Avoiding Scholarship Scams - Best Practices

Contact via Phone and Email: Closed to In-person Traffic

The Financial Aid Office is temporarily closed to walk-in traffic due to statewide and local measures to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The call center is operational and staff are available to take your call Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Once restrictions have lifted, our office will be located in the new Enrollment Services Center on the UAA main campus.

You may be solicited by mail, email, or phone by malicious entities claiming to be scholarship service companies. These entities are often attempting to gain access to personal information such as social security numbers or bank numbers. It has become increasingly more difficult to separate the legitimate offers from those that are seeking to mine valuable data from students. Below are some links to websites that can help you differentiate authentic scholarship service companies and phishing scams.

The most important things to remember are that:

  • You should never give out your personal information without verifying the security of the data.
  • You should never pay an entity offering any financial aid (including scholarships) even if funding is "promised." All applications from reputable entities will be free.

You are welcome to forward scholarship advertisements and information to uaa_financialaid@uaa.alaska.edu for review. We will do our best to evaluate the information and provide you with timely feedback.