Local colleges warn about scam targeting TN Promise applicants

Courtesy of the Tennessee Promise website

BLOUNTVILLE, TN (WJHL) – Local community colleges are warning students about a scam that targets Tennessee Promise applicants.

Northeast State Community College administrators told News Channel 11, several potential students received calls and emails from scammers.

The scammers asked for student’s social security numbers and credit card information.

Northeast State’s County and State Scholarship Coordinator Josh Johnson said the scam particularly targets Tennessee Promise students who are submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (also known as FAFSA) for the first time.

“All it takes is a simple email from that scammer to say, hey, we’re from the Tennessee Promise office and we need you to resubmit your social security number. And unfortunately some parents and some actually students land in some of those pitfalls,” said Johnson.

Johnson told News Channel 11,  if applicants are skeptical about any website or phone calls that prompt them for personal information call the local scholarship or financial aid office.

Administrators said submitting the FAFSA will never require a payment.


Copyright 2016 WJHL. All rights reserved.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s