Warning for parents filling out those college application forms


Around the country, parents of college students have been receiving letters urging them to pay $49 to apply for financial aid.

The problem, however, is that these letters have been looking like they come straight from a college, when actually, um, not so much.

The organization sending them is called College Financial Advisory. I haven't been able to find their web site on Google, but you can find College Financial Advisory as the subject of several discussion forums, where students and parents are basically asking: Are these guys for real?

Even if they are a reputable group, they're charging money "for information available online for free," according to an article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.