For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
(208) 334-4112

Date: January 9, 2004

Wasden Urges Caution in Scholarship Searches, Recommends Idaho's Career Information System

(Boise) - Idaho's college-bound students and their families should check out Idaho's Career Information System (CIS) before spending money on a commercial scholarship search, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said.

Commercial services charge $15 to hundreds of dollars for a computerized search claiming to match a student's grades, career interests, hobbies and other data with available scholarships. None of these services can guarantee success. Other companies may offer sales pitches disguised as financial aid "seminars."

"If you have to pay money to get money for college, it could be a scam," Attorney General Wasden said. "Before you spend any money, you should know that we have an excellent resource right here in Idaho that is free, the Career Information System."

CIS is available in most Idaho high schools and colleges as well as in Job Service and Vocational Rehabilitation offices. It provides a comprehensive list of available scholarships and other financial aid information. CIS can match students with scholarships based on grades, interests, financial need and other information. CIS also provides information about colleges and universities in Idaho and throughout the United States, describes hundreds of different career choices and much more.

Information about CIS is available through Idaho high school and college guidance counselors, the CIS website at www.idahocis.org, or by calling (208) 334–3705. Additional information about commercial scholarship search companies is available from the Attorney General's Consumer Protection Unit at (208) 334–2424 or, in state toll–free, (800) 432–3545.

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