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Scam Alert and More Federal Student Aid Updates

- Released on Nov 14, 2017

Raising Awareness of Student Loan Debt Relief Scams

Student loan borrowers have reported receiving phone calls, texts, and other communications offering relief from their federal student loans or warning them that student loan forgiveness programs would end soon. Usually, the companies offering these types of services don't offer any relief at all.

Federal Student Aid (FSA) has taken several steps to raise awareness of such scams. We have posted descriptions of typical claims made by student loan debt relief companies, as well as tips on avoiding scams and getting help with loans for free, at StudentAid.gov/loanscams.

In addition to our Twitter Office Hours on Wednesday, Nov. 15 from 5–6 p.m. ET, FSA is partnering with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to answer your questions about repaying student loans and how to avoid debt relief scam companies. You can submit questions by including the hashtag #AskFAFSA in your tweet. We will answer your questions on Wednesday during the live event. (Don't have Twitter? You can still watch the conversation live.)

Also, Thursday, Nov. 30 from 2–3 p.m. ET, Federal Student Aid and the FTC will be hosting a webinar titled "Avoiding Student Loan Scams." The webinar will focus on what action federal loan borrowers can take if contacted by debt relief companies. Sign up for the webinar today.

Visit StudentAid.gov/loanscams for information and for links to the webinar and Twitter Office Hours.

Financial Aid and the FAFSA Form Webinar

Do you have questions about financial aid and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form? The November webinar will feature a question and answer format where you can submit questions that will be answered by our team during the event. The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 16 from 3–4 p.m. ET. Financial aid professionals, students, and parents are all invited to attend.

Registration fills up quickly so sign up today!

Looking for FAFSA Completion Initiative Ideas?

In the FSA Partner Spotlight, our featured partners share the creative ways they promote FAFSA completion. We are excited to showcase the great work they are doing to engage their students and parents in the FAFSA process.

Do you have a FAFSA initiative you would like to share? If your district, school, or organization is interested in being featured in the FSA Partner Spotlight, please contact fsapartners@ed.gov.

Check out the FSA Partner Spotlight https://financialaidtoolkit.ed.gov/tk/outreach/fsa-partner-spotlight.jsp

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