For-profit companies and online entities may offer to ‘help’ you fill out your FAFSA
or apply for Scholarships. Some of these offers imply that you must use their services,
and some of them are outright scams. All of them will cost you money, and they may
put you at risk for identity theft. If you have any questions about an offer, please
feel free to check with our office.
We urge students and families to be cautious of any scholarship search opportunities
Require you to pay fees
Offer a money-back guarantee
Guarantee that you will win some type of award
It has been brought to our attention that some students at UD or associated with UD
faculty and staff may have received a mailing from College Financial Advisory or Student
Financial Resource Center out of San Diego.
The letter gives an upcoming filing deadline, file status, and includes a student
aid profile form that asks for your birth date, phone number, and other personal information
including your signature. It also asks for a processing fee payable by check or money
UD did not initiate this mailing or provide names to the company. Financial aid and
scholarship advising are available to all UD students free of charge. Please contact
your financial aid counselorfor help or advice.
It has also been brought to our attention that some students at UD or their parents
have received calls regarding student loan debt. These calls say they are from Robin
Fletcher with the following message (or a similar message), "I am calling in reference
to your student loan and I need to discuss repayment options with changes that have
taken place recently. My number is 866-569-6565 and please use this reference # 033991
to make thing easier."