“Ghost Students” Haunt California Community Colleges as Fraudulent Applicants Steal Financial Aid and Class Spots

The California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office has taken measures to reduce fraud, such as upgrading its admission portal and improving technology to more quickly identify cases of fraud. The system now requires two-factor authentication and shares suspected fraudulent applications between colleges to prevent bot enrollment.

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Surge of Fake Applications Creates Headache for Community Colleges

A surge of suspicious applications has flooded the California Community College system, with up to 65,000 fraudulent applications statewide from 77 countries, according to a Board of Trustees presentation at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton.

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