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Beware of phishing scam asking for Federal Student Aid ID

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The Office of Financial Aid have been made aware of a phishing scam involving the Federal Student Aid ID, or FSAID.  No one from our office or from the U.S. Department of Education will call a student or parent asking for this unique identifier, which is used to complete the FAFSA and other federal loan information. It is an identifier that should be protected and never shared with others.

The phishing scam appears to come from a wireless caller using a 734 area code. A recorded message suggests a way to save money on student loans and instructs the person to enter their FSAID.

Do not enter your FSAID if you receive a similar call.

Be advised:

  • The U-M Office of Financial Aid and the U-M Student Employment office never asks for personal identifiers such as FSAIDs, Social Security numbers, driver’s license numbers or bank account and credit card numbers over the phone or asks you to submit information through email links.
  • We never ask you to wire money, make a deposit or share personal information such as Pay Pal or bank account numbers.  If you have suspicions about the validity of an email or phone call regarding financial aid, contact our office at 734-763-6600.
  • The University of Michigan never asks for personal information via Google Forms. For more about protecting your personal information, visit the U-M Safe Computing website at