

Watch Jalsa Video Songs (2008)

Download Jalsa wallpapers (2008)

Watch Kantri Video Songs (2008)

Download Rang Rasiya Wallpapers (2008)

Download Ankit, Pallavi & Friends Songs

Download Anamika Songs (2008)

Download Ghatothkach songs (2008)

Download Jalsa (2008) telugu movie

Download Kantri Wallpapers (2008)

Download Raat Gayi Baat Gayi wallpapers (2008)

Download Don Muthuswami video songs (2008)

Download Don Muthuswami Songs (2008)

Download Dhoom Dadakka Video Songs (2008)

Download Hastey Hastey (2008) Wallpapers

Download Dhoom Dadakka (2008) songs

Download The Awakening (2008) Songs

Download Hastey Hastey Video Songs

Download Anushka Shetty Wallpapers

Download Kalidasu Telugu Movie (2008)

Download Too Hot Too Cool (2008) Songs, IPL POP

Download Mr White Mr Black movie (2008)

Download Hastey Hastey Songs (2008)

Download Shamur Shardana Songs - Pop Album

Download Sirf (2008) Movie

Kuruvi Video Songs Download

Download Tashan movie (2008)

Download Katrina kaif Wallpapers

Download Aashayein Wallpapers

Download The Number 23 (2007) movie

Download Vaana Telugu songs

Post a Comment