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Student Financial Aid: FAFSA filing begins October 1

If you’re a high school or college student or parent, it’s important to know that beginning this year, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filing season for the 2017-18 academic year launches Oct. 1. This is a new timeline that starts three months earlier than usual to align financial aid applications with the college admissions season.

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Jobs & Making Money

3 videos to help you be #CyberAware

October is almost here — which means, so is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). What does that mean for you? It’s a great time to make sure you’re #CyberAware. Are you doing everything you can to protect your personal information and devices? Check out these questions — and corresponding short videos — to see what you’re doing right, and where your cyber habits might need some work.

Refunds for One Technologies’ not-so-free credit scores

The FTC will be refunding nearly $20 million to people who were misled by One Technologies about getting “free credit scores” that weren’t so free. The money comes from a 2014 settlement with One Technologies. According to the FTC, the company misled people by advertising free credit scores without making clear that people would be enrolled in a credit monitoring program — and charged $29.95 per month.

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Money & Credit

Lifelong learning

It’s Adult Education and Family Literacy Week. It’s a time to raise public awareness about the importance of both things – adult education and family literacy – and the 36 million adults in the US with low literacy skills.

Who's stalking: what to know about mobile spyware

Do you think an abusive partner or ex is monitoring you through your phone? They might be using stalking apps (spyware) that secretly track your devices. Here’s information about what stalking apps are, how to tell if they’re on your device, and what to do if they are.

Yahoo breach? Watch this

Was your information exposed in the Yahoo data breach? Change your Yahoo password right away. Then, check out this new data breach video from the FTC.

Prize scams in your mailbox

Some scammers hide fraud in the fine print; others put it right up front in CAPITAL LETTERS. The FTC has just sued a handful of people and companies that allegedly mailed hundreds of thousands of notices with brazen lies to people in the US and other countries. The promotions, featuring phony claims like “YOU HAVE WON A CASH PRIZE!” and you are a “CONFIRMED PRIZE WINNER,” went mostly to older people.

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Money & Credit

“Free” trials can cost you

The best things in life are free … or are they? Not when a “free” trial ends up costing you money. That’s what happened to many people who signed up for “free” samples from NutraClick, according to the FTC’s latest case.

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Health & Fitness

Data breaches and you – a new video

Another data breach. And this time, it’s your personal information. Take a deep breath. Then check out this new video from the FTC.

What does the record VW settlement mean for you?

If you have a TDI 2.0-liter diesel Volkswagen or Audi, you may already know that you have new vehicle options — ones that you probably didn’t anticipate when you bought or leased your car.

No, we’re not talking about a sunroof or premium sound system. The options we’re referring to came about with the historic $10 billion settlement of the FTC’s deception case against VW. The FTC alleged VW falsely advertised these cars as “Clean Diesel” vehicles after rigging them so that their emissions controls operated fully only during emissions testing.

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Money & Credit

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