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Higher Education
San Jacinto Colllege
News Release
Monday, October 24, 2011

San Jacinto College again warns of potential financial aid scam

PASADENA, Texas – The financial aid department at San Jacinto College is warning students and the community of a potential financial aid scam.

Individuals claiming to represent Student Financial Resource Center have contacted San Jacinto College students by mail to offer financial assistance. Students and parents are asked to complete a Student Aid Profile Form and pay a processing fee to receive assistance with financial aid.

“Unfortunately, we are seeing this potential scam happen again,” said Robert Merino, San Jacinto College financial aid services director. “We want to remind our students that there is no fee to receive information about financial assistance at San Jacinto College. It’s also important that students and parents remember that they should not to offer personal information, including any financial background information, to anyone making these claims.”

In the past, people claiming to represent the U.S. Education Department have contacted San Jacinto College students to offer scholarships and grants. The callers asked for a bank or credit card number, saying the information would be used for a $249 processing fee, but the call was fake.

San Jacinto College students or parents who believe they may have received a scam financial aid letter are encouraged to report the incident to 1-800-MIS-USED, or via email at oig.hotline@ed.gov. The government website www.ftc.gov/scholarshipscams shares telltale signs of fraud.

For the 2010-2011 academic year, San Jacinto College disbursed more than $54.4 million in financial aid to approximately 12,360 students, all of whom are not required to pay a processing fee.

If you are a San Jacinto College student requiring financial aid, please follow the proper financial aid procedures set forth by the College. For more information on how to obtain financial aid, visit the San Jacinto College website at www.sanjac.edu/financial-aid.

 

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The College, an Achieving the Dream Leader College, is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in over 140 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. Our graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.

For more information about San Jacinto College, please call 281-998-6150, visit www.sanjac.edu, or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SanJacintoCollege.




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