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Scholarships and Scholarship Fraud


Scholarships are a form of gift aid that do not have to be repaid and may be awarded based on merit, need, or a combination of both. Scholarships are not awarded by the CBU Office of Financial Aid, although they are considered a resource when we determine your aid eligibility.

CBU scholarship opportunities can be found at the Financial Aid Scholarship site. In addition, a variety of outside scholarship opportunities and search engines are posted on our Scholarship Information bulletin board. Others can be found on our Third Party Scholarship Search Page. We welcome you to come by our office and explore your scholarship options. Please be aware that although we provide links to outside search engines, we do not endorse or control them.

Scholarship Fraud

Many private entities offer scholarship search services. If you or your family do not have the time to do your own search and are willing to pay for the service, such agencies can be helpful. In order to verify their legitimacy it is best to check with the Better Business Bureau or the state attorney general’s office. When researching a scholarship opportunity, remember, if it’s "too good to be true," it probably is. 

Please note — the majority of the information these private scholarship search services provide is available for free on the web. Other resources for this information may include your high school counselor or the financial aid staff at CBU. The U.S. Department of Education and the Federal Trade Commission offer additional guidance regarding scholarship searches on their web pages: Looking for Student Aid and $cholarship $cams.