Avoiding Financial Aid Scams
Getting help to find money for college doesn’t have to cost you anything. Applying
is 100% FREE and the Mt. SAC Financial Aid Office offers FREE assistance and guidance
with the financial aid application process. You don’t have to pay to get help finding
money for college.
Be cautious about paying for any service that will assist you with applying for financial
aid, submitting appeals, or requesting additional financial assistance.
Protect your identity and be careful about sharing sensitive information such as your:
- Social Security Number (SSN)
- Username and Passwords
- Debit/Credit Card
- Banking Information
- Home Address
- Personal Identifiable Information
The Mt. SAC Financial Aid Office offers FREE assistance with the financial aid application
process. Students can always contact the Financial Aid Office for questions regarding
their status, appeals, and opportunities to receive other financial aid resources.
For more information and resources on avoiding financial aid scams visit the Department
of Education website here.
Several websites offer help filling out the FAFSA form and other opportunities to
receive other financial aid resources for a fee. These sites are not affiliated with
or endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) or the Mt. SAC Financial Aid
Office. We highly urge not to pay for such services that are offered for FREE by the
Mt. SAC Financial Aid Office. The official FAFSA form is available from fafsa.gov, and you can get free help from
If you are asked for your credit card information while filling out the FAFSA form online,
you are not at the official government site. Remember, the FAFSA site address has
.gov in it!
Completing and submitting the CA Dream Act Application (CADAA) is free, whether you
file electronically or on paper.
The official CADAA form is available from dream.csac.ca.gov, and you can get free help from
- Student Loans
Many student loan debt relief companies charge a fee to provide services that you
can take care of yourself for free by contacting your loan servicer. At no cost, the U.S. Department of Education and our federal loan servicers can
Have questions or need help with your student loans? Contact your loan servicer or lender for FREE assistance.
- Report Fraud and Identity Theft
For more information about financial aid fraud or to report fraud, contact the Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
If you suspect that your student information has been stolen, it is important to
act quickly. These offices will help you determine what steps to take depending on