ERIC Number: ED405934
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr-9
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Monroe Community College, Report 96-T-2.
Hancox, David R.
In 1997, the New York State Office of the Comptroller performed an audit of Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and Supplemental Tuition Assistance Program (STAP) awards at Monroe Community College (New York). TAP, the largest student grant and scholarship program administered by New York's 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. According to HESC's records, the college certified 9,768 students for 21,688 TAP and STAP awards totaling $16.3 million from 1992-93 through 1994-95. Out of a statistical sample of 200 of these awards, 5 were disallowed because students were not in good academic standing or not attending full-time attendance. An additional 12 awards were disallowed from outside the sample audit period. It was thus determined that the college was overpaid $145,342 due to incorrectly certified students. The auditors recommended that HESC recover the $145,342 plus interest, and that the college take steps to ensure that Monroe officials adhere to the guidelines relating to good academic standing and full-time status. (HAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: New York State Office of the Comptroller, Albany.