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Beware of scholarship search service solicitations

At this time of year, college students and college-bound high school students may be beset with offers from companies offering to perform scholarship searches on their behalf for a fee.

Students are cautioned not to fall for these solicitations; all the information they need should be available at no charge either from their financial aid office or on the web.

Today's St. Paul Pioneer Press has a story about one local student's experience with a scholarship search service.

The Pi Press also offers the following tips for students looking for new scholarship sources:

• Never pay for scholarship information.

• Talk to your high school or college advisers. If they don't have the information you're looking for, they'll know where you can find it.

• If you're searching for scholarships on your own, here are some reliable Web sites:

• fastweb.com
• finaid.org
• collegeboard.com
• freschinfo.com
• gocollege.com