December 2, 2021

Family Charged With Student Loan Scam

“A trio of siblings from Savannah, Georgia – Makara Pringle, Michael Pringle and Renada Pringle Givens – have been indicted by a federal grand jury in a student loan scam with charges of financial aid fraud and conspiracy.

The siblings submitted applications for Pell Grants and Free Application for Federal Student Aid loans (FAFSA) and allegedly used the money primarily on personal items not for tuition at a college as is intended by the U.S. Department of Education programs.

The trio, who do not hold high diplomas or GEDs, allegedly carried out their fraud over a period of three years, beginning in 2007 and lasting until 2010, and received more than $40,000 in federal money in that time period.

Two of the three siblings were enrolled at University of Phoenix and appear to have used their enrollment as part of their scheme, receiving refund checks drawn on the accounts of the school, the indictment charges.

The trio is facing serious jail time as each crime carries a maximum five-year jail sentence and a $250,000 fine.”

Savannah Morning News

Federal Student Aid – U.S. Department of Education

How To Fill Out The FAFSA Form

The process of applying for student aid can seem a bit confusing and difficult to manage at times. If you are planning on applying for student financial aid, you should start acquiring all of the personal information you will need to complete the FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, all applicants must submit.

By organizing all of the personal information you will need, including your social security number, you will be better prepared to complete the application submission process. By properly preparing your personal information beforehand, you can also make the process of submitting your application take much less time as well.

You should also be certain that you qualify for student aid before submitting your application. The requirements for applicants is fairly straightforward. You must be a U. S. Citizen, you must have a high school diploma or GED, and you must satisfy a number of other requirements that are related to your financial circumstances and your school records. If all of these requirements are satisfied, you can move onto the next step of the application process.

Once all of your personal information is organized, you can submit an application online or you can submit a hard copy of your application. Due to the newly updated website the government is now using to handle all requests for financial assistance, the process of submitting an application can be quite easy for anyone to manage. The process of submitting an application online is also much faster than the process of submitting one in person too.

If you do not have access to the Internet from home, you can visit your local library to gain free access to the Internet. Once online, you can simply visit the FAFSA homepage and submit all of your information to complete the application submission process.

If you do happen to run into trouble while you are filling out the form online though, one of the first resources you should utilize are the help boxes that are located on each page of the FAFSA website. These resources are very helpful if you have questions that are related to technical support issues.

You can also submit a form through your school too. In order to submit your application through a school though, you must contact the financial aid administrator at the school of your choice to see whether or not this option is available to you.

Students who have previously submitted their personal information into an application form last year can also expedite the process of filling out the form this year by using the information they submitted last year. If you would like to use this quick and easy process, you can do so by simply submitting your information online. Once you are submitting your information online, the website will ask you whether or not you would like to use the information you previously submitted.

The process of submitting an FAFSA may seem intimidating if this is the first time you have submitted one of these forms, but in reality, this process is truly very easy and very simple. By submitting your request for financial aid online, you will be walked through a very straightforward step by step process on an easy to navigate website and once you have submitted your form you will then be eligible for financial assistance.

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