The following links are provided as information resources. The University of Iowa is not responsible for information provided by outside web sites. Links to outside sites does not imply endorsement. Use the following links to view tips on avoiding scams and to verify the legitimacy of financial aid consultants.

  • Be a Smart Consumer - The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) has a variety of free resources to help students and families be smart consumers to avoid scams when completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and navigating the financial aid process. These resources remind students and families that many student financial aid services are available free of charge.
  • Six Scams That Target College Students (PDF Form)  News article that appeared in U.S. News and World Report
  • Nine Signs of College Scholarship Scams - News article that appeared in U.S. News and World Report
  • FastWeb Scholarship Scams Tip Sheet (PDF form)
  • U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General - The U.S. Department of Education Office of Inspector General conducts audits, investigations, and inspections of education programs and operations.
  • Federal Trade Commission - The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop, and avoid them.
  • Better Busines Bureau - All Better Business Bureau (BBB) accredited businesses have agreed to live up to BBB Principles for Trust, a comprehensive set of policies, procedures and best practices focused on how businesses should treat the public – fairly and honestly in all circumstances.