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

Date: January 29, 2007

Wasden: Searching for Scholarships Should be Free

(Boise) – Attorney General Lawrence Wasden is encouraging Idahoans to use the state’s free college scholarship search service. Idaho’s college-bound students and their families should check out Idaho’s Career Information System (CIS) rather than spend money on a commercial scholarship search.

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 and describes hundreds of different career choices.

“Commercial organizations offer many approaches, such as providing consultations for $125 per hour, or notifying Idahoans via e–mail of scholarship awards,” Attorney General Wasden said. “A person on my staff received a scholarship award notification recently that asked for personal information and a request to call a foreign country. Such gimmicks should not fool Idahoans as none of these services can guarantee success.”

“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.”

Information about CIS is available through Idaho high school and college guidance counselors, the CIS website or by calling (208) 334–3705. Additional information about commercial scholarship search companies is available from the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit at (209) 334–2424 or, in state toll–free, (800) 432–3545.

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