ERIC Number: ED382277
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jun-1
Reference Count: N/A
The Simmons School. Report No. 95-T-10.
Attmore, Robert H.
In March 1992, the New York State Office of the Comptroller performed an audit of Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) awards at the Simmons School, a private business school in White Plains, New York. TAP, the largest student grant and scholarship program administered by the Higher Education Services Corporation, is designed to provide tuition aid to full-time students enrolled in approved programs. Simmons officials contested the results of the audit in the state's Supreme Court, and in December 1993 a revised report was issued conforming to the Court's findings. It was determined that Simmons was overpaid $75,009 because school officials incorrectly certified 85 students as eligible for 245 TAP awards. For TAP eligibility, students attending a registered private business school must be enrolled in an approved program, while the disputed awards were made to students enrolled in the school's 2,400 hour Court Reporting program during a time when it was unapproved. TAP awards were disallowed for students enrolled in the unapproved program, but certified for TAP during the audit period, July 1, 1900 through December 31, 1991. The school must refund the $75,009 overpayment plus applicable interest to the State. Simmons officials were provided with detailed listings of the disallowances. (KP)
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 - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Office of the Comptroller, Albany.