Report Financial Aid Fraud

A company charging for financial aid advice is not committing fraud unless it doesn’t deliver what it promises. For more information about financial aid fraud or to report fraud, contact the Federal Trade Commission and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

Fraudulent Activity by a College or Career School

Contact US Department of Education’s (ED) Office of Inspector General Fraud Hotline to make a confidential report if you suspect your school or an individual of fraud, waste, or abuse involving federal student aid (e.g., Federal Pell Grants, Direct Loans, etc.).

Contact ED’s Federal Student Aid Feedback Center if you believe that someone at your school has misrepresented any aspect of the educational program, its cost, or its outcomes; or
the school’s administration of the federal student aid programs, and/or the school’s recruitment practices, may have violated federal regulations.

Report Identity Theft

If you suspect that your student information has been stolen, it is important to act quickly. These resources will help you determine what steps to take depending on your situation:

ED’s Office of Inspector General Fraud Hotline
Federal Trade Commission
Social Security Administration 
Equifax Credit Bureau
Experian Information Solutions
TransUnion Credit Bureau