Is it no question that college expenses can be overwhelming for families, but a recent mass mailing to ACPS students offering college financial aid is thought to be a predatory lending program – one that reels students in but ends up being detrimental to the family. The personalized letter, as seen below, is known to have been sent to students at George Washington Middle School and more unconfirmed letters could be circulating. The program targeting these students cannot be named but distinct features of the letter include a reservation number and a phone number to set an appointment for a “personal interview.”
Eighth grade English teacher at GWMS, Claire Given, reported the mailings first and the news quickly spread to the PTA (Parent Teacher Association). An email was promptly sent out by GWMS PTA President, Melynda Wilcox in an attempt to prevent parents from getting roped into the program.
Although this organization has a legitimate website and gives off a benevolent façade, it is best to side with caution and, according to Ms. Given, “check out the information thoroughly before participating.”