(LibertySociety.com) – Each year, millions of students across the United States apply for federal financial aid to help them with the cost of tuition so they can concentrate on earning their degrees. Requesting this help usually comes with its own checks and balances to prevent fraud. But in the wake of COVID-19, many colleges waived many of the verification requirements usually in place.
That was just the chink in the armor bots needed to swoop in to try to cash in on some free money in California. In fact, about 65,000 fake students applied to various community colleges and requested aid.
— The Hill (@thehill) September 2, 2021
At first, the institutions were thrilled with the uptick in applicants after a lull in 2020. Still, when the Director of Policy Patrick Perry noticed more than 60,000 new students within the same demographic, he suspected foul play.
There’s no word as to whether the bots got their hands on the money or not. If they did, the college could be liable for the loan. But Perry thinks they caught the scam in time. It was a good catch that could’ve cost taxpayers and other students big bucks, proving once again human critical thinking is still essential to the nation.
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