Beware of Fake DSWD Scholarship Programs

Scammers are targeting unsuspecting students with fake scholarship offers, claiming to be from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)

Also Read: DSWD Educational Cash Assistance Requirements | How to Apply Student Financial Aid

It’s essential to recognize and report these fraudulent activities to protect yourself and others. Here’s what you need to know to stay safe and informed, as per the DSWD.

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No DSWD Scholarship Program

There is no truth to the circulating posts about scholarship benefits being offered by the DSWD to students. 

The department has not launched any scholarship programs as described in these posts. 

Currently, the DSWD provides educational assistance under the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program, but details regarding its commencement are not yet available.


Protecting Your Personal Information

The DSWD never asks for personal information online. 

Sharing your personal details through unverified sources is against the Data Privacy Act and can put you at risk of identity theft and other cybercrimes. 

Always be cautious and verify the legitimacy of the information you encounter online.

Tara, BASA! Tutoring Program

The DSWD has reformatted its educational assistance through the “Tara, BASA!” Tutoring Program

This program uses a Cash-for-Work (CFW) intervention to assist low-income families in challenging situations. 

It is designed to provide meaningful support without the risks associated with sharing personal information online.

Reporting Fake Pages

If you come across the fake page spreading false information about DSWD programs, report it immediately. 

Reporting helps protect others from falling victim to these scams and ensures that accurate information prevails.

Stay Vigilant Online

Always be wary of unsolicited messages and links sent through Messenger or other platforms. 

Make it a habit to verify and fact-check any information you read online. 

Trust only reliable sources and official announcements from the DSWD and other government agencies.

Recognizing Red Flags of Fake Scholarship Offers

Identifying scams can help prevent falling victim to fraud. Here are some common red flags to watch out for:

  • Unsolicited Messages: Be cautious of messages or emails offering scholarships that you did not apply for.
  • Request for Personal Information: Legitimate organizations will not ask for sensitive personal details through unofficial channels.
  • Urgency and Pressure: Scammers often create a sense of urgency to make you act quickly without thinking.
  • Too Good to Be True: If an offer seems overly generous or unrealistic, it’s likely a scam.
  • Unverified Links: Avoid clicking on links from unknown sources. Always verify the URL and source before proceeding.

How to Verify Authentic Scholarship Offers

Ensuring the legitimacy of a scholarship offer involves several steps:

  • Check Official Websites: Verify the offer through the official website of the organization.
  • Contact the Organization Directly: Use official contact information to inquire about the scholarship.
  • Look for Official Announcements: Genuine scholarship programs are often announced through official channels and media.
  • Seek Reviews and Feedback: Look for reviews or feedback from previous recipients to gauge the authenticity of the offer.

Reporting Scams and Fraudulent Activities

Reporting fraudulent activities helps authorities take action and prevents others from becoming victims. Here’s how you can report:

  • Social Media Platforms: Use the reporting tools provided by social media platforms to flag fake accounts and posts.
  • Contact Authorities: Report scams to local authorities or cybercrime units.
  • Spread Awareness: Inform your friends and family about the scam to raise awareness and encourage vigilance.

Utilizing Safe Online Practices

Practicing safe online behavior can protect you from scams and cyber threats. Follow these tips:

  • Use Strong Passwords: Create unique and strong passwords for your accounts.
  • Enable Two-Factor Authentication: Add an extra layer of security to your accounts.
  • Keep Software Updated: Regularly update your devices and software to protect against vulnerabilities.
  • Be Skeptical: Question the authenticity of unexpected offers and requests.

DSWD Programs that Extend Educational Assistance to Beneficiaries

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) offers educational assistance to indigent students through the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations (AICS) program. 

This program provides financial aid to help cover educational expenses such as tuition fees, transportation, and other miscellaneous costs.

Here are the educational assistance services offered by the DSWD:

  • Financial assistance: This is a cash grant ranging from Php 1,000.00 to Php 4,000.00, depending on the student’s level of education.
    • Elementary – Php 1,500
    • High School – Php 2,000
    • Senior High School – Php 3,000
    • College/vocational – Php 4,000
  • School supplies and materials: The DSWD may also provide essential educational materials and supplies to support learning.

Who can avail of the DSWD educational assistance?

  • Indigent students enrolled in elementary, high school, college, or technical-vocational courses.
  • Students belonging to families who are experiencing crisis or difficult situations due to:
    • Displacement of parents from employment
    • Death of a family member
    • Parents are overseas Filipino workers (OFW) who have been repatriated or deported

You can learn more about the educational assistance offered by the DSWD thru the AICS program here.

Recent Updates

Senator Imee Marcos Provides Educational Cash Assistance in Tawi-Tawi

Senator Imee R. Marcos extends support to education in Tawi-Tawi by providing cash assistance to college and senior high school students. The assistance, distributed to beneficiaries from various educational institutions, aims to alleviate financial burdens and promote access to education. Governor Sali expresses gratitude to Senator Imee and the DSWD IX Payout Team for their support.

DSWD and Land Bank Pilot Hybrid-Digital Payouts for Crisis Assistance Program

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) have signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to pilot a hybrid-digital payouts system for the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program. This aims to provide swift, secure, and efficient financial assistance to AICS beneficiaries. The pilot program will be implemented in selected regions, offering various forms of assistance to individuals facing crisis situations.



In summary, the DSWD does not offer any scholarships as falsely claimed in some online posts. 

Be proactive in protecting your personal information, report fake pages, and always verify the sources of the information you receive. 

Together, we can combat misinformation and ensure a safer online environment for everyone.


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