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College Admissions Assistance workshop... scam?

romanigypsyeyesromanigypsyeyes Posts: 22,726Registered User Senior Member
edited July 2010 in High School Life
Ok, so I've never heard of this thing but I got a letter in the mail that basically says they want me to come to a conference and then personal interview where they'll try to match me with a college and scholarships. I'm supposed to go to the website www.caaworkshop.com and confirm going.

I already tried google-ing and searching for it on here, but the name of the thing College Admission Assistance gives me wayy too many results. So have you guys heard anything about it?
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  • kcarlskcarls Posts: 349Registered User Member
    when it comes to this kind of thing, try to err on the side of caution.

    Before you commit anything to these people, I'd suggest trying to find an actual human being who can give you positive feedback (and not one who was 'referred' to you by the company itself...)
  • romanigypsyeyesromanigypsyeyes Posts: 22,726Registered User Senior Member
    Lol that's what I'm doing by asking on here :]. But none of my friends have gotten anything, but it is more for financial aid and my friends live in upper-class areas and my family's income is at poverty level. So if it is for lower-income kids, that would explain why I don't know anybody else who has gotten it.
  • RachaelindaRachaelinda Posts: 1Registered User New Member
    I got the same letter and googled "scam college admissions assistance" and got this thread. I'm probably in the upper end of income so I don't think this letter is based on need. I don't plan to reply to this letter but I do want to start doing something to help my 9th grader prepare. Any suggestions?
  • HisGraceFillsMeHisGraceFillsMe Posts: 4,699Registered User Senior Member
    Yeah, I've gotten that before and I'm not even CLOSE to the Need-Based category (we're not rich, but we're not hurting either).

    With things like this, it's good to remember that very rarely when they're trying to help you with scholarships will the real companies ask you for money.

    Rachaelinda, if you're not in the need-based income area, really motivate your 9th grader to do things that will help her get merit-based awards: clubs, sports, choir (my personal favorite ^_^)...something he/she's passionate about and has a talent for. As someone who is a senior at a VERY large public high school, he/she's going to need something to make his/her stand out in order to get the merit-based stuff.

    Also, visit his/her school's Career Center, if they have one. This will be your best friend for the next 4 years. FastWeb is a good web site to find scholarships that fit your student (my school is big on this stuff XD).

    This is directly from my school's web site:

    Scam Warning Signs:

    · The fee. Your best rule of thumb: Financial aid should never cost you. Never invest anything beyond the cost of a postage stamp in your search for financial aid.

    · The "money-back guarantee"—especially if the company tries to "guarantee" that you will win an award.

    · Credit card verification. If they ask for a checking account or credit card number—for "verification" or to "confirm eligibility"—stop listening. Scammers use this ploy to get your financial information and then drain your account or run up charges on your credit card.
  • romanigypsyeyesromanigypsyeyes Posts: 22,726Registered User Senior Member
    The thing is though, there isn't a fee. Which is why I was wondering.
  • HisGraceFillsMeHisGraceFillsMe Posts: 4,699Registered User Senior Member
    Then I agree with kcarls. If you can't find anyone who can tell you about it (who isn't referred to you by the company), don't believe it.
  • jtrand29jtrand29 Posts: 1Registered User New Member
    College Admissions Assistance is a program that offers services for students during their high school years. These services include college and major selections, counseling, test preparation, research for available financial aid, along with numerous other services. They are for a fee, but the program is not a scam.
  • nathegreatnathegreat Posts: 8Registered User New Member
    I got the letter too, and when I searched it on yahoo the search assist automatically added "scam" on the end. Is anyone actually gonna do it?
  • doctordestinydoctordestiny Posts: 356Registered User Member
    Err on the side of caution here. And besides, it doesn't seem like they provide anything more than your GC or CC could :P
  • Miss SilvestrisMiss Silvestris Posts: 456- Member
    Nah. Don't do it. I think College Confidential is the best source for 'admissions help' anyways. It's free, legit, and has a healthy dose of pubescent sarcasm and teen rage.

    Perfect for high schoolers.
  • pgcorkypgcorky Posts: 1Registered User New Member
    I know this thread has gotten a little stale, but I was looking for information on the "College Admission Assistance" workshops after having received an invite for my step-daughter. I found their web-site to be very thin on details - so much so that it raises my bull-o-meter to full strength. On their own "Q&A" section the question about cost is posed. Here's the answer:
    "There is no cost for attending the workshop or the personal interview. Additional services are made available to those students and families needing our services."

    In other words, "we'll sell you something after we've got you in the room." I don't think any legitimate company should be afraid to talk about what is offered and at what cost. The fact that they peddle services in the same manner as time-share condos is a real warning sign for me. I would love to hear from anyone that has actually attended, but I'm steering clear and will use services that are more up front about what they're doing. For those of you that haven't received this - the web site is http://www.caaworkshop.com/index.aspx. See if you don't agree that it's really long on platitudes and extremely short on "what do you really offer" an "what can I expect to pay".
  • edaishedaish Posts: 6User Awaiting Email Confirmation New Member
    CAA is GAY. My parents and I went to the workshop, and I told my parents it was a waste of money, and now we're two THOUSAND dollars poorer.

    It's not a scam per say, it's just that they pray on the weak willed and parents who don't know much about college these days. The website is full of exciting and usefull features such as a quiz to tell you how to study! That's pretty much it. The rest is a bunch of bs pdf files, and a like to an external website that actually has a lot of information about majors. It, however, doesn't have anything to do with CAA. If you want to see what it's like, e-mail me.

    I'll send you my log in information. It's not like I use it or anything.
  • romanigypsyeyesromanigypsyeyes Posts: 22,726Registered User Senior Member
    Gay does not equal stupid.

    But yeah, I pretty much realize that everything's a scam nowadays.
  • enderkinenderkin Posts: 1,667Registered User Senior Member
    college confidential has what you need. don't worry, boys and girls. we'll make you regret wanting to know.
  • edaishedaish Posts: 6User Awaiting Email Confirmation New Member
    I know gay doesn't equal stupid, but in this case, CAA was stupid.
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