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Author: J Christian

The Ghost Students: A New Wave of Financial Aid Fraud in California Colleges

In a shocking revelation, 20% of all applications to California community colleges are now from “ghost students” – scammers using someone else’s name to pocket the financial aid and never show up for a single class. This fraudulent activity is not just a problem because it’s fraud; it also places a significant burden on underfunded community colleges and takes up slots in classes that real students are getting crowded out from. The fraudsters are focusing their efforts on Pell grants, which became a more attractive target because the federal government stopped verifying family income during the pandemic.

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