University of Houston-Victoria

Financial Aid

Avoiding Scholarship Scams

Nine ways to avoid scholarship scams are:

  • Never pay a Scholarship Application Fee.
  • Don't give out phone numbers.
  • Scholarship criteria says it is "open to everyone".
  • Scholarship scams do not post past winners.
  • They may have a fake nonprofit or federal status.
  • Scholarship scams request personal financial information.
  • Scholarship site says "You are guaranteed to win a scholarship" that you did not apply for.
  • Scams claims that they will  "do all the work for you".
  • They may claim that the Search Fees will give you additional information you can't get anywhere else.