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Fayetteville State University audit finds 14 problem areas

Posted May 30, 2008

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— Fayetteville State University gave wrong financial aid awards to some of its students, and some university employees had unnecessary access to student information, according to an audit released Friday.

Those were two of 14 findings in State Auditor Leslie Merritt’s report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2007.

Finding #8 showed that the university made errors in awarding financial aid to several students. As a result, some students received the wrong award amounts while others received the wrong type of federal loan.

“One student received a $650 Pell grant when the student should have received a $2,025 Pell grant,” the report stated. “Nine students received a total of $15,051 in unsubsidized federal loans when they should have received the $15,051 in subsidized federal loans. Unsubsidized loans result in more interest expense to students.”

In its response, university officials said their financial aid counselors had not received the necessary training. However, the errors noted by the auditor were corrected, they said.

Finding #10 showed that the university failed to monitor all of its students who received financial aid to make sure they were making acceptable academic progress.

“As a result, some students who did not meet the university’s (standards) received financial aid awards,” the report stated.

The audit also found that some university employees had access to student information, including financial aid data, that was not pertinent to their jobs.

“This could result in unauthorized or inappropriate transactions,” the report stated.

University officials said they will review employees’ access to information periodically.

  • To read the entire report, click here.
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  • wfisher5 May 30, 2008

    Tarheelalum, you are seriously exaggerated with your comments about FSU, all schools as well as other entities are subject to audits it only helps to find and correct problems before a serious situation happen. Its unfortunate that its made public for people like you to have an unrealistic opinion about the school. "A disgrace to the UNC System" come on...It was a great school for me, and I do not discount my education...

  • tarheelalum May 30, 2008

    FSU is a disgrace to the entire UNC system. It is absolutely ridiculous and unacceptable that the "university" is in the news every other month for gross mistakes and other serious problems. The current chancellor should be fired like the last and perhaps someone else can come in to truly change this horrible institution. As it stands now, the school should lose all accreditation.

  • BUCKEYEnNC May 30, 2008

    I recently graduated from FSU. The professors and instruction was great! The support offices (Registrar's and Cashier's) were and probably still are a disaster.

    It's stories like this that ruins the reputation of a good school!

  • ObamaMustGo aka NCcarguy May 30, 2008

    maybe the ACLU can get involved and help fix this too!

  • srjbdl May 30, 2008

    This is nothing new - the financial aid department was a MESS when I was there in 1998-99. It took MAJOR efforts to get even an award letter!