For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
(208) 334-4112

Date: February 2, 2006

Wasden: Do Not Pay for Scholarship Search Services

(Boise) – Attorney General Lawrence Wasden is encouraging college bound students and their parents to bypass paid scholarship search services and take advantage of the state’s free service, Career Information System (CIS).

CIS is available in most Idaho high schools and colleges as well as in Idaho Commerce and Labor and Vocational Rehabilitation offices. It provides a comprehensive list of available scholarships and other financial aid information. CIS can match students with scholarships based on grades, interests, financial need, and other information. CIS also provides information about colleges and universities in Idaho and throughout the United States, describes hundreds of different career choices, and much more.

Information about CIS is available through Idaho high school and college guidance counselors, the CIS website at cis.idaho.gov, or by calling (208) 334-3705. Additional information about commercial scholarship search companies is available from the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit at (208) 334-2424 or, in state toll–free, (800) 432-3545.

“I encourage parents and students to use caution if they are contacted by someone other than a school official to attend a seminar or are in any way pressured into paying for scholarship or financial aid information,” Attorney General Wasden said.

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