US Education Dept.: Pima Community College Has Fixed Issues Found in Its Administration of Financial Aid Programs

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Pima Community College East Campus. - COURTESY OF PIMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
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The U.S. Department of Education has told Pima Community College that it has resolved all issues cited in a review report on the college's handling of Title IV student aid programs.

Title IV, or the Higher Education Act of 1965, covers the administration of the United States federal student financial aid programs.

In a September 2014 letter, the education department pointed out several concerns, including failure to have a functional system in place to identify class no-shows and unofficial withdrawals, reimbursing the wrong amount of money to the department after students who had already received financial aid dropped out, failure to verify students' information submitted when applying for financial aid, and the absence of exit counseling for students who took out loans and then dropped out, transferred or graduated from Pima.

From a PCC press release:
In a letter dated Jan. 27, Martina Fernandez-Rosario, Division Director, San Francisco/Seattle School Participation Division, wrote: “PCC’s response has resolved all findings related to the issues cited in the program review report. In addition, PCC has provided assurances that the appropriate corrective actions have been taken to resolve and prevent future occurrences of all findings. Therefore, PCC may consider the program review closed with no further action required.”

The College is required to apply for recertification of PCC participation in Title IV programs no later than March 31, 2015, but this is not tied to the Program Review findings. Higher education institutions are approved to participate in a six-year cycle and PCC’s cycle ends in June 2015.
Read the department of education's letter here.

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