If there is suspicion that a student, employee, or other individual has misreported information or altered documentation to fraudulently obtain federal funds, it will be reported to the Office of Inspector General.

Examples of Circumstances Indicative of Possible Fraud

The following circumstances are indicative of possible fraud when the office can find no other legitimate reason for a discrepancy:

  1. False claims of independent student status
  2. False claims of citizenship
  3. Use of a false identity
  4. Forgery of signatures or certifications
  5. False statements of income

Contact Information

Regional Offices

Regional Offices Telephone #
Boston, MA (617) 223-9301
New York, NY (646) 428-3861
Philadelphia, PA (215) 656-6900
Atlanta, GA (404) 562-6460
Chicago, IL (312) 730-1620
Dallas, TX (214) 661-9530
Kansas City, MO (816) 268-0530
Long Beach, CA (562) 980-4141
San Juan, PR (787) 766-6278
Washington, DC (202) 245-6911


Main Office


Office of Inspector General

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20202-1510