The Financial Aid Office has received reports from concerned students and families of a direct marketing mailing sent without the knowledge of Lafayette College.

The mailing was sent by the Student Financial  Resource Center and is addressed to “(Name of Lafayette College Student) or Parents of”. This organization is suggesting that you complete its enclosed Student Aid Profile Form to apply for additional funding and return it with a check for $65.

We urge students and families to be cautious of any scholarship search opportunities that:

  • Require you to pay fees
  • Offer a money-back guarantee
  • Guarantee that you will win some type of award

National Fraud Information Center (NFIC)
File an online complaint at, call its toll-free hotline at 1-800-876-7060, or write:
National Fraud Information Center
PO Box 65868
Washington, DC 20035

Federal Trade Commission (FTC)
The FTC has an online complaint form at and a hotline at 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357; teletype for the hearing impaired: 1-866-653-4261). Or write:
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20580

State Attorney General’s Office
File your complaint with the Consumer Protection Division in your state.

US Postal Inspection Service (USPIS)
For complaints involving mail fraud, visit (You must have an address for the questionable organization to file a complaint.) Call the Postal Crime Hotline at 1-800-654-8896 or write:
United States Postal Service
Office of Inspector General
Attention: Hotline
1735 N. Lynn Street
Arlington, VA 22209-2020

Department of Education
Report possible fraud to the Office of Inspector General hotline at 1-800-MIS-USED (1-800-647-8733) or email Special agents in the Office of Inspector General investigate fraud involving federal education dollars.

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