Hawaii’s Better Business Bureau (BBB) has a warning for college-bound students in Hawaii and their families.
You might want to think twice about seminars that claim to offer admissions and financial aid assistance.
The bureau says an F-rated, mainland-based company has been reaching out to families in Hawaii regarding these types of sessions.
BBB Hawaii claims that at these seminars, the company pushes parents to sign contracts, promising information on scholarships and grants that will give them an edge in the application process.
However, the information provided is available elsewhere for free.
“You can find it out from your high school counselor. Or if you are in one of the programs at the University of Hawaii they will help you. So there are a lot of resources out there and one of the last resorts as a parent is for you as a parent is to go spend you hard earned dollar to have someone find grants and scholarships for your child,” said Better Business Bureau Chief Executive Officer Greg Dunn.
Some families have lost several thousands of dollars to this company with no recourse or compensation, according to the BBB.
For more information on resources that are available for students and their families, click here or consult your college adviser.