<p>Washington Post columnist and NPR commentator Michelle Singletary wrote a great article, Beware</a> the Scholarship Hucksters.<br>
People are paying hundreds of dollars to companies that make false claims that they can guarantee a child will win a scholarship, or they promise to help with applying for federal financial aid. But in many cases, what people get is useless information while spending money they could have used to help pay for the child's college education...</p>
<p>Typically, the companies making these false promises charge fees ranging from $50 to $1,500. You might get a notice in the mail or in your e-mail box inviting you to a hotel meeting room to learn all the secrets of winning scholarships or applying for financial aid.
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<p>There's good advice in the article, including some signs to watch for in spotting unethical scholarship hunters and "financial aid consultants".</p>