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NCCU to pay $1.1M for unapproved Atlanta campus

Posted January 13, 2009

— North Carolina Central University has agreed to repay $1.1 million in financial aid that went to students who attended an unapproved satellite campus in Atlanta, school officials said Tuesday.

The university opened the program on the campus of the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia, Ga., in 2004. It was run by the church's pastor, Eddie Long, who is a trustee of and large donor to the university.

The New Birth program ended in June, when an the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, an educational accrediting agency, refused to approve it.

University of North Carolina system officials have asked the State Auditor's Office to investigate the matter.

Because the Atlanta campus wasn't accredited, the students there weren't eligible to receive federal financial aid. N.C. Central agreed to repay the U.S. Department of Education for all of the financial aid given to the affected students.

SACS said last fall that degrees awarded to 25 N.C. Central students who attended the Atlanta campus were valid.


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  • ncsuprof Jan 13, 2009

    What reputation?

  • dta27615 Jan 13, 2009

    nice to see that the "good ole boy network" knows no racial boundaries. maybe they should go after Eddie Long as well...

  • superman Jan 13, 2009

    Why did the university feel they had to go to Atlanta to find students to give financial aid? Where are they going to get the money to make the reimbursement?

  • 8675309-9 Jan 13, 2009

    what a waste of money. it really is sad that they have done this to the reputation of the school.