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SCF 'put the wheels in motion' to quickly fix financial aid deficiencies

BRADENTON -- State College of Florida President Lars A. Hafner Wednesday said that the college’s financial aid troubles “predated me,” but that, in any case, “we put the wheels in motion” to make the necessary fixes quickly.

Hafner told the board of trustees during its meeting at the Bradenton campus that “...once it came to light, we needed to take quick action, and within minutes of learning that we were out of compliance, that action occurred.”

He referred to an audit that found significant deficiencies in SCF’s handling of federal financial aid disbursements to students. The U.S. Department of Education notified the college in a Nov. 3 letter that it must reimburse $3,178,253 due to errors cited in the audit.

Board Chairman Ron Allen said he was grateful the administration had corrected the errors.

Allen said he appreciated Hafner and the rest of his administration “taking the bull by the horns and solving this issue when it came to light in June or July of this year.”

Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at (941) 745-7031.

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