ERIC Number: ED367420
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr-6
Reference Count: N/A
Bryant and Stratton Business Institute, Buffalo.
Attmore, Robert H.
In June 1992, the New York State Office of the Comptroller performed an audit of Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and Supplemental Tuition Assistance Program (STAP) awards at Bryant and Stratton Business Institute's Buffalo Campus (BC). TAP, the largest student grant and scholarship program administered by the Higher Education Services Corporation (HESC), is designed to provide tuition aid to full-time students enrolled in approved programs. STAP is a special program providing up to one additional year of aid for educationally disadvantaged undergraduate students. As a result of the audit, 63 awards totaling $53,993 were disallowed in the following three main categories: (1) students not in pursuit of a program, accounting for 49 disallowed awards totaling $41,267; (2) students not enrolled full-time, accounting for 13 awards and $11,776; and (3) one student who was not matriculated but had received $950. Additionally, 11 students were found to have graduated without successfully completing all program requirements, 15 TAP awards were paid on behalf of 13 students who should have been certified for STAP, and BC had not reported that one student had been granted a waiver to regain TAP funding after losing good academic standing. The auditors recommended that the HESC recover $53,993 plus applicable interest from BC for its incorrect TAP and STAP certifications, review BC certification procedures, and ensure that BC reports all waivers when granted. Additionally, it was recommended that the State Education Department ensure that BC is graduating students who have met all program requirements. (MAB)
Descriptors: Accountability, Audits (Verification), Business Education, Community Colleges, Compliance (Legal), Educational Finance, Eligibility, Financial Audits, Financial Support, Full Time Students, Inspection, Program Administration, Student Financial Aid, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Office of the Comptroller, Albany.