1. Cash up front (require an application or processing fee)
2. Free seminar (sales pitch for overpriced loans, products, etc.)
3. Rewards without entries (no application, no work involved)
4. Time-sensitive scholarships (first-come,first-served basis, not to be confused with deadlines)
5. Sweeping claims (guaranteed or money back) - note: scholarships should be free.
Remember: Legitimate scholarships do not charge a fee to apply. They do not call on the phone, or send “award letters” in the mail, and they never ask for your credit card information.
As with anything on the web, there are some scams out there. Make sure you are careful and evaluate each site before entering your personal information. Here are a few "rules of thumb" to follow while searching for scholarships online.
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As always, be very careful before entering your social security number in any website!