Community College Undercharged Students

Fletcher Technical Community College went broke federal financial aid rules

HOUMA, La. (AP) — A new state audit finds Fletcher Technical Community College undercharged students and didn't comply with federal financial aid regulations.

The Courier reports student technology fees, set at $5 per course credit hour by state law, were decreased to $4 per course credit hour by Fletcher's Student Government Association in 2010. The lowered rate resulted in a loss of $60,913 over the next four years.

The audit says FTCC management should have ensured that student technology fees as approved by its student government association are in accordance with state law.

The audit says Fletcher couldn't identify how six payments, totaling $136,491 in Pell Grant money, were individually doled out.

Interim Chancellor Earl Meador said the college will file reports with the Department of Education following each disbursement of money.

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