Dec 23, 2013 5:52 PM by Ian Auzenne

Audit: SLCC inaction costs students Pell Grant funds

A state legislative audit says that Southwestern Louisiana Community College cost 42 students a total of more than $120,000 in Pell Grants.

The audit, released today, says that SLCC failed to perform timely eligibility determinations for those students, resulting in them not receiving funds that would have allowed them to attend school.

The audit continues by saying SLCC did not perform required periodic reconciliations. This, the audit reports, could delay or compromise SLCC's ability to receive future Pell Grants.

The audit adds that SLCC failed to return more than $1,900 in Pell Grant funds to the federal government in a timely manner. In addition, the audit found that the college failed to issue more than $5,500 in post-withdrawal disbursements to some students within 45 days of their withdrawal from classes. This, according to the audit, puts SLCC in non-compliance with the Pell Grant program.

The audit says the college could face sanctions up to and including termination from the program.

The audit also found that the college did not disable user access to an internal accounting program to 39 terminated employees, putting sensative personal information at risk of being accessed without authorization.



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