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"Dear Colleague Letter" on online learning financial aid fraud
Hi, All â€“ I have posted a review of the â€œDear Colleague Letterâ€ on financial aid fraud in relation to online learning programs that was recently released jointly by the U.S. Department of Educationâ€™s Federal Student Aid and Office of Postsecondary Education divisions (http://www.educause.edu/blog/jcummings/Financialaidfraudinonlinedista/240899). The review also covers the inspector generalâ€™s report that led to the release of the letter as well as an internal departmental task force to explore next steps for addressing the problem.
Please see below for the introductory paragraph. If you have any questions or comments, please let me know. â€“ Jarret Cummings
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) recently released a Dear Colleague Letter to colleges and universities on financial aid fraud in online distance learning programs that advises institutions on ways to limit such fraud in the future (http://www.ifap.ed.gov/dpcletters/GEN1117.html). The letter responds to a September report from the departmentâ€™s inspector general (IG) that reviews in detail the IGâ€™s findings on the growth of financial aid fraud in relation to online programs, as well as steps the IG recommends that the department and institutions adopt to mitigate the problem (http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oig/invtreports/l42l0001.pdf).
Jarret S. Cummings